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Amanda's Wedding [Paperback]

Jenny Colgan
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Book Description

4 July 2011

A deliciously warm and hilarious romp of a novel set in twenty-something heartland.

Amanda’s old schoolfriends can’t believe it when the social-climbing queen of preen, Satan’s very own PR girl, pulls off the ultimate publicity stunt in getting herself engaged to a Scottish laird. Who cares that Fraser McConnald has worn the same pair of Converse trainers for the last three years and that his castle is a pile of rubble with one calor gas heater – she’ll be titled!

Something Must Be Done. Gentle, decent Fraser is clearly ignorant of her wiles, and Mel and Fran, still smarting from the memory of all the mean things Amanda put them through in their days at Portmount Comprehensive, set out to sabotage this mismatch of the century. So between fighting off the attentions of a love-crazed accountant, keeping Fran’s deadly manoeuvres with the opposite sex under control and trying to win her own war of love with the elusive but gorgeous Alex, Mel finds herself attending a wild Scottish stag night, a hen night from hell, and preparing for a wedding that’s everything you’d wish on your worst enemy.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (4 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006531768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006531760
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 295,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including Christmas at the Cupcake Café and The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris, which are also published by Sphere. Meet Me at the Cupcake Café won the 2012 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, as was Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams, which won the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2013. Jenny is married with three children and lives in London and France. For more about Jenny, visit her website and her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter: @jennycolgan.

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90s girl-about-town Mel is adjusting to life without posh-boy Alex, whose attempts to make it big in the music biz have propelled him to the land of the free and Bruce Springsteen. Having omitted to mention his grand tour to Mel however, he has left our heroine a tad disturbed--grounds indeed for taking comfort in the arms of smelly, over-sized accountants with juvenile tendencies. Alex's emotional return coincides with the news that Mel's old "friend" Amanda, social-climber pas excellent (sic), has succeeded in getting herself hitched to Scottish laird Fraser for whom Mel has long harboured feelings of an X-rated nature. Before long, Fraser's brother Angus and Mel's friend Fran--an evil-mouthed, scary, man-hater--join forces in an attempt to rescue the scruffy Scot from the talons of the wannabe "It" girl, whose only interests lie in a double-barrelled aristo title and an ancestral pile.

Amanda's Wedding flies riotously through the pre-nuptial rituals of stag and hen nights and disastrous dinner parties to a staggering, if inevitable, wedding day from hell. Colgan's merciless observations of the London social scene are as witty and sharp as her take on the (extra)ordinary lives of middle-class brunettes from Woking. "Four Weddings and a Funeral" meets "Boys Behaving Badly"--and what is flat-mate Linda's, dark (and milk), cacao-based secret? --Carey Green



‘Funny, magical and moving’ Time Out

‘A sharp, witty love story’ Observer

'Colgan is on top form with her latest outrageous romp' Cosmopolitan

'Jenny Colgan is one of the leaders of the pack … Fast-paced, funny, poignant and well observed' Daily Mail

‘Wonderful, warm and resonant' Hello

'Sharp, well-observed and hilarious' New Statesman

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, romping good fun romance! 2 Jun 2001
When Mel and Fran's old school chum and arch enemy - the super snob Amanda, (Satan's very own PR girl), pulls off the ultimate publicity stunt in getting herself engaged to a Scottish laird - they descend into a drunken binge (and a night with the 6 foot 7 accountant who is the most boring accountant in the world) - which constitutes the worst drop into despair in the world. It seems Amanda does not mind that.Fraser McConnald wears the same pair of Converse trainers for years on end, and that his castle is a pile of rubble with one Calor Gas heater - Amanda wants to be titled - and what Amanda wants, Amanda gets - even if it means fake smiles, lots of bared white teeth and tight leather trousers.
Fraser, rather sweet and gentle, is clearly ignorant of her wiles (aren't all males though) so it is up to our heroine, Mel and her acerbic friend Fran, still smarting from the memory of Amanda's perfidy at school, to save him from mismatch of the century. To bring this all off and get her final revenge on her arch enemy Mel has to fight off an even greater and more pressing nemesis - the ardent attentions of the most boring accountant in the world, at the same time she has to keepg Fran's deadly manoeuvres with the opposite sex under control and try to win back the love of her life, the gorgeous, but fiendishly uncommitted Alex.
Walking with Mel through the wedding preparations which include hen night from hell are just wonderful, light fun.
This is a hellluva funny debut novel - well worth a read and definitely an author to watch out for. At times I thought it would tip over into self-concious joke telling - ah la most stand up comedians who end up writing books (Ellen de Generes, Paul Reisner et al) but this was great.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a let-down 8 Jun 2000
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Sorry, but this book can somehow just be described as lukewarm. Too many hangovers without having heard about the party, too many characters who have no idea what they want or where they're going (least of all the main one, Mel, who seemed to me to be of the ripe young age of about 17). For more laughs and actually grown-up figures stick to Jemima J (J. Green) and the like.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I have read books written by Jenny Colgan in the past, and I find that her reading offers a great pick-me-up when you're in need of something light but entertaining. Therefore, I deliberately searched for one of Jenny's books for my next read, and found myself with Amanda's Wedding. I really liked the storyline in this one, and found myself really identifying with the main character. Colgan's witty comments always pop up unexpectedly, making the book interesting and humorous. I definitely recommend this one!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to love (Except Amanda)? 2 Mar 2001
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OK, so this isn't great literature. Or even really involved modern romance. Read Christina Jones or Katie Fforde (the best) for that. But I started this book yesterday evening and couldn't stop (darn, I have to work, but I did leave a bit early to finish it!) Really funny, cute - and despite what one reviewer says, our heroine doesn't end up with the wrong man. Just one of the possible Mr. Rights. (Although, I do wonder how they make it all work out so everyone is comfortable. I know, I know, it's only fiction - but still, you always wonder how everything all works out.) And despite what another reviewer says, our Scots boys are full of charm. The total cast of characters is so fun - annoying, but charming at the same time. Read this!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I very much liked this book, just as I liked another of Jenny Colgan's books "Talking to Addison". I'm looking forward to reading "Looking for Andrew McCarthy" (it's already in my shopping basket). I quite like the british wit of the author's writing style, and that her books are about women with normal problems like everyone else. They are perfect for humorous summer reading. The only thing that kept me from giving the book 4 stars though was the ending, which I thought was a little too quick.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book you cant put down. 9 Jan 2006
By A Customer
Amandas Wedding was the first book of Jenny Colgans i read out of all of them (oh yeah i've read all of them lol) I first read it about 5 years ago, loved it, so when i was bored 2 months a go i picked it back up. I suddenly remembered why i loved it, its so witty, sarcastic and full of humour as well as romance,friendships and scottish men. :P Its the best book out of them all i would say (the other books i found it hard to get into, a bit slow and ya have to read 100 pages before you get to anything juicy). If your looking for a witty book and your a down to earth person that likes nothing more than having great mates, a pint in the pub, and a good chin wag with ya female friends then this is the book to go for. If your a girly girl and just want romance, you'll find the romance but probably wont appreciate the tom boy attitude of Mel and Fran ( main characters). Any one who buys this book wont be able to put it down its an excellent book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Funny but nothing special 2 Feb 2000
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I found 'Amanda's Wedding' funny but I felt no real sympathy for the characters and had no sense of who some of them were - such as Mel's best friend Fran. The style of the book was quite good but I don't think it was any different or special from the usual 'searching for love in London' novels.
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