Without a Hitch


Sweet Home Alabama meets Emily in Paris in this hilarious romp through the world of extravagant southern weddings.

Ringless, jobless and hopeless, Lottie Jones commits to doing the only thing she truly studied in school: wedding planning.

When floundering and unlucky-in-love twentysomething Lottie Jones lands a new career as a wedding planner at a top-tier boutique event firm, she begins navigating a cutthroat workplace specializing in over-the-top details, unlimited budgets, and a broad spectrum of taste. Whether planning for parachute landings or wrangling intoxicated groomsmen, she has her hands full at every million-dollar wedding she helps organize.

After her boss announces he’s opening a new office, Lottie sees her chance to finally carve out her place—and earn an income that justifies her dating app subscription fees. The weddings get bigger, the clients get wilder, the mishaps get funnier, and the stakes get higher. And Lottie’s forced to discover what she’ll risk for love and how far she’ll go to find herself.

Set against the glamorous, ruthless world of high-end Southern weddings and inspired by real events in the authors’ lives, Without a Hitch is a hilarious romp about taking ownership, facing fears, planning your ex-boyfriend’s wedding, and choosing a happy ending that wasn’t what you once expected.


“This raucous and well-plotted romp will charm any reader with their eye on a pair of Louboutins fit for walking down the aisle."

– Publishers Weekly

“Without a Hitch is a delightfully quirky novel that proves the age-old adage ‘We plan. God laughs.’ Filled with fascinating insights into the world of high-end wedding planning, you can’t help but cheer for Lottie Jones as she learns that you can’t script your life and that, sometimes, the best-laid plans are the ones you never make.”

Emily Giffin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of All We Ever Wanted and The Lies That Bind

"...Cancel your plans because you will not be able to put the book down once you start! I absolutely loved it!”

—Lisa Patton, bestselling author of Rush and Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter

“Put a ring on Without a Hitch—a sweet, Southern confection of a book about what it takes to orchestrate everyone else’s happily-ever-after when your own heart has been broken. A sneak peek into the world of high-end wedding planning will keep you laughing as Lottie deconstructs the fairy tale and finds her authentic self.”

Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wish You Were Here and The Book of Two Ways

“...after many postponed weddings since the pandemic’s outbreak, this is exactly the vicarious adventure we crave.”

–Thrillist: 10 Amazing Book Club Reads That Will Get Everyone Talking

“Welcome to the wild and hilarious world of high-dollar wedding planning! In Without a Hitch, authors Huddleston and Paul have penned a tale that combines glamorous locales, dizzying hijinks, and ingenious fixes for wedding-day disasters with the all-too-familiar fears and longings of early adulthood. Pour a glass of something bubbly and get ready to laugh!"

Lauren Denton, USA Today bestselling author of The Hideaway


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Mary Hollis Huddleston

Mary Huddleston is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Please Be Seated, the premier event rental company in Nashville. She started her career as an event coordinator in Dallas, initially at Diamond Affairs Weddings & Special Events, and later helped launch the wedding division of nationally-recognized Todd Events. Mary's career inspired Without A Hitch, her debut novel about the high-stakes world of luxury Southern weddings. She also has a lifestyle platform, Mrs. Southern Social, focused on modern, at-home entertaining and is developing two curated collections with the Southern Living Collection at Dillard's. Her work has been featured in Southern LivingSouthern LadyStyleBlueprint and NFocus Magazine. She resides in Nashville with her family.

asher fogle paul

Asher Fogle Paul is an author and a journalist. A former editor at Good HousekeepingUs Weekly, and People magazines, she has also written about culture, design, entertaining, parenting and health for outlets including House BeautifulMarie ClaireAirMailPreventionW, and Brit + Co. Asher has a master’s in magazine journalism from Columbia University and a degree in English from Texas Christian University. She lives in New York City with her family. Without a Hitch is her debut novel.