A Beautiful Wedding: A Beautiful Disaster Novella

A Beautiful Wedding: A Beautiful Disaster Novella

by Jamie McGuire

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You know that Abby Abernathy unexpectedly became Mrs. Maddox. But what do you really know?

Why did Abby pop the question?
What secrets were shared before the ceremony?
Where did they spend their wedding night?
Who else knew about it . . . and didn’t tell?

Everything about Abby and Travis’s elopement was top-secret . . . until now. Fans of Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster will get all of their questions answered in this whirlwind tale of the wedding day (and night!)—and as with all good stories, this one will definitely have been worth the wait.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476759555
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 12/10/2013
Series: Beautiful Disaster Series
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 45,202
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Jamie McGuire is the New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Sacrifice, Beautiful Redemption, Beautiful Oblivion, A Beautiful Wedding, Red Hill, Walking Disaster, and Beautiful Disaster. She and her husband Jeff live with their children just outside Enid, Oklahoma, with three dogs, six horses, and a cat named Rooster. Please visit JamieMcGuire.com.

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A Beautiful Wedding

  • I could feel it coming: a growing, persistent unease that crept just beneath my skin. The more I tried to ignore it, the more unbearable it became: an itch that needed to be scratched, a scream bubbling to the surface. My father said that the urgent need to run when things were about to go wrong was a like a tic, a defense mechanism inherent in the Abernathys. I’d felt it moments before the fire, and I was feeling it now.

    Sitting in Travis’s bedroom, just hours after the fire, my heart raced and my muscles twitched. My gut pulled me toward the door. Told me to leave; to get away, anywhere but here. But for the first time in my life, I didn’t want to go alone. I could barely focus on that voice I loved so much describing how afraid he was of losing me, and how he was close to escaping when he ran in the opposite direction, toward me. So many people died, some of them strangers from State but some were people I’d seen in the cafeteria, in class, at other fights.

    We somehow survived and were sitting alone in his apartment, trying to process it all. Feeling afraid, feeling guilty . . . about those who died, and that we had lived. My lungs felt like they were full of cobwebs and flames, and I couldn’t get the rancid smell of charred skin out of my nose. It was overpowering, and even though I’d taken a shower, it was still there, mixed in with the mint and lavender scent of the soap I used to scrub it away. Equally unforgettable were the sounds. The sirens, the wailing, the worried and panicked chatter, and the screams of people arriving on the scene to discover that a friend was still inside. Everyone looked the same, covered in soot, with identical expressions of bewilderment and despair. It was a nightmare.

    Despite my struggle to focus, I did hear him say this: “The only thing I’m afraid of is a life without you, Pigeon.”

    We had been too lucky. Even in a dark corner of Vegas, being attacked by Benny’s goons, we somehow still had the advantage. Travis was invincible. But being a part of the Circle, and helping to organize a fight in unsafe conditions that resulted in the deaths of countless college kids . . . that was a fight not even Travis Maddox could win. Our relationship had withstood so many things, but Travis was in real danger of going to prison. Even if he didn’t know it yet, it was the one obstacle that could keep us apart. The one obstacle that we had no control over.

    “Then you have nothing to be afraid of,” I said. “We’re forever.”

    He sighed, and then pressed his lips against my hair. I didn’t think it was possible to feel so much for one person. He had protected me. It was my turn to protect him.

    “This is it,” he said.


    “I knew the second I met you that there was something about you I needed. Turns out it wasn’t something about you at all. It was just you.”

    My insides melted. I loved him. I loved him, and I had to do whatever I could to keep him safe. Whatever it took—no matter how crazy. All I had to do was talk him into it.

    I leaned against him, pressing my cheek against his chest. “It’s us, Trav. Nothing makes sense unless we’re together. Have you noticed that?”

    “Noticed? I’ve been telling you that all year! It’s official. Bimbos, fights, leaving, Parker, Vegas . . . even fires. Our relationship can withstand anything.”

    “Vegas?” I asked.

    In that moment, the most insane plan formed in my mind, but the idea made sense as I stared into his warm, brown eyes. Those eyes made everything make sense. His face and neck were still covered in soot mixed with sweat, a reminder of how close we had come to losing everything.

    My mind was racing. We would only need necessities and we could be out the door in five minutes. We could buy clothes there. The sooner we left the better. No one would believe two people would get on a plane right after such an enormous tragedy. It didn’t make sense, which was exactly why we had to do it.

    I had to take Travis far enough away, for a specific reason. Something believable, even if it was crazy. Luckily, crazy wasn’t that far a leap for Travis and me, and it was possible the investigators would second-guess the dozens of witnesses who saw Travis fighting in the basement of Keaton Hall that night—if they had proof that we were in Vegas hours later getting married. It was absolutely insane, but I didn’t know what else to do. I didn’t have time to come up with a better plan. We should already be gone.

    Travis was staring back at me expectantly, waiting to unconditionally accept whatever came out of my crazy mouth. Goddammit, I couldn’t lose him now, not after everything we’d fought through to get to this moment. By anyone’s standards, we were too young to get married, too unpredictable. How many times had we hurt one another along the way, screamed at each other one minute and fallen into bed together the next? But we’d just seen how fragile life was. Who knew when the end would come along and sweep one of us away? I looked at him, resolute. He was mine, and I was his. If I knew anything at all, it was that only those two things mattered.

    He furrowed his brow. “Yeah?”

    “Have you thought about going back?”

    His eyebrows shot up. “I don’t think that’s a good idea for me.”

    Weeks ago, I’d broken his heart. Travis chasing America’s car when he realized it was over was still fresh in my mind. He was going to fight for Benny in Vegas, and I wouldn’t go back there. Not even for him. He had gone through hell while we were apart. He’d begged me back on his knees, and I was so set on never returning to my life in Nevada, I’d walked away. I’d be a complete asshole if I asked him to go back. I half expected him to tell me to get the hell out for even mentioning it, but this was the only plan I had, and I was desperate.

    “What if we just went for a night?” A night was all I needed. We just needed to be somewhere else.

    He looked around his bedroom, searching the darkness for what he thought I wanted to hear. I didn’t want to be that girl, the one who wasn’t forthcoming and caused a huge, stupid misunderstanding. But I couldn’t tell Travis the truth about what I’d just proposed to him. He would never agree to go.

    “A night?” He clearly had no clue how to respond. He probably thought it was a test, but the only thing I wanted was for him to say yes.

    “Marry me,” I blurted out.

    His mouth parted, forming a silent gasp. I waited lifetimes until his lips curved upward, and he sealed his mouth on mine. His kiss screamed a thousand different emotions. My brain felt swollen with warring thoughts of relief and panic. This was going to work. We would get married, Travis would have an alibi, and everything would be okay.

    Oh, hell.

    Damn. Shit. Fuck.

    I was getting married.

    Abby Abernathy was famous for one thing: having no Tell. She could commit a crime and smile like it was any other day, lie without a twitch in her eye. Only one person in the world had any chance of learning her Tell, and that one person had to figure it out if he wanted to have any chance with her.


    Abby had lost her childhood, and I’d lost my mom, so for two people who struggled to get on the same page, we were the same story. That gave me an edge, and after making this my goal over the past months, I’d arrived at an answer:

    Abby’s Tell was not having one. It might not make sense to most people, but it made perfect sense to me. It was the absence of that Tell that gave her away. The peace in her eyes, the softness in her smile, the relaxation of her shoulders alerted me that something was wrong.

    If I didn’t know her better, I might have thought this was just our happy ending, but she was up to something. Sitting in the terminal, waiting to board a plane to Vegas, with Abby snuggled into the curve of my body, I knew it was easy to try to ignore. She kept lifting her hand, staring at the ring I’d bought her, and sighing. The middle-aged woman across from us was watching my new fiancée and smiled, probably fantasizing about a time when she had her whole life ahead of her. She didn’t know what those sighs really meant, but I had an idea.

    It was hard to be happy about what we were about to do with the cloud of so many deaths hanging above our heads. No, really, it was literally above our heads. A television on the wall displayed the local news. Footage of the fire and the latest updates scrolled across the screen. They interviewed Josh Farney. He was covered in soot and he looked horrible, but I was glad to see he’d made it. He was fairly hammered when I saw him before the fight. Most of the people who came to the Circle either came drunk or worked their way up to a buzz while they waited for me and my opponent to trade blows. When the flames began to crawl across the room, adrenaline pumped into everyone’s veins—enough to sober up even the most intoxicated.

    I wished it hadn’t happened. We’d lost so many, and this wasn’t exactly something you’d want your wedding to follow. From experience, I knew that the memory of a tragedy could be misplaced. Attaching this date to something we would celebrate year after year would keep it front and center in our minds. Damn, they were still bringing out bodies, and I was acting like this was an annoyance. There were parents out there who had no idea they’d never see their kids again.

    That selfish thought led to guilt, and that guilt led to a lie. It was a sheer miracle that we were getting married right now, anyway. But I didn’t want Abby thinking I was anything but super fucking pumped about getting married. Knowing her, she’d misread it and then change her mind. So I focused on her, and what we were about to do. I wanted to be a normal, so-excited-I-might-puke groom-to-be, and she deserved nothing less. It wouldn’t be the first time I’d pretended not to care about something I couldn’t get out of my head. The living proof was snuggled up next to me.

    On the television screen, the anchorwoman standing outside Keaton Hall held the microphone with both hands, a frown line between her eyebrows. “. . . what the families of the victims will be asking: who is to blame? Back to you, Kent.”

    Suddenly the nausea became real. So many had died, of course they were going to hold someone accountable. Was it Adam’s fault? Would he go to prison? Would I? I hugged Abby to me and kissed her hair. A woman behind a desk picked up a mic and began to speak, and my knee started to bounce uncontrollably. If we weren’t going to board soon, I might pick up Abby and run to Vegas. I felt like I could have made it there before the plane. The airline agent instructed us about boarding the flight, her voice rising and falling with the scripted announcement she’d probably read a million times. She sounded like the teacher in those Peanuts cartoons: bored, monotone, and impossible to understand.

    The only thing that made sense were the thoughts on repeat inside my head: I was about to become the husband of the second woman I’d ever loved.

    It was almost time. Damn. Shit, yeah! Fuck, yes!

    I was getting married!

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    A Beautiful Wedding: A Beautiful Disaster Novella 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 169 reviews.
    AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
    Beautiful closure to this beautiful story.  Oh how I have missed Travis and Abby.  Beautiful Disaster is one of my favorite books ever and Travis Maddox is one of my all-time favorite book boyfriends.  I just fell in love with him, and with his and Abby's story in Beautiful Disaster, and then enjoyed getting to see things from his point of view in Walking Disaster.  I was so excited to find out that Jamie McGuire was writing A Beautiful Wedding, and have anxiously been waiting to get my hands on it so I could read more of Travis and Abby's story.  A Beautiful Wedding takes place between the ending of the A Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster, and the awesome epilogue that was in Walking Disaster.  We all know they got married and got a glimpse into their lives a number of years down the road, but what happened at the wedding?  Well, hold on to your hats and get ready to find out everything you want to know about the how, why, what, and when regarding the wedding, the events that lead up to it, the reason behind the rush, the wedding night, and even a glimpse into their future.  One of the things I loved most about this novella was the relationship between Abby and Travis. Whereas in the previous novels they went through so much drama, pain, obstacles, fighting, and separation, before they finally got together, in A Beautiful Wedding we get to see a more mature side of Abby and Travis and the solidity of their commitment as they experience the unselfishness that come with totally giving yourself to another person in love.  I think you will love this side of Travis and Abby.  Don't get me wrong they are still Travis and Abby, and Travis is still the Travis we have all come to know and love, just a more grown up version.  Travis has always rocked my world with his bad boy vibe, his hotness, his swagger, and his intensity, but in A Beautiful Wedding girls, Travis Maddox will make you SWOON big time.  I loved A Beautiful Wedding and the completeness it brought to this timeless love story.  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did.
    dolittleDS More than 1 year ago
    Not worth $3.49. for 102 pages. Good
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This Novella did NOT disappoint! You get a more detailed account of Abby & Travis' Vegas wedding. Plus a brief look into their lives after. I only hope we will someday soon be reading "A Beautiful Baby"?! Maybe?? Great job, Jamie!!
    KDH_Reviews More than 1 year ago
    You know, sometimes there’s come a point in the life of a series where you want to sit the author down and say to them, “Listen, it’s been swell. It’s getting old, though. Just stop. Just stop it and let the series die a peaceful death.” (I’m looking at you Pretty Little Liars.) Unfortunately, that time has come much sooner for the Beautiful series by Jamie McGuire. Beautiful Disaster was a fine book. It certainly could have been (and *should* have been) a stand-alone book. We didn’t need the same story from Travis. Be honest, there wasn’t enough of a change between Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster. Yeah, I get it… It was the same story so most everything should be the same. Okay, but no. It was the *exact* same story with *very little* changed, repacked, and sold as a separate book. There was no difference between Abby’s point-of-view (BD) and Travis’ point-of-view (WD) and the last time I checked, they were two separate people no matter how in love they actually are. All that nonsense aside, we couldn’t possibly let Abby and Travis rest in the land of ended series, could we? Nope! Now we’ve got A Beautiful Wedding which practically changes the story that we were led to believe… within the first few pages! Super Fans of the series certainly won’t like this. I’ll be honest, I didn’t too much care for it, either. Though I’m not invested in the series whatsoever it still ruined the story that I previously read. I didn’t care for this book at all. I didn’t really care for Walking Disaster, either, though. I guess I have a horrible tendency to read books that I know I’m not going to enjoy. This should certainly be a lesson for me, but I doubt it will be. Be sure to check out all of my reviews on my blog, KDH Reviews.
    LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
    After finishing Beautiful Disaster, I remember being a bit bummed because I wanted to see Travis and Abby get married. Just finding out they got tattoos wasn't enough for me- I wanted details! Lucky for us, Jamie McGuire decided to write a novella to fill us in on how Abby and Travis got to that point and how everything progressed from there. I really enjoyed this novella. It was cute, sweet, and funny too! Abby and Travis are one of those couples that really drive you crazy and will make you shake your head at them and wonder, 'How are these two even together?' They are both stubborn, passionate individuals and you can see that in all aspects of their lives, especially their relationship. However, Travis and Abby really do love each other deeply and we are reminded of that in this novella so many times. "And when a Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever." I will say, some of Abby's decisions bothered me (as they did in the previous books) and I was really fearful for where McGuire was going to take this novella. We really get to see firsthand that Travis is not the only one who is extremely protective of Abby- she is of him as well. She would do anything to ensure his safety and while that would seem endearing, it actually caused some inner conflict. One of my favorite things about Travis is that he is so attentive to Abby. He cares about her comfort and he puts her wants and needs first and that is a very beautiful thing. Oh, and did I mention this novella was dual POV? Oh, yes folks- you get to see our boy in action and he will make you laugh, swoon, and then cry all in the span of 160 pages! There is absolutely one scene in this book that gave me chills. In fact, I think it made the whole damn book because of how emotional and beautiful it was. I wasn't expecting it, and yet it was so pivotal to not only the novella, but for Abby as well. Travis and Abby are both still trying to process the events that took place in Keaton Hall and we really get to see firsthand just how much of a toll this takes on both of them not only mentally, but emotionally as well. It was worrisome to wonder if Abby and Travis were really in their right state of minds at this point to go forward with their plans to get married. We do see some insecurities, some self-doubt, and some hesitance in the beginning, but come on. It's Abby and Travis- nothing is bound to go as planned! However, all of those things aside- these two truly do love one another and want to be together forever and nothing is going to stop them from doing that. This novella has a lot of great moments in it: some will have you laughing out loud (Trent!), some will have you happy sighing from all the sweetness, and some will have you fanning yourself because of how sexy and steamy Abby and Travis can be together. I felt McGuire did a great job of answering our questions as to what really happened the night Travis and Abby got married, as well as gave us a little taste in what came next for our couple.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This was so nice. I fell in love with these characters and I'm glad Jaime McGuire decided to add this short story for them. I loved how Walking Disaster ended and told of the future 10 years later but this was a piece that had been missing from their journey. I refer this story to all my friends and everyone just fell in love with Travis. Why do girls always fall for the bad boys? In this case I'm glad Abby did.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Was a very good read!!! Can not wait for more of the Maddox men!!!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    So glad she wrote about the wedding bc it was epic!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I LOVED Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster. I don't usually read books over again, but for those I probably will. I might have had too high of expectations for this novella, however, it just didn't seem like the same Abby and Travis I fell in love with before. It seemed a bit rushed and similar to fanfiction quality to me. Whereas, Jamie McGuire is usually a MUCH better writer than that. I hate to say anything negative, but I wish that she would have left the story alone rather than adding this to it. But I'm glad some other people enjoyed it! :)
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Amazing! Loved all three books! Travis and Abby's story is by far the greatest I've read. Not one to spoil the book so I say it's a must read!!! I really hope Jamie writes another that book that continues from the end of Walking Disaster. Like maybe a Beautiful Baby, or Beautiful Forever???
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Loved this novella! YES, finally, the ending I'd been needing all along. I worried it had been too long since I'd read BEAUTIFUL DISASTER and WALKING DISASTER for this short story to make an impression. I was so mistaken! Right from the beginning I was transported back in time. Jamie McGuire did an amazing job of making the reader relive, reexperience all the love (and some of the angst) a third time around. Both Abby and Travis have POV's. An unforgetable love story with a superb ending finally! I highly recommend reading this book. S.A.K. P.S. there's actually sex scenes too!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    3.49 is too much to pay for a 100 pg book, especially when plot spoilers give everything away. Please plot spoilers, give it a rest and stop ruining books for other readers. Have some consideration for others and stop being so rude and thoughtless.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I love, love, love Travis & Abby! I can not get enough of them! And I love that we got a glimpse of this chapter in their lives. Jamie McGuire is a genius!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I loved this book. I didn't realize how much I missed Travis and Abby and the other characters until I read this. Hope to hear more about them in future books! ;)
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Loved it
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    It was amazing!!! I am ready for more Maddox men! Lol
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Would have given 5 stars if it was longer and went into their married life more, other than that super easy & a great read. I read it in one day easily
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I absolutley fell in love with Travis Maddox and both Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster easily made their way into the list of my favorite books!!! This one is no different! Seeing them go to Vegas and get married was an absolute perfect end to a perfect series!!! I can't wait to see what Jamie McGuire has in store for us when she writes about the other Maddox boys!!
    Anonymous 8 months ago
    I love the Maddox story!!
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    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I loved the first two books but could not even finish this one
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This series is amazing. Reminds me a little bit of my relationship. Now on to read the Maddox brother series :)
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I really enjoyed it
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