Shop now Shop now Shop now  Up to 50% Off Fashion  Shop all Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Shop now Shop now Shop now

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars72
4.5 out of 5 stars
Format: Paperback|Change
Price:£7.99+ Free shipping with Amazon Prime
Your rating(Clear)Rate this item


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

on 13 September 2013
Erin Boswell is counting down the days until her wedding day. She cannot wait to walk down the aisle and marry the love of her life, drop dead gorgeous vet Jay Keskar. With her parents coming over from Sydney, the poshest hotel for miles booked for the celebrations and every single minute detail of the wedding ceremony planned within and inch of its life, Erin is determined to have the wedding of her dreams.

Jay and Erin had decided to have a ceremony that reflected both their cultures, so they had opted to have a fusion wedding that brings together good old British tradition with the more exotic and glamorous customs of India. Jay and Erin had both come to the conclusion that this was the best way to celebrate and reflect their heritage and keep everybody - including both sets of parents - happy. Everything seems to be going to plan - until Jay's parents announce that they want to come over and discuss some suggestions they've come up with for the wedding. Having spent the last couple of months meticulously planning her wedding reception, Erin is not exactly pleased that Jay's mother Deena is putting a spanner in the works at the very last minute. Although the last thing Erin wants is to step on anybody's toes or cause any upset so close to the big event, she is determined that she will not let anybody walk all over her - not even her future mother-in-law. But when Deena turns up with Nalisha, an old family friend who is her complete opposite, Erin quickly realises that she's got more than a well-meaning - but hugely interfering- mother-in-law to contend with!

Erin cannot help but feel threatened by Nalisha. Although Jay and his family are full of praise for the sophisticated city lawyer who oozes glamour and has all the men in the village falling at her feet, Erin begins to see a completely different side to Nalisha. Her barbed sarcasm and bitchy put-downs quickly begin to take their toll on Erin and the feisty bride to be soon begins to wonder whether Nalisha would be a more suitable wife for Jay...

Will all this stress end up driving a wedge between Jay and Erin? Or will they both realise that their love is strong enough to obliterate all the obstacles that are standing in their way?

Having read and enjoyed every single book Christina Jones has ever written, my expectations for An Enormously English Monsoon Wedding were pretty high, however, this fabulously talented author has once again raised the bar and exceeded my expectations with this immensely funny, wonderfully compelling and absolutely irresistible tale that is liberally sprinkled with humour, pathos and heart.

Erin and Jay are delightful characters readers will instantly warm to and take to their hearts. Erin is the kind of heroine readers will want to have as a best friend and sexy Jay is sure to raise temperatures with his laidback charm and wicked sense of humour.

Witty, absorbing and wonderfully entertaining, An Enormously English Monsoon Wedding is a first-class romantic comedy that has got fabulous written all over it!

This review was originally published on Single Titles.
0Comment|2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
I have been a huge fan of Christina Jones ever since I picked up her novel Seeing Stars in the shop, and I immediately fell in love with Christina's way with words, in fact, Seeing Stars is one of my favourite novels even now and takes pride of place on my bookshelf! So when I heard Christina was releasing a new book, I was so excited about it!

Erin is so happy, she is very much in love and engaged to the gorgeous Jay! Currently her life revolves around planning her wedding to Jay, one that she's been dreaming about since she was younger. Life couldn't be more perfect! Then suddenly, Kay's parents have an announcement...they want to `get involved'...and so begins the start of Erin's wedding hell. Jay's Indian parents, Tavish and Deena, have very strong beliefs about the type of wedding that their son should have. Of course, it will all be done in tradition with Indian weddings, including Erin wearing a sari and all the pre-ritual ceremonies will be observed! Can Erin and Jay have their dream wedding?

I absolutely LOVED this book! Whilst reading this I realised how much I had missed Christina's writing, and I'm pleased so say she has written a truly fantastic book! I couldn't put it down, from the first page I was drawn in and hooked to the events, and I desperately wanted to read on to find out what would happen. I did take a break from the book whilst I was cooking the dinner, but in that time I had briefed my fiance on what was happening in the book, what I hoped would happen and how much I was looking forward to getting back to it!

As someone who is getting married in a few weeks, I could relate to A LOT in this book! I really felt Erin's excitement in her wedding planning and her happiness at being engaged to a man that she truly loves. I felt as though I was experiencing similar emotions in my life, so I warmed to Erin straight away, and I really got behind her in the novel, wanting her to be so happy and have her dream wedding!

The characters were wonderfully written! There was such a mix of personalities in the novel and this made it so interesting and intriguing to read as I didn't know which way the story was going to go, or indeed what wedding suggestions would come out next!

Christina Jones has a real talent with storytelling. Her descriptions and way with words brought the story to life. Everything jumped from the page and whilst reading I felt as though I had also been swept up in the Indian traditions and celebrations! Another thing I really loved about this book was the knowledge that Christina clearly showed with Indian culture. I learnt ever so much from reading this book about the different rituals and how different the wedding ceremonies are. It was so interesting and enlightening for me and I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with this wonderful book.

This novel sent me on a rollercoaster of emotions...at some points the writing was hilarious and I was spluttering with laughter, I even had tears rolling down my cheeks. At other times I was gushing over wedding plans with Erin, and smiling at how much i was enjoying myself.

An Enormously English Monsoon Wedding is a fantastic book that is an absolute delight to read! It is gripping and funny with plenty of romance and this story will take you on a wonderful adventure! This is a BRILLIANT novel by Christina Jones and I can't wait to read it all over again.
0Comment|2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 14 February 2013
I truly adored this book. It is a romantic tale about a young couple planning a perfect wedding, the way they want it. Of course it doesn't always go the way they planned with all the twists and turns and friendly advice and "help" they are given which makes this a funny story and introduces the reader to new characters and villages.
I have never been disappointed with any of this authors books and simply loved this one. Just unfortunate we have to wait a long time for the next one but worth waiting for.
11 comment|10 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
Christina Jones has always been a top author of mine and when I heard her series of books were coming to an end I was devastated as I have never found another author who writes similar books. I was over the moon when I heard that Christina was going to be releasing a new book but I was just hoping I would love it as much as I did her previous books.

An Enormously English Monsoon Wedding follows the events in the build up to Erin and Jay's big day. With both of them being British but Jay having an Indian background the couple have created a perfect fusion wedding in bringing the two cultures together for the perfect day so everyone will be happy and enjoy their day. Or so they thought. In typical Wedding tradition nothing is ever plain sailing.

This couldn't have been a better topic for Christina's new book. I am currently planning our Wedding and so I really felt I could connect to Erin. The problems she faced are very similar to mine! I loved how the whole storyline was very realistic which is not a word I would use to describe the authors previous books, so she really has moved her books in a different direction. I loved the warmth that the author brings to the characters it feels as though we already know the characters and although there are many characters in this book they were all very well developed so there was no getting confused between the characters.

The Indian culture and traditions were a lovely touch to this book and gave a fun and light twist to the book, I actually found it very interesting as although I have always known Indian weddings are very long affairs that was as far as my knowledge went so as well as enjoying this book I also learnt something from it!
I loved everything about this book the storyline was entertaining, the characters were all lovable and the book had me hooked that I ended up reading it in one sitting.

I would definitely recommend this book and Christina Jones is still holding her position as one of my favourite authors I can not wait for her next release.
0Comment|One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 23 May 2013
I was slightly worried before I read this book, as I knew Christina had started using new characters and a different village for it, but how silly of me. It was, of course, absolutely un-put-downable. The heroine is a very happy young lady planning her 'simple' wedding until her future parents-in-law come along saying they 'want a hand in the arrangements'.
From there on it becomes beautifully chaotic and one is absolutely desperate that things will work out - which, of course, they do.
And then - on the last page !!! Such a totally brilliant twist in the tale.
Thank you Christina, yet again, for a lovely, lovely book. (and hurry up with the next one!)
xxx
0Comment|2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 4 June 2016
The husband was sent to the library to hunter gather me some books and came back with this one within his haul. Having read a couple of Christina Jones’ books recently I knew that this book would be full of the ‘feel good’ with plenty of funny moments. After having felt quite rough over the last couple of days, this was the kind of book I needed to help distract and give me the ‘feel good’ I needed… but was this the case with this book?

Erin is marrying Jay. They are having their perfect, dream wedding… a ‘fusion wedding’ mixing together traditions from both of their backgrounds- Erin’s an English background and Jay’s Indian. It’s only four weeks to go and Erin is very excited, all of the plans are coming together perfectly, all paid for and organised by themselves with no help from anyone else… but then Deena and Tavish, Jay’s parents, take them out to dinner and announce that they would like to help organise a few things and be involved in the planning… but the plans are already made and are perfect enough, the last thing that Erin and Jay want is anyone interfering with their dream.

But then things go from bad to worse… as Nalisha appears on the scene. Nalisha who appears to be Jay’s best friend from childhood, who has always been his Plus One at weddings, who has been on family holidays away with him, who seems to know him better than anyone yet he has failed to ever mention her to Erin. Why would he have kept her a secret? And why has she suddenly moved into the village and into Jay’s spare room?

As the wedding nears, Erin should be enjoying the run up to the big day but there are plenty of potential dramas set to unfold…

There are lots of different characters in this book but they are all really well formed so you don’t get confused about who is who. What I’ve found about Christina Jones’ books before is that you get lots of larger than life characters who really make her books stand out and bring the villages to life and this is definitely the case with this one. It’s great how she can create such different characters- from Gina the bar maid who was unlucky in love who you couldn’t help but have a soft spot for and get behind her when she began to form a relationship with one of the other characters to Nalisha who was so very two faced you couldn’t help but get frustrated with her and want to warn all the other village members about her!

When I started reading this book I needed a bit of escapism whilst not feeling my best, I intended to just read a couple of pages but ended up a hundred pages in and realising I’d been well and truly drawn in. I’ve found this before with this author’s books, they draw you in and leave you caring about the characters so you want to know what happens.

This book definitely has the feel good factor to it but it’s not ‘just chick lit’ there’s lots more to it- an entire village brought to life and pulling together, characters that learn a lot about themselves, an acceptance of cultures and differences, relationships that are tried and tested…

I found this book really easy to read and very enjoyable too. When I finished it today, I was disappointed- that it had ended. I want to know more about the characters and what could happen next as there are so many big personalities this could well have many more books to spin off from it!

If you’re looking for a light hearted read with plenty of humour and brilliant characters then you will love this. This is my favourite Christina Jones’ book- so far.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 14 November 2013
My favourite so far from this author. It's such fun! Set in a Berkshire village, the relatives and friends of the groom take the village by storm aiming to create the most amazing Bollywood style wedding it has ever seen - to the horror of the bride! Funny and sad in parts, it appealed to me in particular because my son had been a best man at a similar 'fusion' style wedding. However I don't think that wedding had the same problems this one did. I heartily recommend this, it moves on quickly and I couldn't put it down!
0Comment|One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 19 September 2014
Funnily enough when I first read this book I was disappointed as it is a change from all her more recent stories. It took me a second read without the pre-concieved ideas about what it should be like for me to realise that it is every bit as good as all her others. A great light hearted read with super characters and lots of laughs. For anyone who hasn't tried Christina Jones you should definitely give it a go as you will not be disappointed. In my opinion she is better than Marian Keyes or Katie Fforde.
0Comment|One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 20 September 2013
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, which I really didn't want to end. Loved the characters and I want to live in Nook Green. The contrast in cultures, mothers, customs and upbringing were all dealt with realistically and with humour.

There were so many characters in the book that this truly deserves a sequel so that we can find out what happens to them all. I for one would be pre-ordering my copy of it.
0Comment|One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 19 May 2013
I had been waiting in anticipation to read Christina's new book,have just finished reading it and its blooming brilliant,i love all her books and this one didn't disappoint,absolutely wonderful. The characters came alive,you could imagine being present at the "fusion" wedding,i'm sure there will a few weddings like this one planned!! Very romantic and colourful...I LOVED IT...
0Comment|One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse

Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.