An emotional roller-coaster about the survivor of a heart transplant adjusting to her new life, dealing with survivor guilt and coping with a troubling new obsession with getting married that has already cost her the best friend she’d ever had. I sighed, I cried and I laughed. Beautiful and uplifting.
The Wedding Obsession is a truly touching love story. This is a deeply emotional read with complex layering that may not appeal to some readers, but I was drawn in from the first and the more I read, the more absorbed I became. Emmie is a heart transplant recipient who struggles with both survivor guilt and an obsession with weddings that appears to have come along with the heart she has inherited. She’s driven to be worthy of the heart, knowing that somebody died so she could live. Tied in with all this guilt is even more guilt over the fact that she pushed away her best friend Bran. Bran has been in love with Emmie since they were teenagers but has been afraid to tell her because she’s his best friend and he doesn’t want to risk that friendship. Having Emmie push him away and then not contact him for a year has left him hurt and unwilling to risk his heart again. Of course he does, and with the patience of a saint he gently helps Emmie work through her issues and rebuild their relationship. The story is beautifully written. Madeline Ash has a gift for digging deep into a character and drawing out the emotion, and in this story emotion is everywhere. I cried as I read Bran’s recipes and I desperately wanted him to be healed, just as I wanted Emmie to be healed, though frankly at times I couldn’t see how that could happen. Of course it all worked out in the end because ultimately this is a love story, but my goodness what a journey!