Monday, August 14, 2023

A Cross-Country Wedding by Courtney Walsh: Book Review

 *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

A fun-loving free spirit.
Her buttoned-up best friend.
And a cross-country wedding that could drive their platonic relationship toward something else entirely.

Simon Collier is my friend.

Heck, he’s been my friend for most of my adult life—and we couldn’t be more different.

I love late-night karaoke. He’s a homebody with a piano I’ve never heard him play.

I relish being the center of attention while Simon prefers to fade into the background.

My dresser is a disaster. He alphabetizes his fridge.

I suppose we’re a little like sunshine and rain. It’s why our friendship works.

Even though we’re total opposites, we get along like peas and carrots. He’s constantly saving me after failed romances, and I push him to live a little. . .even if that means dragging him out of his comfort zone.

If I can make him laugh, it’s a win.

He’s my safe person. Secure, reliable, fun to poke fun at.

Simon Collier is my friend.

But now, all that might change.

After another predictable break-up, I find myself in need of a plus-one for my best friend Lauren’s cross-country wedding. A wedding that reenacts the road trip where she and her fiance, Will, first fell in love. And despite his fussiness, Simon is the safest person to bring along because I’m not in the market for any more messy feelings.

Our friendship has been intact for over ten years, surely we can handle a week crammed in a car, sharing meals and playlists and nighttime secrets and single beds.


A Cross-Country Wedding is a sizzling but sweet, friends-to-more road trip romance. It is the second in the Road Trip Romance series & while it reads as a stand-alone, it may be best enjoyed after reading A Cross-Country Christmas.

Courtney Walsh is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of sixteen novels. She writes small town romance and women's fiction while juggling the performing arts studio and youth theatre she owns and runs with her husband. Courtney is a Carol award winner and Christy Award finalist who has also written two craft books and several full-length musicals. She lives in Illinois with her husband and three children and a sometimes naughty Bernedoodle named Luna.

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A Cross-Country Wedding is the second book in the Road Trip Romance series. Those who have read the previous book will definitely love getting to see Lauren and Will again during their wedding week, but I definitely think this could be read as a standalone for those who haven't yet read it as well. 

As much as I enjoyed the previous book, I must say that this one was even better! Right from the start, I just found myself loving Simon and Maddie together. Simon was perfectly awkward, and I loved the way that he looked out for Maddie, but also saw the best in her throughout the story. Maddie's free-spirited attitude was a great contrast to his serious one, but I so enjoyed seeing them balance each other out so well and bring out the best in each other. As with most friends to love stories, it was a bit of a slow burn but so worth the wait... and I enjoyed every moment of it- from the swoony to the laugh out loud... and there were plenty of both to enjoy! 

If you're looking for a fantastic road trip romance, this is definitely a must read. 


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