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Before the Clock Strikes 30

About the Book: With wedding festivities swirling around her, the bride's fortune-telling aunt transfixes young Shannon Fielding. The gypsy woman foresees love in the girl's future: before her thirtieth year, Shannon will meet the man of her dreams. The promise of romance is absolutely thrilling—it's almost enough to compensate for the groom's annoying younger brother...

Shannon has remembered, and loathed, Nathan since their childhood meeting at the wedding reception that set her on a never-ending quest to find her Mr. Right. When Nathan steps back into Shannon's life, she is forced to reconcile her memory of the obnoxious boy he once was with the endearing man he's become. Nathan quickly becomes the best friend a girl could ask for—but when their friendship threatens to develop into something more, can Shannon give up the idea of the mysterious soul mate she's sought for so long?

My Review: Shannon has always loved weddings, even before she was asked to help at Judy's wedding. Judy was the older sister of Shannon's best friend Rachel and helping at her wedding changed Shannon's life forever. You see, Rachel's aunt was a fortune telling gypsy and Rachel and Shannon both knew that whatever she told them would come true. Rachel was told that she would become a lawyer, but Shannon's fortune was that she would marry before she turned 30 to a man she met at a wedding who would be wearing a silk tie. She also met Nathan at Judy's wedding. He was the annoying younger brother of the groom and if Shannon never saw him again it would be way too soon! Flash Forward to college and Shannon is in a hurry to get to her classes, so much of a hurry that she skips both breakfast and lunch and ends up fainting in her choir class. And that is where she re-meets Nathan when he takes her home after she faints. But he doesn't remember her and Shannon doesn't want to explain to it to him and so she doesn't. They easily become best friends and Shannon starts to worry that it will become more and she's worried about that, because she has a rule that she doesn't date anyone who has ever hurt her feelings. Will Shannon ever give Nathan a chance?

This was a really fun book! I loved the characters. Shannon is great, I loved seeing the world through her perspective. I liked Nathan too, I really liked the way that they would challenge each other to do things that were hard for them. The plot was fun, I found myself totally engrossed and not wanting to put the book down. Aubrey Mace is really great at writing books where the characters and situations feel real! 


I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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