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The Wedding Party - Sophie King
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The Wedding Party - Sophie King
Advantages: Easy read
Disadvantages: underwhelming - rushed ending
I was recently lent quite a large stack of books and The Wedding Party by Sophie King was one of them. I had a quick look through the pile and decided on this book first. I am certain I have read other books by Sophie King but I can't remember which ones so I didn't choose this book because of the author.
I didn't read the blurb on the back before I started so I had no idea what to expect but must say that I was left feeling underwhelmed by the whole thing.
The book follows the story of four main characters and their lives and relationships in the run up to a wedding. Each chapter centres on one of the characters in turn although because of their intertwined relationships the other characters do pop up throughout the book.
The main characters are Becky who is a career obsessed mother of two, Helen who is Becky's Mother, Mel, the vicar and Janie the wedding planner and Becky's Best friend. The wedding that the whole story hangs on is that of Geoff and Monique, Geoff is Becky's father and Helen's ex-husband.
The story is easy enough to get into and read but I did find myself losing track of how the characters were connected and even who they were at the beginning. None of the characters found a particular place in my heart or my imagination and were neither particularly likable nor displeasing.
I did find myself getting into the book but it was more the expectation that something might happen. I felt that the book was all build up and then the outcome was a little hurried and disappointing. I only finished reading the book about a week ago but for the purposes of this review I have found myself thumbing through trying to remind myself of exactly what it was all about.
I felt that the end was a bit of a letdown and everything seemed to be neatly tidied up in the course of the final chapter. The big wedding that the whole book referred to was glossed over and although it didn't turn out how the bride expected she went from bridezilla to very accepting and didn't make a fuss. The bride was portrayed as someone quite sinister throughout the book but this never really developed and was then forgotten completely so I am not really sure what purpose she had in the story.
The book could easily have been written without the need for the wedding as it could have simply delved deeper into the lives of the main characters and their relationships.
Not the worst book I have ever read, but I don't think it would win many prizes.
I would say this is a great summer read, one for the beach or the plane, but it is quickly forgotten.
Summary: An ok summer read
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