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Mother of the Bride - Kate Lawson
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Mother of the Bride - Kate Lawson
Date: 10/07/10, updated on 11/07/10 (53 review reads)
Advantages: A bit of a twist to make more interesting
Disadvantages: None for me
This book was another I bought for my holidays and as it was an author I had not read before I wasn't really sure what to expect! However, I knew that because I always need something to read on a plane journey to get the time to pass quickly, I knew I would stick at it even if it turned out to be rubbish which was why I took it with me as at least then I could make sure I read it since I had already bought it!
Kate Lawson is an English author and has written many novels although it seems under a couple of different names! She has written under the names of Sue Welfare and Gemma fox as well as Kate Lawson! So it is worth bearing this in mind if you spot any of those names on possibly second hand books as I think she may have re released all now under the new name! I am honestly not sure which is her real name.
Jess is getting married much to the surprise of her Mother Molly. She hadn't quite expected her to be settling down with Max her now fiancé. However she doesn't have much time to worry about that when her bosses at her radio show decide what a great idea it would be to follow the wedding of her daughter in the run up to the big day and she also has to contend with Jess's mother in law Marnie going way over the top and getting involved much more than either Molly or Jess would like.
Throw in the hunky gardener friend of Jess's brother and the whole town seeming to be following the wedding plans and before long the day is so far removed from what Jess expected her wedding day to be like, she is not sure she can cope!
Even though Jess is the one getting married, Her mother is also one of the main characters that shares part of her side of the story in the book. I like the way she comes across as she is quite down to earth, protective of her daughter but, actually doesn't seem to go in pushing her daughter to choose things for the wedding she doesn't want. She seems very level headed and for this reason it is very easy to like her.
Jess herself is a little bit of a worrier almost like she wants to please people but, at the same time she gets more and more frustrated as time goes on with the way her step mother seems to be taking control and choosing everything for her without even consulting with her first! She doesn't seem to be able to stand up for herself in a way and this I did find annoying a very time bit as I certainly wouldn't let people be with me the way some were with her but, of course there would be no story if this was the case!
Marnie, Jess's mother in law, is horrid! She has been written to be a dreadful person who seems to have no understanding of boundaries or how she is with people and treats Jess's dad as a money machine. Thankfully she doesn't have any parts of her own that are from her point of view but, the author has portrayed her very well as being the horrible step mother type character!
Max is the last main character who of course is Jess's fiancé and he is somebody I do not warm to at all during he book. The author I guess wanted the reader to feel this way and it does work as I found myself getting annoyed at his antics and how he just didn't seem to care at all!
I bought this as part of a multi buy offer in Waterstones so on average it cost me around £4 and some odd pennies for the book. You can pick up a brand new copy on many sites or second hand for much lower. Alternatively you can see if your local library will have one you can rent out!
I did start reading and the first chapter didn't grip me intensely but, after the next couple I was really enjoying it and couldn't stop reading! The author has managed to create characters that you want to read about whether they are bad or good people as she has made them interesting and also makes you want to find out what will happen even if you don't like a person. What I really liked was that the author threw a couple of interesting plot twists in and this made reading the book even more engaging. I was really pleased with this book because it was a lot better than I had anticipated it being especially as the sub line of the front cover reads; '3 women. One wedding. Whose big day is it anyway?'
This at first made me think it would just be about the bride and mother and possibly the mother in law but, in actual fact I didn't find this to be the case at all and that is where it seemed to differ slightly to the usual chick lit book where a wedding would be taking place and you presume the main 3 women would be bride, mother and mother in law!
Overall I would definitely recommend this book and will certainly be looking out for more from her in the future and also her other previously released books.
Summary: A book by Kate Lawson