Title: Four Aunties and a Wedding (Aunties #2)
Author: Jesse Q. Sutanto
Genre: Adult Contemporary / Romance / Mystery
Publication Date: March 29th, 2022
Publisher: Berkley Books
Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for an earc to review! All opinions are my own.
“Meddy Chan has been to countless weddings, but she never imagined how her own would turn out. Now the day has arrived, and she can’t wait to marry her college sweetheart, Nathan. Instead of having Ma and the aunts cater to her wedding, Meddy wants them to enjoy the day as guests. As a compromise, they find the perfect wedding vendors: a Chinese-Indonesian family-run company just like theirs. Meddy is hesitant at first, but she hits it off right away with the wedding photographer, Staphanie, who reminds Meddy of herself, down to the unfortunately misspelled name.
Meddy realizes that is where their similarities end, however, when she overhears Staphanie talking about taking out a target. Horrified, Meddy can’t believe Staphanie and her family aren’t just like her own, they are The Family–actual mafia, and they’re using Meddy’s wedding as a chance to conduct shady business. Her aunties and mother won’t let Meddy’s wedding ceremony become a murder scene–over their dead bodies–and will do whatever it takes to save her special day, even if it means taking on the mafia.” (Goodreads)
I was happy to see that I had been approved for this one on Netgalley. After reading about Meddy and her family in the first book I was curious to see what would be in store for them in the sequel. I will say that these books can be over-the-top and if that’s something you don’t like seeing then it may not be for you. It’s definitely a series that is in a whole category of its own when it comes to mixing rom-com with mystery.
The beginning of the book starts off with a note from the author. This sets up the story nicely as she shows us how she found her inspiration for what is to come in the book. It also gives us incite into what is was like to grow up for her and how her husband grew up even though their families came from the same place but moved away. It can be referred to as English diaspora which I can’t recall learning about before but glad I know about it now.
Meddy and her aunties are still funny as ever as they take on the task of a wedding. It is a big task but the aunties are ready to get the job done and find everything Meddy needs. This does cause some issues as she doesn’t want to shoot them down since they are trying to be helpful. I liked seeing how Meddy dealt with it all and still remained fairly calm, haha.
Since this book was to deal with another mystery, I was curious how it would play out especially with a wedding going on. I will say that it was better than what I had expected even if it had over-the-top drama. I think it helped me going in knowing that it would be the case after reading book one. This is why these books stand out so well. They are fun and a unique twist to the genre. I didn’t expect the plot twists that were to come which made it even better.
There is a great conversation to be had when it comes to people and how they are perceived by others as well as how upbringings can be different for everyone. Meddy’s aunties are a wild bunch but it is what makes them special. I’ve always liked that they stayed true to themselves. It gets hard for Meddy when they have to meet Nathan’s parents and they just don’t understand them or their mannerisms. I would definitely have no problem telling them their wrong like Meddy did as well as Nathan sticking up for them too.
Overall, this was another fun read by this author that I liked!