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
Other reviewers criticize the foul language, but it isn't the use of profanity that is itself a problem: it is the characterization of Fliss, Richard and Ben. These are characters so negative and mean that the swearing just punctuates how foul and unlikeable they are. Not a problem in some books perhaps, but here these ugly personalities cause big problems:
1) Fliss is not only a central character, she is one of two protagonists, yet she is completely unsympathetic. This not only alienates the audience, it is agitating. She is really a self-centered, bitter woman. Hard to buy she loves her sister. She comes across as so crass and cold-hearted in her view of love and sex, that even her relationship with her young son cannot make her appear more loving. (The son does behave far too immature for his age...is this because he's special needs? If so, it's not clear; this isn't built up very well.)
2)Ben as a character is under-developed and inconsistent. Are we supposed to be glad these two are together or not? Is he a good guy or not? I don't think there's any harm in making him more likable, but he is just a pawn to move the plot forward. We never get inside his head, really, and his lack of integrity makes him annoying, also.
3) Small spoiler: Richard appears back on the scene: are we supposed to like him? Maybe some chapters from his perspective would help. But when we first meet him, he is such a bonehead, how can we want anything but for him to get lost, no matter how much he's described by Fliss in flattering ways. Fliss's opinion of him is unreliable because she's too neurotic and bitter and cold.
4) The only two likable characters are each paired with unlikeable characters. Big problem in a romance story because all I could find myself hoping for is Lottie and Lorcan to ditch the other three people, telling them where to stuff it, and run off together to never talk to the others. (If that's where the story is headed, then there is no clue of that by the half way mark.) So the majority of the story isn't light-hearted, funny romance but frustration that these nice people are stuck with such jerks. The story is in a constant state of tension with very little comic relief because these characters are such self centered downers.
The concept of chasing after two impulsive people to stop a wedding is an interesting one, and maybe it could be pulled off with different characterizations or with a different premise. But what they're trying to stop from happening, and the attitude and manner in which they try to stop it...well, it stretches way too far beyond suspension of disbelief. That element of crassness...it's too crude.
It's meant to be funny, and maybe there was some future comedy of errors/sexcapade film in mind when it was written. It doesn't ring true, though, and the chemistry is off, and it doesn't hold together or deliver happy laughs, just uncomfortable ones. It doesn't hit its mark.I want fun, cheerful, affable and charming characters when I read this genre. I pick it up to have my mood lifted, not to be annoyed. The bad language isn't the problem, it's just an example of what's wrong with the overall story.
The narrators, though, deliver such wonderful, lively performances that this audiobook still remains an enjoyable listen. And it is well-written and interesting overall. Just be sure you're in the right mood for it, ready to find amusement in the oddball circumstances and interplay between the dueling main characters. Let go of judgement and expectations, and just listen. It's too bad when critical thinking needs to be dialed back in order to enjoy a book. It's that sort of thing that gives "chick lit" a derogatory reputation. But, if you can do that, this is an entertaining production and still may rate better than much of the other romance drivel out there.
I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!
When you’re looking for a light, entertaining read (or listen!), Sophie Kinsella’s novels are a good bet. I have read or listened to several, and they continue to be fresh and fun.
This novel did not disappoint. It had moments where the plot seemed to be stalling, but then it would pick right back up, sometimes in an interesting new direction! And the two narrators—alternating and from each of the main characters’ perspective—were very good.
Bottom line—if you’re looking for an entertaining several hours, this book, with a cute plot and some giggles and plain old laugh-out-loud moments will fit the bill!
I have always loved reading books, but now I find I love listening to books even more!
I really loved the narrators! Often, I am not a fan of books that alternate view points, but this one was very easy to follow and easy to get into because of how entertaining the narrators were throughout the story.
I really enjoyed this book! It was a light and fun listen, yet it had some interesting twists and turns.
I was hesitant to buy this book because of some of the negative reviews. I love Sophie Kinsella's (audio)books, so I was bummed to read that this book wasn't receiving very good reviews from some of her fans. However, I am glad I gave the book a try! It definitely kept me entertained.
First Time User
Jane Entwistle. She's great! I love listening to her narration. She's able to perfectly convey every emotion and doesn't leave me annoyed with her performance. She performs how she is suppose to by cultivating the story and not trying to show off her own acting skills.
They are able to bring a voice to the characters. I could have probably created an idea of what the characters sounded like but the narrators did a phenomenal job by actually bringing them to life.
I've listened to other audibles in this genre and this is such a great listen. I would highly recommend Jane Entwistle as a narrator.
This was a cute little book I listened to between a few other intense stories. Its fine for an 'in-between' book if your looking for something light. Don't expect an epic tale here though; its just as predictable as any other story of its kind.
I love Sophie kinsella so I was excited about this book. Overall, it is very entertaining. The narrators were amazing! I still liked "can you keep a secret" better, but this was a fun book.
This is the only way to get through all the books I want to enjoy...and still I'm behind!
It is great for long car rides and the fact that if you don't listen to it for a week or month, you really haven't lost the thread of the story. A fairly predictable tale, but truly fun.
The fact that the story takes the reader into a blissful, non thinking pure enjoyment type of entertainment. All the mix-ups, narrations and the little boy Noah with the greatest imagination borne of an author who must enjoy making people laugh.
The fact that she (they? couldn't really tell when the ladies changed) really could make each character individualised-accents were terrific..learned a few new choice phrases as well. Smile, smile.
My husband loves listening to all the Sophie Kinsella stories, makes him laugh everytime, and keeps him entertained while doing the long drives.
Listening to books is the best. I love almost all genres, but romance is my favorite, and rom-com is my preference there.
Narrative was first person singular, flip-flopping between the two main female characters, Lottie & Fliss. The male characters are expressed through their actions and what the female characters think of what they are told versus what they observe. There are some laugh out loud moments of the slapstick variety, as well as some witty dialogue. Only problems I had were the slow beginning and how flaky the character of Lottie came across.
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.
A better story
I cannot finish this book. I kept think it would get better. IT DIDN'T. It was brutal trying to get through.
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