BOOK REVIEW: The Wedding Girl
by Madeleine Wickham
ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon):
At the age of eighteen, in that first golden Oxford summer, Milly was up for anything. Rupert and his American lover, Allan, were an important part of her new, exciting life, so when Rupert suggested to her that she and Allan should get married to keep Allan in the country, Milly didn’t hesitate.
Ten years later, Milly is a very different person and engaged to Simon―who is wealthy, serious, and believes her to be perfect. Milly’s secret history is locked away so securely she has almost persuaded herself that it doesn’t exist―until, only four days before her elaborate wedding. To have and to hold takes on a whole new meaning when one bride’s past catches up with her and bring the present crashing down.
With her trademark style of keen insight, and razor sharp wit, Madeleine Wickham introduces her fanatical fan-base, plus a host of new readers to a fresh and irresistible heroine in The Wedding Girl.
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Have I told you how much I love Sophie Kinsella (a.k.a. Madeleine Wickham)!? Ha!
In case you’re new here, I started working my way through Sophie Kinsella’s standalone novels a few years ago. I’ve now read every one of them! This year I am working my way through all of the books she published under her real name (Madeleine Wickham). There are a total of 7 and so far I’ve completed The Gatecrasher, Cocktails for Three, 40 Love, and now The Wedding Girl.
I really enjoyed this book! The more Madeleine Wickham books I read, the more I appreciate the difference in the styles of Kinsella versus Wickham. Kinsella books are more light-hearted and rom-com in nature. They typically make me laugh out loud at some point. Although Wickham books are often referred to as “comedy,” I don’t think that’s an accurate description. They touch on real-life issues a little bit more, not in a way that’s heavy, just…a little more thought-provoking.
In The Wedding Girl, Milly is just about to get married when we discover she has a secret that could potentially sabotage everything. Her sister also has a secret which weaves into the storyline just perfectly with Milly’s chaos. We also get to witness some marital challenges between Milly’s parents. In the end, we’re left with the question of what’s truly important when two people choose to spend the rest of their lives together?
I definitely recommend this book if you’re looking for something fairly light, sweet, and easy to read.