At eighteen, Milly was up for anything. So when a friend asked her to marry him just so that he could stay in England, she didn't hesitate. To make it seem real she dressed up in wedding finery and posed on the steps of the registry office for photographs.
Now, ten years later, Milly is a very different person. Engaged to Simon - who is good-looking, wealthy and adores her - she is about to have the biggest and most elaborate wedding imaginable, all masterminded by her mother. Nobody knows about her first marriage, so it's almost as though it never happened - isn't it?
But with only four days to go, it looks as though Milly's past is going to catch up with her. Can she sort things out before her fairytale wedding collapses around her? How can she tell Simon? And worse still, how can she tell her mother ...?
The usually reliable Wickham (Shopaholic series author Sophie Kinsella's alter ego) falters with this overplotted and heavy-handed smorgasbord of weddings and family shenanigans. Upon meeting wedding photographer Alexander Gilbert, Milly Havill realizes that he had photographed her when she first married 10 years earlier. Since that wedding was done as a favor to help keep Allan Kepinski, the American half of a gay couple, in England, Milly never told anyone about it, including her now-fianc , Simon Pinnacle. The thought of Alexander revealing her past sends Milly into a panic. But that's just the beginning: Simon is bent on bettering his multimillionaire father in business and in marriage; Milly's bitter father, James, seems to appreciate Milly's independent older sister, Isobel, more than Milly; Isobel gets pregnant and is certain the father would not want a baby; and Rupert, the other half of the couple Milly had helped out, is now a born-again Christian. Unfortunately, the characters' struggles with identity, abortion and homosexuality are filtered through strained prose and too-obvious setups. A lighter touch and a tighter story would have helped.
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Very well written, descriptive so much so that you really get caught up in the story. The only negative thing I would say is I found the 'twists' very predictable; I guessed them as soon as there was a hint. All in all a good read
The Wedding Girl
A brilliant book! I read it over a weekend, couldn't put it down. If you want a feel-good book that keeps you turning the pages, this one is great. I'm a massive fan of the Shopaholic books and was intrigued about how different the Madeleine Wickham books would be, I wasn't disappointed. It's written completely differently but just as good and I will definitely be reading the others written by her.
Madeline Wickham's, (Sophie Kinsella by her other author name), books never fail to keep me captivated. In each of her books she pulls you in, makes you sympathise with each character so unbelievably well that you yourself being to feel their emotions to such an extraordinarily, strong extent. This book had me laughing and crying and I wouldn't hesitate to highly recommend it to people. If you do not read this book then you are missing out on what could possibly be the most whirl wind romance I have ever read. I have come to the conclusion that 5 stars for this book still is not enough. Fantastic!