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Remember your handkerchief!,
This review is from: The Wedding Girl (Paperback)
Having read several reviews on here, I thought I would add my own opinion and understanding of the Madeleine Wickham / Sophie Hannah conundrum. It seems to me, through reading and mooching round the web that this author went to Oxford to do her degree (lucky girl!) and then started her career under her own name. She seems to have been moderately successful, until her reinvention as Sophie Kinsella, when Shopaholic took off into the stratosphere.
Now her early work is being reissued, in order to sell more opies, which seems to me to be a sensible approach. I can't say I noticed errors in my copy, despite being a pedantic old teacher; maybe I was engrossed in the story!
I loved this! Started at 5pm yesterday and finished it 20 minutes ago. I thought it was an entertaining and well written tale, which made me weep buckets, mostly over Allan and Rupert, a pair who had such a poignant story I found it unbearably sad. It goes to show how far we have come in our tolerance of those who are a bit different to us. I remember well the stigma of being an un-married mother in the 1980's. Obviously being gay wasn't much fun either, if there is much truth in this novel.
Other than those two, the characters were all flawed, though I didn't find them unlikeable, just misguided. I thought there were plenty of twists and turns and a happy ending. It wasn't Jane Eyre, but it rattled along and had a satisfactory ending, with most issues resolved. I thought it was a great read and has helped me clear a space on my overstuffed bookshelf! Very enjoyable!