How did I get it?:
It was a present!
Lottie just wants to get married – to the right man, of course. She’s sure her boyfriend is about to propose.
So when the proposal doesn’t happen and she meets her first love from long ago, Lottie decides on drastic action. They’ll get married right now, with no engagement, no fuss and above all no sex until after they’re safely married. It’s the perfect plan!
On the other hand…
Fliss is in the middle of a nightmare divorce and just wants her little sister to avoid the mistakes she made. She decides Lottie’s marriage has to be stopped at all costs and chases the (un)happy couple to their romantic honeymoon venue on a Greek Island.
Will Lottie have a wedding night to remember or one to forget?
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I adored chick-lit in the past. It’s all I used to read until a couple of years ago when I started to explore other genres. Since then, I’ve had trouble with chick-lit books. They haven’t been as amazing as I expected. So it was with some trepidation that I approached Sophie Kinsella’s latest book Wedding Night. I was given Wedding Night straight away (in hardback!) as Sophie is one of my favourite writers. I love the amount of humour she puts in her books. I’ve only just got around to reading this book (it’s now published in paperback). I’m pleased to say that I enjoyed it. Wedding Night isn’t my favourite book by Sophie Kinsella, but it’s still a decent read if a little far-fetched.
The story centres around Lottie and Fliss. Lottie assumes her boyfriend is going to propose to her, when he doesn’t she gets in touch with her first love Ben. Lottie and Ben immediately connect and decide to get married as they’ve wasted fifteen years being apart. Lottie and Ben head off on honeymoon. Fliss, Lottie’s sister is going through a terrible divorce. She finds out about Lottie and Ben and wants to stop Lottie making the same mistakes she did. Fliss knows that if Lottie and Ben don’t consummate the marriage then they can get an annulment, so she uses her position as editor of a travel magazine to force a hotel manager to prevent Lottie and Ben consummating the marriage.
I think you can tell from that description of the book, the story is far-fetched. There were some typical funny moments and one-liners, but for me, I felt like it was far too unrealistic. I know it’s a work of fiction, but I enjoy some realism in my fiction. I just couldn’t believe that this sort of thing would happen.
I did really like the dual narrative. I liked reading from both perspectives. I enjoyed the subplots too, I wanted to know more about Noah, Fliss’ son. I wanted to know more about Fliss and her divorce. It just seemed to centre around a rather exaggerated plot instead of going deeper into the other character’s stories.
Wedding Night is an easy read though. I quite often read another chapter instead of putting it down for a bit. So, it engaged me enough to keep on reading and enjoying. It would be perfect for a beach read, because you don’t have to invest that much in it. I imagine Wedding Night would be better as a film and it’s not often that I say that. I can totally imagine it as a silly, romantic comedy.
Would I recommend it?:
Yes!- To chick-lit fans or those looking for a beach read.