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"Readers will rush through this dishy chick lit tale to find the answer. A Cinderella story for the beach bag." - Publishers Weekly

"Entertaining with a witty and dry sense of humor..." - RT Book Reviews

"Marrying Up is a delightfully charming story with fantastic characters and a fast paced, funny storyline. Any girl who has ever dreamed of marrying a prince will love this novel. And many will come to realize that the prince they once dreamed of is often right in front of them." - Night Owl Reviews

"Holden, a former writer for the Mail on Sunday, certainly knows her way around snarky royal gossip and delivers here a very guilty pleasure." - Kirkus

"Anglophiles who stayed up all night to watch William and Kate walk down the aisle will have a lot of fun here, as will readers of Sophie Kinsella's frothy Shopaholic series.
" - Booklist

"A wonderfully written fairy tale that will have you laughing out loud at times and frustrated and crying other times." - My Book Addiction Reviews

"Marrying Up is an entertaining combination of sweet love story, humorous adventure, and incessant social climbing." - Long and Short Reviews

"I loved Polly. I really did. She was just so darn likable. " - Books Like Breathing

"Wendy Holden is going to be a regular on my bookshelves if she keeps this up." - Book Loons

"Charming" - Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell

"It's a fun book for summer when you're looking for a book to keep you company and give you a giggle or two.
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"Marrying Up is perfect fun reading" - The Gilmore Guide to Books

"Marrying Up was fun though and I've enjoyed Holden's novels in the past so I would certainly pick another up in the future- but now I would be prepared for a different type of read.
" - Novel Escapes

"Wendy Holden's latest romance reveals the lengths to which a gold digger will go to get her man" - Shelf Awareness

About the Author

Wendy Holden (UK) was a journalist on the Sunday Times, Tatler, and The Mail on Sunday before becoming a full time author. She has now published nine novels, all top 10 bestsellers in the UK. Her novels include Beautiful People, Farm Fatale, Simply Divine, Gossip Hound, The Wives of Bath, The School for Husbands, Azur Like it, and Filthy Rich.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402270674
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402270673
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,682,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Romancing the Book on August 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
Let me start off by saying that I'm probably going to be pretty harsh on this book. But that said, I realized pretty early on that this book wasn't going to be my cup of tea. But, I had to review, so I pressed on.

From the blurb, I thought that the book was going to be split equally between Polly and Alexa's stories. But I found it to heavily lean towards Alexa, and while there may have been more possibility for story there, I kept finding myself wanting more about Polly. I could relate to Polly. I wanted to see her relationship with Max and even those she worked with in more detail. But alas, once her story made any sort of stride, I was pulled back into Alexa's world.

I couldn't stand Alexa. She was a gold digger with no scruples. I didn't like all her antics, the using and abusing of people to climb that aristocratic ladder. And all the while, I couldn't figure out where the money to support her lifestyle was coming from. She wasn't getting money from family and outsides of some mooching off of "friends"... well, she must've had quite the credit card bill.

I think you can see where this review is going. I didn't particularly like the plot either. Well, most of it. As I said before, I liked Polly's "half" of the book. I found the romance between Polly and Max believable (mostly, the surprise with the disappearance mentioned in the blurb was a little out there) and I wanted more. But once again, when it came to Alexa, I couldn't relate. Perhaps it's because I don't have that scheming, social climbing desire. But as I read, I more often than not found myself shaking my head in disbelief rather than laughing because I found it funny (which I think was the intent). And then throw in some satirical characters with unbelievable names (Lord Wharte-Hogge... really??
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Howell on August 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
The idea of this book sounded like a light, fun read, which is just what I needed. Unfortunately, it veered too far to the light side for me. I found it to be silly to the point that it got annoying.

I liked Polly and Max. And that's about it. Everyone else was just too over the top for me.

You know, maybe this book was supposed to be making fun of royalty and the socialites who try to get there. That idea would make the book make more sense but it doesn't make me enjoy it any more.

I was hoping for some kind of rags-to-riches story but instead, all I got was a bunch of annoying characters and scenarios that I rolled my eyes at. Not my favorite.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reynolds on July 7, 2013
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This is a sweet story of a cinderella vein. The humor doesn't get to the level of her past books. This one reads like a TV romance with a nouveau royal family living in a Disney setting trying to get their eldest married to promote tourism in its tiny kingdom. More of a pre-teen fantasy than an adult book. Characters aren't as built up as in her past books and plot is contrived. I love Wendy Holden, unfortunately, this is her weakest work.
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By Clare O'Beara on November 2, 2014
Format: Paperback
This romance is funny, fast-paced and frightening if true.

We get to know Polly, an archaeology student who got to do the work she loves, in muddy trenches with eager kids. She doesn't date but it is hard to turn down a nice veterinary student with a nice dog. Then he disappears and mysteriously she can't get in touch.

Meanwhile the girl who taunted her in school is a scheming social climber and changing her name to Alexa, sets her sights on the inherited wealth of the upper class. She doesn't fool everyone and gets called a castle creeper. Actually she comes across as something like Lillie Langtry without even the excuse of a grand passion.

While Lady Florence Trevorigus-Whyske-Cleethorpe who is the kind of wealthy girl who has no consequences to fear from riding a cow naked at Glastonbury, stoned out of her mind, and drinks champagne at other people's expense, flits from socially acceptable job to job making a hash of them.

The hilarious names borne by the upper crust are echoed by the sheer mindlessness of their spending and ignorance of just about everything. Nobody could hold down a genuine responsible job and it just seems wrong that this tiny inbred dim circle should possess all the wealth - apart from that gained by a Russian gangster, Mr Bigski.

The bringing together of the main characters at a tiny principality called Sedona on the Italian coast does seem a trifle forced but it's a romantic comedy so we accept the staging. Sedona has a Crown Prince and a spare, and needs to hold a royal wedding to bring in some money to their pretty but non-glamorous monarchy. The Crown Prince has received his orders, but the only girl he wants to marry is Poppy....

Read it and laugh.
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As other reviews have commented, you would think that the story was equally split between Polly and Alexa. Nope. Polly's side of the story was sweet and wished the author had focused just on her, as her romance with Max had much more potential if only Alexa had been cut out completely. Alexa totally throws the reader out of the moment as she is a totally off-putting character that is a flat out narcissistic, gold-digger. I found myself skipping her chapters and fast forwarding to Polly and Max's side of the story.

Also, most of the eye rolling comes from the ridiculous names that the author picked for her characters. I think there was a "Mrs. Butt-Upton" or something equally droll in there. Comedy should come from the wit and actions of the characters rather than the unbelievable names of characters, which turned out to not be very funny at all. Save yourself some money and don't buy this book. If you are looking for authentic romantic comedy with characters with some actual personality, go for a more proven author like Sophie Kinsella and her Shopaholic series or her one-off novels.
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