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Grace is for me the main character (you can't help but like Grace) followed by Bella (who rather got on my nerves) and then comes Polly the bride (always somewhere in the background) who suddenly calls off her wedding. Bella and Polly are half-sisters and Grace is Polly's best friend. The three of them have quite an interesting history and we spend time with Bella and with Grace whose current lives are in more of a state of chaos than that of Polly. This chaos includes some brilliant extras like super mum Miranda, dishy Saad, control freak Vanessa and I wish I had him too- housekeeper Thomas. Also some deadbeats in the form of horrid Charlie, exasperating Jamie and the wierd but also wonderful Lexie.
The story is fascinating with lots of humour and a couple of thought provoking moments leading to an excellent and very satisfying ending.
Holly has followed up the brilliant Isabel Bookbinder series with another winner of a book, chick-lit at its brightest and best, don't forget to pack it in the holiday suitcase!
I really enjoyed There Goes the Bride. Although the main aspect of the story is Polly’s refusal to wed Dev – and refusal to confirm why – Bella and Grace also have their own share of pretty heavy going problems. Bella has a successful catering business but she’s looking to adopt and having a waster of a boyfriend lolling around the house, bringing his mates home and missing every social worker’s visit is proving to be a bit much to handle. Grace has lovely children but a less than lovely husband. Despite being a talented artist, she’s become little more to her husband than a fetcher, carrier and babysitting service.
The book is fun and funny with a smattering of arguments, romance, sex, snobbery and Christmas mayhem. At times it’s a little predictable but there’s some charm in that and a kind of reassurance that there’s nothing too tragic or overwhelming to face. This is feel good and enjoyable, with laughs, smiles and contented sighs along the way.
I haven’t read any of McQueen’s previous work but having enjoyed this so thoroughly I would definitely recommend her and wouldn’t hesitate to pick up other work by her. A fantastic pick about real women with real issues!
**I received a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I did not receive any additional compensation and all views are my own."
For me, Bella was the most likeable of the three characters, although, at times, she did come across as a bit of a doormat when it came to her boyfriend Jamie. Grace probably had the most interesting of the stories, as she was struggling to cope with the lack of attention from her husband Charlie, while dealing with an increasing amount of attention from his boss, Saad.
What I found slightly strange was the fact that both Grace and Bella were made to come across as unlikebale people who didn't get on with each other. This meant there were criticisms dotted throughout Bella's chapters about Grace and likewise, negativity about Bella in Grace's chapters. And yet, when it came down to reading these characters chapters they felt like completely different people to the one's described. So, I was left feeling confused as to whether I was suppose to like the characters or not.
Overall, though, this is a good read - it just wasn't what I expected when I picked the book up. It's a nice move away Holly's Isabel Bookbinder series and is a good standalone title that I would recommend. The book comes in at nearly 500 pages and I managed to read it in three days. It was enjoyable and page-turning as I was interested to know throughout the length of the book why Polly called off the wedding.
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Warm characters, great storylines and a lovely fuzzy feeling. 4.5 x