Saturday, February 25, 2012

Audiobook Review: The Wedding Girl by Madeleine Wickham

The Wedding Girl
Author: Madeleine Wickham
Published: June 23, 2009
CDs: 8 discs
Genre: chick lit
Source: borrowed from the library

My Rating: 3 stars

Synopsis (from GoodReads): At the age of eighteen, in that first golden Oxford summer, Milly was up for anything. Rupert and his American lover, Allan, were an important part of her new, exciting life, so when Rupert suggested to her that she and Allan should get married to keep Allan in the country, Milly didn’t hesitate. Ten years later, Milly is a very different person and engaged to Simon—who is wealthy, serious, and believes her to be perfect. Milly’s secret history is locked away so securely she has almost persuaded herself that it doesn’t exist—until, only four days before her elaborate wedding. To have and to hold takes on a whole new meaning when one bride’s past catches up with her and bring the present crashing down. 

My Thoughts: Madeleine Wickham, also known as Sopie Kinsella, is one of my favorite authors to listen to on audiobook. Her stories are engaging, funny, and easy to listen to. While this story was good, it wasn't as good as some of her other books that I've listened to. For me, the characters were not as strong as they typically are in one of her books. Milly was so weak, it was maddening! She seemed to go through life with no backbone, just doing whatever her mother thought was best for her. And she never corrected her finace, Simon, when he made assumptions about her, which were inaccurate. Simon seemed a bit bullish, which really turned me off to him. The only two characters that I actually enjoyed were Milly's sister, Isabelle, and her father.

So, why did I give this book three stars if the characters were so lacking? The plot was interesting, and I couldn't help but get caught up in it. Milly married a gay man when she was 18 so that he could stay in the country with his lover. When that comes back to haunt her present, the story becomes interesting, and I wanted to know what happened to all parties involved. It was a bit sad but still something that was a fun read. If you are a Sophie Kinsella fan, then I would still check this book out because it's not awful, but it's also not her best work.

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