The Wedding Girl: A Novel [Madeleine Wickham] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. At the age of eighteen, in that first golden Oxford. Madeleine Wickham is the real name of Sophie Kinsella who writes the . The Wedding Girl, Black Swan , ISBN: 0 8. A young British woman’s storybook wedding to a rich man’s son is jeopardized by a long-buried secret.
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A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox vulpes libris: At eighteen, Milly was up for anything. To make it seem real she dressed up in wedding finery and posed on the steps of the registry office for photographs. Now, ten years later, Milly is a very different person.
Engaged to Simon — who is good-looking, wealthy and adores her — she is about to have the biggest and most elaborate wedding imaginable, all masterminded by her mother. Can she sort things out before her fairytale wedding collapses around her?
How can she tell Simon? And worse still, how can she tell her mother …? But at Tesco recently I was desperately in need of some light reading so I dropped this one into my trolley on the way past the shelves. Still, Milly, if a bit dim, does have some grand moments of social comedy:. Anyway the writing here is so sharp and snazzy, with some wonderful one-liners, that really you can forgive the rather too ditzy for words heroine anything.
I absolutely loved Rupert, whose American boyfriend the young Milly marries to allow him to stay in the country, and whose story arc from denial to lost love to a loveless marriage to acceptance of his sexuality is madelwine incredibly good.
Yes, I cried at several points and with good reason. Here he is after having read a very important letter:.
THE WEDDING GIRL by Madeleine Wickham | Kirkus Reviews
Some time later, a young teacher arrived at the door of the gallery, surrounded by her swarming class of cheerful children. They had intended to spend the afternoon sketching the portrait of Elizabeth I. But as she saw the young man sitting in the middle of the room, she swiftly turned the children round and shepherded them towards another painting. Fabulous writing and pitch-perfect for the character and the scene.
The comic interplay between Isobel and her mother also made me smile on occasion. Here they are after Olivia has offered Isobel a really much-needed drink:. Isobel was silent, trying to sort out the contrary strands of thought in her brain. What kind of twisted logic was that? Indeed at the end, even though Simon spends a large part of the book behaving like an idiot, I was really rooting for him, particularly as his final attempts to make things right with Milly were both witty and moving.
That said, this book is very much a character novel where everyone in it is thrown into a rather dramatic situation and has to do a lot of re-evaluating and development of their own lives before the denouement arrives, in a way that is both amusing and thoughtful — which is the kind of plot and character mix I really love. In fact, the character who goes through the least change is, interestingly enough, Milly, and even there she eventually has to face the errors of her youth so does have some small measure of growth.
Strain of wrestling with publishers and moving house at the same time getting to you perhaps? This is just really high-class stuff and I loved it. Exactly what chicklit should be, and with a hell of a lot of depth which I really enjoyed. I read a Madeleine Wickham ages ago, but thought it was more akin to Joanna Trollope than chick lit. I read the first three Shopaholic books, but soon got weary of Becky who never seemed to grow as a character.
I do actually rather like the Shopaholic books, which are very witty, but agree that the main character never seems to learn! Thank you Anne for a great review. Perhaps Wickham suits me as a non-typical chick lit reader? You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account.
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Follow us on Twitter: Subscribe to this site’s feed via FeedBurner or click here for an email subscription. Still, Milly, if a bit dim, does have some grand moments of social comedy: Here he is after having read a very important letter: Here they are after Olivia has offered Isobel a really much-needed drink: Anne Brooke lives in Surrey, UK, and writes in a variety of genres, including gay erotic romance, fantasy, comedy, thrillers, biblical fiction and the occasional chicklit novel.
When not writing, she spends time in the garden attempting to differentiate between flowers and weeds, and in the allotment attempting to grow vegetables. Occasionally, she can also be found in the kitchen making cakes. Every now and again, they are edible. Her websites can be found at: Thanks, Alison — my thoughts exactly!
The Wedding Girl by Madeleine Wickham – a tale of two marriages
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