Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
'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 thirty, 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.'
I have read all of Sophie Kinsella's books and I am a huge fan. I was so excited when I knew she had bought out this new book - Wedding Night, I thought it had been long awaited and was so excited when I was sent it from the publisher to review.
Sophie Kinsella has a unique way of writing, she is the queen of chick lit and can link hunour with serious issues, this book was slightly different; it had laugh out loud moments but some of the storylines within it I felt were a bit false.
This story is written in the perspective of two sisters, Fliss and Lottie. This way of writing was new for Sophie Kinsella as each chapter was from the perspective of one of the sisters. To begin with in chapter 1 where you meet Lottie,it was funny and I thought the writing style was excellent. I was laughing out loud, this then I felt let down by Fliss in the following chapter. As time went on I began to enjoy the way it was written but this I feel is not one of Sophie Kinsella's best books in the writing style.
Lottie is at a turning point in her life, she is 33 and has been with her long term partner Richard for a few years, so when they go out for a romantic meal Lottie assumes that this is the time, he is going to propose to her. Things do not exactly go to plan and they end up going their separate ways.
Fliss is Lottie's older sister, she has been married, got a child and now is currently going through a divorce. She is feeling bitter about this and is constantly trying to get her lawyer to realise how bad of a husband and father her partner was. Fliss is very close to Lottie and knows that now everything isn't plain sailing with her, she is vulnerable and could go off the rails (this is something she always seems to do after a break up.)
When Lottie calls Fliss to tell her, her good news about bumping into an old flame and them getting marries. Fliss feels it's her duty to protect her, and she will go to any means to do this, including following her across the world to try and put a stop to their 'wedding night'.
All characters in the story are well written, you really feel for them, Fliss that she is deranged and insane, the men are written well, you begin to sympathise with Richard and actually hate Ben for being selfish and rude.
Although the story was well written I feel there was something missing, Sophie Kinsella has a spark when writing and this was not present. I really hope it returns as she writes wonderful books. The story has been left open ended so perhaps we could see more from Richard, Lottie, Fliss and Ben? Over all I did enjoy the story, just not as much as her others.
I would like to thank the publisher for sending me the copy.