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Wedding of the Season

(2023)
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“Elin Hilderbrand meets Edith Wharton in this delightfully juicy tale. I loved every minute.” —Meg Mitchell Moore, bestselling author of Vacationland

It's the wedding of the season and all of Newport is abuzz in this funny, joyous, whip-smart novel about two modern-day society families and the summer wedding that has the whole town talking...


Despite its beauty, Newport is a place Cass Coventry would prefer to forget. But after an extended absence, she’s back in her hometown to celebrate her sister’s engagement—even if she’s marrying into the family that famously stole the Gilded Age Coventry mansion out from under them a decade ago.

The moment Cass pulls up to the estate, she’s in for one surprise after another. The bride-to-be is hiding a big secret. Her mother has royal-wedding aspirations. And, when the date is set for only three months away, a local gossip blog makes the two families its new favorite subject.

It's not long before Cass's weekend in town becomes a full summer of frenzied wedding planning and society drama—but also idyllic sails, starry nights, and a former love. As the grand affair arrives, along with new truths about her family, Cass must finally face her own thorny past in Newport and decide how to honor the Coventry legacy in all its chaotic glory.

“A witty, unflinching look at ‘polite society.’ Edmondson is a master of character and setting.” —Jamie Brenner, bestselling author of The Forever Summer

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"Lauren Edmondson is a master of character and setting; her Newport, Rhode Island, leaps off the page in this witty, unflinching look at 'polite society.' Like a modern-day Jane Austen, Edmondson examines love and family against the particular mores of our time... with a fictional family that lingers long after the last page is turned." - Jamie Brenner

"A must read for every book club! Atmospheric and clever, with captivating, evocative characters, Wedding of the Season is perennial - like the best sort of party where the memory echoes long after the final toast." - Joy Callaway

"Wedding of the Season brings Newport society alive in one summer leading up to a much-anticipated wedding. Filled with sharp, witty dialogue and a gorgeous sense of place, this novel of family, and ultimately the true meaning of home, is as delightful as a perfect summer day." - Jillian Cantor

"Elin Hilderbrand meets Edith Wharton meets Brideshead Revisited in this delightfully juicy tale of a Newport family's fading fortunes on the eve of a society wedding. I loved every minute." - Meg Mitchell Moore

"RSVP Yes to Wedding of the Season! With wit and charm, this delightful novel plunges the reader into a world of high society, faded glory, and the weight of legacy to uncover what really makes a family." - Gina Sorell

"Set amongst the sumptuous Gilded Age mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, Lauren Edmondson's Wedding of the Season explores the themes of love and money with brilliance and heart. I loved meeting Cassie and her wild family." - Amanda Eyre Ward


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