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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; Reprint edition (18 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091944899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091944896
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 556,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The heartwarming true story of an everyday girl who falls in love with and marries a gypsy boy

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'I felt like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and all the other fairy-tale princesses, and Pat was my Prince Charming.'

Sam Skye Lee had often thought about getting married, but never imagined that her dress would be bright pink with flashing lights and weigh a staggering 20-stone. But then she didn't count on having a gypsy wedding...

It's rare for a 'gorger', or non-traveller, to marry into the gypsy community. But after a shocking childhood tragedy, Sam found the comfort she needed from an unxpected source - Patrick and his family of travellers.

Gypsy Bride is the heartwarming true story of how an ordinary girl finds herself discovering an extraordinary world. A place where 'grabbing' is a sign a boy fancies you, six-year-olds get spray tans, and christenings, weddings and funerals are jaw-droppingly flamboyant.

This love story is more than boy meets girl. It's about a girl who falls in love with a whole race of people and their wonderful ways.

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This book was extremely misleading and disappointing!!!!
Admittedly I read the book in three days (skimming some chapters) but it is a farce.
The book was more about the authors 'life' even though she is only about 18 years old at time of going to press, and how on earth someone can remember as far back as she does is beyond me. I was expecting lots more on the Gypsy way of life, but you get very very little of that, I did not need to know about the authors upbringing (much the norm of most teenagers these days with separated parents), and I found that it makes 'gypsies' seem like her only choice in her life due to her lack of an education!!! If you then read some of her comments on 'twitter' her obvious lack of literacy makes it apparent that somebody else wrote the book.
I think because the show was such a huge success, the author/or agent tried jumping on the band wagon to make some money!!!
Now I am only 3 chapters into 'Gypsy Princess' by Violet Cannon, and it has surpassed this book by a mile!
True accounts of a 'Gypsy life' brillant narration, and totally interesting.
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Having really enjoyed watching Channel Four's series 'My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding', I was keen to read this true story written by one of the young girls who featured on the show. The author is Sam Skye Lee who, unusually, wasn't born into a traveller family but met and married a young traveller boy.

I remember her well from the programme, especially the incredibly tacky huge pink Jordanesque wedding dress complete with lights and moving butterflies! For anybody who missed the spectacle shown on tv, this edition features a small selection of glossy colour photographs, including some shots of the dress in question. I did think the selection of photographs chosen was a little poor and didn't really do justice to the blancmange coloured monstrosity, instead including too many shots of the author as a child which, let's be honest, aren't particularly interesting to anybody other than her own relations.

The story itself was surprisingly tedious to read. I had hoped for a light, entertaining and insightful read but the opening chapters spent far too long discussing Sam's childhood memories. This section read like one of those 'true life misery' tales where the girl's parents separated, she was sexually assaulted and her education and behaviour declined rapidly. It might sound unsympathetic but the first few chapters dragged and I was much more interested in the circumstances surrounding her introduction into gypsy/traveller life.

The couple's eventual courtship is disappointingly rather dull to read about - offering very little insight into any hostility or prejudice that Sam might have faced as a non-traveller.
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more catching on with the fad than actually saying anything! the book does not do what it says on the tin! not by a long shot! this isn't Gypsy life, this is white british, poor education life.
Not a good read
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Even though I had watched a lot of the series on the TV I enjoyed reading the book. It was interesting to read Sam's story about her introduction to the world of the gypsies. She was accepted and welcomed but had to make a lot of sacrifices and changes to her lifestyle to become part of the clan.
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Really interesting and gives another side or more in depth look to the big fat gypsy wedding that Sam and Pat were in. It made me sad, smile, coo you name it but most of all made me feel like true love exists and everyone can have their happily ever after :)
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Remember them from the show? Then read all about how their love blossomed and how they really fell for each other. The struggles they overcame to be together. A real fairy tale love story.
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well worth a read a good follow on to my big gypsy wedding would recommend reading this book to anyone who enjoyed the show.
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I bought this book after watching BFGW on TV and was very disappointed, the main part of the story was the authors life story (most uninteresting!) last bit was about life on a traveller site, mostly immagination here I would say ...
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