Wedding Night


Lottie is tired of long-term boyfriends who don’t want to commit to marriage. After yet another disillusionment with her current boyfriend, when ex-flame Ben reappears and reminds her of their pact to get married if they were both still single at thirty, she jumps at the chance.

There will be no dates and no engagement-just a straight wedding march to the altar! Next comes the honeymoon on the Greek island where they first met.

But not everyone is thrilled with Lottie and Ben’s rushed marriage, and family and friends are determined to intervene. Will Lottie and Ben have a wedding night to remember, or one to forget?

I’ve been looking forward to this book from the time I read the news about its publishing, and I was beyond thrilled when I got a review copy. I read it within the space of two days, so yes, it is an engrossing, absorbing, and interesting read for sure.

Unlike earlier Kinsella books, this book is told from the point of view of Lottie and her elder sister Fliss.

Lottie is very similar to Becky Bloomwood of the Shopaholic series…ditzy, scatter-brained, and impulsive. When her boyfriend does not propose marriage to her, she impulsively accepts a marriage proposal from a teenage fling, Ben who she barely knows.

Her sister Fliss is going through a bad divorce and she is like Lottie only bitter. She is very aware of the consequences of a bad marriage and she is determined to put a stop to Lottie’s impulse marriage before it becomes too late (i.e. before the marriage is consummated making an annulment is no longer possible).

What follows is a series of comedic hi-jinks where all the people concerned try to put a spoke in the wheels of Lottie and Ben’s honeymoon fun.

To me, this book is good fun and enjoyable as far as chick-lit goes, but it falls well below Sophie Kinsella standards. I think Kinsella has trouble restraining herself when it comes to OTT situations sometimes.

Unlike her earlier book I’ve got Your Number, which was funny but still believable, the comedy in Wedding Night stretched the incredulity factor a bit too much for me.

The romance is also a little sub-par. The hero and Lottie are together only in few sections in the novel and most of those interactions are pretty forgettable. I enjoyed her sister Fliss’s story far more and her interactions and romance although not a part of the main story were far more enjoyable and more important believable.

In short, this is a good chick-lit book, but not Kinsella’s best. However, it does have some fine moments, and it’s worth a read if you are looking for some light and funny chick-lit. After all, it’s Kinsella…and if you’re a fan of her books, you will like this one too.

Thanks to Random House for sending me a copy of this book to read and review.

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  • Completely agree with your comment that Sophie KInsella sometimes takes the incredibility of the situation too far. As much as I love Becky Bloomwood by the time I got to Shopoholic Gets Married I was a little exasperated with her- any normal man would have called off the wedding after that many crazy misdemeanours !

  • I am a fan of Kinsella…I have read Becky Bloomwood stories.. Lottie looks interesting.

    • @Manjulika: Oh, yes, this is a must read for Kinsella and Becky Bloomwood fans 🙂

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