Denise Grover Swank – The Substitute

The Substitute

I have very mixed feelings about this book. I decided to read it on a whim while I was stuck in traffic on a bus and I’d forgotten to bring my paperback with me, so I quickly loaded up the top free books list on the Kindle app, and the cover for this one jumped out at me as I’m currently preparing for my wedding next year.

In many ways, this was the perfect romantic story. But the cynical part of me just couldn’t help scoffing that everything seemed to fall into place way too perfectly.

I found Megan’s character a little spineless. I mean, if you’ve split up with your fiance, you should probably tell your parents instead of just flying home for your wedding without a clue what you’re going to do. And going along with the story that a complete stranger is your fiance is completely bonkers.

But although the story was ‘too good to be true’, I couldn’t help but be drawn in by it. There was something so magical about the way that the book had been written that I couldn’t help but keep reading and rooting for Megan and Josh to somehow work things out and end up together.

I’d say if you’re looking for a deep and meaningful story, this probably isn’t the book for you, but as a light-hearted feel-good romance, it was perfect.

My Rating: 3/5
Year Published: 2015
Number of Pages: 350
Format: Paperback
Date Read: 29th September 2016 – 12th October 2016
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.9
See this book...

Review: Milly Johnson – White Wedding

Milly Johnson - White WeddingWell it’s been a long time since I started reading this book, over six weeks in fact. But I’ll blame that on Game of Thrones since this book was abandoned in my bedside drawer while I went on a fantasy epic.

But after finishing Game of Thrones, and realising that I was going to a wedding last weekend, what a perfect time to pick this up again. Except not really, since I was hoping for a beautiful wedding to get me in the mood and nothing seemed to go right for these poor three girls.

Pretty much straight away you get a good idea of the personalities of the three ladies and where you think their story is heading. And although I may have been right in all three instances, there were some twists and turns along the way to keep it interesting.

I did find it hard to feel any empathy for either Max or Violet. I felt a connection to Bel, I really liked that character. But Violet was a bit wet for my liking (although understandably so) and Max was just way too stuck up and out there to be someone that I would like. But even though I couldn’t feel for the characters, I still couldn’t wait to read more about them to find out if I was right about their happy endings.

I did find this a very easy read, nothing too taxing for my poor brain, which was just what I needed after GoT. I wouldn’t say it was my favourite of Milly’s books, although I think I did it a disservice by reading it in two parts such a long time from each other, so maybe a re-read would make me feel better about the experience. Although with the length of my to-read pile, that isn’t coming any time soon!

3/5

Review: Rachel Schurig – Three Girls and a Wedding

Rachel Schurig - Three Girls and a WeddingSince I was left with mixed feelings after reading Three Girls and a Baby, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Three Girls and a Wedding. As Ginny got engaged at the end of the last book, I expected that the book would revolve around her upcoming nuptials. So I was surprised when it turned out that the main character was actually Ginny’s housemate/best friend Jen.

Jen works in event planning, usually involved in the smaller scale events but desperately trying to work her way up the ladder. The company that she works for has just won the most prestigious client, the wedding of Kiki Barker to her fiance Eric, and her father will be footing the entire (humongous) bill.

It’s looking to be the wedding of the century, and even though Jen’s recently promoted colleague Jason is taking the lead, she’s brought in to help out. And while Jason seems to be a schmoozing grease-ball, Jen finds herself buried with work. Kiki is a demanding client, although Jen quickly warms to her unique personality and it looks like they’re set to become good friends.

But while Jen is planning the wedding of the year, she’s also agreed to help Ginny plan her wedding to Josh. Which seems to be going great from Jen’s point of view, but with all the time that she’s spending with Kiki, is everything really as organised as she thinks? I knew from the start that we were obviously going to see some drama here, it would be too perfect for it to all run smoothly, and Rachel Schurig didn’t disappoint, throwing in a curveball to beat all curveballs and leave Jen completely adrift and seemingly alone.

My only wish for the book which didn’t seem to happen was that Jason didn’t get what he deserved. He spent the entire book being an arse and manipulating Jen to get to what he wanted, and the end was left a bit disappointingly. But other things happened at the end which I guess cancelled out the bad karma that Jason deserved with all the good karma that was seemingly overflowing.

I did really enjoy the book, but it did all seem to go rather fast, just like the last book I would have loved some more detail. But maybe I was just so engrossed in reading it that I just didn’t realise how much I’d read.

There’s just one book left in the series. I would imagine that since we’ve had one book with Ginny and one book with Jen, we’ll probably have one with Annie now, but I may be completely wrong.

4/5

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