Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Review: Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella (audio)

Title: Wedding Night   
Author: Sophie Kinsella   
Narrator: Jayne Entwistle, Fiona Hardingham, Mark Bramhall  
Published: April 2013, Random House Audio  
Length: 13 hours  
Source: Library 

Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose during lunch at one of London’s fanciest restaurants. But when his big question involves a trip abroad, not a trip down the aisle, she’s completely crushed. So when Ben, an old flame, calls her out of the blue and reminds Lottie of their pact to get married if they were both still single at 30, she jumps at the chance. No formal dates - just a quick march to the altar and a honeymoon on Ikonos, the sun-drenched Greek island where they first met years ago.

Their family and friends are horrified. Fliss, Lottie’s older sister, knows that Lottie can be impulsive - but surely this is her worst decision yet. And Ben’s colleague Lorcan fears that this hasty marriage will ruin his friend’s career. To keep Lottie and Ben from making a terrible mistake, Fliss concocts an elaborate scheme to sabotage their wedding night. As she and Lorcan jet off to Ikonos in pursuit, Lottie and Ben are in for a honeymoon to remember, for better...or worse.

My thoughts: I just love Sophie Kinsella's books - they are witty, funny and light-hearted and sure to have you laughing-out-loud at least a half-dozen times, if not more. On top of that, she creates memorable characters that seem to find themselves involved in some rather crazy antics.

I loved how the story alternated between the two sisters. This really allows us to get to know both Fliss and Lottie, understanding their motivations for what they do. Even though the two sisters were quite a bit different, I found that at certain times, I could relate to each of them. Although, as the older sister myself, I don't think I would ever go to the lengths that Fliss went to in order to keep Lottie from enjoying her wedding night with Ben. That might be taking things a bit too far in my opinion, but did provide for many laughs and cringe-worthy moments!

While there are some situations that seem a bit over the top, they were paired with some more serious situations. It's this pairing that keeps the momentum going and the story engaging. With all the craziness going on, it's hard to predict what would happen next and I loved that! I know going into these types of books that there isn't going to be any deep thinking going on - these books are for pure enjoyment and that's why I pick them up. Sophie Kinsella is definitely on the go-to list of authors that fit that category. 

Do you have any authors that you read for the pure entertainment factor? If so, who?


Audio Thoughts: I loved the cast of this audio production! I've listened to Jane Entwistle before and love her voice. The other two narrators, Fiona Hardingham and Mark Bramhall were both new-to-me. While Mark didn't have many lines throughout the book, Fiona certainly had her fair share and I will definitely be checking out what else she narrates.


5 comments:

  1. I love Sophie's writing voice. I will have to put this on my library list :)

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  2. I have only read one of Kinsella's books. Clearly I need to fix that. Sometimes a light and fun book is absolutely the best kind!

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  3. An author who always pleases! like her books very much. This sounds like another good one.

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  4. I was disappointed with the Shopaholic series, or at least the first two I read. I do love her other standalone books though so this one sounds like a winner. I am a sucker for a lighthearted chick lit when my other reading weighs me down. Thanks for recommending.

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  5. I loved this book even though Fliss does go to extremes. I really liked how it was about sister relationships. Sophie Kinsella is definitely one of my go-to authors when I want a book that will make me laugh. I'm looking forward to reading Shopaholic to the Stars this fall.

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