Seating Arrangements, the drama behind the family wedding, review/giveaway

Do you ever wonder what goes on behind a wedding? Are the smiles and hugs big facades? Just maybe there is some juicy drama that would make even the most worldly person blush. Are you ready for a summer read that has substance over fluff? 

The novel, Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead weaves a delicate tale of a family in a state of change. Over the weekend wedding of his daughter, Winn Van Meter tests his social status, doubts his role as patriarch, and questions his personal history. With the chaos of wedding plannings looming in the background, all the parties involved in the react differently to the major changes in their lives.

The characters are the driving force behind this novel. Many of us understand the difficulties of a wedding weekend. Unfortunately, we don't often see the spats, hook-ups and tear-soaked nights that accompany that one blissful day.

Shipstead carefully weaves a tale of a family who is more concerned with outward appearances that personal relationships. From a father who desires club memberships more than his daughter's affection to a daughter who longs for a man to sweep her off her feet, this story has substance and depth. While the plot has women inspired topics, the well-written characters, with all their flaws, are the heart of the story.

If you are looking for a summer read that is engaging and character driven, turn to Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead.

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review and giveaway. All opinions are mine and I was not compensated for this review.  


  1. Looking forward to a fun summer beach read.

  2. I look forward to reading this book because I think it would help me reflect a bit on my own life in a lighthearted way.
    Thank you for the giveaway :)

  3. I look forward to reading this book because it sounds like a fun and interesting book.

  4. sounds like a great read and i love reading period

  5. I came across a review for this book a few months ago and it has been on my "To read" list.

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  6. The title of this book intrigues me!

  7. I am always looking for new authors to read. I love finding new books to read.

  8. i love books about family dynamics

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  9. I'm always looking for new books and authors!

  10. I think it would be a good read.

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  11. It sounds like a fun, lively read!