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Will the nearly wed become a newly wed?
The Nearly-Weds - Jane Costello
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The Nearly-Weds - Jane Costello
Advantages: Easy to read, deals with a lot of things without you realising it
Your wedding day is supposed to be the best day of your life and it's a brides' presumption that the groom will be waiting at the church when you get there so it came as a big shock to Zoe that the love of her life has no intention of marrying her and instead jilts her at the alter. It's bad enough having to get through that day but life afterwards can be hard with all the sympathetic looks and people dashing away not knowing what to say. Zoe comes up with solution though - fly across the world to become a nanny and forget Jason even exists... but is it really that easy?
Zoe gives up her day job, her house and her entire life to set off to this fancy life in America with a rich couple who're taking her on an expenses free holiday in return for her looking after their well behaved children. There's a slight change of plan when she gets there though and instead Zoe enters the life Ryan, Ruby & Samuel - a family still hurting after the death of the woman in their life. Instead of the easy job Zoe had expected, she has to put up with kids that are used to watching tv and eating junk and a man who's more intent on working and socialising than spending any time with the kids. Zoe does have some light humour though in the shape of some other British nannies and soon classes them as her best friends.
An accident at the lake and some news from home change everything for Zoe and it's very soon that she has some life changing decisions to make.
The nearly weds wasn't at all what I expected and I can't say that's a bad thing. I'm not one for wedding plots, especially as some of them take over the entire story and you end up wondering why you've just planned someone elses wedding. This isn't the case for this book and it's injected with a reality that you find quite possible. Moving across the world seems like a good plan when you're trying to avoid someone but it's rarely that easy to leave your thoughts and mind behind.
It doesn't only deal with the rejection from being jilted, but the effects grief can have on a family and the difficulties in dealing with it. It also looks at the difficulties in living so far away from home and the different rules in different countries - is it really that easy to remember you drive on the right?! It's not a serious book though and it's mostly a humorous tone with little tit bits that'll have you giggling out loud.
It's not a long book and the chapters are relatively short in order to keep you reading so I finished this book in less than a day (much to my partners disgust!).
My final words on it? It's fun, enjoyable, light hearted and easy to read. Excellent chick lit. I've bought the rest of her books so look out for the reviews :)
Summary: A very enjoyable piece of chick lit.