I chose Keep Your Mouth Shut and Wear Beige by Kathleen Gilles Seidel for two reasons, one because the book was available in large print, which I love – being able to read in bed without wearing my glasses is one of the pleasures in life, and because I will be a mother in law one day and as we all know, when I am a mother in law, I will have earned my licence to wear beige.
I expected this book to be a fluffy romance, but it wasn’t. Although the story featured a wedding, there was no romance at all and it didn’t matter at all.
The story is told from the point of view of Darcy Van Aiken who has recently divorced, happily, from Mike. Darcy and Mike have two sons, one of whom, Jeremy, is getting married.
Jeremy’s bride to be, Cami, is from a very rich family, and their wedding threatens to become a circus, although not one of their making.
Darcy, Mike and Mike’s new (and unpleasant) girlfriend, Claudia, start spending a lot of time together because of the wedding preparations, which is a strain for all of them. Darcy and Mike’s relationship is amicable, although during their marriage Darcy struggled with Mike’s critical nature. (Not surprising, being criticised is no fun). Mike’s criticism stemmed from being unable to accept Darcy’s haphazard ways at home, even though she is an ICU nurse who is very good at her work.
This was a fun read with likeable characters, although some are there expressly to be disliked. There are serious moments and lessons learned, but on the whole this was an enjoyable story. Darcy’s character grew in strength and Mike recognised that he wasn’t always right.
I enjoyed the wedding preparations, (reading about a wedding is nearly as good as watching a movie about a wedding, both of which are better than attending weddings, especially when you are the one wearing beige).
Read this book if you need a happy little escape without romance.