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Tuesday, 26 May 2009

The Wdding Party

The Wedding Party by Sophie King is one of a recent crop of chick lit whose title contains the word wedding. It seems as though the job of wedding planner is flavour of the month. This book is written from the point of view of several different characters - which was a little confusing at times.

Becky - magazine journalist - who thinks everyone should drop what they're doing and help her so that she can work her horrendously long hours. Geoff - her father who is marrying Monique who no one seems to like. Janie - wedding planner - who gets the sack for being incompetent and sets up her own wedding and funeral planning business with her elderly landlady Marjorie. Some of the best scenes in the book involve these two. In my opinion the most realistic character in the book was the vicar Mel who is struggling with putting her Christian faith into practice. The book also features Helen - Becky's divorced mother.

I found the ending of the book a little too neat and contrived with all the loose plot strands tied in a bow. I found Becky incredibly annoying and Helen a little unbelievable. Geoff was a little too good to be true. Mel whose job brings her into contact with all the other characters was well drawn and had much more depth than the others. Her Archdeacon - Tom - was also a fascinating person. Overall a good read but perhaps not up there with the best.

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