David C. Cook
Melody Carlson’s Three Weddings & a Bar Mitzvah, the final installment of the 86 Bloomberg Place series, is an uplifting story about the trials of life and how friendships and romantic relationships can help us weather those storms. With June only a few weeks away, Lelani, Anna, Kendall, and Megan have to plan two weddings, attend another wedding and a bar mitzvah, and deal with the stress that comes with their fiancés and boyfriends.
As Kendall plans her wedding, she has a little help from her family, including her overbearing mother. Anna and Edward go through a rough patch when the new intern shakes up their relationship. Lelani learns to juggle planning a wedding, caring for her daughter, and getting along with her soon-to-be in-laws. Meanwhile, Megan questions her heart and her relationship with Marcus when he goes on a mission trip to Africa. In dealing with these trials, the girls find they’re searching for more than just life and love: they’re searching for God, just as Jeremiah 29:13 says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
Three Weddings & a Bar Mitzvah is full of relatable content and dialogue, especially for those who have graduated from college and are beginning their careers. The four main characters come from very different backgrounds and walks of life, yet all are lifelike and three-dimensional. Carlson did a wonderful job of creating each character and making each girl’s personal challenges genuine. God is mentioned throughout the book, but prayer and the Bible could have been a stronger factor.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it for anyone who has read the previous three. It is a satisfying ending to the series and wraps up all the loose ends nicely. It’d be the perfect addition to a youth group library or to send to that college-aged young woman who needs a break from studying. – Caitlin Wilson, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
This final installment in the 86 Bloomberg Place series, Three Weddings and a Bar Mitzvah, follows the four roommates through the high dramas of their romantic relationships. Newly engaged Lelani has returned from Maui with her toddler anticipating a simple, beautiful wedding to Gil, but his Latina mama has other ideas-and the willpower to make them happen. Kendall, who accepts her "Maui Man's" proposal of marriage, finds her wedding plans turned upside down by her absentee parents and cruel sisters, who don't think she's capable of making a single smart decision on her own. Marcus takes a trip to Africa, leaving Megan uncertain about the future of their relationship, and Anna risks losing Edmond to a flirty young intern at their office. And to complicate matters, Megan and Anna need to find another place to live.
With only two months to pull off both weddings (on the same day), the pressure is on, and the stress just might kill all promise of happily ever after. Are their friendships strong enough to weather the hassles and heartaches?