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Tales from a Hen Weekend - Olivia Ryan

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Genre: Romance / Author: Olivia Ryan / Paperback / 352 Pages / Book is published 2007-07-05 by Piatkus Books

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      19.10.2009 22:16
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      Rollercoaster ride in Dublin

      "Tales From A Hen Weekend" gives the impression of tales of drunken girly good times. What you actually get is well hidden secrets being drunkenly given life.

      This is the tale of Katie Halliday's hen weekend in Dublin. She's marrying Matt Davenport. Her perfect man. Having the perfect wedding. Or is it?
      Katie works for a book review website, reading romantic fiction and telling the world how good they are. And she believes in what she reads. Romance.

      Her sister, Lisa, is married to the perfect man, has two perfect children, lives in the perfect house, and has perfect sex. Katie strives for the same. Everything has to be perfect, but is it?

      They both try to ignore the less than perfect marriage of their parents, which lasted only a few years. Marge raised her daughters alone, after throwing Terry out. Lisa and Katie never asked for the story. Marge never volunteered it. Until now perhaps?

      Joyce is Marge's younger sister. Married to Ron, no children. Except she's brilliant with Lisa's two, as is Ron. Why'd they never have their own?

      Helen works with Katie, reading the more gritty fiction. Hard-hearted, man-hater, but no lesbian either. Can Katie's romantic heart rub a softer edge into Helen?

      Jude is Katie's oldest friend, but moved to Ireland when they were both young. All Katie ever wanted for her friend is hearts and flowers, so when Jude tells Katie about Fergus, she's thrilled. But is he all Katie thinks he is?

      Emily is Katie's best friend, and girlfriend of Sean, Matt's best mate. Everyone has a story to tell in this book, so what is Emily keeping to herself?

      Karen and Suze have come along for the ride, but they just seem to make up the numbers in the story as we don't really learn anything about them, except their ability to drink and take part in drunken hen party games.

      The book is broken down into chapters based on the various revelations that are revealed within it's pages, none of which I'm going to reveal here!
      The odd one will be guessed before the end of the chapter, a couple will come from nowhere. And one I guarantee will shock you completely.

      The hen party trip takes up the first half of the book, tho every other chapter seems to be someone's story, so that makes the pace quite quick-quick-slow if you know what I mean.

      There are some very funny moments in the story that had me laughing out loud. There where others that made me cringing, and a few that moved me towards tears.

      I would have to say that this is perhaps the best "chick-lit" I've read in a long time. There's nothing flowery about the writing or the plot. The story is very realistic, tho perhaps the many revelations are unusual for normal people!

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