"On This Day" by Melody Carlson

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You know how it is. Your thoughts are whirling around in your head allday long. Think about it. Other people do the same thing. I wonder whatthey are thinking about?

Think about this. You have just arrived at the destination for the"destination wedding" of your niece. You have come to the conclusionthat your husband is most likely having an affair with one of yourneighbors back home--his new jogging partner. You make a decision thatyou are not going to confront him about it until after this wedding. Youwouldn't think of doing anything to spoil this happy occasion for yourfavorite niece. You spend the entire day avoiding your husband. At thesame time you wonder what he is thinking, wondering what he thinks aboutwhy you are avoiding him. Of course, there are other things to thinkabout. You meet the groom's new boss and his wife. They are having amarital meltdown, and your sister has asked you to somehow keep thatfrom disrupting the other guests and the happiness of her daughter'swedding day. The bride's paternal grandmother regales you with storiesfrom her younger days and her marriage. All the while you are thinkingthat you should have a tape recorder. The grandchildren would enjoyhearing these stories of their family history someday. You wonder if thegroom's wealthy family and friends will welcome your niece or will theytreat her like a poor relation...the way they look down their noses atthe groom's brother's wife. Wow...that dress must have cost as much asyour salary for six months.

And...On and on it goes...the thoughts that go through your mind in thecourse of one day. Of course, since it is a wedding day, many thoughtsare wedding and marriage related.

This very creative novel by Melody Carlson tells the story of one day--awedding day. The story is told through the thoughts of five women--1)the bride's Aunt Elizabeth, 2) Suzette, the second wife of the groom'snew boss, 3) Margaret, the bride's paternal grandmother, 4) Laura, thewife of the groom's brother, and 5) Ingrid, the maid of honor.

An intriguing book.

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