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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (24 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141028572
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141028576
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,067,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A delightfully warm read you'll devour in one sitting (Company)

About the Author

Sharon Owens was born in Omagh in 1968. She moved to Belfast in 1988 to study illustration at the Art College. Her previous novels, The Teahouse on Mulberry Street, The Ballroom on Magnolia Street and The Tavern on Maple Street, are all published by Penguin.


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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Jun. 2008
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This was the first book I'd read by this author. Narrated by Mags - Julie's partner in Dream Weddings - this is a story of two women who are friends but chalk and cheese in terms of character and circumstances. Mags is married with 4 children. Julie does not believe in marriage for herself and is worried when her live in lover - Gary - appears to want to settle down. The story is full of incident with sub plots involving Julie's wild affair with Jay who she meets at a health spa, Mag's eldest son and his anorexic girlfriend and the rock star and his fiancee who want Dream Weddings to arrange theirs for them.
I found the style a bit too 'in your face' at first with too manay asides directed at the reader, but all the characters are convincing with very human failings. There are many mishaps and misunderstandings before most of the major players find happiness - not always where they expect to find it.
I did enjoy the book and I did finish it though I would not rate it as the best chick lit story I've ever read. It was good to read a book not set in London and I did form a completely different impression of Belfast than I'd had before.
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be careful! this is not a sequel to 'the trouble with weddings', but the same book under a new title.
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By Jo D'Arcy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 July 2008
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I have read previous Sharon Owens novels, Tea House on Mulberry Street, Ballroom on Magnolia Street and The Tavern on Maple Street. Read these, these are great books. However `The Revenge of the Wedding Planner' cannot be placed in the same category.

The author tells the story of Mags Grimsdale and her family, her husband Bill and their four children. Plus Mag's employer Julie Sultana a Wedding Planner who has a complete aversion to weddings especially her own. Mags is the narrative voice of the book. She tells of her own life interspersed with death, babies and accidents but also of Julie's life. Her life crisis starts when she does not want to settle down and become a wife. She wants the fun, adventure and strength of her youth and opts for a toy-boy. The implications are far reaching and Mags is an observer as well as an important player in events.

As you read it feels like Mags is sitting opposite you telling you all the gossip that has gone on with her and the people she is in contact with in the recent few months, like catching up with an old friend. However, I sensed an urgency with this and at times felt like someone was talking so fast you just can't keep up with what is going on and then your mind starts to wonder.

If you think you are going to get a `Babylon-esque' type book about weddings then forget it, this is about the planners and their lives, weddings are a mere sub plot.

An escapism book if you want something that will not tax your brain and you like the gossipy celebrity magazines and those real life story magazines you would only pick up in the hairdressers then this books is for you. It does not have the warmth and tenderness of her previous books which I found so enchanting.
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I really enjoyed this book I picked it up and could not put it down. It was an enjoyable story with an interesting storyline. It can be so hard to find a book that keeps your interest and this one manages that. I understand that care needs to be taken because this is a reprint of a book published in Ireland. I have been caught with that problem before. But on content alone this is definitely a five star book.
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Picked this book as I thought it sounded like a nice easy read - I was not wrong. I could not put this book down and read it within a couple of days, such a great story and fantastic characters. I have never read a Sharon Owens book before - I will now try the others! Buy this book - you won't be dissapointed.
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Like the previous reviewer, I had enjoyed the other Sharon Owens books, altho' each one has been slightly less satisfying than the one before. This one is the last I will read - it was disjointed, and the characters acted in completely incomprehensible ways. I could not relate to them at all, and more importantly, I did not want to even try by the end. I found Mags and her constant harping back to what an "alternative chick" and goth she used to be intensely annoying - why does that make her superior to others around her? I got through the book more because I hate not finishing something, but by half way through it was a chore not a pleasure.
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I just could not get on with this at all. I felt I should read to the end in the vain hope it might improve. It is disjointed, unrealistic and I got very annoyed with the whole 'I'll get to that later. Anyway....' narrative.
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