Published: 2012 and 2014
#1 – Three Girls and a Baby: Ginny McKensie’s life is spiraling out of control. Finished with college, she should have been planning her wedding. After all, Ginny and Josh were made for each other—everyone said so. Except the love of her life didn’t agree. Now Ginny is back in her hometown, unwillingly single, and stuck in a dead-end job. When she discovers she’s pregnant, Ginny is convinced her life is ending. Instead of planning a future with Josh, she’s learning the truth about morning sickness, juggling bills, and seeing just how far designer jeans can stretch. Her life-plan never included dating again (not even with her too-hot new boss), or being a single mother at 23. Now, with the help of her best friends, Annie and Jen, Ginny must try to re-imagine—and rebuild—a life she never wanted.
#2 – Three Girls and a Wedding: Jen Campbell loves weddings. In fact, she loves them so much that she became an event planner in the hopes that she would one day get the chance to help women create the fairy tale day of their dreams…Unfortunately, the only thing Jen has been allowed to plan so far are boring restaurant openings and children’s birthday parties. When Jen’s big break finally comes, she realizes that wedding planning is a heck of a lot more complicated than picking out the perfect flowers and cake. Add to the chaos a pair of fighting friends, a totally pressuring mother, and a ridiculously gorgeous (but moody) best man, and Jen has her work cut out for her.
#3 – Three Girls and a Leading Man: Annie Duncan has never put much stock in true love. Sure, she loves dating, but she gets more than her share of drama working as a struggling actress–she can live without the romantic kind, thank you very much. Instead, Annie focuses her energy on her two best friends, Jen and Ginny. And now that she finally appears to be getting her big break, Annie couldn’t be happier with the way things are going. When she meets Nate during a weekend away in Vegas, she figures she’ll just have an exhilarating fling–even if he is totally adorable and clearly into her. But when Annie finds herself falling for Nate, she’s faced with a choice she never wanted to make.
#4 – The Truth About Ever After: Kiki Barker-Thompson has always lived a charmed life. Blessed with wealth, a loving family, a dream career, and the perfect husband, Kiki appears to be living a modern-day fairy tale. But when a startling loss turns Kiki’s world upside down, she realizes that her perfect fairy tale life may not be so perfect after all. Maybe living happily ever after is not all it’s cracked up to be! For the first time in her life, Kiki has to learn to deal with true heartache–and the repercussions for her marriage are far-reaching. To make matters worse, Kiki must work with a nightmare client in the form of a frenemy from the past–or risk endangering her new business. Their uncomfortable reunion will force Kiki to confront issues and insecurities that she left behind long ago. Or so she thought. With her unshakable spirit and optimism, Kiki Barker-Thompson must now learn to re-evaluate her choices–and her dreams. In doing so, she may just find that a real-life happily-ever-after could be possible after all.
#5 – Three Girls and a New Beginning: Best friends for years, Ginny, Jen, and Annie are certain that nothing will ever come between them. And now that they’ve all found happily-ever-afters with the men in their lives, everything should be perfect. But life has a way of messing with even the best-laid plans. In Three Girls and a New Beginning, each friend will have new issues to grapple with. When those issues threaten the foundation of their friendship, will the girls be strong enough to pull through? Or will it take a tragedy none of them ever expected to remind them of who their true family really is?
A HUGE thank you to Rachel for kindly sending me all the books via Kindle. Reading them back-to-back is the best way of enjoying them.
I won’t go into great detail about each of the books but this is by far, the best self published set of novels I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Rachel’s writing is beautiful throughout. With the narrative change in each story, readers are given the chance to get to know each character individually and then when they’re all together, they’re fantastic as a group.
For me, I loved Ginny and Jen the most out of the girls. I didn’t connect as much as I hoped with Annie and Kiki but that doesn’t mean to say that they’re not wonderful characters.
Everything you read about in these books is highly realistic and that’s why they’re so incredibly popular. You’ll laugh and cry all the way through the set.