Review: Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

Title: Wedding Night

Author: Sophie Kinsella

Published: Bantam Press May 2013

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Status: Read from May 08 to 09, 2013 — I own a copy {Courtesy the Publisher}

My Thoughts:

Wedding Night, the latest novel from popular chick lit author Sophie Kinsella, exhibits her trademark charm and penchant for absurd humour.
Her heroine is thirty year old Lottie Graveney who is devastated when the marriage proposal she is expecting from her long time beau Richard isn’t forthcoming. In fact he tells her he is not interested in marriage in the forseeable future and for Lottie that means the end of their relationship. She is still reeling from the break up when her ex boyfriend, Ben, gets in touch after more than a decade’s silence. As the pair reminisce about the summer they spent together on the idyllic Greek island where they met, Ben reminds Lottie of their pact to get married if they were both still single at thirty, confesses he never stopped loving her and proposes almost all in one breath. Lottie says yes and the pair decide not to wait arranging a no fuss registry wedding for just a few days hence. Lottie has only one condition – no sex until their wedding night. Despite the strenuous objections of Lottie’s sister, Fliss, and Ben’s best friend, Lorcan, the marriage goes ahead and the newlyweds jet off to Ikonos for their honeymoon, but Fliss isn’t about to let her sister make the biggest mistake of her life and she will do anything to stop them consummating the marriage.

Wedding Night is pretty much exactly what I expected from Kinsella, the plot is predictable, the characters largely OTT and yet it doesn’t seem to matter much because it’s all good fun, even if utterly unbelievable.
Where Wedding Night does differ from other novels I have read by Kinsella is the narrative told from two point of views. Lottie is the flaky, starry eyed heroine familiar to the author’s readers while her older sister, Fliss is a little more sensible and cynical. I liked Fliss a little more than Lottie though neither behave particularly well, Fliss is overzealous in her attempt to help her sister while Lottie makes a cascade of impulsive decisions.
As long as you don’t overthink it, there are some real laugh out loud moments as Lottie’s and Ben’s attempts to consummate their marriage are deftly thwarted by the hotel manager at the behest of Fliss including broken volume controls, intrusive butlers and a couples massage that causes Lottie to have a painful allergic reaction.

A lighthearted rom-com, Wedding Night is a amusing way to spend an hour or two when you don’t have the energy for anything more taxing. I didn’t think it’s Kinsella’s best but fans should still enjoy the familiar silliness.

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Leeswammes
    May 17, 2013 @ 16:33:40

    Sounds like a fun read. I don’t need this sort of book to be believable, but I do need a protagonist that is not too stupid. Kinsella has some really brain dead protagonists sometimes, but in general, I love her books.

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  2. Angelica @ Paperback Princess
    May 17, 2013 @ 20:28:48

    Sophie is one of my favourite Authors, just because her books are enjoyable and certainly hilarious! Great review 😀

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  3. Kathryn
    May 17, 2013 @ 21:28:25

    I agree with your review. It was a fun read, but not one of Kinsella’s best.

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  4. laurelrainsnow
    May 17, 2013 @ 23:45:00

    It is fun to suspend disbelief and take a ride on the lighter side…but, like Judith said, the characters mustn’t be “brain dead.” lol

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Shelleyrae.

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  5. Go Book Yourself!
    May 18, 2013 @ 03:49:32

    I wasn’t really impressed with this book. I think her writing has gone down hill alot 😦

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  6. Carole
    May 23, 2013 @ 08:15:14

    Hi, Carole’s Chatter is collecting posts about Favourite Romance Novels. This looks like a good one. It would be super if you linked it in. This is the link – Your Favourite Romances I hope to see you soon. Cheers

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  7. Teena in Toronto
    Jun 11, 2013 @ 02:24:21

    I thought it was a fun light read.

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