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Trade Paperback
304 pages
May 2005
WestBow Press

With This Ring, I'm Confused

by Kristin Billerbeck

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Ashley Stockingdale has finally found the prince of her dreams, but the stress of wedding plans and ultra-preppy future in-laws (also known as the Southern Golf Mafia) triples when Kevin’s sister becomes her wedding coordinator. Emily Novak knows how her brother’s wedding should shine in the society papers, and nothing short of a total Gone-with-the-Wind makeover will do, complete with Confederate uniforms, raised swords, and a hideous bridal gown. The groom’s too busy doctoring for details, except for a minor one – a job opportunity that could take them from the sunny Silicon Valley to Philadelphia.

Then Ashley’s boss Purvi hires the last person Ashley wants to see – her ex-boyfriend, Seth, who wants another chance. Her practical roommate Kay decides to cancel her swearing-off-all-men rule and goes out with Emily’s date in the midst of trying to forgive the man who hurt her years ago. Ashley’s brother and his Chinese wife need her to cover the check for their son’s red egg and ginger party, which coupled with ordering and reordering wedding items stretches Ashley’s finances to the breaking point. In the midst of all this, Purvi announces she’s moving back to India, leaving Ashley to take up the slack in the office at the worst possible time.

Which would be the better option – eloping or calling the whole thing off?

Any woman can relate to Ashley – even if they recognize none of the brands that accessorize her high-fashion life. A slightly exaggerating, droll form of wit permeates the pages, providing comic relief as Ashley’s life weaves at high speed among traffic on an eight-lane highway. The pace never lets up as one disaster after another hits, but Ashley handles the stress with God’s help and plenty of espresso. The wacky main character and the book itself may seem a bit shallow in places, but the hearts of both are definitely in the right place. Be prepared to laugh out loud! – Katie Hart, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

She's finally found that nice, good-looking Christian guy who—gasp—actually wants to commit, but will she make it to the altar with her sanity intact?

Ashley Stockingdale has imagined her wedding day since she was a little girl-but that fairy tale is rapidly turning into a southern gothic tale, complete with overbearing future in-laws from "old South" Atlanta, a groom who's too busy for details, and her own dysfunctional family. Throw in Ashley's high-pressure job that takes her out of town-and out of the loop-far too often, and suddenly a quick Las Vegas wedding is starting to look pretty darned good.

Can Ashley pull off her dream wedding (preferably without having a nervous breakdown?) Or is she destined to wear Scarlett O'Hara ruffles and leave the church under a tunnel of Confederate swords?

This comedy of manners and culture-the third in the Ashley Stockingdale series-promises to leave fans of chick lit laughing out loud.