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 listeners, to a fresh and irresistible heroine in The Wedding Girl.
©2009 Madeleine Wickham; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio
This book did exactly what I wanted it to do - give me a fluffy listen over vacation. It was pretty engaging, amusing, and ultimately satisfying. I have not craved listening to it again -yet.
But it's good to know it is in my library if I want to be amused again on another long drive or vacation.
The narration of this story was great but I was a little disappointed with the book itself. I have read every Maddam Wickam and Sophie Kinsella book, and this one is missing the wit and humor to it. It's not horrible but it's not great either.
Great character acting - a fun, interesting story. The characters become very real. Feel like a great play. Nice to have a classic story told so well. I highly recommend it. A top listen.
I'm a long-time fan of Sophie Kinsella/Medline Wickham. When you read her books you're not looking for great literature, but this book was a new low. The characters are so incredibly unlikeable, I considered giving up half way through.
The main character is a seemingly inept whiner. The finace is a pompous jerk. The mother is an overbearing obnoxious woman.
If this goes on $1 sale grab it, or if you need to listen to something while vacuuming maybe, but otherwise, not worth the FREE credit I used for it.
Having said all that, the narrator was quite good.
One of the things I liked most about this book was that you get to see the main characters when they are young, foolish, and care-free, and then ten years later when the demands of adulthood have all but suppressed their spirit. I also liked that while it's told in third-person, it moves from one character to another--so there is more than one protagonist.
This is one of those books where everything does not work out perfectly for the various characters. Wickham brings much more to the chick-lit genre than you'll find in your average romance novel. In fact, there are a couple of points in the novel when you might even get a little misty :)
Do you remember how self absorbed Bridget Jones' mother was? This plot has a whole book of them. The protagonist is irritatingly clueless and devoid of ambition. She is a British Barbie doll. She does grow, and eventually she awakens to a more truthful self, but it is a tedious journey. She is also surrounded by equally vacant characters who are excruciatingly self delusional. The group reads a little like an English sit com, abounding with stereotypes. I had to force myself to finish the book. Not a one of them was mature, or strong, or, well, likeable.
I love Sophie Kinsella for her light and fun reads. This is somewhat light but has some heavy topics.
I could not finish the second chapter of this book. The narrator's delivery comes across as harsh and angry, no matter what the scene or character(s). Cannot force myself to continue, which is saying a lot since I'm in the midst of a lengthy trip. Too bad.
Great characters, funny and touching chaos. Great underlying message about honesty in relationships and being true to yourself. I found myself rooting for all of the characters to overcome their challenges.
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