Review : The Prairie Bridesmaid

The Prairie Bridesmaid by Daria Salamon
Pages : 261
Genre : Women’s Fiction
My Rating : 

The Prairie Bridesmaid caught my eye for its beautiful cover, and then for its poetic title. I was happy when I found it at my library, although I wasn’t sure what it was about. I thought I would be reading a romantic and light chicklit, but it turned out to be a little more than that. I love when a book surprises me like this!

Anna Lasko, a frustrated school teacher whose almost ex-boyfriend, Adam, is away on temporary assignment in Europe, finds herself tricked into a break-up-with-the-bad-boyfriend intervention by her supportive but meddling girlfriends. To cope with it all, Anna starts smoking again, keeps nightly counsel with her backyard squirrel, Buddy, and starts sessions with a caring but fashion-challenged therapist.

Her well-intentioned family adds to the emotional workload when her beautiful and free-spirited sister decides to move to the Middle East with her boyfriend. Luckily, Anna has her devoted grandmother who constantly says it like it is, refuses to conform to anyone’s requests, and continues to live on her prairie farm half-blind, happy and alone. 

Let me begin by saying, I loved this book. It was light, simple, the pages turned fast and I was constantly entertained. But at the same time, the story had a more serious layer to it, a depth that made this novel not only entertaining, but also a good occasion to reflect on love and relationships.

Anna and Adam have had a ten years relationship with more downs than ups, and yet they’re still together. As she waits for Adam to come back from Europe, Anna thinks back to when they met, when they first bought their house, when things started to turn bad. Little by little, we learn about Adam’s manipulative and controlling personality. It was easy to care for Anna, and the more I knew the more I wished for her to get out of this abusive relationship.

If there was one thing that disappointed me, it was the length of the book. It was way too short! There were so many characters, all great and interesting, and I would have loved to hear more about them, about their stories, about what would happen to them. Until I turned the last page, I hadn’t realized how much I cared for Anna, but also for her family and friends. In other words, this disappointment only tells you how much I enjoyed the book. I certainly hope that Salamon will write some more.

And let’s not forget Buddy the squirrel. He acts as Anna’s little voice, and she has the most brilliant conversations with him. I would certainly enjoy having a squirrel pet like this one at home!

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3 responses to “Review : The Prairie Bridesmaid”

  1. Megan says :

    Sounds like a really great read! And something pretty different, too. I mean, a squirrel confidante? Definitely interesting!

  2. Jules says :

    I was up to it until… the squirrel came up! 😦 Weird a little no?! I love the cover too!

  3. kay says :

    Megan : I think you might enjoy it if you have the chance to give it a try. I loved the squirrel, although this unrealistic touch might not be for everyone.

    Jules : Yes, I understand about the squirrel! It surprised me at first, but then I though it was a cute, original way to illustrate her inner voice. But I absolutely get why some people might just think it’s weird and not like it. 🙂 I think it is weird, too, but I liked it.

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