The Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella could be an outlandish tale with improbable reasoning or a humorous chick-lit novel that you could read, laugh and forget. (I have seen some bad reviews for this book from hard core sophie kinsella fans!)
Told from the perspective of two sisters, Wedding Night is a comedy of errors or rather a saga of ‘unfortunate choice’ as Fliss puts it across. Lottie thinks that her steady boyfriend Richard is going to propose. Then why else would he take her to a fancy restaurant and ask her questions as to whether she likes ‘his’ surname. She is so sure that he is going to pop the question that she goes ahead and buys an engagement ring for him. But sadly he does not.
Broken hearted, she tries to divert herself by plunging into work and her older and ‘wiser’ sister, Fliss is worried about what ‘unfortunate choice’ she is going to make. Lottie has a history of unfortunate choices apparently that she made in the past to get over her broken heart; bad tattoos, cult religion, weird courses etc.
Fliss is an editor of a glossy travel magazine that does hotel and restaurant reviews (I so envy her job!). Caught in the middle of a nasty divorce with an unfeeling husband, a precocious seven year old son and a fragile broken-hearted sister whom she needs to protect, Fliss has a lot on her plate to deal with.
Lottie hooks up with Ben, an old boyfriend, they decide to marry almost immediately. They also decide not to have ‘sex’ before marriage!
Fliss is horrified at her sister’s decision and she tries her best to stop the marriage. Joining forces along with her is Ben’s friend and lawyer, Lorcan who manages his father’s company. As they race towards Ikonas (a popular honeymoon destination) to stop them from sleeping together, Lorcan and Fliss are forced to think through their own life, choices and future.
Despite the bad reviews, I quite enjoyed the book. Fliss and Lottie seem to be unreal at the best, as are Ben and Richard. But it doesn’t matter. I took this up for a weekend read and found it a great stress buster after a hectic week.
Best Humorous Incidents
I thoroughly enjoyed Fliss’s pesky interference to stop Lottie’s wedding night; twin beds, the harp, musical breakfast, oil massage and two butlers who hover around all the time.
Richard’s attempt at French poetry will have you laughing hard just as Noah’s contribution to it.
Plus Points: Humorous and breezy
Minus Points: Unlike her other novels this one has a very outlandish plot,
Verdict: Perfect stress buster read. Like I said, read, laugh and forget