The Wedding Girl eBook ¿ The Wedding PDF/EPUB or

The Wedding Girl eBook ¿ The Wedding PDF/EPUB or

The Wedding Girl ❰Download❯ ✤ The Wedding Girl Author Madeleine Wickham – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Milly est aussi légère u'une bulle de savon Evaporée souvent inconséuente elle prépare son mariage avec le fils d'un richissime homme d'affaires Sa mère ui gère un bed and breakfast est très e Milly est aussi légère u'une bulle de savon Evaporée souvent inconséuente elle prépare son mariage avec le fils d'un richissime homme d'affaires Sa mère ui gère un bed and breakfast est très excitée par la perspective de cette union au The Wedding PDF/EPUB or point de se rendre insupportable à tout son entourage Ce ue cette rombière ui passe ses journées à faire des listes et à s'agiter pour ue tout soit parfait vraiment parfait ne pouvait prévoir c’est Le grain de sable Milly ne peut pas épouser son prince elle est déjà mariéePlus u'un grain de sable c'est plutôt un énorme pavé dans la marre Et soudainement tout ce ceux ui semblait si lisse si normal si bourgeois en somme s'avère très différent de la façade Après les eaux calmes et limpides des apparences les personnages se retrouvent soudain projetés dans une spirale d'événements incontrôlables Ce retournement les rend touchants chacun se devant d’abandonner les faux semblants pour partir en uête de lui même Madeleine Wickham prend soin de ménager un suspens haletant tout au long de son roman Au fur et à mesure de la mise au jour de certaines vérités d'autres uestions se posent Sa description de la société bourgeoise anglaise y est aussi savoureuse u'un muffin ou un scone.


10 thoughts on “The Wedding Girl

  1. Ciara Ciara says:

    it's really weird to me that like every single negative review of this book focuses on the agenda of featuring gay characters that don't all just die of AIDS or repent their sinning ways people also complain a lot about the swears neither one of those things really bothered me i was concerned with the fact that it was kind of a crappy bookthe tagline in the blurb says it's a problem when saying 'i do' gives you deja vu so you can see what is coming our protagonist milly is getting married shortlybut she's already married no one knowsthe book opens with this previous marriage milly was 18 she made the acuaintance of a nice gay couple one of them was american the book is set in england was having mysterious visa issues despite being a research fellow at oxford? i think they provide visas for that kind of thing so milly agreed to marry him to help him stay in the country there's a ridiculous scene in which throngs of tourists are photographing milly her new husband including a sarcastic young man with glasses do people really do that? i've wandered past plenty of weddings in my day i've never felt the need to gawk like that they're not that interestinganyway within two months of this silly marriage of convenience milly has pretty much lost touch with the couple she never speaks to her husband againi fail to see how that would in any way help his bid to get a spousal visa not having any relationship whatsoever with his erstwhile wife butwhatever i guess there's a lot i don't understand about british visa lawsokay fast forward ten years milly is engaged to a nice young chap named simon who is the only son of harry pinnacle a multi millionaire CEO of some kind of weird juice company or something milly is 100% aware that she has been married before that she is not divorced her husband sent divorce papers at one point but she doesn't know if they ever went through yet she is permitting her mother to arrange a huge expensive society wedding also she is aware that her fiance doesn't really know her at all she wears different clothes when he's around pretends to read the newspaper enjoy sushi he doesn't know that she actually doesn't pay attention to current events at all that she likes miniskirts bright colors that she watches a lot of trashy TV she figures she will just force herself to turn into the woman simon thinks she is once they are marriedsomilly's an idiot it's already really really difficult to give a shit about her idiotic dilemmayou can guess what happens right? turns out the wedding photographer was that sarcastic young fellow with the glasses who witnessed milly's wedding ten years before he recognizes her because don't we all recognize random people we saw on the street once ten years ago? he decides to antagonize her about her previous wedding he's all creepy saying shit like where's your first husband? have you told anyone you've been married before? it's totally ridiculous because i think MOST people that have been married previously are fairly open about it with their friends loved ones there is absolutely ZERO reason for this random photographer dude to assume that milly has this deep dark secret she hasn't shared with anyone but it's treated like just a matter of course of course the photographer is the only one that knows as someone who has been married is not any this really made no sense to me at all why on earth would this photographer assume that milly hasn't told her mother about her previous wedding that she is on the cusp of committing bigamy?anyway milly freaks rushes to get advice from her godmother meanwhile there's this whole plot in which milly's parents' marriage is beginning to crumble her older sister is pregnant with a secret baby even though she has no boyfriend that anyone knows about can i just say that i guessed the father of the baby about twenty pages after that plotline was introduced? i guess it might ualify as a twist but when there are only a finite number of male characters introduced it really wasn't that difficult to guess the truth doesn't come out until page 280 or so you know they're not going to introduce a brand new guy to be the baby daddy at that pointanyway tediousness transpires milly's sister convinces her to try to track down her husband see about arranging a divorce this leads to milly locating her husband's boyfriend from the time rupert the whole rupert storyline is the one that so many one star raters found so objectionable he used to be gaybut now he is married to a woman living the life of a church going anti gay barrister RABIDLY anti gay i think madeleine wickham basically modeled rupert's church after the westboro baptist church are there really any english church goers that hate gay people that much? it was weird it seemed very un english to memilly's all rupert where's allan? i need a divorce? rupert's all don't tell anyone i'm gay milly's all dude you totally need to tell your wife you're gay rupert's wife is like tell me what now? basically rupert's life is destroyed he tells his wife he was in love with a man at one point she almost pukes on him for serious he starts searching the city for allan eventually tracks him down to a hospice center one of the employees has a letter that allan wrote to rupert before he died rupert's all like AIDS right? oh man i sinned now i'm gonna die the hospice dude is like um no he had leukemia anyway the letter is all rupert i still love you rupert decides he needs to be gay again but he also has to tell milly that allan is dead that she can get married so he does milly's older sister struggled tediously with whether or not to have an abortion it reads like an anti choice pamphlet it's all having the baby would destroy her relationship with harry he made it clear he didn't want to be a father again so she'd be on her own no money no man no life but not having the baby would destroy her there's actually this awful philosophical little aside about choice? isobel has a choice all right all modern women have choices but she didn't really have a choice she was enslaved by the maternal urges she never knew she had could she really take an innocent life? dude what? those maternal urges are CLEARLY just hormones because there isn't a page that goes by where this character isn't drinking or smoking i'm surprised they don't have her sitting passed out in a shooting gallery somewhere having just injected listeria bacteria straight into a vein or perhaps riding a horse then enjoying a scalding hot bathanywaythe wedding is off because milly's crazy ass godmother outs her bigamist ways to the priest she did it to get back at simon's father who she went on a few dates with many years beforei know it didn't make any sense to me either simon LOSES HIS SHIT when milly explains things to him it's all how could he hear her make those ancient voews knowing she had already shared them with another man? i don't know dude people marrying people who have been married before DO IT EVERY FUCKING DAY though also the vows are not ancient they date back to the middle ages not the dinosaurs i just feel the need to point that out because the phrase ancient vows was used like 19 times in this bookrupert rushes to tell milly she's actually a widow simon apologizes to milly for his outrage isobel's baby daddy proposes to her starts coming up with baby names simon re proposes to milly the wedding happens anyway just like we all knew it would also milly is like simon i like cheap shoes i watch crappy TV i don't read the news simon is like it's okay i know you anyway because i knew that after all of the stress of having to cancel your wedding us breaking up your godmother betraying you discovering your sister is giving birth to a love child that your parents' marriage is on the rocks your dad might lose his job you're a widow i guess you might want a cigaretteman this was not good


  2. Merand Merand says:

    I am a fan of Sophie Kinsella's books so when I found out that she was also writing as Wickham I wanted to take a look This was my first Wickham book and it was definitely different Kinsella's books a fun and flighty romantic comedies with little edge I've often likened them to modern fairy tales and enjoy them very much In this book the very first difference was it was written in the third person with shifting view points as opposed to Kinsella's first person stories The Wedding Girl took me a little time to get into but once I did I found myself enjoying I was impressed with Wickham's honest approach to some of modern society's big uestions and while it wasn't heady or in depth she didn't shy away from looking into uestions of marriage fidelity abortion or homosexual relationships and while I may not agree with her in everything I appreciated her honest treatment as opposed to the supposition that life's uestions only have one answer Not as fun or flighty but still enjoyable perhaps even so for giving an edge to a story that could have been another comedic rehash Do all of Wickham's books hold this edge? Perhaps not but it was nice to see that she isn't just rehashing Shopaholic in every tale


  3. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    I pulled this off a library shelf on impulse expecting a light fun read Within a chapter I had a feeling of foreboding The heroine was flighty immature and not terribly bright her fiance was stubbornly blind and her mother was atrocious I hated these people I'd accidentally gotten myself mired in a brand name dropping morass of people being shallowFortunately I was wrongOh the characters have flaws all right But it turns out that the author knows what she's doing People have unexpected depths and problems beyond being idiotic There's also hidden reserves of compassion and love And the ending while it has some schmaltz also has an unexpected poignancy This is a complicated book than I'd realized and I enjoyed it all the for thatThe one big issue is that there is one character who turns out to be malevolent for reasons not fully explained There are little hints but given how well some of the other backstory is described I kind of wonder if the author had intended there to be another big reveal of the character's past that gotten forgotten or accidentally edited out As it is the character in uestion does some horrible things that are never particularly justifiedThat said this is a intelligent book than it needed to be while still being rather compulsively readable


  4. BookCupid BookCupid says:

    Warning this isn't a chick lit review This book is a romance written under Sophie Kinsella's pseudo Milly is a twenty eight year old woman just a few short days of getting married who wants everyone to love her And then the wedding photographer shows up with his seemingly recognizable face He knows Milly's best kept secret Killing him is out of the uestion yet Milly needs to find away to shut him up before everyone finds out that she's not perfect Just knowing how funny Kinsella can be I felt cheated I wanted a dash of that humorist tone and crazy situations But instead this is hard core drama that deals with LGBT themes non planned pregnancies and falling out of love All things worth discussing perhaps worthy of a book club


  5. Emilia Barnes Emilia Barnes says:

    Warning spoilers aheadI liked the conflict Kinsella set up here The heroine marries a gay guy when she’s young and stupid for visa purposes and then forgets about it until she is genuinely engaged and uh oh spaghetti ohs The man she’s engaged to is the son of a v successful and conseuently rich businessman but he resents his father Millie’s sister meanwhile is the wonderful career woman who has all her life’s plans derailed by an unexpected and unwanted pregnancy And meanwhile the gay husband’s boyfriend became a born again Christian and is dealing with confused feelings as a result As a set up this worked uite well and I liked that the side characters had their own problems conflicts and journeys I was prepared to think this better than some of the newer Kinsellas But unfortunately I didn’t find the resolutions to these conflicts clever or satisfying Millie didn’t just forget that she was married—she knew all along and decided that rather than tell the man she meant to marry about what happened she would instead commit bigamy When her betrothed finds out and is flabbergasted and outraged to the point of breaking up with her the book makes it seem as though he’s the one in the wrong Like this was an oopsie daisies kinda mistake and not like a you know crime that can land you in prison What I’m saying is this dude just discovered that his fiancée is criminally stupid and I for one don’t blame him for wanting to break it off Meanwhile Rupert the ex boyfriend of the gay guy Millie had married finds Millie’s return into his life after all this years a bit of a shock And at first this is uite interesting she’s from his past and brings back memories he had repressed I’m sure Kinsella wanted this to be an enlightened and nuanced story of a gay guy finally realising that he is gay and that’s okay But instead she wrote a bi guy and then denied that he could be bi the so called No Bisexuals trope and then when he realised he was in love with his ex and always had been she kills the ex off the so called Bury Your Gays trope I could write essays on why this is problematic but better people than I have already done soFinally the character I enjoyed most was Millie’s sister She was one of those characters who you instantly bond with who speaks for you the audience when she calls Millie a moron for thinking she could get away with bigamy She brings a cool competent air into a crowd of nincompoops and idiots and you the reader are grateful Until of course Kinsella has to ruin that by making her start behaving stupidly too Anyway by the time Alan is revealed to have died the author had lost me By then I cared for none of their happy endings none of the romantic plot lines felt like they mattered to me and I gave it a pass I once read that romance the genre is under rated because it’s easy to make someone care about the world ending or a spy about to save her country but to make you care about a relationship enough to read 300 pages with baited breath is much much harder Here is a good example where the art was executed badly


  6. Love Fool Love Fool says:

    Engaged to Simon who is wealthy serious and believes her to be perfect she is facing the biggest and most elaborate wedding imaginable Her mother has it planned to the finest detail from the massive maruee to the sculpted ice swans filled with oysters Her dreadful secret is locked away so securely she has almost persuaded herself that it doesn't exist until with only four days to go her past catches up with her Suddenly her carefully constructed world is about to crash in ruins around her How can she tell Simon she's already married? How can she tell her mother? But as the crisis develops secrets are revealed than Milly could possibly have realisedThis was a uick read which I think most chick lits should be I feel like at 18 I would too be young and stupid willing to help out a poor gay couple But now being than ten years older I understand that it's not just helping out a friend it will cause a mess in your life between paper work and status This was cute fun and a total plane or beach read This is one of my favorite Madeleine Wickham's books and yes I know it's really Sophie Kinsella but I'm not really a fan of her as Madeleine Wickham And BTW Milly's mom is my mom Maybe that's why I felt like I could relate to this book


  7. Cindy Cindy says:

    Is it me or do Wickham's main characters all seem like the same girl with a different name? She's slightly loopy and harbours some secret about herself that the guy is always completely clueless to I didn't love this book I didn't hate it It was just meh Plus there were a few really boring storylines that I didn't care for at all It's odd that a book can be both predictable and ridiculously far fetched at the same time but her books seem to be just that If you're really itching for some chick lit read her first couple of Shopaholic books instead They have the charm that this one lacks


  8. Nicole Nicole says:

    For something I thought was going to be fluffy chick lit I was pleasantly surprised at how much depth there was to this book don't get me wrong; it's not Proust or anythingFirstly let me say I get annoyed by 'literature snobs' who look down their noses at the 'chick lit' genre Like in any other literary genre there is well written chick lit CL and badly written CL Sometimes I'm just in the mood for such a book and I think the reader has to accept the element of predictability Yes we all know our heroine is going to get together with the man she at first finds unbearable and there is going to be much confusion and misunderstanding along the way We KNOW But as long as I have fun getting there and it's well written I'm happy I've always loved Sophie Kinsellas books for doing this wellSo from Kinsella writing as Wickham I was expecting much the sameI was pleased to find that there were uite a few turns of events in this book that I DIDN'T see coming Devils advocate says that perhaps that may be because they were a little far fetched?but it's not a reference book; disbelief needs to be suspended to a certain extent And for once the heroine doesn't necessarily choose to ditch the 'too perfect' fiancé not a spoiler operative word is choose and there are a few twists and turns before they either make upbreak upThere were also some unexpectedly weighty issues tackled in this book albeit with a light touch if that's not a contradiction in terms? homosexual love and the denial of same bigamy death unexpected pregnancy reinvigoration of tired love and clearly none of these are examined that deeply in 366 pages thoughThere are some criticisms of this book of course the main one being that most things are tied up a little too nicely at the end but we like that admit it There are a few things which happen which realistically any family would take than 12hours to suddenly be fine with and the villain seems to be the villain and do their dastardly deeds for no apparent reason There are hints as to their motivation but it is never really explained Also the church going anti gays are a lil bit too characaturedOverall though I found myself reading way past a sensible bedtime to finish this book cried a bit both happy sad tears and best of all raised my eyebrows a few times in surprise Can't complain about that so4 stars


  9. Mary Mary says:

    As I read this book I kept thinking back to a communications class I took in college and Michael Medved He did a study uestioning whether media shaped the future of society with its messages or whether it merely reflected what existed already within society I truly believe that Madelaine Wickham thinks that this book is a pretty accurate reflection upon society and the struggles of human relationships in every stage I don't know if she is accurate but I found myself thinking that I hope she isn't I left this book feeling very grateful for gospel principles taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and for eternal covenants And I felt overwhelmed with gratitude for such an amazing husbandAs for the book I felt like it had a story that was filled with such worldliness of a me me me generation and wickedness disguised as confusion The apex of my discomfort came as I read Pregnancy they had been instructed at school was akin to a nuclear missle destroying everything in its path and leaving its victims to struggle through a subseuent life hardly worth living It destroyed careers relationships happiness The risk was simply not worth itThese sentences attacked the very essence of everything that I believe to be true and everything I value And although I finished the book feeling lucky and grateful I can't in good conscience recommend this book to anyone in case she does influence the culture through her book


  10. kari kari says:

    This is a really good read and I'd have given it a five but I didn't care at all for the leading man Simon The way he was described he seems to be something of a short stocky nasty tempered and controlling childish brat This doesn't make me hope that he'll end up with Milly In fact I kept waiting for the hero to show up which isn't good since I guess he was the leading man but certainly not a hero And I kept waiting for his conversation with his father to have some undertanding or at least a discussion of their past but it never happened Simon seemed to suddenly accept his father and that didn't feel authentic without some interaction between them One brief conversation wouldn't seem to be enough to mend their relationshipIt would be easy to simply put this down as chick lit and while I definitely enjoy chick lit there is a lot depth to this story than that There is a real heart to this story and an underlying theme of honesty being who you truly are and living your truth This was true for all of the central characters each of whom isn't really being open with the people in their livesThere were moments that truly wrenched my heart interwoven throughout and the various plots are excellently integratedWell done


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10 thoughts on “The Wedding Girl

  1. Ciara Ciara says:

    it's really weird to me that like every single negative review of this book focuses on the agenda of featuring gay characters that don't all just die of AIDS or repent their sinning ways people also complain a lot about the swears neither one of those things really bothered me i was concerned with the fact that it was kind of a crappy bookthe tagline in the blurb says it's a problem when saying 'i do' gives you deja vu so you can see what is coming our protagonist milly is getting married shortlybut she's already married no one knowsthe book opens with this previous marriage milly was 18 she made the acuaintance of a nice gay couple one of them was american the book is set in england was having mysterious visa issues despite being a research fellow at oxford? i think they provide visas for that kind of thing so milly agreed to marry him to help him stay in the country there's a ridiculous scene in which throngs of tourists are photographing milly her new husband including a sarcastic young man with glasses do people really do that? i've wandered past plenty of weddings in my day i've never felt the need to gawk like that they're not that interestinganyway within two months of this silly marriage of convenience milly has pretty much lost touch with the couple she never speaks to her husband againi fail to see how that would in any way help his bid to get a spousal visa not having any relationship whatsoever with his erstwhile wife butwhatever i guess there's a lot i don't understand about british visa lawsokay fast forward ten years milly is engaged to a nice young chap named simon who is the only son of harry pinnacle a multi millionaire CEO of some kind of weird juice company or something milly is 100% aware that she has been married before that she is not divorced her husband sent divorce papers at one point but she doesn't know if they ever went through yet she is permitting her mother to arrange a huge expensive society wedding also she is aware that her fiance doesn't really know her at all she wears different clothes when he's around pretends to read the newspaper enjoy sushi he doesn't know that she actually doesn't pay attention to current events at all that she likes miniskirts bright colors that she watches a lot of trashy TV she figures she will just force herself to turn into the woman simon thinks she is once they are marriedsomilly's an idiot it's already really really difficult to give a shit about her idiotic dilemmayou can guess what happens right? turns out the wedding photographer was that sarcastic young fellow with the glasses who witnessed milly's wedding ten years before he recognizes her because don't we all recognize random people we saw on the street once ten years ago? he decides to antagonize her about her previous wedding he's all creepy saying shit like where's your first husband? have you told anyone you've been married before? it's totally ridiculous because i think MOST people that have been married previously are fairly open about it with their friends loved ones there is absolutely ZERO reason for this random photographer dude to assume that milly has this deep dark secret she hasn't shared with anyone but it's treated like just a matter of course of course the photographer is the only one that knows as someone who has been married is not any this really made no sense to me at all why on earth would this photographer assume that milly hasn't told her mother about her previous wedding that she is on the cusp of committing bigamy?anyway milly freaks rushes to get advice from her godmother meanwhile there's this whole plot in which milly's parents' marriage is beginning to crumble her older sister is pregnant with a secret baby even though she has no boyfriend that anyone knows about can i just say that i guessed the father of the baby about twenty pages after that plotline was introduced? i guess it might ualify as a twist but when there are only a finite number of male characters introduced it really wasn't that difficult to guess the truth doesn't come out until page 280 or so you know they're not going to introduce a brand new guy to be the baby daddy at that pointanyway tediousness transpires milly's sister convinces her to try to track down her husband see about arranging a divorce this leads to milly locating her husband's boyfriend from the time rupert the whole rupert storyline is the one that so many one star raters found so objectionable he used to be gaybut now he is married to a woman living the life of a church going anti gay barrister RABIDLY anti gay i think madeleine wickham basically modeled rupert's church after the westboro baptist church are there really any english church goers that hate gay people that much? it was weird it seemed very un english to memilly's all rupert where's allan? i need a divorce? rupert's all don't tell anyone i'm gay milly's all dude you totally need to tell your wife you're gay rupert's wife is like tell me what now? basically rupert's life is destroyed he tells his wife he was in love with a man at one point she almost pukes on him for serious he starts searching the city for allan eventually tracks him down to a hospice center one of the employees has a letter that allan wrote to rupert before he died rupert's all like AIDS right? oh man i sinned now i'm gonna die the hospice dude is like um no he had leukemia anyway the letter is all rupert i still love you rupert decides he needs to be gay again but he also has to tell milly that allan is dead that she can get married so he does milly's older sister struggled tediously with whether or not to have an abortion it reads like an anti choice pamphlet it's all having the baby would destroy her relationship with harry he made it clear he didn't want to be a father again so she'd be on her own no money no man no life but not having the baby would destroy her there's actually this awful philosophical little aside about choice? isobel has a choice all right all modern women have choices but she didn't really have a choice she was enslaved by the maternal urges she never knew she had could she really take an innocent life? dude what? those maternal urges are CLEARLY just hormones because there isn't a page that goes by where this character isn't drinking or smoking i'm surprised they don't have her sitting passed out in a shooting gallery somewhere having just injected listeria bacteria straight into a vein or perhaps riding a horse then enjoying a scalding hot bathanywaythe wedding is off because milly's crazy ass godmother outs her bigamist ways to the priest she did it to get back at simon's father who she went on a few dates with many years beforei know it didn't make any sense to me either simon LOSES HIS SHIT when milly explains things to him it's all how could he hear her make those ancient voews knowing she had already shared them with another man? i don't know dude people marrying people who have been married before DO IT EVERY FUCKING DAY though also the vows are not ancient they date back to the middle ages not the dinosaurs i just feel the need to point that out because the phrase ancient vows was used like 19 times in this bookrupert rushes to tell milly she's actually a widow simon apologizes to milly for his outrage isobel's baby daddy proposes to her starts coming up with baby names simon re proposes to milly the wedding happens anyway just like we all knew it would also milly is like simon i like cheap shoes i watch crappy TV i don't read the news simon is like it's okay i know you anyway because i knew that after all of the stress of having to cancel your wedding us breaking up your godmother betraying you discovering your sister is giving birth to a love child that your parents' marriage is on the rocks your dad might lose his job you're a widow i guess you might want a cigaretteman this was not good

  2. Merand Merand says:

    I am a fan of Sophie Kinsella's books so when I found out that she was also writing as Wickham I wanted to take a look This was my first Wickham book and it was definitely different Kinsella's books a fun and flighty romantic comedies with little edge I've often likened them to modern fairy tales and enjoy them very much In this book the very first difference was it was written in the third person with shifting view points as opposed to Kinsella's first person stories The Wedding Girl took me a little time to get into but once I did I found myself enjoying I was impressed with Wickham's honest approach to some of modern society's big uestions and while it wasn't heady or in depth she didn't shy away from looking into uestions of marriage fidelity abortion or homosexual relationships and while I may not agree with her in everything I appreciated her honest treatment as opposed to the supposition that life's uestions only have one answer Not as fun or flighty but still enjoyable perhaps even so for giving an edge to a story that could have been another comedic rehash Do all of Wickham's books hold this edge? Perhaps not but it was nice to see that she isn't just rehashing Shopaholic in every tale

  3. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    I pulled this off a library shelf on impulse expecting a light fun read Within a chapter I had a feeling of foreboding The heroine was flighty immature and not terribly bright her fiance was stubbornly blind and her mother was atrocious I hated these people I'd accidentally gotten myself mired in a brand name dropping morass of people being shallowFortunately I was wrongOh the characters have flaws all right But it turns out that the author knows what she's doing People have unexpected depths and problems beyond being idiotic There's also hidden reserves of compassion and love And the ending while it has some schmaltz also has an unexpected poignancy This is a complicated book than I'd realized and I enjoyed it all the for thatThe one big issue is that there is one character who turns out to be malevolent for reasons not fully explained There are little hints but given how well some of the other backstory is described I kind of wonder if the author had intended there to be another big reveal of the character's past that gotten forgotten or accidentally edited out As it is the character in uestion does some horrible things that are never particularly justifiedThat said this is a intelligent book than it needed to be while still being rather compulsively readable

  4. BookCupid BookCupid says:

    Warning this isn't a chick lit review This book is a romance written under Sophie Kinsella's pseudo Milly is a twenty eight year old woman just a few short days of getting married who wants everyone to love her And then the wedding photographer shows up with his seemingly recognizable face He knows Milly's best kept secret Killing him is out of the uestion yet Milly needs to find away to shut him up before everyone finds out that she's not perfect Just knowing how funny Kinsella can be I felt cheated I wanted a dash of that humorist tone and crazy situations But instead this is hard core drama that deals with LGBT themes non planned pregnancies and falling out of love All things worth discussing perhaps worthy of a book club

  5. Emilia Barnes Emilia Barnes says:

    Warning spoilers aheadI liked the conflict Kinsella set up here The heroine marries a gay guy when she’s young and stupid for visa purposes and then forgets about it until she is genuinely engaged and uh oh spaghetti ohs The man she’s engaged to is the son of a v successful and conseuently rich businessman but he resents his father Millie’s sister meanwhile is the wonderful career woman who has all her life’s plans derailed by an unexpected and unwanted pregnancy And meanwhile the gay husband’s boyfriend became a born again Christian and is dealing with confused feelings as a result As a set up this worked uite well and I liked that the side characters had their own problems conflicts and journeys I was prepared to think this better than some of the newer Kinsellas But unfortunately I didn’t find the resolutions to these conflicts clever or satisfying Millie didn’t just forget that she was married—she knew all along and decided that rather than tell the man she meant to marry about what happened she would instead commit bigamy When her betrothed finds out and is flabbergasted and outraged to the point of breaking up with her the book makes it seem as though he’s the one in the wrong Like this was an oopsie daisies kinda mistake and not like a you know crime that can land you in prison What I’m saying is this dude just discovered that his fiancée is criminally stupid and I for one don’t blame him for wanting to break it off Meanwhile Rupert the ex boyfriend of the gay guy Millie had married finds Millie’s return into his life after all this years a bit of a shock And at first this is uite interesting she’s from his past and brings back memories he had repressed I’m sure Kinsella wanted this to be an enlightened and nuanced story of a gay guy finally realising that he is gay and that’s okay But instead she wrote a bi guy and then denied that he could be bi the so called No Bisexuals trope and then when he realised he was in love with his ex and always had been she kills the ex off the so called Bury Your Gays trope I could write essays on why this is problematic but better people than I have already done soFinally the character I enjoyed most was Millie’s sister She was one of those characters who you instantly bond with who speaks for you the audience when she calls Millie a moron for thinking she could get away with bigamy She brings a cool competent air into a crowd of nincompoops and idiots and you the reader are grateful Until of course Kinsella has to ruin that by making her start behaving stupidly too Anyway by the time Alan is revealed to have died the author had lost me By then I cared for none of their happy endings none of the romantic plot lines felt like they mattered to me and I gave it a pass I once read that romance the genre is under rated because it’s easy to make someone care about the world ending or a spy about to save her country but to make you care about a relationship enough to read 300 pages with baited breath is much much harder Here is a good example where the art was executed badly

  6. Love Fool Love Fool says:

    Engaged to Simon who is wealthy serious and believes her to be perfect she is facing the biggest and most elaborate wedding imaginable Her mother has it planned to the finest detail from the massive maruee to the sculpted ice swans filled with oysters Her dreadful secret is locked away so securely she has almost persuaded herself that it doesn't exist until with only four days to go her past catches up with her Suddenly her carefully constructed world is about to crash in ruins around her How can she tell Simon she's already married? How can she tell her mother? But as the crisis develops secrets are revealed than Milly could possibly have realisedThis was a uick read which I think most chick lits should be I feel like at 18 I would too be young and stupid willing to help out a poor gay couple But now being than ten years older I understand that it's not just helping out a friend it will cause a mess in your life between paper work and status This was cute fun and a total plane or beach read This is one of my favorite Madeleine Wickham's books and yes I know it's really Sophie Kinsella but I'm not really a fan of her as Madeleine Wickham And BTW Milly's mom is my mom Maybe that's why I felt like I could relate to this book

  7. Cindy Cindy says:

    Is it me or do Wickham's main characters all seem like the same girl with a different name? She's slightly loopy and harbours some secret about herself that the guy is always completely clueless to I didn't love this book I didn't hate it It was just meh Plus there were a few really boring storylines that I didn't care for at all It's odd that a book can be both predictable and ridiculously far fetched at the same time but her books seem to be just that If you're really itching for some chick lit read her first couple of Shopaholic books instead They have the charm that this one lacks

  8. Nicole Nicole says:

    For something I thought was going to be fluffy chick lit I was pleasantly surprised at how much depth there was to this book don't get me wrong; it's not Proust or anythingFirstly let me say I get annoyed by 'literature snobs' who look down their noses at the 'chick lit' genre Like in any other literary genre there is well written chick lit CL and badly written CL Sometimes I'm just in the mood for such a book and I think the reader has to accept the element of predictability Yes we all know our heroine is going to get together with the man she at first finds unbearable and there is going to be much confusion and misunderstanding along the way We KNOW But as long as I have fun getting there and it's well written I'm happy I've always loved Sophie Kinsellas books for doing this wellSo from Kinsella writing as Wickham I was expecting much the sameI was pleased to find that there were uite a few turns of events in this book that I DIDN'T see coming Devils advocate says that perhaps that may be because they were a little far fetched?but it's not a reference book; disbelief needs to be suspended to a certain extent And for once the heroine doesn't necessarily choose to ditch the 'too perfect' fiancé not a spoiler operative word is choose and there are a few twists and turns before they either make upbreak upThere were also some unexpectedly weighty issues tackled in this book albeit with a light touch if that's not a contradiction in terms? homosexual love and the denial of same bigamy death unexpected pregnancy reinvigoration of tired love and clearly none of these are examined that deeply in 366 pages thoughThere are some criticisms of this book of course the main one being that most things are tied up a little too nicely at the end but we like that admit it There are a few things which happen which realistically any family would take than 12hours to suddenly be fine with and the villain seems to be the villain and do their dastardly deeds for no apparent reason There are hints as to their motivation but it is never really explained Also the church going anti gays are a lil bit too characaturedOverall though I found myself reading way past a sensible bedtime to finish this book cried a bit both happy sad tears and best of all raised my eyebrows a few times in surprise Can't complain about that so4 stars

  9. Mary Mary says:

    As I read this book I kept thinking back to a communications class I took in college and Michael Medved He did a study uestioning whether media shaped the future of society with its messages or whether it merely reflected what existed already within society I truly believe that Madelaine Wickham thinks that this book is a pretty accurate reflection upon society and the struggles of human relationships in every stage I don't know if she is accurate but I found myself thinking that I hope she isn't I left this book feeling very grateful for gospel principles taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and for eternal covenants And I felt overwhelmed with gratitude for such an amazing husbandAs for the book I felt like it had a story that was filled with such worldliness of a me me me generation and wickedness disguised as confusion The apex of my discomfort came as I read Pregnancy they had been instructed at school was akin to a nuclear missle destroying everything in its path and leaving its victims to struggle through a subseuent life hardly worth living It destroyed careers relationships happiness The risk was simply not worth itThese sentences attacked the very essence of everything that I believe to be true and everything I value And although I finished the book feeling lucky and grateful I can't in good conscience recommend this book to anyone in case she does influence the culture through her book

  10. kari kari says:

    This is a really good read and I'd have given it a five but I didn't care at all for the leading man Simon The way he was described he seems to be something of a short stocky nasty tempered and controlling childish brat This doesn't make me hope that he'll end up with Milly In fact I kept waiting for the hero to show up which isn't good since I guess he was the leading man but certainly not a hero And I kept waiting for his conversation with his father to have some undertanding or at least a discussion of their past but it never happened Simon seemed to suddenly accept his father and that didn't feel authentic without some interaction between them One brief conversation wouldn't seem to be enough to mend their relationshipIt would be easy to simply put this down as chick lit and while I definitely enjoy chick lit there is a lot depth to this story than that There is a real heart to this story and an underlying theme of honesty being who you truly are and living your truth This was true for all of the central characters each of whom isn't really being open with the people in their livesThere were moments that truly wrenched my heart interwoven throughout and the various plots are excellently integratedWell done

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