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Marrying Up [Paperback]

Wendy Holden
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Book Description

15 Sep 2011

A comedy of love, royals and rampant social climbing from Sunday Times bestselling author, WENDY HOLDEN. For fans of GALLERY GIRL and BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE.

She stopped at nothing. To get everything.

Scheming social climber Alexa may be humbly born. But she's a class-hopping cruise missile aimed at the very top of the gold-digging tree. Only a title, mansion and family tiara will do. Befriending feckless aristo Florrie (three surnames plus black hole where her brain should be) means the grandest doors swing open and the prince of her dreams is in sight. But has Florrie's mother, the formidable Lady Annabel, rumbled what Alexa is up to?

Beautiful but penniless student Polly, meanwhile, is in love. Is Max, the handsome young vet she's found in a country lane, quite as ordinary as he seems, however?

Passionate love, eye-widening snobbery and more than naked ambition abound in this contemporary Cinderella tale - a deliciously satirical novel of the upwardly mobile.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (15 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075534264X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755342648
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wendy Holden was a journalist on The Sunday Times, Tatler and The Mail on Sunday before becoming a full-time author. She has written nine novels, all Sunday Times Top Ten bestsellers. She is married and has two children.

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'One of the country's greatest comic authors' ( Mirror )

'Holden's tale of social snobbery and bare-faced ambition is a modern fairytale that chimes perfectly with our post-Wills-and-Kate world' ( Glamour )

'A fruity, glamorous, modern take on the Cinderella story from heat favourite Holden, with a topical dash of royal wedding thrown in' ( heat )

'Pin-sharp social climbing comedy' ( Grazia )

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A comedy of love, royals and rampant social climbing

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars WH....where have you gone? 18 Aug 2011
By Best Crime Books TOP 100 REVIEWER
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I have been reading Wendy Holden since around 2002 and in the early days absolutely devoured her books and really enjoyed them. Her last book entitled Gallery Girl was quite frankly not that much cop and I finished it feeling disappointed and a little let down. Where had Wendy's brilliant stories gone? I figured that every author must write a bad book at some point and that was hers. Sadly, I was wrong, very wrong.

This latest book is even worse! I very rarely dislike books this much but it was like reading a book written by a completely different author. When I first started reading I had high hopes as we were introduced to Polly who was studying archaeology and happened to have a chance encounter with the handsome Max who is studying to become a vet. We also met Alexa who is a scheming and downright awful girl who wanted nothing more than a rich man in her life. However, after the first few chapters things wend rapidly downhill.

I understand that an element of chick lit books is the happy endings and romance, but this book went over and above what is needed! The `fairytale' element of this is more set to young girls who dream of being a princess. To be frank, once the story got going everything was one big romantic cliché, with impossible and improbable situations occurring in every other chapter.

The further into the book I got, the harder I found it to read. I desperately wanted to enjoy this book but everything about it screamed No at me. Sadly, Wendy Holden's writing is still as brilliant as ever, but I think the storylines themselves are just getting worse. She still manages to create characters you can love or loathe, and the writing certainly flows well; but that's where it ends.

I feel saddened to not be able to recommend this and sincerely hope that Wendy Holden comes back next year with a story that will blow me away and remind me why I am a follower of her books.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Irritatingly badly written and researched 27 Feb 2013
By Caity
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I have read and enjoyed Wendy Holden's fluffy chicklit before and was not under any illusions that this would be great literature. I did enjoy the story which made it all the more irritating when I came across the frequent clunking phrases that you had to read twice to realise that Holden was using a word incorrectly and work our what she actually meant. There were also the research inaccuracies - the gender of the German word Schloss is neuter, but not in this book. Finally the number of stretches of the imagination we are.expected to make - Alexa has no money yet still manages to buy champagne, shoes, dresses and plane tickets we keep being told she can't afford them and yet she does. We also have to believe not only that there is a kingdom just along from Monaco that we've never heard of but that its inhabitants helpfully speak English... Buy this book if you want to read a totally unbelievable but quite readable story but be prepared for it to annoy you!
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1.0 out of 5 stars dire, dismal, dreadful, disappointing, 9 Jan 2013
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I have every one of Wendy Holden's previous books and received Marrying Up this Christmas. The first two chapters were average, but sometimes it takes a while to get into the story, so I persevered. Unfortunately, the story did not improve, in fact it went rapidly downhill with stupid names like Florence Trevorigus-Whyske-Cleethorpe, Stonker, Mrs Butts Upward, Ratty and Moley Huddersfield. I had to double check that it was actually written by Wendy Holden (I'm still not totally convinced she has written it"). I have been an avid reader since the age of about 15 and am almost 55, and I can count on one hand the number of books I have not finished, somehow I feel that Marrying Up will be one of those books. Perhaps she should have called this one "Giving Up".
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2.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish book 30 Nov 2012
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Bought this because previous books by this author were good. This book is utter rubbish and not worth the money. Author has clearly run out of ideas.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It promised so much... 20 May 2012
I bought this novel as a bit of light relief after I had finished my degree in English. Years of reading serious literature had taken their toll and chick lit most welcome. The blurb promised an entertaining and easy read...however once I got into the plot of the novel it was anything but.

The plot becomes over complicated with ridiculous names of characters and quite frankly awful characterisation. I got so bored with stupid references to the upper classes and the boring moral dilemma of Max that by page 175 I gave up on the novel and threw in the towel!

Please don't waste your money!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bad fairytale 26 July 2011
By C. Rucroft VINE VOICE
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I really like Wendy Holden's books and thought the synopsis of this one sounded great.

I was sadly disappointed. It starts very oddly - as a reader you have no idea where you are or what is going on. The story bounced from one drama to another but nothing ever properly 'linked'. Nothing was fully developed either.

In the story you hear from different characters points of view and they were so tediously linked it became a farce. It was like a really badly written fairytale. I didn't care about any of the characters either (I didn't have time to as I didn't know enough about them) which didn't help this. Alexa was by far the worst - her behaviour was outrageous and she got all she deserved.

The main story about Max and Polly also fizzled out to nothing - it was almost like the author couldn't be bothered.

A real disappointment which I wish I hadn't wasted my money on. Don't waste yours either!
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3.0 out of 5 stars frothy nonsense
as might be expected from Wendy Holden this is a load of frothy easy to read nonsense but it is none the worse for that as, within its genre, it is fairly funny and well-written
Published 24 days ago by hextol
4.0 out of 5 stars Typically holden
A typically we'll written Wendy Holden story. Perfect for holiday reading or if you don't want anything you have to think too hard about
Published 5 months ago by jackie
1.0 out of 5 stars Instantly forgettable
Formulaic, not up to her usual standard. Give it a miss, no where near as good As her other novels.
Published 5 months ago by deborah scott
3.0 out of 5 stars meh...
I used to LOVE Wendy Holden - from the moment I read Champagne Divine I was hooked!
Unfortunately, the books have slowly become more centered around getting married, having... Read more
Published 6 months ago by weefrenchie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Easy going read, lots of characters and a lot going on so never a dull page. Light, easy, humorous romance
Published 11 months ago by Leah
5.0 out of 5 stars So good
One of my fav authors so decided to splash out and down load for holiday read
Started before holiday and nearly finished before got there ! Read more
Published 13 months ago by Carol Nicoll
1.0 out of 5 stars HOLDEN HAS RUN OUT OF PIZAZZ
I enjoyed all Wendy Holdens other books , got used to the outrageous antics of Champagne Devine et al but this book struggled to hold my attention . Read more
Published 13 months ago by Discerning of Yorkshire
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
Already half way through this book - I really enjoy Wendy Holden's books and I think I have read them all.
Published 19 months ago by jax
3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to her usual standard but still worth a read
I was so disappointed in this book. I love Wendy Holden's books usually, but this wasn't up to her usual standard. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Flick-M
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