Renee Conoulty: Up To I Do by Samantha March **Interview and Review**


Thursday, 1 October 2015

Up To I Do by Samantha March **Interview and Review**

samanthamarchsummerHey Everyone!

I'd like to introduce you to Samantha March, who is on tour with her latest novel, Up To I Do. 

Samantha March is an author, editor, publisher, blogger, and all around book lover. She runs the popular book/women's lifestyle blog ChickLitPlus, which keeps her bookshelf stocked with the latest reads and up to date on all things health, fitness, fashion, and celebrity related. In 2011 she launched her independent publishing company Marching Ink and has three published novels - Destined to Fail, The Green Ticket and A Questionable Friendship. When she isn't reading, writing, or blogging, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers. Samantha lives in Iowa with her husband and Vizsla puppy. 

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What inspired you to write Up To I Do?
I first got the idea to write this book after getting engaged myself, thinking I could include my personal journey and funny anecdotes along the way. It actually ended up turning out nothing like my wedding since Emerson and I are nothing like each other, but it will still of course fun to write!

Which character do you relate to most and why?
Maybe Millie. I have a huge passion for traveling and I channeled a lot of that into her character.

Did you start to morph into a Bridezilla leading up to your wedding?
I don’t think so! Maybe others will tell you differently. To be really honest, I kind of wish I had. I think I was a little too meek in my wedding planning process, and if I could go back and change one thing, I would have more of a backbone during my year of engagement and planning.

I love the cover! Who did your cover design?
Thank you so much! The cover is a personal wedding photo of mine, and then Ashley with Redbird Designs made it all come together :)

Are you working on anything else at the moment?
I’m currently writing book 5!

What do you do when you aren’t writing?
Working, playing with my dog, working out, being with my husband and friends :)

I know you can't ask an avid reader what their favourite book is, so what's your favourite yoga position?
Ha! I love getting upside down – handstands are something I work on every day!

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
Just thank you so much for having me! This book means a lot to be because it is dedicated to my late grandmother, and Grandma Pearl has a special role in the story :)

Up To I Do by Samantha March

wedding romance bridezillaEmerson Sinclair, twenty-seven year old hotel heiress, has said yes. With just over a year to plan her extravagant, over the top nuptials to Logan Worthington, it’s all hands on deck with the wedding plans. A Sinclair marrying into the Worthington family is the talk of their small New Hampshire town, and ideas include filming the wedding for a TV segment. But as the items get checked off the list, plans start to go ... not as planned. From not getting a designer dress to a selfish bridesmaid and unaccountable best man, Emerson is afraid her wedding will be more a joke than anything.
When both her mother and sister seemingly begin to lose interest in her wedding plans in favor of their own personal lives, Emerson fears her big day will turn into the forgotten wedding. With the pressure to pull off a beautiful and elegant event that everyone expects from their respectable families, Emerson starts to forget the reason why she is saying I Do in the first place.
But her spirited Grams is there to make sure neither happens. With her help and guidance, Emerson not only has her wedding plans back on track, but she remembers the reason why they are going through the stress of wedding planning – because at the end of it all she gets to marry her true love, and marriage is defined by more than a wedding.

Hey! Here's my review.

A fun chick lit novel about the build up to the event of the decade, I mean the wedding. This novel deals with the relationships between the women in a family that comes from old money, rather than the romance. Emerson is already madly in love with Logan, and he with her. I felt they were well suited and destined for a happily ever after, so long as Emerson could keep her inner bridezilla at bay. This battle seemed even harder due to Emerson's spoilt rich girl attitude. The expectations put on "the event" caused it to spiral out of control, with Emerson simultaneously wanting to please everyone, wanting to be the centre of attention all the time, and trying to work out what she really wanted, deep inside. Even though Emerson isn't the kind of girl I would hang out with, I did understand her and wanted everything to work out. She was never malicious, but simply had an attitude of entitlement that she had been brought up with. 

I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review. It is the second book I have read by Samantha, and I'm looking forward to reading more of her work.


  • Where: CLP Blog Tours
  • Format: ebook
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