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- Print Length: 201 pages
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- Publication Date: March 10, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01AC6XY72
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #665,121 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Natalie's Getting Married Kindle Edition
"Fool Me Once" by Catherine Bybee
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I must admit I haven't bonded with Natalie as I would have thought. Natalie is an energetic, romantic and fun character but for me, she seemed to lack a certain charm of the main protagonist. Natalie's story starts in a Freshers Week at University where she is instantly smitten with a fellow student Jackson. Jackson doesn't even acknowledges her presence at the beginning of the book, but other male character struck up a lifelong friendship with Natalie, Gabriel Miller. Natalie loves the friendships with Gabriel but when Jackson suddenly turns his attention on her Natalie is over the moon with happiness, and is eagerly planning her future with Jackson. If only she knew what is about to happen and how this event sets her on the path to discovering the real meaning of love (right under your nose)!
Gabriel is there through thick &thin from the start to the finish line. And in my mind, he is the real star of this book. I adored Gabriel calm, collect and down-to-earth personality. The scenes featuring Gabriel and Natalie were the highlight of this story. Gabriel and Natalie are on the same wavelength they have lots in common, and that bond is beautifully described through their dialogs and shines out of the pages of this book.
Alongside Gabriel, I got really fond of Bella and Alissa. Bella is Natalie's other best friend. She is a party girl who loves man (plenty) and drink (by buckets). Bella makes smart remarks and helps Natalie through some important decisions.
When Natalie sets up her own business The Picture House, she hires Alissa. Alisa quickly becomes Natalie's right-hand woman. Alissa, she is a very smart and witty and has an all round great presence in this story.
As the title suggest, there are a few weddings that we are invited to attend. Although the first two do not go according to plan, I really enjoyed the other two festivities in the second half of the book. It was great to see Natalie grow and get stronger as a character throughout the book, and I was very happy with the decision she made at the end!
I also must touch on the setting of this book. I love books set in London! London has its unique charm and vibrancy, and I think Rosa brought the setting to live by describing each protagonist home and its surroundings in a realistic way.
Natalie's Getting Married is a romantic story of discovering the meaning and the complications of The One and only. I enjoyed it, and I am curious what is Rosa planning on writing next.
Thank you so much to Rosa Temple for sending a copy of her book in exchange for a honest review!
The story is told from Natalie's POV, so there are a lot of times I want to ask other characters questions on their motivations, but we don't get a lot of answers about the males' actions. The ending was a bit more abrupt than I would have liked. The whole book builds up to her realizing the person she's supposed to be with and we don't get enough interaction between the two as a couple for me. There is this WHOLE BOOK of build up and then they get together, get married, and it's over. But it's still worth reading. The whole story was intriguing. There are times you get a little annoyed at Natalie's single-minded focus on her man-of-the-moment, but think about yourself; when you get in a relationship, that's how it is. Romance lovers who enjoy some reality with their story will like the way it covers so much time and the various relationships Natalie goes through.
I received a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.
I think I enjoyed the first half of the book a lot more than the second. Though predictable, it was a lot of fun, and who doesn’t like to root for a girl ending up with her college crush?
This is the story of Natalie and the men in her life. When Jackson proposes to her by the end of her University days, she couldn’t have imagined or wished for better. But is he the one? Her mom and dad are happy, her best friend Gabriel seems to be skeptical and Jackson’s mom hates her and feels they are making a mistake by rushing into things. Will their relationship last? Will they make it to the aisle? Is Jackson the one or is it someone else?
There are a lot of cute touches to the story – The whole, magical feel to the dress shop which felt like a nod to the wardrobe door in Narnia, Natalie’s surprise gift at the hen party and even some of the stereotypes like the rich, snooty, future mother-in-law were fun to read. But as the book progressed, I became less sympathetic towards Natalie. It felt like watching someone make a repetitive trainwreck of decisions. Her resolve to “focus” on her career and stay away from men lasted only till she met the next hot or considerate guy. In her own words, I did find her to be a bit of a flake in the end. I found it ironic that for all the talk about her best friend Bella not sticking to one guy for a long time and being projected as the more “shallow” one of the two, she ended up sounding more worldly-wise and mature in the end. One more thing which I felt could have been better is build-up to some conversations on a couple of occasions when Natalie has a “How can you say that about me?!” righteous outbursts. I couldn’t connect to them and it made her come across as a ditz. On the other hand, Gabriel could have really used more animated moments. I mean, I get it, he was a rock and very, very mature, but whenever I pictured him while reading I always felt like I was listening and watching someone with infinite patience, no anger and amazing perceptibility when it comes to people. Oh well, what am I complaining about?! That’s Gabe for you❤❤❤
There were a couple of other things which worked for me in the beginning but I felt they were overused and ceased to be funny later on. For example, Natalie’s mom crying and fainting spells whenever she is happy or excited. That continued throughout the book and was a bit of overkill. If I do have to pick one character who was my favorite from the secondary cast, it is probably Liam. Without giving away much, I will just say that I really liked the way he was written and he shined in the page-time that he got – right from his thoughtful side to his anger and bitterness, everything felt apt and relatable.
So yes, there were some parts that I thought could have been better. But if I have to sum it up, it was a fun and ideal chick lit read. I finished it in a few hours and thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
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