Seating Arrangements is one of those novels that you pick up because it sounds good for one reason but turns out to be something totally different (but still good!). I originally thought this was going to be a story about the chaos of getting ready for a wedding, and although it is, it is so much more. The novels centers around the father of the bride, Winn Van Meter. Winn is one of these self-assured, totally in control types. Of course, we all know when it comes to wedding preparation, this is not a good fit. He is totally out of his element as his daughter, his wife, his younger daughter, the wedding planner, the fiance, and a host of other family members and friends descend on his home on a New England island. Everyone has their own secrets and problems to deal with, and Winn must confront his own faults. Although the entire novel takes place in just one weekend, you really get a feel for this family. Well done for a first novel!
Read alike: The Romantics by Galt Niederhoffer