Crashing the Congressman's Wedding

Crashing the Congressman's Wedding

by Elley Arden


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Alice Cramer is tired of being pitied for her family’s transgressions, so she resolves to break out of the gutter and into the spotlight. As long as her local congressman can forget about their checkered past and help her secure a federal grant to open Harmony Falls Little Theatre, she’ll be the brightest star in town. But when Alice stands up in church and stops the congressman’s wedding, she dives headfirst into fresh scandal.

Why is Harmony Fall’s golden boy, Justin Mitchell, speeding down the interstate sans a new wife but with the local drama queen he’s been trying his whole life to avoid? Alice Cramer may have saved him the hassle of an arranged marriage to a woman he didn’t love, but she’s also put a business transaction big enough to save an entire town in jeopardy - not to mention his reputation.

Soon Alice and Justin are dredging up and indulging in an attraction that threatens all their dreams and aspirations. But what if life together is the dream that matters most?

Sensuality Level: Sensual

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440568305
Publisher: Adams Media
Publication date: 02/24/2014
Series: Harmony Falls Series , #1
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Elley Arden is a proud Pennsylvania girl who drinks wine like it’s water (a slight exaggeration), prefers a night at the ballpark to a night on the town, and believes almond English toffee is the key to happiness. Find Elley Arden at, on Facebook at, and on Twitter @elleywrites.

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Crashing the Congressman?s Wedding 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this story.  Arden combines the best of romance with the realities of life in a completely captivating and utterly unforgettable manner.  The plot was unique yet approachable.  This author writes in a voice that brings her stories to life.  Her descriptions paint this town before your eyes, allowing you to walk alongside the characters. The characters really brought this novel to life.  Arden’s leading couple were so lifelike and endearing that I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them.  It was their quirks and idiosyncrasies that kept me hooked.  They also drove the story forward.  Simply being themselves, with each other, was the ultimate, even if getting there took a little (or a lot of) effort.  These two really shone and stood out amongst the other characters in the novel.  Don’t get me wrong, the supporting cast was great as well, but they didn’t come close to overshadowing what may be one of my favourite quirky leading couples. Arden definitely puts small town romance in a big city picture with this one.  It was a fantastic novel and the perfect start to her amazing Harmony Falls series.
CaryMorganFrates More than 1 year ago
Oh, this was gooooooood! CtCW had me smiling, then laughing out loud from the opening pages. I cheered for Alice Cramer and her boatload of hutzpah. How is it I find myself relating so closely to her momentary outburst? Perhaps we all have those instances when our heart speaks louder and more clearly (and, OMG, out loud!) than our brains will allow if given time to process (and hide). Or maybe only Alice and I have that in common? Lucky for Alice, her comments were on point and directed to one very deserving, hunky local congressman, Justin Mitchell. Laughter, passion and determination fill these pages, as does great writing. CtCW is well worth time and dollars spent, and rates right up there with “friends I want on my shelf, not just on my reader.” Very well done. I purchased this book online and have given this review freely and without compensation of any kind.
TeenBlurb More than 1 year ago
Crashing the Congressman’s Wedding is a beautiful story of determination, second chances, and love. Alice has had a bad rep for as long as she can remember, but being the daughter of the town drunk can do that. Alice has a dream to start a Theatre to help kids becomes actors. She longs for this so much that she believes the only way to achieve it is to get the support of the town golden boy, Congressman Justin Mitchell. Maybe crashing his wedding and then getting the whole thing called off was not the proper way to do it, but hey at least she now has his undivided attention! Justin cannot believe Alice Cramer crashed his wedding. but if he was being honest with himself she saved him from a loveless marriage, so he supposes he should be thanking her. Except, now the plan he had to save the whole town has gone south. Alice and Justine must find a way to save the town and deal with their attraction to one another at the same time. What they do not expect is finding a love that will complete both of them. This story is a quick and charming read that will make you sigh with the romance. Alice and Justin have some hilarious moments, some serious ones, and some really steamy ones. A must read that will make you believe in happily ever afters! I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Can the local drama queen from the wrong side of the tracks follow her dream and win the heart of the Congressman that she has loved since childhood? Crashing the Congressman's Wedding is an entertaining romance story that follows the trials and tribulations of Harmony Falls, PA drama queen Alice Cramer and local Congressman Justin Mitchell. Alice Cramer's family has always been viewed as outcasts from the wrong side of the tracks in Harmony Falls, but she is determined to follow her dream and step into the local spotlight by opening the Harmony Falls Little Theatre. She is one step closer to opening the theater if she gets approved for the federal grant from the Arts Foundation. Alice has been in love with local Congressman Justin Mitchell since high school when he was friends with her big brother Charlie. But her love is unrequited as Justin comes from a wealthy political family from the right side of the tracks, while her family isn't good enough and doesn't have the right connections. Justin has always followed his father's plans for power and political dominance. He has been methodically focused on making good on his late father's wishes to win the local Congressional seat which could bring life back to the dying town through business enterprises, and by going along with the carefully planned arranged marriage with Morgan Parrish, the daughter of the Mayor of Harmony Falls. The marriage would be politically advantageous and align the two most powerful families in the state, but there is just one little problem, he is not in love with Morgan. Putting love aside, Justin is prepared to do his duty and go through with the wedding. On Justin and Morgan's wedding day, Justin is looking anything but happy at the altar, knowing this, Alice stops the wedding when she states that Morgan has cheated on Justin with her brother Charlie. All hell breaks loose in town when Justin calls off the wedding and goes off in search of answers, creating a new scandal when he runs off with Alice. Will the repercussions of the scandal cost Alice her dream and derail Justin's political career? Or will the scandal bring them together and allow them the chance to realize what they really want in life? Crashing the Congressman's Wedding is a sassy and fun modern day Cinderella romance story. Author Elley Arden weaves an entertaining and lighthearted tale written in the third person narrative, that mixes theater and politics, and is filled with humor, drama, and romance. The reader can't help but get caught up in Alice and Justin's story as their love story unfolds. With lots of laugh-out-loud moments from Alice crashing Justin's wedding, to flashbacks to their past, mixed with the dramatic twists and turns that come out of the scandal that they created when they run off together, the reader follows Alice and Justin as their reluctant attraction develops into a romance with a HEA ending. This is a quick light read that the reader can enjoy during a sunny summer afternoon. Crashing the Congressman's Wedding is an enjoyable contemporary romantic story about two people discovering themselves, finding each other, and making a choice on what will bring them happiness in life. Crashing the Congressman's Wedding is the first book in the Harmony Falls series.
HarlequinJunkie_ More than 1 year ago
Rating: 4.5 Stars In Crashing the Congressman’s Wedding by Elley Arden, Alice Cramer has been in love with Harmony Fall’s golden boy Justin Mitchell since she was young and he used to hangout with her brother. But with her being a Cramer, she always knew that her place was nowhere close enough to his, that she would never be good enough in the eyes of the town who has pitied her family her whole life. Justin Mitchell has always followed the rules, and in attempt to follow his father’s wishes he has gone to be a congressman and is now marrying the mayor’s niece in order to bring jobs into town and to keep his biggest political supporters happy. That does not mean that he is happy marrying her, but it means that he will do his duty. Until Alice stands up and tells him that he cannot marry the mayor’s niece because her tiara was in her brother’s possession and that they are having an affair. Now Justin has called off the wedding and gone in search of answers, only to find a drunk Alice who cannot give him the truth he seeks until she sobers up. Not only that he has to find a way to keep her safe from the mayor’s family who have vowed revenge on her for ruining the wedding. But maybe in trying to keep her safe and taking her with him he has made the best decision of his life and not the worst as he was led to belief. Alice cannot believe that Justin has taken her away from her home and without her purse or any way for her to return on her own. She has to depend on him until she can get back, but also find a way to keep the town from finding out that she was with him or ruin herself even more and maybe even destroy his political career. But love and attraction cannot be denied for long, and no matter how much they both attempt to stay away from each other fate and circumstances will keep bringing them together. Justin and Alice will have to choose between the wants and beliefs of the town or what they know in their hearts is right for them. For a fun, very entertaining and fast summer read, don’t miss Crashing the Congressman’s Wedding by Elley Arden.
MissBethBC More than 1 year ago
This was a sassy tale about a young woman with low expectations, loving Prince Charming, from the right side of town and finding out whether or not her dreams could come true. The handsome congressman had always done the "right thing" and lived up to the expectations of his class and supporters. When he finally realizes who holds his heart and his future, he becomes the man he was meant to be, his own man. This was a fun story with strong characters and a good storyline and reads very quickly. I enjoyed Alice's character as I could empathize with her and her dilemma of reaching out beyond her comfort zone to be noticed, accepted and approved. Very well written and very much enjoyed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boy could I relate to this heroine! Loved the little girl from the wrong side of the tracks story line. Lots of richly described, wonderful characters here. I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series.