Sophie Kinsella is perhaps best known for the ‘Shopaholic’ books, but I do have a couple of her titles on my TBR pile. Her latest offering, Wedding Night (out on 25th April) sees thirty-something Lottie attempt to re-capture her youth and banish the ghosts of all her previous relationships after a bad break up by reuniting with – and marrying – her first love from 15 years before. Lottie’s older sister, Fliss, can see the many, many flaws in this plan, so sets out to thwart the happy couple on their dream honeymoon in Greece.
This is the first Sophie Kinsella book that I’ve read and I really enjoyed it. Apart from the integral melodrama and the constant feeling that you want to bang the lead characters’ heads together which this book has in common with other ‘chick lit’ titles I’ve read, it’s also very funny. Even though the characters’ actions sometimes leave you a bit frustrated with them, they’re essentially good and likeable people – they all have their baggage, but even the ‘villain’ in this book isn’t really the villain in the end.
The disastrous rollercoaster ride of Lottie and Ben’s honeymoon is really well-written and I’d defy you to think up so many ways that hotel staff can interrupt an amorous Honeymoon couple, but Kinsella manages to to do so with gay abandon!
Wedding Night is released on 25th April, so definitely in time to be a great holiday read this summer; it’s 394 pages long, but it’s a breeze to read and very, very enjoyable.