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With me getting to the stage in my pregnancy that I am feelign incredibly cumbersome and not able to do very much, I decided to make the most of my time off before our newborn arrives, and enjoy some reading, something I rarely get the time to do, except when on holidays. So a few days ago I decided to pop into my local library and pick up some basic chick lit novels, that wouldn't require much thought and could pass a dready afternoon.
I had noticed a few reviews on the Katie Fforde books on dooyoo, and when I saw the name and recognised it in the library, I decided to pick up a couple of her books, alongside a few other books from authors, again whose names I recognised. One of the Katie Fforde books that I picked up was this one 'Wedding Season'. which on the back has been given plenty of praise and applause from fellow writers as well as magazines etc.
This novel is based around the story of three women, with the central characters being Sarah, a wedding planner by trade. The story begins with Sarah in the midst of organising a wedding for a client and having to deal with the usual bridezilla moments, and a nice but rather over the top mother of the bride. It is at this wedding however, that a lot of the side stories of the book spring from. It is through this wedding that the friendship between Sarah and the two other female lead characters starts to develop, with Elsa being a dressmaker by trade, particularly in the line of wedding dresses, and Bron being a hairdresser/make up artist/cake maker, although it is the former of these that she makes her business in mostly. Only one of the three women is in a relationship at the beginning of the story - Bron, but it is not exactly one you could call loving or happy, as she is somewhat trapped in a loveless relationship with a rather domineering man to whom she is expected to wait on hand and foot. Elsa on the other hand is quite shy and not one to chase men. Sarah, despite beign a wedding planner is sceptical about marriage having had a rough time in the past with an ex boyfriend. As the story develops so do three new relationships, with each female lead getting closer to men that have met somehow through the initial wedding in the book, but love takes time, and is not always clear cut, and you need to wait to the end to see whether or not all three really are successful in finding true love.
I have never read a novel by Katie Fforde and as I mentioned earlier, I only knew the name from reviews here on Dooyoo. There is no doubt that this book is an easy read, that does not require much thought and is therefore the ideal book as a summer holiday read and something to simply relax with. I have to admit as well, that is really is the kind of novel that you find yourself reading on and on, and finding it difficult to shut, so much so that I had it read in over the space of two afternoons. I enjoyed all three characters, although I felt that Sarah was the hardest to really get to know and understand.
However, although I wasn't looking for something challenging to read, I did feel at times that some of the scenarios and some of the conversations really weren't true to life. There are those who may say that it is a novel and therefore non fiction in genre, however, I like to read conversations between characters that I actaully think would take place. In certain places in the book, some of the lines, particuarly from the male admirers are a little cheesy, and I really find it difficult to believe most men would come out with such things. I thought it was a little far fetched as well that by the end of the book the men were talking about marriage when it was really only early days within each of the relationships. I also found that the three men seemed to merge into one at times, and didn't really have a lot of character individually, and all seemed a bit too good to be true. At times I felt there Fforde drew on other authors work including Bridget Jones, what with all the talk of getting your colours done, as well as the over the top but sweet mother of the bride.
All in all, there is no doubt that this is perfect summer reading ,which required no thought at all, and is very absorbing and enjoyable. Yes it is class chick lit, but there were certain things that I thought let this novel down, particulary some of the conversations between characters, in saying that however, I would happily read one of her books again, and in fact I picked up a second one from the library at the time, so it will be interesting to compare the two.
I have recently been reading many books by Carole Mathews and Katie Fforde. I am continually hunting for more of their books on my travels, which is where I found Wedding Season. I always find her books are an easy read but also a book which you cannot put down which I hoped would be the same with this one.
This story is based around Sarah, a wedding planner who doesn't believe in forever in Love. At the start of the story, she is putting the finishing touches to a wedding, getting the bride ready for her big day doing what she does best with the help of new found friends who are the other two main characters of the book, Elsa and Bron. Elsa is a dress maker who has created a beautiful dress for the bride, but doesn't like the attention to fall on her which is a bit of a problem when she is selected to be the bridesmaid at the last minute. Bron is a hairdresser who also finds she is a dab hand at make-ip and cake making, is there no end to this woman's talent!
After the big wedding has come to an end Sarah is then given the opportunity of a life time, to organise a big wedding for a Celeb but with only 2 months to do it in and also to put a spanner in the works the wedding is on the same day as her sister's wedding. Will Sarah pull this off with the help of Bron and Elsa or will it become a total disaster.
I found with this book that I actually warmed to Bron and Elsa more than I did with the main character Sarah. I feel that Bron and Elsa have a warmer more approachable character to them where as with Sarah it felt as if we wasn't totally in touch with her character as if there was some kind of guard up between her and us, the reader. I also liked the male characters in this book who are the love interests in this book their characters were all very different but also gave us the same warm feeling to them.
Overall, this was a book which I really enjoyed. I didn't find that this story was predictable other than one part which was the relationship with the main character Sarah. Because of this I found like with previous books I have read by Katie Fforde that I couldn't put the book down as you continually want to know what is going to happen next in the story. As with many chick-lit book there is a big relationship story line ( or in this case three!) to go along side the main storyline. I found that the way the relationships were wrote into the storyline was quite different to many books which I have read as the relationships didn't take over from the main storyline but gave it a nice little twist alongside which made it enjoyable to read. I found that with this book it was on a steady pace not having low or high points during the book. We are taken straight in to the storyline from the first chapter. This book has many elements to it including, humour, relationships, romance, and emotion to name a few, which completes this beautifully written book. I picked up from reading this book that the author seemed to have an insight to the whole wedding planning topic as there was some parts of the book which was in great detail about the requirements the brides need the wedding planners to deal with.
I would recommend this book to chick-lit lovers. I cannot tell you anything negative about this book as personally for me it ticked all of the right boxes. If you are looking for an easy read to cheer you up on a down day this is the book for you.
I have read a couple of books by Katie Fforde and have enjoyed them so when I was at my mother-in-laws and in need of a book to read whilst my husband was out walking the dog I browsed her bookshelves and found she had about 8 or 10 books by Katie Fforde. Reading the backs of the books the book which caught my attention was "Wedding Season." I love weddings and I thought a book about weddings was sure to be a good one and if Katie Ffordes previous books were anything to go by there would be a happy ending.
The book has three main female characters although one is slightly more prominent than the others this is Sarah. Sarah is a wedding planner who is a bit sceptical about love and doesn't really believe in weddings, strange job to choose then! The book begins with her managing a big wedding and averting disasters at various stages like a true professional. We also meet the other two female characters who are Bron a hairdresser who also doubles as a make-up artist and Elsa who is the dressmaker.
Shortly after this wedding Sarah finds herself agreeing to plan two weddings on the same day and so soon Sarah, Elsa and Bron find themselves working as a team to try and organise everything. This being a Katie Fforde book the women also find love along the way even when they least expect it.
I really enjoyed this book. I like Katie Ffordes style of writing and the story flows well and keeps at a good pace. The characters are all really likeable and each women is very different from the next. Each has their own strengths but also their own worries and as they relationships with each other strengthen through the book then they gain the courage to make decisions about their lives which will change things for them.
The wedding theme was a great idea for a book - everyone enjoys a wedding! The book also has some funny moments too which add to the book. At times some of the storyline is a bit predictable and can be a bit too sugary sweet but I think this is just the type of story that Katie Fforde writes and sometimes you just want to read a book that's nice and happy. I enjoyed it and will be back to borrow another one of Katie Ffordes books from my mother in law soon.
ISBN - 978-0099502128
Pages - 480
Cost - Currently £4.29 on Amazon for the paperback version
I picked this book up in Morrison's as it was cheap and I had just finished reading another book. I fancied something different to my normal crime books. I can honestly say this book is absolutely fantastic I could not put it down! I have read it 3 times now! It is light hearted fun book that focuses on friendship within the wedding business. The book focuses around a wedding planner called Sarah. She does a wedding for Ashlyn were she meets two new friends the hairdresser and dress maker who become great friends as you get further into the book. She works with a well respected photographer (Hugo) who she secretly fancies but wont admit because she's had her heart broken in the past. We later learn her younger sister is getting married but on the same day as a celebrity customer. The difference being that the two have very different budgets and both want Sarah to arrange there days. She does successfully pull both days off by using her contacts and best friends for help and encouragement. By the end of the book the three main characters are in relationships with there respective partners. Sarah and Hugo eventually do get together and seem as though they will have long and happy relationship. I would highly recommend this book to any one it really is a good feeling book which is truly enjoyable to read and gives you a real good feeling about relationships, love and weddings. Well done Kate Ffode
Sarah is a wedding planner with a secret, she doesn't believe in love. As it begins to head into the wedding season she gets asked to plan a wedding for an American movie star, only one problem, her sister wants to get married on the same day and it's only a few months away!
Luckily for Sarah she has two great friends to help her out. Bron is a hair stylist in an unhappy relationship and Elsa is a talented dress maker. Together they work hard to achieve the perfect weddings for both the movie star and her sister on the same day. This means they don't have any time for love...
I loved Wedding Season by Katie Fforde almost immediately. The best bit about this book is that as you are following three main female leads, there are three relationships to focus on. This gives plenty of variety. By focussing on weddings she is touching on a subject that most females are very interested in and provides a good insight into what normally happens behind the scenes.
This book is an ultimate, romantic chick-lit novel!
I picked up this book as it was cheap in Tesco ( 2 for £7) and I am getting married in March 2010, so anything weddingy is good at the moment! I'd also heard that she is quite a good author for chick-lit type stories.
I really enjoyed this book, maybe just because I'm really interested in weddings at the moment, but I think it is more to do with the fact it is a well written feel good story. I think you can see a reflection of people you know in the characters as they are such "real" people.
You really do go through the motions with the characters and there is always something to keep you on your toes.
I think this is a great chick-lit book whether you are married, getting married or just looking for a good summer feel good read.
Katie Fforde's writing style is also very good, I often find chick-lit books are quite plain and simple in terms of language and structure, but this one really is well written and constructed as well as having a good storyline.
I am not normally a big fan of overtly girlie chick lit but my big sister gave this to me as she found it to be easy to read, enjoyable and it made her think about my wedding which will be July 2010.
The book begins with Sarah, the cynical wedding planner who doesn't believe in love. I must say reading her say " Hugo! You brute! You gave me such a fright!" made me inwardly cringe...I'm sure people don't really talk this way in modern Britain. Do they?! But I persevered as I thought the story might be worth it. Fortunately it was and as I got to know Sarah, Elsa (the dress designer with low self esteem) and Bron the hairdresser (who's boyfriend could well be the missing link) I began to believe in them as people and want to know more. The story is easy to follow with no huge surprises. It's like a soothing cup of camomile tea for the brain - inoffensive, calming and warm. There is definitely a place for books like this - sometimes we all just want to relax with a book where everyone ends up happy and our faith in love and the world being essentially a good place is restored. It's not a book that I would read again but that's rarely the case with this types of book. Bung it in your suitcase and read it as you're relaxing by the pool on holiday!
ISBN no: 978-0-09-950212-8. Published by Arrow Books 2009. 450 pages. Available online, in supermarkets and book stores everywhere!
After the thought-provoking and slightly disturbing book I read last week (Restless by Barbara Gowdy which I have also reviewed), it was back to my usual diet of pure chick-lit this week. I was dashing around Waitrose, supposedly picking up a few bits and pieces for dinner, when I got distracted by the cut-price books... 'Wedding Season' appealed to me instantly as although it's nearly six years since I got married, I still love reading about weddings and it looked like just the type of fluffy, unchallenging chick-lit to brighten up my Piccadilly Line commute.
I haven't read any of Katie Fforde's previous books (at least, I'm pretty sure I haven't - to be honest, I have so many books that occasionally I forget I've already read one and end up buying it again) but this particular one appealed to me. The cover is pure chick-lit - lots of swirly writing and a very stylised picture of a woman dressed in a wedding guest outfit, surrounded by floating hearts. The book is reasonably thick with over 400 pages - I read fast so I like my books to be on the chunky side to ensure they last more than a couple of tube journeys!
Moving on to the actual book, the story centres around Sarah, a wedding planner who ironically (considering her job) doesn't believe in luck. At the start of the story, she is putting the finishing touches to a wedding, getting the bride ready for her big day and attempting to calm everyone's nerves. We are also introduced to the two other central female characters at this stage. Elsa is a dress-designer who has created a stunning dress for the bride, but prefers to keep out of the limelight, and Bron is a hairdresser / make-up artist who can create miracles with a pair of scissors. The wedding at the start throws up plenty of challenges, notably thrusting the shy Elsa into the unexpected role of head bridesmaid, but there are far more challenges to come.
Within a couple of days of the successful wedding, Sarah is faced with a major challenge. Not only does she have to organise her sister's wedding on a budget, but she also has to plan her first celebrity wedding - these events are not only at short notice, they are also on the same day! She has Elsa and Bron to help, but it is a race against time to make sure everything is perfect on the big days. And, like in all good chick-lit novels, there is a bit of distraction in the form of new romances and turbulent love lives along the way... but will Sarah, Bron and Elsa get their own happy ever afters?
The characters in this book are appealing and well-written. I found myself liking all of the three central characters as they felt very realistic. All have their own issues and insecurities, but the strength of female friendship and solidarity is apparent, and I found myself hoping that everything would work out for them. It was interesting to see the way that Katie Fforde developed her characters as their friendships developed - they all seemed to take strength from the closeness of the bond they form while planning the celebrity wedding and become stronger, more balanced characters as the story progressed.
I also enjoyed the insights into the wedding industry, with all the searching for the perfect venue, the mission to make the perfect cake, the trials and tribulations of getting the wedding dress exactly right - I used to think that being a wedding planner would be a fantastic job (well, it would feed my wedding obsession!) but this book paints a more realistic picture of hard work, negotiation and tight deadlines than the idealised picture I have in my head.
Overall, this was a book which I really enjoyed. The story was fast-paced and kept me turning the pages to see what happened yet. I felt absorbed and connected with the characters, which isn't always the case with chick-lit and it was the kind of book that made me feel good while I was reading it. Bits of it were funny enough to make me laugh out loud, and bits of it made me feel a bit emotional - definitely the kind of thing I was looking for. I do feel that it was a bit predictable in places, and I think the ending was tied up a little bit 'too' neatly, but overall this was an enjoyable read. If you want a fluffy, easy summer read then I would definitely recommend this.... It would be perfect for that sun-lounger by the pool and even better with a cocktail by your side.
****__Wedding Season - Katie Fforde __****
This is another of these authors i like to read when i am looking for something light,so when i saw this in Waterstones for £3.99 i had to buy it!!!
This is Katie fforde's 14th novel. She is a Sunday Times top ten bestseller and all her books tend to be quite light reads.
This book is about three woman who become good friends through working with each other. They seem to have very different personalities but have one thing in common - love doesn't seem to feature in any of their lives.
Sarah- a complete workaholic(she is a wedding planner). She had one bad experience with a guy when she was younger and has stayed clear of any relationships ever since. Can she loosen up a bit and find love?
Elsa-an accomplished dress designer who is very shy
Bron-has a boyfriend who doesn't appreciate her and is in a hairdressing job she hates.Will she work up the courage to leave her boyfriend and job? Is there anyone else out there for her?
To be honest the plot isn't that original but it is a very easy book to read. Its light and fun,perfect for when you don't want to read something that has to much plot etc.
Katie Fforde's 'feel good', easy reads are my choice of summer reading. Wedding Season is a heart-warming tale of female friendship, full of Fforde's distinctive brand of humour. I bought a copy of this book for a friends birthday, knowing she likes this particular author. I also thought ahead - once she had finished reading the book I could borrow it!! However, on a visit to my local library (just over the road from my house) I saw a copy in the 'Fast Back' section. The librarian reminded me that the book had to be back within the week and insisted that no housework should be done until the book was finished!! Very pleased with this I went home to start reading ....
The Plot (without giving too much away)
This is the story of three women who become friends. Sarah is a wedding planner ( a job I've always thought I might like to do) who ironically doesn't believe in love. Or not for herself, anyway. Elsa is an accomplished dress designer , and Bron, a multi-talented hairdresser, come cake maker, who lives with her boyfriend who is not the best advert for men!
Somehow Sarah finds herself agreeing to organise two weddings on the same day and only two months away (one of the brides is a celebrity, the other her younger sister). With all that's going on the last thing Sarah needs is flattery from a charming photographer.
The three friends may be very good at their work but romance doesn't feature very highly in any of their lives. As the big day draws near, they certainly haven't got any time to even think about love . Or have they?
What I thought of the book...
I really enjoyed it! It's fun, lighthearted and it made me smile. If you've read any of Fforde's other books I am sure you will enjoy this one. There is something comforting reading a novel by an author that you've read before. Katie Fforde's novels follow a similar pattern and you know what you are going to get. It's not as racy as a lot of chick lit but it's very romantic. I like the fact that there's not too much swearing.
I read the book in hardback which, if you buy it is quite expensive at £10 +
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Century (5 Jun 2008)
Looking on Amazon it is going to be released in paperback in the UK early next year.
I am sure there are about 12 other titles by Katie Fforde, so if you like her style of writing you will have plenty of reasons to put off doing any house work, and to sit down with a cup of tea (or glass of wine), relax and read...