On the Rocks: A Novel

By Erin Duffy

Ever considering she was once a bit lady, Abby Wilkes has dreamed of her marriage ceremony, the day while she'd put on a good looking white gown and appear like a princess. . . .

That was once earlier than her existence fell aside in entrance of the complete international. Her longtime boyfriend-turned-fiancé, Ben, unceremoniously dumped her—by altering his prestige to unmarried on Facebook—while she used to be attempting at the so much beautiful Vera Wang costume for the large day.

Worried, her ally, Grace, devises the best plan to get Abby again on her video game. the 2 of them are going to flee sweltering Boston and its consistent reminders of Ben and head to Newport for the summer time. In a old fashioned rented cottage by way of the ocean, Grace is convinced the women will take pleasure in cool breezes, cocktails, and crowds of beautiful men.

But Abby and style detect that during this period of social media there isn't any genuine get away. courting hasn't ever been effortless. yet now that the principles have replaced and the limits are blurred past acceptance, will they ever locate real love? And in the event that they do, how can romance stand an opportunity while a girl's each notice and movement can move viral with a unmarried click?

As the summer time winds all the way down to hard work Day, Abby will make a few mind-blowing discoveries—about love, males, friendship . . . and, most vital, herself.

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Meanwhile, my favourite niece doesn't disguise within the girls’ room, ok? ” She positioned her hand on my waist and walked me again into the occasion, her martini nonetheless sloshing and her excessive heels clacking at the hardwood ground. I took my seat on the dreaded singles desk and shook arms with the fellow sitting on my correct. His identify used to be Larry, and he used to be an aspiring artist who beloved to spend his loose time engaging in jousting competitions at medieval occasions occasions. That was once all i wanted to grasp approximately Larry. On my left was once Kyle. Kyle used to be a thirty-four-year-old pupil who had a later commence within the grad university video game since it had taken him six years to get out of faculty and he had spent the following couple of years touring the realm looking for himself. might be my aunt was once correct. might be it was once unacceptable for me to conceal within the women’ room, yet she was once fallacious approximately whatever too: there has been totally, absolutely no approach in hell that i used to be going to satisfy somebody at this marriage ceremony. and that i particularly couldn’t have cared much less. 3 hours and numerous glasses of alcohol later, Katie requested me to assist her become her departure outfit. She swished in entrance of me down the corridor and into the living room, and that i scurried after her, figuring out that this used to be going to be my ultimate responsibility as maid of honor, the final time it used to be going to be my activity to maintain her. once we entered the living room she collapsed at the chaise and let loose a shriek. “Abby, do you suspect I’m married? ” “I type of don’t. It was once difficult to inform you and mother aside. You have been the only at the altar, correct? ” “That’s so no longer funny,” she acknowledged with a grin. She hesitated for a second prior to she requested a similar query I have been asking myself for it slow. “Abby, do you think that she’d be diverse if Dad have been nonetheless alive? ” “I don’t recognize. i know that Dad may have enjoyed to be with us this day, and that he might by no means have enable her put on that costume. That’s evidently. ” “Someday i feel I’ll chuckle approximately it. simply now not every time soon,” she acknowledged. “Me too. sometime years from now, we are going to locate it humorous. i think that manner a couple of lot of items. ” She became her again to me back, this time so i'll unhook and unbutton the frilly mechanisms that held up her dress. once they had all been loose, I lightly slid the costume down her tiny body and permit her lean her weight on my shoulder as she stepped out of the gown, now pooled round her at the flooring like a satin puddle. I helped her decrease her brief white cocktail costume over her head, taking care, once more, not to disrupt her curls. She reapplied her lip gloss and became to me one final time ahead of departing for Hawaii. “I’m chuffed, Abby. i am hoping you recognize that. and that i desire you’re satisfied for me. ” “I am,” I acknowledged. I stunned myself, simply because I intended it. “You have been a truly nice maid of honor. I’m sorry if I made issues tougher on you than they already are. ” She reached over, and we hugged tightly, whatever she and that i had no longer performed for a long time. Weddings particularly do deliver out the sap in humans. I published myself from her embody and stuck one stray curl that had fallen down in the back of her ear.

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