I will start off by saying, without a doubt, I love Bridget Jones! Loved the first two books and the subsquent films. It made me nervous to read this first installment, so much so that I didn't read it for six months after I downloaded it to my Kindle app.
I finally bit the bullet and began reading it whilst on holiday... I couldn't put it down! After the inital upset of finding a couple of characters 'missing' (it was explained but I was still sad), I soon found myself drawn to the new characters.
Hilariously funny little Mabel, the daughter of Bridget and Mark Darcy. Her speech impediment had me in stitches: "I'm threaring at de chair," "I thaid fuckoon." Oh my!
It made me laugh, it made me teary... it made me think Helen Fielding had set spy-cams up in my house and had been watching me while she wrote the book! Bridget is now in middle-age but she is still the Bridget we all know and love and the result is fantastic. I can't wait for the film...
That's the 'dun dun dunnnnn' part though. Will there BE a third film? Eagle-eyed readers will have spotted that Hugh Grant and Colin Firth are acknowledged with thanks... But no Renee? How can that be? She is Bridget Jones. It had been years since I read the first two installments and watched the films but while reading the book it was very much Renee's Bridget in my mind. Whatever the fall-out Helen Fielding must agree to a film with Renee in the lead, otherwise there is no film. Not for us die-hard fans.
With the ending as it were, I cannot foresee a fourth book. I'm still in mourning about that, but very happy with Mad About the Boy nontheless.