As many of you will know, I love a good old read! My favourite genres are the chick-lit genre and the autobiography. Although, I do have my favourite authors (Sophie Kinsella, Paige Toon etc), I am always on the lookout for new books and authors. One of my latest reads is called 'Bridesmaids'.
Bridesmaids is a chick-lit book from author Jane Costella. The book was released in the United Kingdom in 2008 and so is fairly recent. You can get your copy of this book from Amazon for a price of £4.09 which I think is reasonably good value for money.
In this book : Evie is bridesmaid for her best friend Grace. The wedding is less than an hour away, and Evie is feeling the pressure; at least she feels confident knowing that she's got her chicken fillets in place. She soon lays eyes of 'the hottest man ever', and oh no he has seen her fillets popping out of her dress. She is gutted when she discoveres that he is the date of her also-hot-friend. Will a late-night chat change things ? Read Bridesmaids to find out!
Everyone loves weddings don't they? I loved the plot, as we can all relate to going to a wedding, and the whole excitement and wondering if you will meet someone. This is the perfect girlie summer read, it really makes you want to go to a wedding.
I loved the character of Evie as she came across as so real and is the kind of character that everyone can relate to. She had a great sense of humour, and I found the scenes where she embaressed herself to be very laugh-out-loud funny!
I liked the style of writing ; especially the great descriptive writing - I reallt felt as though I was there. I also liked the fact that the book was split into short chapters, because sometimes when I am reading a book, I like to finish reading at the end of a chapter, but sometimes you don't have time to finish it, but this book was perfect for me.
I had never read a book by Jane Costella before although I really loved this book ; it kind of reminded of the 'Shopaholic Series'. I will definately be looking out for some of her other books now.
I would definately recommend this book to all girlie girls and chick lit lovers!
Thanks for reading!
9th May 2010
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Due to my sisters partner being posted for his first tour of duty in Afghanistan quite recently, he decided (well jointly with my sister anyway!) that it was time a definite date was set for their upcoming wedding, about time too!
Since this point my sister has been completely centred on this subject, with her even changing some of the books she has been reading, with the first (of a great many!) of said books being subject of this review!
The book in question is - "Bridesmaids by Jane Costello".
Evie is a 27 year old journalist who has never been in love, though does seem to accumulated a fair few ex's along the way!
It seems to have fallen that two of her best friends and her Mum are getting married in the space of around 6 months, and she is bridesmaid at everyone, with the first one she attends being one of her old friends Grace.
Whilst at the reception she fins herself really attracted to a very handsome young man named Jack, who she is soon horrified to find has come as one of her other friends, Valentia's, date, though she still feels that there may well be a spark between them, will anything come of it?
This is a classic "will they won't they" type of story, though of course with the twist of these ove stories revolving around modern day women.
The group of friends is made up from a strange array of women, Grace who is the first to get married, and has been with her partner for more years than the group care to remember, with them already having the obligatory 2.4 children to boot.
Georgia is the most down to earth of the group and the next due to get married, but due to her father owning one of the biggest companies in Britain, is having one of the biggest and lavish weddigs of the year, no pressure then!
Charlotte is the shy wall flower of the group, being beautiful and sturdy in an English rose kid of way, she has yet to find true love, or has she? Charlotte may well throw a few spanners into the works!
Valentina is by far the funniest and most self obsessed character in the group, being completely beautiful and a man eater to boot, she pretty much could have her pick of men, so when she decides one day that she is getting married no-one doubts her, even when she admits she hasn't actually met anyone yet!
Evie is the main character and is a fantastic character to read about. She is honestly clueless about the whole love thing, and has just about given up on love until meeting the elusive Jack, though with every meeting there are always hysterical consequences and usually involving one of her numerous ex's, especially the ever flaky and really creepy Gareth!
The book is of course a really well written chick lit type affair, with there being plenty of laugh out loud moments, I thoroughly enjoyed each and every page, and found that I had read it in a day!
Price wise this will set you back around the £4.00 mark via www.amazon.co.uk
This is the ideal book to give yourself a laugh with, and the ideal book for a beach setting (I can but dream!), recommended!
Thanks for reading x
I recently read Jane Costello's other book the 'The Nearly weds' and after enjoying it decided to try and pick up her first book. I managed to get a copy from Ebay at just £2.50 including postage which wasn't bad at all and settled down the other day to enjoy with a few biscuits and my new Options hot drink. After starting it I just couldn't stop and had finished over the weekend so these are my thoughts on her first book.
I have never really noticed much about this author before, except that I did know of the previous novel I had read named named 'The nearly weds'. Other than that, I know she is an English author who lives in Liverpool. She is a former journalist who has written for the Liverpool Echo and The Daily Mail.
Evie is forever the bridesmaid and never the bride. Always one to break off a relationship because of petty things she feels like she will never find somebody who is the man for her and watching all her best friends getting married is not helping - especially when at every one seems to be Jack, a man who she cannot help falling for. Trying to make sure all her best friends big days go to plan whilst trying to catch the bloke everyone seems to want is proving a td more difficult than she expected when every time she sees him something seems to go wrong!
Evie is such a good character as she is quite confident but, at the same time the author has managed to make her come across as any other normal women who, when a particularly embarrassing situation arises, she is absolutely mortified inside and tried to pretend she is not bothered! Because of this, there are many bits in the book that I actually laughed out loud at and actually felt for her which of course means that the author has done a really good job at bringing the character alive.
The other main character in the book is that of Jack who Evie has fell for. We don't really find out shed loads about him but, he does come across as a really nice all round guy and even more so when he has to on occasion put up with some of Evie's collection of friends!
As I mentioned I paid £2.50 for my book from Ebay and you can always pick up a bargain from various online stores. If you would prefer a new one then most good book shops sell them at a reasonable price.
I did really enjoy this book although I felt to begin with it was a little slower than the previous book I had read by Jane Costello. However, I feel once I had finished it I realised I had ended up enjoying it even more than her 'Nearly Weds' novel. I feel for the price I paid for the book which arrived to me thankfully, in near perfect condition, combined with how much I enjoyed it made it a great bargain. I can't wait for her next book now and think I can honestly say I have found another author I will certainly look out for when in a bookshop! Personally this was a great book for me as it had humour along with a touch or seriousness and was so enjoyable that I finished really quickly because I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended.
While performing bridesmaid duties at a wedding, Evie meets Jack. It's all a bit embarassing as Evie's cleavage-boosting chicken fillets fall out of her dress right in front of him, but he doesn't seem to mind. As Evie finds herself being bridesmaid at no less than three more weddings, their paths continue to cross but something always seems to get in the way. Will Evie be forever the bridesmaid but never the bride herself?
I really liked Evie as a character. She was very likeable and I felt hugely frustrated for her that so many things were going wrong at the various weddings to stop the romance with Jack truly getting off the ground. Of her friends, I liked Georgia, Valentina and Charlotte although I'd say that Charlotte was probably the nicest of them. There wasn't any really unlikeable characters in the book so there was no-one that I took against or couldn't warm to. Georgia and Valentina have two of the four weddings that Evie ultimately attends as bridesmaid, and it was interesting to read how their respective relationships evolve after the big day as a sub-plot to Evie's life. Charlotte is quieter than Evie and has self-esteem issues until Valentina gives her a makeover but like Evie, she seems destined to always end up as a bridesmaid.
The writing style is very engaging and easy to read so the book fits very well into the chick lit category. It feels a lot like Evie is directly telling the reader about the events that are happening, especially with the humour that occurs quite frequently in preceedings. I always enjoy this type of writing style as I feel like I'm gaining a much better insight into the main character(s).
I'd never read anything by Jane Costello before I saw this in my local supermarket but I'm really glad that I took the chance on it as it was a fantastic read. I was totally swept up in Evie's world and really wanted her to get together with Jack. As you may have read in previous book reviews of mine, I don't always feel this involved with the heroines of chick lit books so this must be testament to the author's characterisation skills.
Evie Hart is worried she'll always be the bridesmaid and never the bride, particularly since within a space of a few months she'll be attending no less than four weddings all as a bridesmaid. However during the first of those weddings, Evie meets Jack Williamson... by meet I mean her chicken fillets pop out of her dress but hey, it's one way of making an impression. As Evie and Jack keep meeting at weddings it becomes apparant they both have feelings for the other but disaster keeps striking. Will Evie finally be able to commit to a long-term relationship or is she destined to always being the bridesmaid?
After reading Jane Costello's second novel The Nearly-Weds I set about finding Bridesmaids, her debut, hoping it would be just as good a read. I started it in earnest and finished it hours later. It's by no means a short book - just over 400 pages - but I whizzed through it quickly. The question is, though, was it as good as The Nearly-Weds?
A short answer would be yes. Yes it was just as good as The Nearly-Weds and it also had the same warmth and humour, too. We're immediately thrust into one of the four weddings Evie will be attending throughout the course of the book and I was instantly sucked in. I found myself laughing out loud when Evie first met Jack and the way in which it happened - her chick fillets popping out of her dress and from then on I found myself laughing out loud on numerous occasions. As the story progresses a lot of things get in the way of Evie and Jack which drove me to distraction and I hoped it would all work out in the end.
I absolutely adored all of the characters particularly Evie who narrates to us throughout the book. The blurb describes her as warm and sparkly and I could see that pretty much from the off. She was hugely likeable and the situations she got herself into had me laughing out loud on numerous occasions. She was like a walking disaster. Jack was also immensely likeable, even if he was seeing Valentina at the beginning of the book! He seemed perfect for Evie and all of the obstacles that were thrown in their way drove me insane. Evie's friends were all great: Grace, who I'd say was Evie's best best friend and who's the first to get married; Georgia, who makes regular appearances and whom I liked immensely. Georgia's wedding is the second wedding we attend, Valentina, although self-obsessed and prone to being annoying was also incredibly likeable and is bride in the fourth wedding of the book and finally Charlotte, whom was my favourite of the four friends. Evie's mum is the other wedding and I loved her quirky and eccentric nature. It may seem as if there's quite a few characters to keep up with and there was, but I found them easy to deal with. We also meet three of Evie's ex-boyfriends but only two are prominent: Gaz and Seb, both annoying and both unlikeable but for different reasons entirely.
Reading a book entitled Bridesmaids does of course mean there's going to be weddings galore and boy, are there a lot of weddings throughout the book! I felt as if I should have read it wearing a dress and huge hat! I liked the inclusion of the weddings and the madness that ensued most of the time. There are other plots in the book, mainly about the friendship of the five girls and we see how marriage effects those we witness getting married. There were a few twists in the story and one involving Charlotte I guessed immediately but it was interesting to see how it was handled and how it ended. Costello writes in such an easy way that I find myself flying through her books. I said in my The Nearly-Weds review that she reminds me of Paige Toon with the easy style of writing and the ease in which I fly through her books and it's again apparent in Bridesmaids. Costello also peppers the book with some fantastic and hilarious moments which had me laughing and it takes quite a book to make me laugh out loud.
Bridesmaids is well worth a read as Jane Costello is a fantastic writer which makes for a fantastic read. Jane's only had two books published but I'm a huge fan already and can't wait for her next offering. Her books are witty, warm and immensely moreish! Plus most women will have been a bridesmaid at some stage and I dare you to not laugh and nod your head at the wedding scenarios!