Monday 25 January 2016

Natalie's Getting Married - Rosa Temple

Career minded, Natalie Spencer, had never been in love. She could never understand what all the fuss was about. But when she met Jackson Humphries during Fresher’s Week at university, that all changed.

Utterly infatuated, Natalie quickly discovers the meaning of love and, before she knows it, she's heading up the aisle – for the first time, that is.

This is a tale about four wedding dresses, a runaway groom and a girl who got so carried away, she couldn’t see true love staring her right in the face. 

What did I think?

Well this was a surprising little gem of a book; I simply couldn't put it down.  I fancied a bit of chicklit for a change but didn't expect to be so engrossed in the story that I read late into the night.  This only usually happens to me with a thriller.  So what was different about this book?  It just had that little bit of magic sprinkled throughout, and with Natalie being so desperate to be part of a couple she can't see true love hiding in plain sight like a pantomime villain - it's behind you!

I think we can all recognise something of Natalie in ourselves.  I'm sure we've all longingly mooned over a dreamy boy at school or, in Natalie's case, university.  For Natalie, her dream, and in a way ours, comes true!  Dreamy boy, aka Jackson, finally notices Natalie, falls in love with her and proposes faster than the speed of light.  Dream come true!  Then real life descends in the form of a future mother-in-law from hell.  Will Mummy Dearest convince Jackson to call off the wedding or does he truly love Natalie?

After Jackson comes Liam.  He's perfect and dependable but he just didn't set my, or Natalie's, heart on fire.  It's one of those occasions where he feels more strongly about her than she does about him - eek, time for a sharp exit.  At a New Year's Eve party Liam catches Natalie unawares, and slightly inebriated, and proposes.  Natalie accepts but you just know her heart is not fully committed.  I was crying 'call it off' right until she walks down the aisle.

So after wedding number 2, Natalie leaves London for LA hoping to put her past mistakes behind her.  She can run but she can't hide from love!  Of course, the ending was predictable but I was just ready for a happy ending and this book succeeded in leaving a massive smile on my face.

With misunderstandings, relationship mistakes and wedding dress shopping reminiscent of Narnia, this book will delight and enchant.  It has the perfect mix of laughter and tears, making it a book I will read again in the future when I need a little pick-me-up.

I received this e-book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Published 14th March 2016 - preorder now from Amazon

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