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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; First Edition edition (June 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312383436
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312383435
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,594,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The usually reliable Wickham (Shopaholic series author Sophie Kinsella's alter ego) falters with this overplotted and heavy-handed smorgasbord of weddings and family shenanigans. Upon meeting wedding photographer Alexander Gilbert, Milly Havill realizes that he had photographed her when she first married 10 years earlier. Since that wedding was done as a favor to help keep Allan Kepinski, the American half of a gay couple, in England, Milly never told anyone about it, including her now-fiancé, Simon Pinnacle. The thought of Alexander revealing her past sends Milly into a panic. But that's just the beginning: Simon is bent on bettering his multimillionaire father in business and in marriage; Milly's bitter father, James, seems to appreciate Milly's independent older sister, Isobel, more than Milly; Isobel gets pregnant and is certain the father would not want a baby; and Rupert, the other half of the couple Milly had helped out, is now a born-again Christian. Unfortunately, the characters' struggles with identity, abortion and homosexuality are filtered through strained prose and too-obvious setups. A lighter touch and a tighter story would have helped. (June)
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Review

Praise for Wedding Girl:
"Gutsy prose and an excellent ear for social comedy."
--Independent
 
Praise for Sleeping Arrangements:
"A rare breed of beach read that's breezy but doesn't wriggle out of difficult adult choices."
--Entertainment Weekly
"Lightness of touch and witty observation make this a perfect holiday read."
--Sunday Mirror
“Wickham spins a delightful story… [She] does a bangup job of creating believable characters... Surprises abound as the plot unfolds."
--Publishers Weekly
"...sure to please her many fans and gain her new ones."
--Booklist
 
Praise for The Gatecrasher:
"Wickham has a shrewdly malicious touch with her characters."
--The Atlantic Monthly
"A savage and witty social satire."
--Daily Mail (UK)
"Wickham creates memorable characters who are as unpredictable and multifaceted as they are stylish. Jolly fun."
--Publishers Weekly
"[A] witty and deeply biting novel of modern manners and morals."
--Library Journal
"[Wickham is] an observant and engaging storyteller."
--Kirkus Reviews
"Wickham knows her characters well and the story never drags... an enjoyable read."
--Booklist

Customer Reviews

This book was a real fun read.
Mary McT
I've read most of Madeleine Wickham aka Sophie Kinsella's books and love them; this is the most dramatic one I've read so far.
Lori
Some of the characters were well developed, while others were left a little too vague.
Anna-Marie McAleer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Lynda Finn on February 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
There can be few people whose spines do not prickle with apprehension at the moment the preacher asks: 'Does anyone know any just cause why these two should not be joined together in holy matrimony....?'
Our heroine is about to be the centre of a society wedding which will hit every front page in the land. She's marrying the son of one of the world's richest men and her mother, a social-climber extraordinaire, is fussing and list-making 24 hours a day.
Everything is set, guests are being helicoptered in, the organist is flying from Geneva, ice swans are being sculpted.....there is just one small problem. Ten years before the bride married a gay friend for immigration purposes, and never actually got a divorce! When the photographer recognises her, she is thrown into a panic and tries, in secret to "put matters right". She has less than 4 days to find and divorce a man she hasn't seen in a decade.
Madeleine Wickham knows people so well and draws them beautifully. The set-aside father, bemused by his wife's tireless efficient anxiety, the dizzy bride who somehow thought that if she didn't admit to the previous wedding it would go away, the career-girl sister who is always so in control of her life (or is she?).
You know people like this - and if you don't - the author brings them to life on the page so vividly that when you reach the last page you have the feeling you are saying goodbye to old friends.
Intertwined in this desperate dash to save face, is a sadder story of how it is still not always possible to be proud of being gay, or to accept who you really are.
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Kaiser VINE VOICE on July 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Why do I keep trying to read Madeline Wickham books? It's those darn book jackets that pull me in. I'm expecting a fun, frothy beach read (like her Kinsella books), and they are nothing of the kind. When she writes as Kinsella, she is funny, witty, romantic, and enjoyable. As Madeline Wickham, she creates unappealing characters and boring plotlines. In this instance, she makes Simon so unappealing that the reader never warms up to him. Why would I want him to get the girl? I don't. Molly, the heroine, is sweet, but frustrating. She is never honest with her loved ones. The "secret" theme has been done ad nauseum, and this sheds absolutely no new light on it. I think if the book jackets were more appropriate to the slower, more serious story lines, I would have the proper expectations when I buy one. However, this is nothing like the fun chick lit it appears to be and that I enjoy reading occasionally. It's bland and completely forgettable.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By dessert on November 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
If you don't know, Madeleine Wickham is the real name for Sophie Kinsella (pen name). Yeap, the one who wrote the highly successful Shopaholic series. Under her real name of Madeleine Wickham, she wrote several books which have more substance than the frothy ones under Sophie Kinsella. That's why she used a pen name to keep her styles of writing apart.

The Wedding Girl is one such book with much meaty substance. She must have germinated her ideas for "Can you Keep A Secret?" which she wrote later under Sophie Kinsella from this earlier book, The Wedding Girl.

Are secrets better left unearthed or are they better off exposed to those that concern you? How would it affect relationships that have formed preconceived set values and change the dynamics? Will it be the same? That is the recurring fear harboured by Milly Havill who got married for a frivolous reason 10 years ago and now has to un-do that marriage in order to marry the person she truly loves.

Familiarity breeds contempt within the family. This is the ongoing theme in the book, you think you know someone too well and you begin to perform selective memory. You only bring up characteristics that you dislike about them which becomes all too consuming for you and bury their good points fathoms deep. That is until someone from outside your immediate family brings to you a new perspective on their characters.

The author deftly handles the multitude of secrets harboured by several characters. The secrets harboured here are definitely more grounded in reality than those in "Can You Keep A Secret?".

Read it or you will miss out on a much earlier Sophie Kinsella very sophisticated story telling skills!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bellingham Bookworm on October 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is the first Madeleine Wickham book I have read and I have to say that I really enjoyed. Milly is a very sympathic character and you really want things to work out for her. Some people will say that no one could be as naive as Milly who truly believes if you don't talk about unpleasant things they aren't happening. I know several people like this in real life and can imagine them acting the same way.

In some ways the story lines aren't anything new: Milly tries to behave the way she thinks Simon wants her to, Simon hates his father because he abandoned him and his mother only to come back into life when he was an adult, Simon feels inferior to his millionare father, Milly's mother acts like Milly is still 14, Milly's father prefers his "career girl" older daughter over flakey Milly. These are not new family dynamics. Etc...

What really made this book interesting was the story line between Allan and Rupert. Their love story is very believable and touching.

There were several character story lines that could have been omitted to make a tighter story. The whole Esme story line was un-needed as was the one between Isobel and Harry.

The main theme of the book is being who you are and not what you think others want you to be. It's a good theme for all of us.
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