Title: Queen of Babble Gets Hitched
Author: Meg Cabot (Princess Diaries series, All-American Girl, Awaken, Size 12 is Not Fat, Size 14 is Not Fat Either, Big Boned, Size 12 and Ready to Rock, The Bride Wore Size 12, Queen of Babble, and Queen of Babble in the Big City)
Publisher: William Morrow
Big mouth. Big heart.
Big wedding. Big problems.
It’s the wedding of the century!
Things are looking up at last for Lizzie Nichols. She has a career she loves in the field of her choice (wedding gown restoration), and the love of her life, Jean-Luc, has finally proposed. Life’s become a dizzying whirl of wedding gown fittings—not necessarily her own—as Lizzie prepares for her dream wedding at her fiancé’s château in the south of France.
But the dream soon becomes a nightmare as the best man—whom Lizzie might once have accidentally slept with . . . no, really, just slept—announces his total lack of support for the couple, a sentiment the maid of honor happens to second; Lizzie’s Midwestern family can’t understand why she doesn’t want to have her wedding in the family backyard; her future, oh-so-proper French in-laws seem to be slowly trying to lure the groom away from medical school and back into investment banking; and Lizzie finds herself wondering if her Prince Charming really is as charming as she once believed.
Is Lizzie really ready to embrace her new role as wife and mistress of Château Mirac? Or is she destined to fall into another man’s arms . . . and into the trap of becoming a Bad Girl instead?
After Queen of Babble in the Big City left off with a bit of a romantic cliffhanger, I knew I had to read the third and final book in the trilogy as soon as possible. This ended up being my favorite of the series and definitely another win for Meg Cabot.
Unlike the rest of the books in the series, this book didn’t start off as slow since it dealt with the aftermath of said romantic cliffhanger. Things slowed down a bit once it was dealt with, but I desperately wanted to see what would happen, so it never felt slow to me.
As the title indicates, this book deals with marriage, both Lizzie’s own and the many she deals with in the wedding gown business. All of the marriage plots coincide with Lizzie beginning to understand who she is and want she really wants from her life.
There are a couple new minor characters, but for the most part, this book focused on further establishing characters we’ve come to know and love in this series. Luke, Lizzie’s new fiance, still seems like he could have used some more fleshing out, but I feel like that was part of his character, the way he seemed less like a real person and more like the perfect idea of one, especially for Lizzie.
As was the case with the second book, this takes place in New York City. Lizzie is much more comfortable in the big city than she was in the second book, and it’s nice seeing the combination of her continued learning curve and the ways she feels like a real New Yorker now.
The “Adult” Aspect
It’s the same as the rest of Cabot’s adult books – there are some sex scenes, but nothing goes into too much detail, and the characters deal with a lot of “adult” issues, like jobs and marriage and “grown-up” relationships.
The romance was a lot more interesting in this book, but to avoid spoilers, I’m not going to say why. All I will say is that some of the romance drama made this book a lot more interesting to me than the previous books, although some of the angst could have been done without.
Everything worked out well by the end of the book, although I do feel like it was wrapped up a little too nicely at the end. I could have done with an ending that was a little messier and gave me the opportunity to read another book in the series – although, with the recent bunch of surprise Cabot sequels, maybe I’ll be lucky enough to have one in the future anyway!
This was definitely my favorite book in the trilogy, and it continues to get me excited about working my way through the Cabot blacklist and anything she writes in the future.