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The Wedding Diary (Choc Lit)

The Wedding Diary (Choc Lit) [Kindle Edition]

Margaret James
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This book tickles my toes and warms my heart. You will want to get a warm cup of chocolate and some nice tasty cookies or wafers to enjoy while reading this wonderful tale. Having such illustrative words gives you the total picture of what is going on as the plot thickens in all the right spots. This book naturally leads you in the direction your heart yearns to go. It has enough conflict to remind you that even characters lives have chaos, which is not always so easy to figure out. It is realistic yet very much like a fairytale. A movie, audio book and most definitely a sequel would be welcomed as it is rich with memorable events and makes you smile with understanding. The cover is very indicative of the story magical.

Rating: Four Cups

--Coffee Time Romance & More

In this wildly passionate, touching and sometimes funny story, James portrays two brokenhearted souls who connect and magically find a way to love again. Most of the book has an offbeat, almost fairy-tale feel, but it's uplifting and satisfying. James spins her story with hope in mind, and her characters help us believe in castles in the air without equivocation.

Four stars.

--RT Book Reviews Magazine, July 2013

Oh, what a joy it was reading this story! When I started to read it I thought that it would be yet another predictable book about fake boyfriends. I was wrong, very wrong to be exact. The Wedding Diary is anything but predictable.

...Furthermore the descriptions are so well written that I felt like I was in London, England countryside and Toscana while reading this story.

I love this story, because it made me feel good all around. So if you like well written, funny, happy and feel good romances, go grab this one.

--Long & Short Reviews, September 2013

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Where's a Fairy Godmother when you need one?
If you won a fairy-tale wedding in a luxury hotel, you’d be delighted – right? But what if you didn’t have anyone to marry? Cat Aston did have a fiancé, but now it looks like her Prince Charming has done a runner.

Adam Lawley was left devastated when his girlfriend turned down his heartfelt proposal. He’s made a vow never to fall in love again.

So – when Cat and Adam meet, they shouldn’t even consider falling in love. After all, they’re both broken hearted. But for some reason they can't stop thinking about each other. Is this their second chance for happiness, or are some things just too good to be true?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 974 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Choc Lit (5 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,219 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Margaret James was born in Hereford, a beautiful cathedral city in the English Midlands. She started writing fiction when her children were very small, and her first novel A Touch of Earth was published in 1988.

Since then, she has expanded her range of writing-related activities to take in journalism, short story writing, teaching creative writing and editing other people's books.

She was delighted when her novel Elegy for a Queen was featured in the UK's Woman and Home magazine in a selection of the five best time slip novels. The fact that Margaret's own favourite time slip novel The House on the Strand was also featured put a big grin on her face!

Since becoming a novelist, Margaret has realised that having a name like Margaret James leads to lots of confusion, and in her next life she intends to have a name that she shares with absolutely nobody else.

When she's not writing, Margaret loves walking, reading anything and everything, gossiping, gardening and eating chocolate. She quite often manages to eat chocolate and write at the same time, which occasionally makes for a somewhat sticky keyboard, but also makes for happy writing.

Just for the record - this Margaret James wrote: A Touch of Earth, Fortune's Favourite Child, The Treasures of Existence, The Snake Stone, A Green Bay Tree, The Ash Grove, A Special Inheritance, The Final Reckoning, Hallowed Ground, The Morning Promise, The Long Way Home, The Penny Bangle, Elegy for a Queen, The Silver Locket, The Golden Chain, and she contributed to the anthology Loves Me, Loves Me Not. Margaret's latest novel is The Wedding Diary. The Silver Locket, The Golden Chain and The Penny Bangle are available as a Kindle download entitled The Charton Minster Trilogy.

She was thrilled when The Silver Locket won a prestigious Cataromance Single Titles Award in 2010, and when the cover of The Golden Chain was chosen to feature on the design of a KLM airliner in 2011.

The Wedding Diary was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association's RoNA award for romantic comedy 2014.

Margaret and Cathie Hartigan are co-authors of The Creative Writing Student's Handbook, which takes students through the entire creative writing process.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a fantastic love story xxx 6 May 2013
By Megan ReadingInTheSunshine TOP 100 REVIEWER
Cat Aston has won what many girls and women dream of - a fairytale wedding! However, there is one slight problem...Cat's fiance Jack has dome a runner. Adam Lawley has been left similarly left devastated after his girlfriend turned down his proposal, leaving Adam vowing not to fall in love again. When Adam and Cat bump into each other, there seems to be an attraction, and although they are both broken hearted, they can't stop thinking about each other. Will Cat and Adam be able to find happiness together?

I absolutely loved The Wedding Diary! The way I would describe it is that it is such a happy read! I was genuinely delighted as I read it and I always looked forward to returning to it on an evening or after I had finished dinner.

The characters were wonderfully written. I warmed to Cat straight away. She had such a fantastic personality, she was so warm and likeable, and whilst reading I desperately wanted her to find happiness and love again. Adam...oh he was lovely! He was such a gentleman and I fell in love with him straight away. I loved his feeling towards Cat, I loved how he was with her, and reading about them together made my heart warm. Even though the relationship between them is not all plain sailing, I was hooked and I was rooting for them!

The secondary characters were brilliant, and had me laughing out loud many times! Fanny in particular was very memorable, and actually turned out to be one of my favourite characters!

The settings are beautifully described, especially the Italian town of Lucca. When I was reading these scenes, I felt as though I had been transported there and when I had finished I was actually rather disappointed to find that I was actually in my living room!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An uplifting chick lit 18 May 2013
By Shazjera TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I don't usually mention covers in my reviews but couldn't resist! The cover is stunning. The butterflies , moon and stars sparkle and alongside the background midnight blue makes you want to pick it up and find out what's between the pages.

It's Saturday 23rd April Jack has gone off to find himself and Cat is alone when she receives the phone call to tell her she's won first prize in the competition in which she entered months ago.

Adam Lawley proposes to pretentious girlfriend Maddy and is left heart-broken when he realises how lightly she's taken their relationship.

When Cat and Adam meet at Chapman's Architectural Salvage, Adam is looking for Cotswold tiles and Cat is the Office Manager who takes him into the yard to find them.

With our main characters in place, we begin a humorous and sometimes stressful romantic journey.

I was fascinated by Adam's job as a freelance project manager in restorations. This is integral to the story and very believable.

I loved the banter between Cat and her best friends Bex and Tess.

Being in Tuscany was great!

What I really liked about the plot is the fact that it isn't drawn out. Half-way through I thought, where is this taking us? We've nowhere left to go ... so I loved the how the plot changed after this.

I really liked Cat until something happens half-way through a trip which I thought was unfeeling and callous. I understood why she abandoned the journey and made her way back home but she done it with so little care that I found it hard to identify with her after that.

The romance is very uplifting. I have to say that sometimes, more can be conveyed from shutting the door on those bedroom scenes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wedding Diary 5 Feb 2014
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This book was great was so engrossed in it lost all what was happening around me, keep up the good work thanks Avis
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love and Marriage... 3 Feb 2014
By Groovee
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Fab storyline which kept me hooked. I just needed to know what was happening next. The story flowed well and kept my attention and there were a few twists which I didn't expect but love it all the same.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Counting down to riveting reading! 6 April 2013
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A huge thank you to Margaret James for yet another compelling novel.
I urge everybody who has not yet 'discovered' her to buy her previous novels; to everyone who knows her writing - buy this latest one at once!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and gripping 22 Jan 2014
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I've read one The Silver Locket, which is on of the historicals written by Margaret James. I enjoyed it a lot and learned a fair bit about the war in the process. The Wedding Diary is a bit of a departure as it's set in contemporary times.

Cat works in a reclaimed goods yard. Adam is a builder specialising in restoring old buildings. They meet in the course of work on a day when they're both smarting from their respective broken hearts. So far, so chick lit, right? What raises it above the other chick lit books is the dialogue and the genuine warmth of the characters. Adam is just so adorable. You've got to love a man who has that many cotton hankies.

There's a brief nod towards the Denhams - who appear in the historicals - which is a treat for anyone who has read the other books. I thought that was a lovely touch.

The secondary characters are a hoot (although the best friends are quite irritating at times). I loved the bit on the rooftop garden because it was such a brilliant subversion of what you expected to happen and it made me laugh out loud.

All it all, I'm glad Margaret James decided to write a contemporary novel. She's very good at it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Read
A magical read of broken hearted people finding love. I galloped through it, laughed out loud at places and sighed with pleasure. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Georgia Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars An engaging read
When Cat wins the prize of a fab wedding in a competition, she has a slight problem. Her fiance has disappeared. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Lanky Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous read!
Imagine winning the wedding of your dreams but your fiancé has done a runner. I loved this premise and couldn't wait to find out how Cat negotiated her way through such a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Doreen
5.0 out of 5 stars A definite keeper
Coming from a background of detective, historical, and fantasy reading I was a bit apprehensive about reading a romance set in contemporary times, especially when I saw one review... Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. A. Collings
4.0 out of 5 stars Book Review: The Wedding Diary - Margaret James
I had this book on my iPad through iBooks. I am not sure if it was one of the iTunes 12 Days of Christmas presents. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Booketta
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely holiday read.
really liked the characters and the storyline was believable. can't wait to read more of ms. James books. it's a winner.
Published 2 months ago by madforreading
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read!
Loved the storyline from the beginning! Winning your dream wedding, only to have the groom MIA... And the pace didn't slow down from there, leaving me with my kindle permanently... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Briana Newstead
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great read
This is a real page turner...I'm sure you will love it. There are some very colourful characters, particularly Fanny, who I always pictured in my mind as a woman like Dorien in... Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I thought this book was funny, realistic and well written- not rambling on for dramatic effect as many of the chick lit books I have read lately have done. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Terri
4.0 out of 5 stars The Wedding Diary
A nice fun easy read. The story of course, and the ending, were predicable but I enjoyed this happy (unbelievable!!!) story which made me smile.
Published 5 months ago by appletree
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