Book Review The Wedding Ringer by Kerry Rea
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The Wedding Ringer by Kerry Rea

The Wedding Ringer by Kerry Rea is a wonderful and engaging novel about friendship, loss and love – and how each of those may enter our lives when we least expect them.

Thank you Berkley for our gifted review copy.

Publication Date: November 9, 2021

Synopsis: A woman who wants nothing to do with love or friendship finds both in the unlikeliest ways in this hilarious and heartwarming debut by Kerry Rea.

Once upon a time, Willa Callister was a successful blogger with a good credit score, actual hobbies, and legs that she shaved more than once a month. But after finding her fiancé in bed with her best friend, she now spends her days performing at children’s birthday parties in a ball gown that makes her look like a walking bottle of Pepto Bismol. Willa dreams of starting fresh, where no one knows who she used to be, but first she needs to save up enough money to make it happen.

Maisie Mitchell needs something too: another bridesmaid for her wedding. After a chance encounter at a coffee shop, Maisie offers to pay Willa to be in her bridal party. Willa wants nothing to do with weddings–or Maisie–but the money will give her the freedom to start the new life she so badly desires.

Willa’s bridesmaid duties thrust her into Maisie’s high-energy world and into the path of hotshot doctor Liam Rafferty. But as Willa and Maisie form a real friendship, and Liam’s annoyingly irresistible smile makes her reconsider her mantra that all men are trash, Willa’s exit strategy becomes way more complicated. And when a secret from Maisie’s past threatens to derail the wedding, Willa must consider whether friendship–and romance–are worth sticking around for.

Book Review: The Wedding Ringer by Kerry Rea

I had a feeling I would like this book when I heard it had a grief element. If you don’t know, love stories with grief are my catnip – I can’t get enough! But when I heard this book also discusses the loss and grieving of female friendships, I am all in. I love seeing this representation in books because the loss of a long and important friendships can be one of the most challenging things one can face, especially in early adulthood.
Willa is such a strong character. I love everything about her, especially how relatable she is. She’s messy, she’s going through loss and has a plan to move on. When Maisie enters her life, it’s like a confetti tornado – in the best way.


  • Love stories with grief
  • Complexity and loss of strong female friendships
  • Messy, vulnerable female leads
  • Hilarious internal dialogue
  • Fun & engaging side characters


I am Really Into This book & I want to scream it from the rooftops. I simply devoured it & Kerry’s voice is so strong and unique, I cannot wait to read more of her books! The Wedding Ringer by Kerry Rea just speaks to my heart in the best way! If you’re a fan of Float Plan by Trish Doller, this book is for you. Also, can’t recommend Love, Lists and Fancy Ships by Sarah Grunder Ruiz enough – they’re all in the same little cloud of women’s fiction / romance and I love them all so much!

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Momma, wife, baker, reader & smart ass. I am Really Into doughnuts, inside jokes, trash TV, pizza, 48 Hours & George Michael.

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