A Wedding at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson

A Wedding at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson

 

41836467Publisher: HarperImpulse

Publishing Date: 7th March 2019

Series: Comfort Food Cafe #6

Source:  Received from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!

Number of pages: 252

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance

 Buy the Book:  Kindle | Paperback (out on 21.03.2019)

 

Synopsis:

Wedding bells ring out in Budbury as the Comfort Food Café and its cosy community of regulars are gearing up for a big celebration…

But Auburn Longville doesn’t have time for that! Between caring for her poorly mum, moving in with her sister and running the local pharmacy, life is busy enough – and it’s about to get busier. Chaos arrives in the form of a figure from her past putting her quaint village life and new relationship with gorgeous Finn Jensen in jeopardy. It’s time for Auburn to face up to some life changing decisions.

Settle in for a slice of wedding cake at the Comfort Food Café – a place where friendships are made for life and nobody ever wants to leave.

Rating: five-stars

 

Auburn, the former wild child, has settled in Budbury. She, with the brilliant red hair, still tries to stop smoking and sometimes drinks too much, but she’s happy in her skin – finally. Her relationship with the gorgeous Finn is going from strength to strength and really, everything looks peachy. That is, until one day, one shock revelation sees the light of day and an unexpected visitor arrives – and this sends Auburn back to her reckless day in Spain. She starts to question her choices – shall she stay in Budbury? Did she really change or is she still, deep down in heart, looking for adventures?

I love the Comfort Food Cafe series, and I am also the one always telling that the cafe should be real, and I think I will miss the characters but I also think that it’s the best time to stop the series now – the author can so beautifully and gorgeously explore all kinds of feelings, she can so well write about emotions, and the way the characters are able to speak about it all is truly amazing but I simply think that the lovely formula has just run out. Though I will be the first in the virtual queue to put my hand high and admit that I’d love to hear more from Laura – especially Laura. The author has also told us at the beginning of the book how she sees the characters in the future – and as much as I loved reading it, for me they should all simply stay in Budbury. They just belong there and make the place so great.

This story was as well filled with larger than life characters, real feelings, delicious cakes, wild parties, tons of dramas and troubles, and this all written in this gorgeous, chatty, humorous writing style. Those books brought me so much joy and happy tears, as they were so warm and inviting, and full of the overwhelming feel – good factor. The way they are written is absolutely inimitable but I think that those were the characters that made the series so exceptional and special – loveable, real and realistic.

As usual the main character, and this time we get a focus on Willow’s sister Auburn, has secrets she hides, problems and skeletons in the closet. However, as it usually happens, the secrets have a habit of catching up with you. I quickly learnt that there is always much more to Debbie Johnson’s characters than meet the eye, that you can’t judge them, that you simply have to give them time, and it was the same with Auburn. What I really liked in her was the fact that she was totally honest, that she didn’t want to hide her feelings, that she wanted to be frank with Finn.

I raced through the pages of “A Wedding at the Comfort Food Cafe”, as always, enjoying the gossip and characters’ antics. Reading this book was like being back with your best friends, you really know the characters so well. They feel so real because they are moving, growing, maturing, changing, they become children and it feels like a wheel of life, like there is someone who’s going to continue the characters’ work, who’s going to keep the place going. They care about each other and they are so honest and altruistic and you simply feel like a part of their gang. Shortly – it was another book about the power of friendship and trust, about second chances and love. Gorgeous and utterly compelling and I highly recommend it to you all.

 

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Dear Rosie Hughes by Melanie Hudson

Dear Rosie Hughes by Melanie Hudson

 

42111683Publisher: HarperImpulse

Publishing Date: 1st February 2019

Source:  Received from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!

Number of pages: 226

Genre: Women’s Fiction

 Buy the Book:  Kindle | Paperback (out on 07.02.2019)

 

Synopsis:

A long lost friendship reconnected in letters, laughs and unforgettable life lessons…

Jojo Moyes meets The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society in this powerfully moving novel!

The best friendships are worth fighting for…

It’s been fifteen years since Aggie’s friendship with Rosie Hughes ended abruptly. But now she’s heard from the village rumour mill that Rosie is off to war, she knows her best friend needs her more than ever – despite what’s happened between them in the past.

As Rosie faces a desert full of danger and Aggie falls further from the path to love she’ so wants, the two friends write each other letters.

The comfort in their shared words is an anchor to the life they knew before…and the only constant in a world as increasingly unpredictable as the wind.

Rating: four-stars

 

Rosie and Aggie used to be best friends but then fell out of touch after something happened before they went to university. Fast forward 15 years and Rosie signs up to go to the Persian Gulf as a meteorologist and Aggie is a ghost author, suffering from a writer’s block. The two women start to write to each other and in a series of letters and emails we can see the strength of their friendship, as they explore their dreams, hopes and regrets.

I absolutely adored the way the book was written. The letters were sometimes able to tell us more than a conversation, the characters opened much more on the pages than face to face and it made the reading so captivating and interesting. The two main characters were totally different but it was easy to see why they used to be best friends, and also why they lost touch. Rosie’s relationship with her parents was beautiful and I loved their letters to each other, and how they tried to protect the other one. We see Rosie, after all the drama in her life, adapting to her new life in the desert, watching the results of war and the horrors of it. Aggie is the larger than life in this friendship, has brilliant sense of humour and doesn’t treat herself too seriously and is not afraid to laugh at herself. Her dating adventures were hilarious. But there was also a hidden depth to her, the other side – the vulnerable one. She was colourful and there was nothing stopping her, while Rosie wanted just to blend in – but it doesn’t mean that she wasn’t a great character, because she was. Learning about her life, of her losses, of everything that happened to her was heart – breaking. There were of course other lovely characters – Gethyn, Rosie’s parents, Aggies’s new friends at the cafe – even though they were not completely introduced to us, I still had a feeling that I know them, that they are simply good people. They all added tons of depth and humour to the story.

The letters between the characters were mostly short but they contained all the information that we needed, and the informal way of them made the book so easy to read and – actually – really chatty. You don’t always need all the details, I liked that there was room for imagination left to us. The author writes in such a way that you can identify with all the feelings and emotions the characters experience. You feel pain, fear, hope and joy – it is so perfectly captured.

So now. My problem. I loved this book, it was beautiful. Until almost the end. But at the end the author has made a decision that I’ve simply couldn’t agree with – it was a “no” from me. If I were a “normal” reader, and not a reviewer, who also appreciates thousands of other details that made me fell in love with this book, I probably wouldn’t give the book the 4 stars – it would be much, much less, simply because I can’t agree with the decision. I know it wasn’t my decision but still, it crushed me. It left me in pieces. For me, it wasn’t necessary. I appreciate it but don’t understand it. Now I’m going to shut up. But let me repeat that it was a beautiful, poignant, moving story about love, friendship and family, about new beginnings and second chances. About the value of friendship, about making the most of every day. It was charming and emotional, full of different kinds of feelings and emotions and I adored it. Highly recommended!

 

Love Heart Lane by Christie Barlow

Love Heart Lane by Christie Barlow

 

cover150410-mediumPublisher: HarperImpulse

Publishing Date: 11th January 2019

Series: Love Heart Lane #1

Source:  Received from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!

Number of pages:

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance

 Buy the Book:  Kindle

 

Synopsis:

Welcome to Love Heart Lane…

When Flick Simons returns to the small village of Heartcross she only expected to stay for a few days. The white-washed cottages of Love Heart Lane might be her home, but the place holds too many painful memories, and of one man in particular – Fergus Campbell.

When a winter storm sweeps in, the only bridge connecting the village to the main land is swept away! As the villagers pull together, Flick finds herself welcomed back by the friends she once left behind. And as the snow begins to melt, maybe there is a chance that Fergus’s heart will thaw too…

Rating: three-stars

Felicity Simons returns home to the Scottish Highlands after 8 years. Her departure was, in retrospect, very sudden and she burned a few bridges, to be honest. So it’s not a wonder that her return, that was prompted by her beloved grandma’s death, is not very welcome, especially by the one person that she cares about – and it’s the person she’s broken his heart. Felicity has a lot of fences to mend, especially with her friends, who couldn’t understand why she didn’t stay in touch with them. Being back, Felicity quickly realises that her hearts belong again to Heartcross. But will she be given a second chance?

There is a lot happening in Love Heart Lane for such a small place but I adored this village. The setting was beautifully idyllic but also dangerous, and so different. I’ve been reading the book at the same time when here, not far from where I live, there were incredibly heavy snowfalls, and the catastrophe alarm has already been introduced, so it was easy to imagine how Love Heart Lane looked like.

There is a whole cats of characters in the novel, and they are all lovely, warm and welcoming, probably sometimes too lovely, the small conflicts and misunderstandings weren’t too twisty. But the author for sure knows how to bring them all to life, and she brilliantly described how easily they all pulled together at the time of crisis. And I really liked the gang, the way their friendship survived, the way how they were around each other.

It was an absolutely lovely, nice read guys, that started in such a brilliant way. I thought, yes, I’m really into something great. And it was still an absolutely lovely, nice read until we reached the moment with the bridge. As of this moment I couldn’t stand Felicity. I know she was the main character but I had a feeling that every second word is either Felicity or Flick. Felicity this, Flick that. And of course Felicity was everywhere and she was able to do anything, starting with helping by the labour, through being chosen unanimously as a spokesperson for the village, finding Esme (of course!!!), finding herself in all the crucial moments in the right places and organizing everything smoothly and hassle – free. Well, I think I could take it but not the way she was crowding Fergus and his family – because it felt like this. I was wondering, hell, woman, who has given you the right to act like this? To decide over Fergus’s will? To impose yourself? To not give him a choice? Those things simply annoyed me, spoiled the book for me and made me not to really care about the characters and what’s going to happen. It was also impossible not to spot what was in the heart of the book: community, because it was also mentioned on every second page. I love books where the community feeling is so brilliantly overwhelming, where people support each other, but I also like to deduce it by myself, I don’t need to have it all the time mentioned. But yes, I liked how close knit the villagers were and how the pub and the tea shop were the places to be, to meet and to enjoy the company.

So really, if it weren’t for Felicity, I think I would totally adore this book. Shame. However, I am in minority here, guys, as all the other reviewers are RAVING about this book, so no matter what please do not feel put out by me and simply read this novel. It’s light – hearted and fast – paced and if you’re like this kind of read it’ll give you the warm fuzzies. The narrative flows and it’s very easy to read. And the cover is simply gorgeous! It deserves a standing ovation.

 

A Gift from the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson

A Gift from the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson

 

 

39783948Publisher: Harper Collins/ HarperImpulse

Publishing Date: 18th October 2018

Series: Comfort Food Cafe #5

Source:  Received from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!

Number of pages: 400

Genre: General Fiction (Adult)

 Buy the Book:  Kindle | Paperback

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Cosy up at the Comfort Food Cafe for a romance that isn’t just for Christmas…

‘As cosy as a buttered crumpet’ Sunday Times bestseller Milly Johnson

Christmas has never been Katie Seddon’s favourite time of year. Whilst everyone else shares memories of families coming together and festive number ones, the soundtrack to Katie’s childhood wasn’t quite so merry.

But since she moved to the village of Budbury on the gorgeous Dorset coast, Katie and her baby son have found a new family. A family who have been brought together by life’s unexpected roads and the healing magic of a slice of cake and a cupful of kindess at the Comfort Food Café.

This year, Katie’s new friends are determined to give her a Christmas to remember, and with a gorgeous newcomer in town, Katie’s Christmas wish for a happy home for her son might just come true.

Rating: four-stars

Katie is a single mum to a little boy Saul. She moves to Budbury hoping to find peace there, to just have a simple life, far away from her childhood home and her parents’ constant fighting that outshone them the real needs of their daughter and the real sense of life. Katie doesn’t want such life for her son. Budbury is full of wonderful people that want to help each other, people who embrace Katie without asking, who accept her immediately. But can Katie leave her past behind? And can her past leave Katie behind? Is she going to find what she’s looking for in Budbury?

I really am not sure what to say more about the Comfort Food Cafe series that I haven’t already said. It is really hard to write another review about a book that you loved – and please, please, please don’t get me wrong, I could read books set in Budbury all year long – but they start to feel the same. “A Gift from the Comfort Food Cafe” is a brilliant, funny, uplifting story, with beautiful characters but for me there was nothing that I haven’t come across in previous books in this series.

But. Having said that I can only admit that Debbie Johnson has written another fabulous, full of feelings and emotions story. I loved getting to know Katie and her son Saul, though I must admit that the parts where the characters from the previous books entered the scenes brought me so much more joy, especially all the surprises. Katie, I think, was not the easiest character to like – she was challenging, with her moods and blowing cold and hot but it was, of course, absolutely understandable. Already at the beginning of the story we learn about her life and to say it was turbulent would be an understatement – hence the habit of running away when the troubles come. But now Katie found her place in Budbury – didn’t she? I loved seeing Katie coming out of her shell, leaving her comfort zones, to have the guts to do something new, to perhaps start to trust again. However, when the troubles came back to literally knock on her doors, she started reverting back, packing her bags and it was incredibly sad to see. On the other hand, I think Debbie Johnson has captured here the most realistic, genuine emotions – the need to just bury your head in the sand, to repeat the old pattern because they were working, and this is what Katie’s initial thoughts were, which was really understandable. It takes a lot of courage to overcome the old habits and it was truly brilliantly described by the author, and Katie felt so genuine, and I loved it. I think she just needs a chance, so please just give her some time, you will really like her and understand her.

Of course the story touches upon many sensitive issues and Debbie Johnson proves again that she can tackle them with so much sensitivity and also humour. I also adore this overwhelming sense of familiarity, belonging and community in her books. Debbie Johnson never disappoints with her stories, and the Comfort Food Cafe series is one of the best ever. They are books that you don’t want to end, that you immediately feel like a part of the characters’ world – that doesn’t feel fictional at all and reading “A Gift from the Comfort Food Cafe” was like being back with your old friends. Really, opening this book was like stepping back into a parallel world, a world that you know is just one page away. I immediately felt comfortable, as if I’ve came back to a place where I belong, and it is a great feeling.

It was a warm and feel – good book, perfectly mixing humour, fun and poignant moments. Despite some sadness, it was full of this overwhelming feeling of happiness and content and you know what, I’d love to be a character in Johnson’s books, even if there are many challenges awaiting them because at the end they always find love, luck, come out of their shells and feel good on their own skin. It was a lovely story about friendship, letting go, finding yourself – highly recommended, even if you haven’t read the other books in the series: every single one of them is a good start.

 

No One Cancels Christmas by Zara Stoneley

No One Cancels Christmas by Zara Stoneley

 

 

40496936Publisher: HarperImpulse

Publishing Date: 19th October 2018

Source:  Received from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!

Number of pages: 269

Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Romance

 Buy the Book:  Kindle | Paperback

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

A holiday she’ll remember forever…
It’s the most magical time of the year, and for travel agent Sarah it’s also the busiest! But this year one man threatens to ruin Christmas for Sarah’s customers – Mr Grinch, Will Armstrong.

The Shooting Star Mountain resort is a magical place, and Sarah has fond memories of Christmas here as a little girl – visits to Father Christmas, husky rides in the snow and hot chocolate by a roaring fire. But as the resorts new owner, Will refuses to play snowball or to deck the halls with anything remotely resembling tinsel!

With customers complaining their Christmas is ruined, Sarah decides it’s up to her to convince Scroogey Will just how magical Christmas can be….

But getting Will into the Christmas spirit is hopeless – he is Bah Humbug personified! But as Sarah gets to know him better, she realises that underneath all the gloom is a man struggling with a pain of his own.

With the big day approaching, Sarah realises that the magic and sparkle can wait. This year, she’s going to spend Christmas day with someone special her very own Mr Scrooge…

Rating: four-stars

In “No One Cancels Christmas”, a new festive book by Zara Stoneley that brings back some of the characters from her previous novel “The Wedding Date” but is another stand – alone, we are introduced to Sarah, running her aunt’s travel agency. Following some very bad reviews of one of their resorts, the Shooting Star Mountain in Canada, that promises atmospheric, unforgettable Christmas but, as it turns out, the only thing they offer are cold cabins and no Christmas tree, Sarah decides to fly over to check the situation. Some of Sarah’s most painful, but also most beautiful, memories are connected with this resort. Will she be able to leave her past behind? And to bring back the resort’s high and established reputation?

As always, Zara Stoneley presents us with the most gorgeous descriptions of the characters and the setting. I love Canada and it is my biggest dream to travel there one day, and so I couldn’t be happier to read a book set in there, and even more during Christmas, and the author has done me proud with her vivid descriptions – I could easily picture the landscape covered in snow, the mountains, the snow crunching under your feet and the sun shining.

The characters were all full of live and they were really easy to like – even though it took me some time to get used to Sarah, to be honest. I think she didn’t start in this story too promising, I’m not sure why, I can’t put my fingers on it, she just felt too childish for me, but she’s developed through the novel and I simply adored her enthusiasm and passion, her spontaneity and her bossy ways around the brothers.
Ed has made me feel desperate, though there were tons of charm to him, and yes, I could understand the fascination all the women felt when in his company. His brother Will, the grumpy one, the Grinch, was his total opposite but guys, believe me, you could immediately see that there is so much more to him than meet the eye at first, and I was impatiently waiting to discover what has happened to make him behave like this. He had a great sense of humour, though, our Will, the emails exchange between him and Sarah were absolutely brilliant.
Sarah and Will worked together brilliantly but there wasn’t this sparkle between them that would make me go weak at my knees and all swoony – I am probably spoiled by reading so many books where the chemistry is so well captured – although I am not saying that it wasn’t great. It was, but for me it missed the final touch, and the switch from enemies to lovers happened too sudden for my liking and made it feel a little bit unbelievable.

After Sarah’s friends arrived in Canada the story slowed down for me and wasn’t as entertaining. Yes, there were still some great and hilarious scenes but it started to feel a little too flat and dragging on, especially the blossoming romance. But, having said that, I can assure you that this book was a fantastic, festive read and it brought me tons of joy – it was one of Zara Stoneley’s best stories, to be honest.
It was full of romance that felt even more romantic because of the gorgeous surroundings. The writing style was so, so good, easy to follow, light and inviting, so really, the book has it all – festive mood, gorgeous, wintery landscapes, some lovely huskies and cheeky cat, moody and broody men and brilliant winter Shooting Star Mountain resort in Canada, a quirky and bouncy leading character, was full of hilarious scenes and has a depth – what more would you want? Nothing – exactly! Just grab “No One Cancels Christmas” as soon as it’s out because I am sure you’re guys are all going to love it – it’s full of warmth, hope, snow and humour. Recommended!

 

The Not So Perfect Plan to Save a Friendship House by Lilly Bartlett

The Not So Perfect Plan to Save a Friendship House by Lilly Bartlett

 

 

40813139Publisher: Harper Impulse

Publishing Date: 31st August 2018

Source:  Received from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!

Number of pages: 229

Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Romance

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Synopsis:

Meet Phoebe, who’s 28, and Laney, Dot and Maggie, who are 68, 78, and none of your business. Together they’ll prove that age doesn’t matter when it comes to friendship, belonging and an unquenchable zest for life.

A hilarious, uplifting novel about the ties of community, the strength of love and how nobody is truly ordinary.

When Framlingham’s famously all-female senior living home goes co-ed, a war between the sexes is declared.

Stuck in the middle, chef Phoebe Stockton is desperate to help her friends plot to keep the community that means so much to them. It’s become her life raft, too. She finds comfort in her beloved career that might finally make her parents proud. But Phoebe’s darling Nick is lining up on the other side of the battle, and their relationship is suffering collateral damage.

The stakes couldn’t be higher. If the home’s owner can’t improve business by moving the men in, he’ll have to evict everyone.

The women aren’t about to let that happen.

Rating: three-stars

Phoebe is a chef at all-female senior living home. She loves her job and she loves the home’s residents, so when the new owner Max concocts a plan of opening its doors to male residents as well, together with her best friend June – and the women at home! – she decides to do something against it. She also works hard to make her parents proud of her, and there is also Nick – can there be a happy end for them?

Personally I had a problem with Phoebe. I just couldn’t warm to her, and sadly it didn’t change throughout the whole book. The way she was everywhere around the house was for me a little confusing because well, she was a cook, right, not a manager or something like this and I just couldn’t stop thinking that she was just meddling, she just wanted to know everything. I could understand her being a part of the Book Club but her taking part in all the confidential meetings? For me – too strange. Also, I couldn’t help the feel that she’s very pushy, that she’s expecting all people to like her and do as she wishes. The way she was around Nick – though it can also go the other way round because Nick was not much better – was incredibly childish, she was assuming things and she also was expecting things without telling a word. Phoebe’s family was also not the most charming one, what with her father’s first questions when she came to visit was what food did she bring this time for example. The whole thing with her mother who seemed not to value and appreciate her daughter’s job – why can’t you simply tell your daughter that you’re proud of her, instead leaving her in the belief that she’s a disappointment to you? Somehow strange, somehow not working for me.
The promised plan to save the Friendship House appeared on the pages somewhere around the middle – relatively late for my liking. Except for one or two chapters where the characters tried to sabotage the owner’s new plan there was actually nothing more on this subject. Sadly – it could be brilliantly refreshing. Some of the things happened so out of the blue, like the chapter when Phoebe meets Bill – it happened so suddenly and only because it was needed for the rest of the story, to complicate things a little – so convenient.

The intrigue was such a great idea however it lacked in execution, but throughout we got to know the residents of the house much better – and it doesn’t happen often but personally I think that the characters in this book were better developed than the plot – , together with their secrets and often poignant pasts. But there are also other things to keep you hooked to the pages, as there is are also some romances with happy – or not – endings, some broken hearts, some family secrets and lies.

It was this kind of book where – unfortunately – synopsis is better than the story. I loved this blurb and I started reading this book with great expectation, hoping for brilliant antics and fun. Maybe it’s me, maybe I’m expecting too much but if a book doesn’t work for me then it simply doesn’t work. altogether it was a light and uplifting read about friendship and second chances, about accepting people just as they are. If you like your characters to be a little overdone and for the things to go smoothly with a few predictable twists and turns, then don’t hesitate and go for this book. It has this feel – good factor to it and the background characters – the residents of the house – are wonderful, colourful bunch of characters, with their foibles and habits, that add tons of humour to this book.

 

A Beautiful Day for a Wedding by Charlotte Butterfield

A Beautiful Day for a Wedding by Charlotte Butterfield

 

51b2ytfnkllPublisher: HarperImpulse

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

 Buy the Book: Kindle | Paperback (out on 26.07.2018)

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

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?

Rating: five-stars

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!