Seating Arrangements - Maggie Shipstead

Seating Arrangements

By Maggie Shipstead

  • Release Date: 2012-06-12
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 3.5
From 317 Ratings


The Van Meters have gathered at their family retreat on the island of Waskeke to celebrate the marriage of daughter Daphne to the impeccably appropriate Greyson Duff. The weekend is full of champagne, salt air and practiced bonhomie, but long-buried discontent and simmering lust stir beneath the surface.

Winn Van Meter, father of the bride, is not having a good time. Barred from the exclusive social club he’s been eyeing since birth, he’s also tormented by an inappropriate crush on Daphne’s beguiling bridesmaid, Agatha, and the fear that his daughter, Livia—recently heartbroken by the son of his greatest rival—is a too-ready target for the wiles of Greyson’s best man. When old resentments, a beached whale and an escaped lobster are added to the mix, the wedding that should have gone off with military precision threatens to become a spectacle of misbehavior.


  • Disappointed

    By Bondenru
    After a promising start and premise, it got bogged down in too many characters that became confusing and their behavior got more and more outlandish. A shame....
  • Seating Arrangements

    By EMC2TLC
    This is one of those books you never want to end. Well written and a good story
  • Awful

    By SJFrnandz
    The book is filled with detail and texture. However the author creates this whole hoopla like a mystery novel and in the end, she does not even mention who the killer was. Leaves you unexplained and feeling as though you wasted withal, the time you invested to get into the book
  • Awful

    By SunGen75
    I have never read a book that made me as angry as this one did. I kept reading thinking surely something is going to happen. NOTHING did. There was so much back story, that the actual STORY never took place. Don't waste your time
  • Disappointed

    I wanted to like the book, but in so many ways it fell flat. There were sections that went on forever and I got bored. I skipped over a lot of unnecessary dialogue that really never got to the heart of what the characters were about. The author tried to focus on too many characters which made it confusing and diluted the importance of everyone except Winn, who was truly a pathetic man.
  • Loved it

    By Moderate Mom
    Better than the typical summer read. Loved the character development, cutting descriptions. Can't wait for her next book.