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The Wedding Girl Hardcover – June 23, 2009
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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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We meet Milly as a romantic and adventurous 18-year old who commits an impetuous act of friendship that will change her life; quickly the story brings us to contemporary times, as 28-year old Milly is preparing for her media-worthy marriage to Simon, a rich young man full of daddy issues. I guess part of the reason I didn't *love* this book is because I never really sympathized much with our protagonist; nor did I much care for Simon who, by the end, I wasn't sure I *wanted* Milly to hook. Wickham/Kinsella is always fun, but here I'd say she is missing the depth of insight that usually sets her above most writers. As usual the author excels at drawing meaningful character profiles quickly, and then placing them rapidly into the worst couple of weeks of their lives -- one hopes!
Fun read, but not the author's best.
Milly Havill had a fun summer ten years prior with two good friends. Her actions to try to help someone, come back to haunt her at a time, when it really matters.
Fast forward ten years and Milly is preparing to have the wedding of the century to the son of one of Britian's most successful businessmen. Simon Pinnacle seems a bit of a perfectionist and Milly, who adores Simon, is willing to remake herself to fit Simon's perception of her.
Milly's mother, Olivia is caught up in the wedding preparations and the idea of being connected to the Pinnacle family. She also runs a successful bed and breakfast and it sounds as if she is truly a great hostess making certain her guests are well cared for when visiting. James, her husband is an accountant. He is beginning to feel lost, as if their lives together have grown apart and they are heading on separate paths. James wants more.
Isobel is the older sister, a successful career girl, blazing trails and making her parents proud. Until she discovers that her life is taking a huge turn.
Harry Pinnacle is Simon's father. Harry abandoned Simon's mother when Simon was young. Without his wife, Harry became successful in business. Simon, has been trying to best him and make a way for himself. One thing is certain is that Simon is certain that he will definitely best his father in the love and family area.
Rupert, is one of Milly's former friends from ten years prior in Oxford. Rupert was uncomfortable. Rupert set out to remake himself, but has he been truly happy? His current life requires some reflection and decisions, when Milly comes crashing back in to his life, looking for their mutual friend Allan.
Alexander is the photographer, back in Milly's life, after ten years, ready to photograph the wedding of the century. However he knows Milly's secret and teases her about it.
Esme is Milly's beloved godmother. She is always there to comfort, console and support Milly. But, is she truly as wonderful as she seems?
This story examines the secrets and winding and unwinding of lives. How sometimes, we remake ourselves to make ourselves attractive and acceptable to others. How sometimes we lose our way to our true selves in a search for happiness. Then, only to wonder are we truly happy as we are now.
Don't get turned off by this title. And, don't expect a sweet summer read. Do, however, read this book for an examination of how some people discovered who they truly were and find themselves back to redemption.
So overall, very readable, I wasn't bored, but just a bit scattered in some ways and predictable in others.
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