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Weak, formulaic chicklit
on 26 August 2014
Well the kindle sample was good - good enough for me to press the 'buy this now' button but sadly from that point the whole thing started to go downhill. We move from the interesting idea of a bride-to-be finding out her groom has been cheating with her best friend/flatmate, by reading said flatmate's diary, into most cliched chicklit territory. Anna - who must be one of the wettest characters ever- doesn't confront her friend/fiance preferring to confide in virtually everyone else she meets including total strangers. The plot where a romantic heroine retreats to a remote location to lick her wounds is a pretty standard one - (reminds me of the stories I used to read in my mum's magazines when I was a wee girl). In reality you'd probably find you'd entered a romantic wasteland where the locals were standoffish and there were a hundred single women to every eligible man, but this being the most unrealistic form of chicklit of course Anna makes instant friends and attracts the attention of a rich hunky bloke. What they see in her I'm not sure as she is dreary and totally self-obssessed.
Honestly all I cared about was to see her confront the cheating twosome and perhaps even exact a revenge but this takes forever to happen and when it does it is a total damp squib. I think the author was aiming at romantic comedy ala Jilly Cooper but that takes a light touch and the so-called comedy elements here are cringemakingly embarrassing. It's one thing to create a quirky heroine who comes across as a lovable idiot, but Anna just comes across as an idiot. Ending was better than I feared though, and does achieve a modicum of originality.