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The Wedding Countdown [Kindle Edition]

Ruth Saberton
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the pen of Ruth Saberton, RNA Romantic Comedy Award Nominee…

'Ruth’s writing is so joyful, funny and uplifting; it’s always a real treat of a read.' - Fiona Walker

"Takes Bridget Jones' mantle and runs with it" - Heat Magazine

Parents may think they know best, but sometimes daughters know better…

Mills Ali has her dream job writing for a magazine and a social life busier than the London rush hour. Everything's good except for the husband sized shadow looming on the horizon. With a year’s countdown to her arranged marriage, Mills is on a mission to choose her own husband. Just how hard can it be? She's bound to find her soul mate.
But is he closer than she thinks? Or do her parents know best after all?

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 632 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Notting Hill Press; Previously published as 'Rearranged' - edition 3 edition (7 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,952 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Ruth Saberton always knew she wanted to be a writer. From an early age she was busy filling note books with stories and rather than hero worshipping Wham and Duran Duran (which ages her!) Ruth's heroes were Jilly Cooper and Jackie Collins. Several attempts at bodice rippers later, Ruth turned her attention to romance and now focuses on writing romantic comedies. Her debut novel, 'Katy Carter Wants a Hero' was championed by Richard and Judy and nominated for the RNA's Romantic Comedy of the Year Award as well as being described by Heat Magazine as, 'the heir apparent to Bridget Jones'. Ruth writes under her own name, but also has several pen names which include Jessica Fox, Georgie Carter, Holly Cavendish and Lucy Hepburn. Her boyfriend says he has many women all rolled into one!

Ruth is published by Orion, Pan Macmillan, Harper Collins and Notting Hill Press. Although she loves the UK, Ruth now lives in the Caribbean where she continues to write romances, teen novels and planning that bodice ripper! Her latest book, Escape for the Summer, is set in Cornwall but she is currently writing one set on Grand Cayman.

Ruth loves to to talk to her readers. Interact with her on her website on Twitter @ruthsaberton
or via Facebook

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud on the road to love 15 Dec. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Wow! Where to start. Ruth offered me an e-copy of this book in return for an honest review. It gives me great pleasure to say it was brilliant.

Many people dismiss chick-lit as having no substance but often, as was the case with this book, you learn so much. I have been fortunate enough to have attended an Asian wedding and have experienced first hand the generousity and vibrancy that Ruth managed to portray so well in her book. For me Mills Ali the main character is brilliant. I felt every emotion that she felt - I laughed out loud and cried with her all the way through the book. By the end I felt she could have been someone I knew personally.

Mills is a typical young adult who feels stifled by her family, who actually understand her better than she realises. With the help of her mother she persuades her father to let her pursue her ambition to become a journalist and sets off to work on a magazine in London for twelve months - what she doesn't tell them is that she's also going to spend the year finding her own future husband to avoid the marriage her parents have arranged for her to a groom she's never met!

At the heart of the novel is the strong message of personal, cultural and family values which were different for Mills and her western friends but amounted to the same thing - respect! Ruth managed to weave the exotic Pakistani culture into this book in such a way I could see and taste the exotic Eastern clothes and food. She managed this in a typical, laugh out loud chick-lit style whilst respectfully conveying the difficulties and emotional struggles faced by young Muslim women living in a modern, western, society.

It's a very modern book which I highly recommend to any chick lit lover. Ruth Saberton is an author to sit up and take notice of - thank you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and entertaining! 16 Jun. 2014
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The most funny book I've read in a while! As a white woman I have little in knowledge of Pakistani culture or traditional Muslim family traditions, this book was written in such a way that I never felt alienated and felt like I was part of the gang. As well as being an entertaining read, I've learnt a lot along the way.
Bollywood without the tinsel, singing and dancing!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wedding countdown 13 July 2014
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Mills is brought up in her cultures ways but manages to persuade her family to let her continue her education. She completes her degree and wants to continue on her career path. Her family has a different idea. This book shows the problems encountered by different cultures living in modern Britain. A nice summer read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! 11 Jun. 2014
By Milly50
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I love Ruth Saberton's books, and this one was brilliant. Great storyline with a bit of a twist, and I enjoyed learning about a different culture. I'd definitely recommend it :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it !! 7 Jun. 2014
By Misty
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I was hooked from the first chapter,a fascinating peek into how relationships work in a different culture.
I was so eager to find out what happened next almost missed my stop on the of those books you can't put down but you really don't want it to end.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly predictable 19 July 2014
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Disappointed by the storyline which lacked credibility and the heroine of the story needed shooting for her naive attitude. Adding -ji to the end of names ie Mummyji was so annoying.....and would have apppreciated either the full use of Ammaji or Mummy. Read to the end as a courtesy bht definitely would not recommend unless completely bored
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 15 July 2014
By lynn
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I enjoyed reading this book
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 15 July 2014
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I didn't finish it - disappointing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
enjoyed very much. a lot like bride and prejudice the movie
Published 2 days ago by Tricia Giddings
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I loved this book and was gripped from the start. The characters are fantastic and you really grow to care about Mills and her crazy family. Can't recommend this book enough.
Published 5 days ago by panda
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Fantastic read and a look into a different culture that I found fascinating, interesting, heartbreaking and at times funny. Many thanks.
Published 7 days ago by Luanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A good follow on book
Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars So very well written and a fantastic storyline. Definitely 5★
So gripping I couldn't put it diwn. So very well written and a fantastic storyline. Definitely 5★.
Published 10 days ago by Mrs Helen T Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Very different to what I was ecpecting but enjoyed it very much
Very different to what I was ecpecting but enjoyed it very much.It was based on a culture I nothing about so I found that very interesting.
Published 1 month ago by curlywhirly
5.0 out of 5 stars The wedding countdown
Loved this story as I know nothing about Pakistan customs it was lovely to get an insight into arranged marriage, although the heroine tries hard to find her own love.
Published 2 months ago by Sylvia Signage
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love Ruth Saberton
Published 2 months ago by K Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 7 months ago by Joanne Webb
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time
Badly written, infantile and wildly unrealistic. I wish I never started reading it, what a waste of time. The character is ridiculous and the plot very predictable and repetitive.
Published 7 months ago by Aleksandra A White
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