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Planted firmly in Bridget Jones territory, Colgan's first novel takes off with the kind of manic energy and sharply vulgar humor that only a Brit-sitcom can, before settling down into the typical fare that comprises contemporary girl-fic. Londoners Mel and Fran, both 20-something, are horrified to learn that the third member of their childhood trio, AmandaAan uppity, shallow brat who's burned them one too many timesAhas landed Fraser McConald, a Scottish lord, as her fianc?. Compounding their annoyance is the fact that back in their university days, Mel, who serves as narrator, had a huge crush on Fraser. Mel is also reeling because her loutish, aspiring rock-star beau, Alex, who left her 10 months ago to find himself in America, has returned to her doorstep in full force. Further complicating matters is Nicholas, a clueless, eight feet tall accountant whose advances she sometimes succumbs to when very drunk. Fraser's charming brother, Angus, rightly suspects that Amanda only wants Fraser for the Town & Country cachet of his crumbling castle, and he enlists the aid of Mel and Fran to sabotage the nuptials. In any romantic comedy, it's a given that the lead heroine will get a man; the question here is which man? With several possibilities, readers may be surprised at the outcome; some may be disappointed. The writing is clever enough, and Mel and Fran's antics are entertaining, even if their self-involvement tips over into cruelty at times. But for those who expect more substance, even in a comedy, the only momentous theme availableAthat it's preferable, if at all possible, to marry for love rather than convenienceAis hardly weighty. (Feb. 1)
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Hip, trendy, and raunchily hilarious, Colgan's tale of twentysomething Londoner Melanie and her coterie of pals takes place in the weeks leading up to the wedding of Amanda, a rich, gorgeous, and thoroughly rotten old schoolmate who pops up every six months or so to gloat. Mel's life is a mess. She has a strange reclusive flatmate whom she fears will kick her out. Her best friend, Fran, pops in as if she owns the place. She wakes up after a night of wild sex with a man she can't stand, and then Alex, the boyfriend who had abandoned her without even a note, comes back from America and into her bed. Does he really want her, or does he just need a place to crash? Add to that her dismaying discovery that the Scottish laird betrothed to the dreadful Amanda is none other than Fraser, whom she had a huge crush on years earlier. Finally, Mel, Fran, and Angus, Fraser's offbeat brother, combine forces to try and thwart Amanda's ambitions and save Fraser from a fate worse than death. This contemporary romp unfolds like a movie and will please readers who yearn for sophisticated humor and a happily-ever-after ending. Diana Tixier Herald
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This is the 2nd book by Jenny Cogan that I've read. The little beach street bakery was the 1st and I loved it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Tracey
Very funny and lovely story. I just love Jenny Colgan and I plan to read through all her books. Can't wait!Published 11 months ago by Angela Wan
An easy read with some good humour and I love the fact I don't need to concentrate to hard. Would recommend for an easy enjoyable read.Published 18 months ago by Andrea Williams
This is a funny book about two childhood friends whose other best friend, Amanda, is getting maried in Scotland to a waelthy Scottish lord. Read morePublished on January 21, 2012 by Vivienne Kelly
I thought this book would be so much better than it was. It had a really good premise, but it was a big disappointment. Read morePublished on January 29, 2011 by Shopgurly36
I read this book due to the many positive reviews on here but found out that I should have listened to the minority of the reviewers. Read morePublished on July 26, 2009 by Crystal
What a great first book. It's funny & smart. You can hear each character's voice. Jenny Colgan kept me laughing and made me want to visit the British Isles. ---M. VandercapellenPublished on July 13, 2009 by M. Vandercapellen
I thought the storyline was very compelling, though not as humorous as some of the other books of this type I've recently read. Read morePublished on April 23, 2008 by Smeddley