First Comes Love

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First Comes Love

Newlyweds Cate and Ethan, struggling caterers without health insurance, are not ready to start a family. But when Cate realizes she might be pregnant, she and Ethan become excited. When it turns out, she isn't pregnant; the pair decides to start trying.

Now that Cate and Ethan are attempting to conceive, it seems everyone around them is pregnant. Just when Cate and Ethan land a huge contract with a famous but demanding golfer, Ethan's cousin from hell, Denise, becomes engaged to a buffoon of a man who the family refers to as 'Scary Dad.' Scary Dad has two scary kids and worst of all, Denise has asked Cate to be her maid of honor.

While trying to appease the golfer and his rude family along with juggling Denise's demands, Cate learns she is pregnant. She and Ethan are elated only to learn her due date is the same date chosen for the upcoming wedding. Denise, a self-centered ingrate, asks Cate to schedule a cesarean before the wedding so that Cate and the baby don't take her attention.

Things go downhill from there. Cate gets so sick that she can't function and spends her days and nights throwing up. She and Ethan are forced to hire help. Ethan, a sweetheart, handles things splendidly.

After the morning sickness passes, Cate is crazy with hormones and finds herself telling off rude people while her husband watches in horror. When Ethan mentions having another child, Cate says 'no.'

Meanwhile, Denise continues to be unreasonable, talking nonstop about her wedding plans and making outlandish requests for her wedding and bachelorette party. Cate is disgusted with the whole thing and still can't believe Denise is settling for Scary Dad.

With Cate eight months pregnant, the day of the wedding comes. Denise comes to her senses and backs out from the marriage leaving Ethan to tell the guests there won't be a wedding.

Finally, the baby is born, Cate and Ethan fall in love with their child and Cate decides yes she'll have another.

First Comes Love is a casual, humorous romp through the trials of trying to get pregnant, the state of being pregnant and having a baby.

Ms. Lyles has a witty, insightful voice that lends itself well to the chick-lit genre. I felt like I was chatting with a girlfriend over a glass of wine.

The plot is so low-key that the book reads more like a memoir than a novel. But like a friend who has overstayed her welcome, Cate's negative thoughts about others began to wear and, as if 9-months pregnant myself, I was happy when the baby was born.

Book Blurb for First Comes Love

In the latest from the author of Always the Bridesmaid, Cate and Ethan are happily married at last-but it looks like the honeymoon is over.

Cate Padgett is no longer a permanent bridesmaid. Having found a love of her own with Ethan, she's enjoying newlywed bliss. Life is so much calmer now that the wedding mayhem has subsided. Just one problem: as the last of their friends to marry, Cate and Ethan are now the only ones who don't have a kid, aren't expecting a kid, and aren't even trying. There's not even a bump on the horizon. They were just cozying up to being a twosome, and now there's pressure to make it three. Those carefree bridesmaid days are starting to look good.


Whitney Lyles lives with her husband and four pets in San Diego, California.

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2007 3.75