Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose during lunch at one of London’s fanciest restaurants. But when his big question involves a trip abroad, not a trip down the aisle, she’s completely crushed. So when Ben, an old flame, calls her out of the blue and reminds Lottie of their pact to get married if they were both still single at 30, she jumps at the chance. No formal dates - just a quick march to the altar and a honeymoon on Ikonos, the sun-drenched Greek island where they first met years ago.
Their family and friends are horrified. Fliss, Lottie’s older sister, knows that Lottie can be impulsive - but surely this is her worst decision yet. And Ben’s colleague Lorcan fears that this hasty marriage will ruin his friend’s career. To keep Lottie and Ben from making a terrible mistake, Fliss concocts an elaborate scheme to sabotage their wedding night. As she and Lorcan jet off to Ikonos in pursuit, Lottie and Ben are in for a honeymoon to remember, for better...or worse.
©2013 Sophie Kinsella (P)2013 Random House Audio
First, I 'd like to say that the narrators do a good job, I just can't stand the voice of Jayne Entwistle. It's irritating. But it is well read.
About the book, HOLY HORRIBLE!!! I have read five other Sophie Kinsella books and liked them all, but this one is absurd. The story line is ridiculous. Woman, Lottie, thinks boyfriend is going to propose and when he doesn't she meets up with old flame and decides to get married to him instead. Sister, Fliss, is going through a bitter divorce and has a 7 year old boy or is it 9, I don't know but who cares because it's not really about him at all. This part is about a third of the book, the only part that I could listen to. The rest of the book, which is most of the book, is how the sister, Fliss, tries to keep Lottie and the new flame from having sex on their wedding night because she thinks she's made a terrible mistake.
Let's start with the fact that a woman going through a terrible divorce with a child and having a fling herself, would never find herself totally obsessed (meaning this is the only thing she does) with keeping her sister from having sex on her wedding night... this is ALL SHE DOES.
Then Lottie, a 33 year old woman (previously living with her boyfriend), wants to have a shotgun wedding but needs to WAIT to have sex until her wedding night!!!! Riiiiight! ok fine...Let us overlook that. And I should not have because the circumstances become ridiculous. It's one thing to want to make it perfect on your wedding night but any consenting adult would never find him or herself in this situation ...ridiculous. The last 7 chapters were all about how the butler kept coming in the room and interrupting them from having sex, again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again...all orquestrated by the sister, who takes the kid out of school to follow crazy Lottie to Ikonos to stop her from having sex. Totally absurd!!!
So the last seven chapters I used the "skip to next chapter button" and listened for a few seconds and it was the same thing...butler interrupts with cookies, complimentary messages, upgrades, blah blah blah, trip to exotic location where you can see the allergic reaction coming a mile away, also the night of too many drinks, a bigger bed and on and on and on. It's enough to drive you insane. You just don't care at all what happens to any of them or if they ever do it. Even constantly chaperoned teenagers could have found a moment to do it. From the words of another reviewer, "get a cheap motel and do it already", so you can put me out of my misery.
So because of this book, I am taking extra time to search for a book with substance, to read all the reviews thoroughly, and to leave a detail review to help others with their selection. Don't waste your time, credit or money! Skip it! "The Undomesticated Goddess" is better, "Can You Keep a Secret", "Remember Me", and even "I Got Your Number" was fantastic compared to this.
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
The story opens with a flash forward by twenty days. It leaves you wondering, “what the …” Then one sister doesn’t get the ring the other is in the middle of a divorce. Kinsella uses each sister to get a perspective on the other’s life. It is really two stories for the price of one wrapped together thoughtfully. This approach gets you hooked quickly and you immediately start to speculate how is it all going to work out. One sister is more believable than the other, so you have suspend a little judgment – but you will like both characters.
The novel has three narrators and all with British accents. They do a good job but the narration does not make add anything to the novel – they are just readers – a bit impassive.
If you like this book, you might like “Wife By Wednesday” by ByBee this is another one of those romantic leaning novels with fun stitched in which I liked a bit more. If you are a hopeless romantic, then I’d give this a read – it worth it.
I've always enjoyed Sophie Kensella's entertaining writing style. This was right up there with the rest of her work. Easy / laugh out loud funny and great story line. I enjoyed the narrative as well - she did a great job of changing her dialect to help differentiate between characters. I feel that often an audible book is only as good as the narrator. This presentation doesn't disappoint.
Lotus Flower Muse
I normally like a Kinsella novel. This one missed the mark though. I didn't really like the characters and it felt absolutely manipulative throughout. There are some funny lines but not enough humor to make it good. I recommend her other books like "Twenties Girl" and "Can You Keep A Secret".
"A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon layout down, and commence living on its hint. what I began by reading, I must finish by acting" -Henry David Thoreau
Fun twists and turns. The butlers provided some funny comic relief and Noah was a little charmer. Wedding Night is one of those books that I can listen to again and again.
I haven't read the print version, but the narrators where great. I feel like they added a lot to the story.
I have listend to many other Sophie Kinsella books. They have all been good, but this is now my favorite
They did a great job of conveying the emotions of the characters. I also love the English accents.
I wish the story could have gone on and on.
As a huge Kinsella fan, I've been looking forward to reading this book. However, I was very disappointed. While parts of it was funny, most of the book was way below Kinsella's usual standard. I couldn't relate to any of the main characters, and most of the time I just wanted to scream at them. It was a totally unrealistic story (not necessarily a bad thing, as I loved Twenties girl by the same author), but for this book it just did not work.
The narrators had perfect voices for each character and they made the book come more alive.
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