Oh. I am such a Kinsella fan. I have read every book of hers. Good or bad I … take it like a man. OK. Her books are mostly good. Always a hilarious read. One time, while reading Wedding Night inside a Starbucks, I have to squeeze myself real hard so as not to laugh out too loud in public.
Typically, her books start out with a flawed female character going through some girl crisis. Much of the limelight would be on the girl characters and there is little character development on the male counterpart. But, these are chick lit. You know what you are in for.
Wedding Night is different. It is still a Kinsella book. Lots of emotional moments making it a page turner aside, there is something special about her latest novel. First, the narration is told not from one female character but two. The switching between the two main characters is seamless and not predictable. It is like a double dose of chick lit in one volume. Second, there is character development for the male characters. Third, it is not some trivial crisis that the characters are going through. It is about real life dating, marriage, and career and the struggle like we may have experienced in our lives. The moral of the story is that at times when we are stuck, the best foot forward may be to let go, be free and lifted, and open to new possibilities.
Back to the story, Lottie is very certain that her boyfriend Richard is going to propose one evening inside a restaurant. But instead of a wedding proposal, his big question involves a trip abroad. Lottie is totally crushed and has decided to walk away from the relationship. Out of nowhere, one of her ex-boyfriends Ben turns up. Following a pack that they have made in their teenage years, they have decided to get married immediately since they have both hit thirties and are still single. To avoid falling into the same relationship mishap like in the past, Lottie wants to go the old fashion way – no consummation of marriage before the wedding night.
Meanwhile, Fliss – Lottie’s elder sister – is undergoing a bitter divorce. She is furious that her little sister is again rushing into something crazy after yet another breakup. So, Fliss is going all out to stop this wedding night from happening, which is going to be in a Greek island, a place where Ben and Lottie first met. At the same time, Lorcan – Ben’s colleague – also comes into the picture as he fears that his friend’s hasty decision would ruin his career. An unlikely collaboration between the bridesmaid and best man, Fliss and Lorcan fly all the way to Greece and intend to talk some sense into this new couple. To top it up, there is always Richard in the background who may have a regret or two.
An overall entertaining read, a must for the Kinsella fans.