Review: Helen Warner – RSVP

Helen Warner - RSVPThis book was a bit of an impulse buy; I knew I wanted to buy Drive, but it was three books for a fiver, so I had to make a pretty quick decision about which other two to pick. So, I’m not ashamed to say that I reverted to my old tactic of picking the books with the nicest covers, and I loved the pale blue colour on this one.

As the cover says: Four women, One Wedding, Who will say yes? Which turns out to be a good question. There’s Rachel, the bride to be. Anna, the heartbroken ex who has never truly let go. Ella, the scheming ex-friend who hasn’t really changed. And good old Clare, Anna’s best friend, and the only one not vowing for Toby’s love.

As you can probably guess, the eventual bride is not poor Rachel, although she seems to get over him pretty quickly in the end. The course of true love doesn’t run smoothly for Anna or Clare either, although you never feel annoyed by them, they’re not whiny or pathetic (for the most part). The only character I didn’t warm to was Ella. She wasn’t good at uni, and she seemingly hasn’t changed.

I loved the layout of the book; in the beginning we are jumping around over the last 15 or so years, but each time jump is clearly marked in the book so it never feels like you’re losing track of where you are. And then when we get to the big day, everything comes together, and the book then continues in the present tense. Even though the book flipped between the four women, it was still easy to get involved in the story and the characters, and there was no loss of connection.

I was very pleased with how the book ended; in typical chick-lit style, it seemed like everyone got their happy ending, although I won’t spoil it for you by telling you who the lucky bride was. Definitely enjoyed this book, and it was read much faster by the bank holiday sunshine and sitting out in the garden.

4-5