How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Simon and Schuster UK
Last year, Bronte left Sydney for a wedding in England, where she met newly single Alex. After a night of passion they parted ways, and Bronte returned to Australia.
Now working on a picture desk for a magazine in London, Bronte is about to meet her new colleague, who turns out to be all too familiar. Although awkward at first, as Alex is now engaged to the girl he was on a break from when they met, they soon become friends.
But as the two get closer, and the wedding day looms, it is clear that Alex and Bronte have unfinished business.
I’m a huge fan of Paige Toon’s writing, so when I started Thirteen Weddings I devoured it within 24 hours! What I really like about Paige Toon’s writing is that characters appear from other books, so when you’re reading a Paige Toon book, it feels really familiar.
Thirteen Weddings follows Bronte, who flies from Australia to the UK to attend a friend’s wedding, even though she hates churches and doesn’t believe in marriage. Whilst over for the hen night, Bronte meets a lot of new friends. She takes the opportunity to make a life for herself in England. She’s surprised to learn that Alex, someone she has history with is one of her new work colleagues. Bronte also meets Lachie, a fellow Australian. Alex and Lachie are both interested in Bronte, but Bronte has some personal issues to deal with and some big decisions to make.
As with other Paige Toon books, I found it incredibly easy to read. I find her writing much more deeper than your average chick-lit book. The characters seem much more real. I can usually relate to them in one way or another. I love how the characters don’t always have easy choices to make and that they are usually flawed. There isn’t a ‘perfect’ character. There are plenty of twists along the way that captured my attention.
As for Bronte, I thought she was a fantastic character. She reminded me of one of my best friends. I also really liked both of the love interests, surprisingly. Very different men, but I couldn’t choose between them, so I was eagerly reading to see which choice Bronte would make. I didn’t predict the decision she made as I kept on predicting what would happen and then I would change my mind!
I always anticipate a Paige Toon release, they are perfect summer reads that I always enjoy diving into. I think Thirteen Weddings would be a brilliant beach read.
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