The Grooms Wore White by Charlie Lyndhurst – Blog Tour

A huge thank you to Hera Books, Charlie Lyndhurst and Netgalley for a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.


Jason is the best wedding planner around, known as the Fairy Godfather to the couples whose special days he plans. But coming up against workplace prejudice is taking a toll on his love for his job.

His mother-in-law, Mel, has just discovered her husband has been cheating on her with a younger woman. Nearing fifty, jobless and struggling, she needs to work out who she is aside from a mum and a wife, and get her life back on track.

Meanwhile, up-tight wedding planner Harriet is struggling to find her own true love – if such a thing exists. Between liars, married men, and disaster dates, she thinks she may never find the one. And her outdated attitude toward LGBT marriages make her even more bitter.

When Jason starts Extra Weddings – helping people marry whoever they like, in whatever way they want – he, Mel and Harriet find themselves coming together to help couples make memories to last a lifetime. But can they bridge their gaps, and be a unit when others need them most?

Fans of Casey McQuiston, Lindsey Kelk and Justin Myers are invited to the most heart-warming and extravagant wedding event of 2022.

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My Thoughts

I found this such a cute story which has a romantic plot but is so much more than that.  It is a story about starting over, looking at yourself and your opinions and standing up for what is right.

The story centres around 3 main characters and their personal arcs, which come together in different ways.

Jason is a wedding planner and has just managed to get fired from his new job, he is trying to get his own business off the ground and arrange his own wedding to Pete.  I likes Pete and Jason and how they balanced each other.  Jason was nervous and angsty whilst Pete was a little more level headed however when it came to the wedding Pete was more extravagant and excitable.  They were very supportive of each other.

Mel is Pete’s mum and newly single after discovering that her husband was cheating on her.   Mel was the hero of this story.  Trying to hold her family together, keep her home (a little stubbornly) and find her way in the world as more than a wife and mother, whilst still supporting her children.  She was far more capable and cleverer than she gave herself credit for.

Harriet was an interesting character and had more depth to her than the others, despite being very unlikable.  Lyndhurst did a great job of creating a very realistic villain and her views and thoughts really made me angry.  However, in many ways I felt sorry for her as we learned about her upbringing and deep down that she just wanted true love. 

I flew through this book and couldn’t put it down.  It was a light and easy read but in places thought provoking and emotional.       

I would love to have more insight into Jason and Pete’s relationship and how they met and I think this actually would have worked well as a lined series, with a strong focus on a different character in each book, rather than three main characters in one.  Sometimes it felt as though time was passing too quickly and there was more to explore about each character arc.  This didn’t stop me from enjoying the book though – just me being greedy and wanting a little more.

A great and enjoyable read.     

Author Bio – Charlie Lyndhurst

Charlie Lyndhurst is an award-shortlisted gay romance novelist, writing tutor, ghostwriter, and the Diversity Officer of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. The Grooms Wore White is his first commercial crossover novel.

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