Eliza Kennedy’s debut novel, I Take You, is the latest ARC this pedometer geek read. Received directly from the publishing house through Blogging for Books, this in no way affects this extended review.
I Take You
by Eliza Kennedy
Published by Crown Publishing, 2015
a division of Penguin Random House, LLC
As the book flap of this chick-lit novel indicates, this story is all about thirty-something Lily Wilder. She’s a New Yorker, a lawyer, and a bride-to-be. She has a dream job, wonderful, supportive friends, and caring, charismatic women in her life. She is also engaged to Will, a brilliant, handsome archaeologist.
In essence, she has the perfect life. She is sassy, impulsive, and so much more. As the novel opens, she is out on the town with her bridesmaids at her bachelorette party, drinking and dancing with her maid of honor, Freddy, and flirting with every man in sight. All of the story is told from Lily’s perspective.
With a week to go before the big event, there are some doubts in her mind…she likes him, but does she really love him? They’ve only known each other about six months, and they have been engaged for five of them. The one thing in common between them is that they love their respective jobs, each spending an inordinate amount of time at them (leaving little time for them to spend together).
The problem: Lily loves men–a lot. Lily loves sex, and infidelity seems to be inbred in her. Despite her deep affection for Will, she regularly indulges herself with the men she meets, especially in bars. And she spends a good deal of time drinking (thus lowering her inhibitions) with her best friend Freddy.
After traveling home to Key West, her mothers (yes, mothers as she has several step-mothers as well as her own mother) and other family members gather for an intervention to try to talk her out of marrying him so quickly. Frankly, they want her to call off the wedding, period…because they know her past and her sexual proclivities, her impulsiveness. This only makes her more determined to marry Will. She knows she can change her ways; she knows she can be totally faithful, but can she?
At the same time, Will, too, has some concerns. How well does she really know him? He loves her madly, but… And then when she meets his parents? His mother, Anita, especially is against the marriage once they meet Lily, who has managed to become soused before their lunch engagement (and then orders a drink or three for her meal).
As the clock ticks down to their wedding date, Lily vacillates back and forth on her decision, especially every time there is another yummy guy willing to spend a free hour with her. Working out these issues (and some others), in the week prior to the wedding (the whole story takes place during this one week), may undo the couple. Added to that, she is required to spend much of her time working on behalf of a client, prepping a man for a deposition, all the while working out the details of the upcoming wedding with Mattie, the scattered wedding planner.
This is lighthearted, frivolous reading at its best. Lots of texting and sexting by the bride-to-be to her fiancé, her friends, her family, and random men she meets help drive the action along as the week concludes. The story has plenty of twists; it’s full of sexual innuendos and situations; and it’s full of laughs (this reader particularly loved the deposition scene) and even has some philosophy in it (Epictetus rocks!).
While the story may be geared toward twenty and thirty-something women, anyone who enjoys a quick, fun read about sassy young women will find something to like about this story. The final question: will they marry or will they part?
This reader looks forward to seeing more from this author. What more can be said?!