Review: A Catered Affair by Sue Margolis

Title: A Catered Affair

Author: Sue Margolis

Published: NAL Trade Augusst 2011

Synopsis: A novel about a jilted bride who’s about to discover that not marrying the wrong man can sometimes lead you to the right one. When Tallulah gets jilted at the altar, she gets very drunk and starts making passes at the male wedding guests. She even propositions the caterer. But in the next few weeks, reality comes crashing down around her. Her difficult mother becomes more impossible than ever. Her lesbian sister starts trying to have a baby. Nana Ida gets busy matchmaking. What Tallulah is about to discover is that happiness doesn’t always come in the form of the perfect doctor- and that sometimes real love doesn’t require a catered affair.

Status: Read from July 26 to 27, 2011 — Courtesy PenguinUSA/NetGalley

My Thoughts:

At 34, Tallulah is ready to settle down but when her notoriously commitment-shy fiance leaves her at the alter her neatly arranged life collapses around her. It’s the reception caterer, Kenny, that provides a shoulder for her to cry on despite the support of her best friend and family. Bewildered, Tally has to reconsider her recipe for happiness and choose between her head and her heart.
Oddly enough I wasn’t that keen on Tally, I found her to be a bit self involved and was much more forgiving of her if I mentally took ten years off her stated age. Despite not really identifying with the main protagonist, I thought characterisation was the strongest element of the novel. I liked the slow development of her romance with Kenny who is a nice guy. I really enjoyed the quirky support cast who were involved in small stories of their own. Tally’s eccentric mother and her accidental role as a telephone counselor is amusing as are Nana Ida’s snappy one liners and attitude. Scarlett, Tally’s sister, and her relationship with her partner Grace, added depth and interest to the theme of ‘meeting others expectations’ that wove through the novel.
While there isn’t anything startlingly original in terms of the main story, I thought it was written with a nice balance between humor and drama. It lost me a little near the end where there is what I thought to be an incongruous gap in the timeline between Tally and Kenny’s breakup and makeup. Particularly when it again leap frogs eight months for an epilogue of sorts, though this nicely gathers the loose threads of the subplots together. Still, the ending is traditionally satisfying, with ‘happy ever afters’ bestowed upon the characters.
A Catered Affair is a British contemporary romance by accomplished chick lit author, Sue Margolis. A pleasant way to spend an hour or three it’s an engaging and easy read.

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