Book Review: Once and for All

As the daughter of the most in-demand wedding planner in town, Louna Barrett is an expert on romance. When it comes to love, however, tragedy has left her closed off to the possibility. But when a client’s obnoxious yet charming brother, Ambrose, joins the wedding-planning team, he encourages Louna to give epic love another chance.

Bestselling author Sarah Dessen is known for her captivating stories of self-discovery, resilience and first love. In Once and for All, she creates a rich cast of characters and a vivid backdrop, deftly portraying not only budding romances but also evolving friend and family relationships. The real magic of the novel is the tug of war between the whimsy of Louna’s summer job orchestrating lavish weddings and her grief for her lost first love.

While there are Easter eggs sprinkled throughout for longtime fans (an appearance from Auden West, visits to Jump Java), Once and for All stands on its own, promising to delight first-time Dessen readers as Louna learns to believe in second chances.

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