Looking for something light? A quick read? A feel good story? The Wedding Beat by Devan Sipher is for you.
Set in NYC we follow the adventures of Gavin Greene who is a reporter for The Paper (aka The NY Times, I'm sure) as he writes those special articles about wedding couples and the back story on how they met and fell in love. One problem is that Gavin is searching for that special someone and having no luck. It gets harder and harder to write those glowing love stories when he is so unlucky in love.
One New Year's Eve he does meet Melinda and promptly loses her as he over thinks what he should do. From the little bit he knows of her he tries to find her. He thinks he has managed it finally only to discover its the wrong Melinda.
His best friend Hope is also searching for that special someone. She and Gavin console each other at their lack of success. You have to wonder as you read whether these two will get together as more then friends. I won't spoil the surprise but suffice it to say that Melinda resurfaces when Gavin ends up writing up another wedding and it's hers.
It's funny, it's captivating and it's worth the read.
Oh, and the author? He writes for the New York Times "Vows" column in the weddings section. Hmm. Is it autobiographical? I'm sure he drew on his experience to write this.