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Publisher's Summary

The hotly anticipated wedding of Iris Devonshire, ravishing teenage daughter of celebrity couple Mia and Leo, is to be held in the gardens of their grand Palladian pile alongside the Thames. But Mia and Leo worry that she's rushing into the marriage. Just ask their best friends since college, Simon and Laney de Montmorency, whose relationship is on the rocks again - and they've already married each other twice.

On the big day, Iris' hellraiser fiancé, Dougie Everett, is not the only one flying high. As Iris rides up the aisle on a white stallion, a hot air balloon appears over the woods, heading straight for the ceremony. Its arrival is about to transform the lives and loves of some of the wedding guests forever.

The Summer Wedding is a sizzling summer comedy set against the beautiful backdrops of the Chilterns, Spain, Africa, and LA.

©2013 Fiona Walker (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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Trying too hard

Boring sex scenes trying too hard to be enticing but never really become more than adolescent in it's feel.
The story is banal. I chose it because of the narrator who is usually excellent. And she was also good here, but of course unable to lift such a book higher than a banal read for horse loving adolescents

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  • Kalan
  • GEORGETOWN, TX, United States
  • 04-28-16

Good story.... Too much bedroom detail for me

It's a good story line and good characters, but way too much sexual detail. I think a little more left to the imagination would better suit the story

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Too much going on

The storyline was good, but a little too much going on for one book. It was more difficult to make some of the main characters robust, especially a single character that played a main role in the resolution of the story. Narration was great and there were some humorous moments.

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Disappointed

What would have made The Summer Wedding better?

I didn't hate the story exactly, it was interesting and I was starting to get into the main characters, Laney and Simon's love story. However, the explicit sex details and overall crude direction I felt the book was moving in by about the second chapter made me turn this one off. Maybe this is just the author's style, and I've never read a Fiona Walker book before so I can't really say much except that I had high hopes for this book because I love the narrator and the premise of the storyline seemed really fun, but in the end it definitely wasn't my cup of tea.

What was most disappointing about Fiona Walker’s story?

The details of Laney and Simon's "bedroom life".. over the top descriptions of both theirs and her friend Mia's love lives as well as excessive f-bombs and swearing was just a little much. I know it's a style, and some women enjoy a little erotica thrown into chick lit but I personally felt it didn't add much to the story and unfortunately made it pretty much impossible for me to listen to with kids in the car so had to turn it off.

Which scene was your favorite?

To be honest, I didn't really make enough progress into this book to have a favorite scene.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The author has a good writing style and if it hadn't been for the R-rated elements I mentioned before I would certainly have kept listening. The narrator did a wonderful job too.

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Not really a fan

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who like this author would probably like it.

What was most disappointing about Fiona Walker’s story?

I thought the story lacked depth although the narrator did a really good job with characters and accents.

Have you listened to any of Karen Cass’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Cannot recall listening to her before but would absolutely listen to her again.

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  • Angie B Wood
  • 05-06-16

loved it....had me chuckling from start to finish

Really good easy listening with laughs all the way through...would recommend ... would be ideal pool listening during summer

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  • ❤ 2 Girls & Their Kindles ❤ (Lynsey Austin-Goddard)
  • 11-19-14

A fun summer read

Where does The Summer Wedding rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the 12th audio book I have listened too, I would rank this in my top 5

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Summer Wedding?

The L.A. cctv incident had me chuckling as I drove down the M4

Have you listened to any of Karen Cass’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I am not familiar with Karen Cass's performances, but I enjoyed her narration of this book, she brought the charterers to life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listen to my audio books on my arduous drive on the M4 to/from work, I enjoy getting back into my car and picking up where I have left off.

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  • Ms. Valerie B. Oneill
  • 09-04-13

Summer reads

What did you like most about The Summer Wedding?

It was a light hearted frivolous story that would be ideal for the beach . It was easy to listen to although at times there were so many characters I lost track if I wasn't concentrating. <br/><br/>It made me smile wryly in places at some of the situations they found themselves in

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Only listened to Book 1 so far

Which character – as performed by Karen Cass – was your favourite?

I liked most of the characters at different times throughout the book it changed as to the bit of the book I was at

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me smile and at time giggle out load a feel good factor.

Any additional comments?

Leave yourself plenty of down time to listen to this book and you won't be disappointed.

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  • Mrs
  • 09-09-16

Enjoyable listen

Where does The Summer Wedding rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I enjoyed listening to this book - not difficult to pick up each time and plenty of funny moments to break up long drives

What did you like best about this story?

Humorous, enjoyable and not overly complex plot. Focussed on likeable key characters.

What does Karen Cass bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Some of the accents are a bit dodgy but nothing that detracted from the story

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  • Jill Besterman
  • 08-17-13

Very boring and disjointed

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A much better storyline

What will your next listen be?

Probably not another Fiona Walker book

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

It was OK

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Few

Any additional comments?

The story was continually interrupted with episodes of gratuitous sex and horses, which added nothing.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Ms
  • 07-31-13

Drivel

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Somebody who wants to read pure bilge and fantasy

What will your next listen be?

nothing by this author

Would you be willing to try another one of Karen Cass’s performances?

No - sounded like Vanessa Feltz

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Summer Wedding?

All of it

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