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An enjoyable read but not the best
Wedding Night - Sophie Kinsella
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Wedding Night - Sophie Kinsella
Date: 19/05/13, updated on 19/05/13 (29 review reads)
Advantages: Funny moments, easy read
Disadvantages: not the best by Kinsella
The story tells of two sisters Lottie and Fliss. Fliss is currently undergoing a divorce and it is all she can think and talk about. Her work as a travel reviewer is beginning to suffer as she takes time off regularly to deal with the divorce and her son is beginning to make up stories at school too. Fliss finds herself constantly ringing her lawyer to discuss what has happened and is constantly updating a spreadsheet about all the bad things he ex husband has said/done. Meanwhile, her sister Lottie is hoping that her long term boyfriend will propose to her but when the mention of weddings come up Richard, her boyfriend, appears shocked and afraid. Lottie soon dumps Richard and feels terribly hurt; how could she be so wrong? How could she have been dreaming about proposals and he not even consider it?
When an ex boyfriend, Ben, turns up in Lottie's life she is instantly swept off her feet. It doesn't matter that they were only together during their gap year abroad and that they haven't spoken since, it doesn't matter that they don't even know what jobs the other does, all that matters is that they realise they have been in love ever since and so decide to get married right away. Lottie puts off the idea of a romantic wedding day to just marry Ben quickly and they look forward to saving themselves until their wedding night to relive their youth and make love.
Fliss is appalled by her sister's rash decision, she has never even met the man she has married! Fliss worries that her sister is going to go down the same road as her and end up getting a divorce and having her entire life ruined by marriage and so decides to try to stop her sister and new husband from having sex. If they don't have sex then they haven't consummated the marriage and it can be annulled. But just how do you manage this? Especially when they are in a different country in the most romantic hotel celebrating their marriage?
I thought the characters of this book were quite well written. They are not as well rounded as in other books and I wasn't sure at times whether they were meant to be coming across as being a bit scatty or if it was Kinsella's writing that made them this way. Because the story was jumped into really quite quickly with very little background and there was plenty of action without lots of descriptions I found it quite hard to get my head around who they both were first. As for Ben, the new husband, I didn't get to know him at all, I couldn't work out why he had suddenly come on the scene, what he was about, whether he was sincere and I think that actually worked really well, I think being confused was the whole point as it meant I spent the whole time questioning him and this made me want to keep reading on so I could find out what happened.
Now I did enjoy this book but I don't think it was as good as Kinsella's other publications. I found that it was a bit too based just around falling in love and sex and that was really similar to lots of other chick lit books which is why I don't normally read them. Usually Kinsella's books have a lot more about them and yes this book did have depth but not as much as normal.
I couldn't help but groan at some of the cliches that went on in this book and wishing that various things were just left out for example Fliss sleeping with Lorcan- Ben's best man - it was just too predictable and was something this book could have done without really.
There is good humour in this book with some amusing situations which Noah, Fliss' son manages to get them in with his story telling as well as some funny situations which the hotel staff cause to try to help Fliss stop her sister from having sex. Although sometimes these extremes were a bit much I did think it showed just how desperate and eager Fliss was to stop Lottie from making a mistake and this air of desperation was important within the story.
There was a moral to the story in the end and it did make the sisters question what they wanted from life and who they were which was quite refreshing and an interesting point to the book.
The style of writing is very good it is told by both Fliss and Lottie which enables us as the reader to see what is happening in both of their lives and made the story flow well. Telling the story like this made me want to keep reading as once I'd read Lottie's part I wanted to read the next chapter to hear what Fliss' take on it all was. There wasn't any going back and forth to the past it was all set in the present and I found it easy to keep up with everything that was going on. I never once became confused or couldn't understand something, it is a very easy read.
When I read I like to feel lost in a story so I can relax my own mind and be away from reality. I did enjoy reading this and did find that I wanted to keep turning pages but I wasn't as drawn in as I have been previously by this author. I do think it is a decent book and there were times I wanted to keep reading but I wouldn't say it's a proper page turner or that it was anything really special.
I like that all the way through the book you don't know what the ending is. I did try to work out what was happening but I genuinely didn't know which way things were going to go and how it would all turn out and I like that about a book, that is what makes me want to keep reading and this book did that well.
In conclusion I recommend this book if you're looking for something which is easy to read which doesn't take much brain power. It's not the best book out there but it is quite amusing and a laidback read.
Summary: An easy, enjoyable read