A Beautiful Day for a Wedding by Charlotte Butterfield
Publishing Date: 11th May 2018
Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review, thank you!
Number of pages: 400
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance
A wonderfully heartwarming and feel good novel about love in all its forms. Katie Fforde meets Lucy Vine!
What could possibly go wrong?
Wedding journalist Eve is over the moon when her three best friends and her brother all decide to get married in the same summer. But when she finds out the man she once thought she’d be walking up the aisle with is back in the country and on all the guestlists, she can’t wait for wedding season to be over.
As if Ben’s sudden reappearance isn’t enough, her bridezilla besties have her polishing floors, searching for giant flamingos and dog-sitting while they jet off on honeymoon. Her only release is writing an anonymous column full of her bitter bridesmaid tales – she just needs to make sure the happy couples never find out…
Between facing her relationship demons and juggling her maid-of-honour duties, is Eve doomed to be left out of this summer of love?
Eve is a wedding journalist, so if you’re planning a wedding she the person to go to, and well, all of her friends that are getting married, as well as her brother that is also getting married, shamelessly use this fact and treat Eve as an agony aunt who knows everything and everybody that’s worth knowing. Basically, Eve is happy with this. Until one day, at one of the weddings, Ben shows up out of the blue. Ben, who was supposed to fly with her to New York few years ago, and they were supposed to spend their lives together, to have children and happy ever after. Moreover, Ben seems to show up everywhere now! Moreover, according to some prediction from a psychic séance (don’t ask) Eve should look out for a guy whose name starts with “B”. Is it Ben? After all those years and breaking Eve’s heart? Or is it Bruno? Or any other man whose name starts with “B”?
I adore books about weddings, and especially when the weddings really take place in the story, just like in this book, and the more hilarious and unthinkable the better, and this novel really ticked all the boxes. It covered everything when it comes to hen dos and weddings, guys. Not only psychic séances but also Harry Potter themes parties, through bridezillas to the more laid – back brides to be. Also, the weddings – I loved the weddings, guys. I’m a real sucker when it comes to the wedding and Charlotte Butterfield covered all kinds of weddings, and it was absolutely brilliant – from the very, very minuscule planned one to one that took place on the field and the guest were sitting on hay bales – also because of psychic séance. Don’t ask – read the book!
The characters were really well written and developed, though mostly some of them were a little bit too overdrawn for my liking. If we weren’t supposed to like them they were described in a way that made it impossible to like them. I’d love them to be a little more three – dimensional. I wanted to pack Tanya off to the moon and never let her come back again, and I really admired the other characters that put up with her for so long and so patiently – hats off to them. Eve’s best friend Becky seemed a little too passive for my liking, and as if she really didn’t care about anything and I longed for a moment when she took matters in her own hands. You can be laid back but you can also be too laid back, and Becky was the latter.
This book truly ticked all the boxes for a light – hearted, perfect summer read. There was enough drama, enough happiness, heartbreak and happy endings, love, hate and friendship. It was full of fun and sunshine, antics that had me in giggles, and second chances. Charlotte Butterfield’s writing style is light and so easy to follow and full of heart and humour. So yes, it was a laugh – out – loud book and it was just what I needed. It was equally funny and romantic and often the authors can overdone with such novels, on such topics and you as a reader have a feeling that everything is too forced and untrue – here on the other hand everything worked smoothly and nothing was too pushed. It was hilarious but still on the right side. Yes, it was a little predictable and some of the things you’ve just seen coming in seven – league boots but on the whole it didn’t spoil the reading and the joy. “A Beautiful Day for a Wedding” is the best example that a simple idea can also work brilliantly!