Title: Wedding Night
Author: Sophie Kinsella | Facebook | Goodreads | Website
Publication Date: April 23 2013
Publisher: Bantam Press
Length: Paperback 368 pages / Audiobook 13 hours 5 minutes
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Buy It: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Audible
Source: Purchased (Audiobook via Audible)
Narrated by: Finty Williams and Beth Chalmers
Cover Love: I think this is a quite cute cover, this is the UK version and my favirote.
Point of View: Alternating 1st person between both Lottie and Fliss
My Rating: 4 Stars
First things first, I absolutely adored Wedding Night. There are so many mixed reviews about this book, and I will be honest to say I was hesitant to start it because of the negative reviews I had read. I saw so many references to how this was nothing like Kinsella's previous books, how they couldn't stand one or both of the characters, and was just overall disappointed.
I don't understand these negative reviews at all. Was this different than previous Kinsella books? Yes. But that in no way made it rubbish. I loved the alternating point of view, and I ended up loving both Lottie and Fliss. I laughed out loud so many times, and the Kinsella storytelling was still quite evident.
Lottie. She was so adorable. She wanted so much to be married to Richard and when that went down the drain she jumped at the chance to marry Ben, even though they had not seen each other for ages. I didn't take offence to the traumas she had to go through on her honeymoon at the hands of her sister Fliss. I thought they were quite funny. Even though I knew she was feeling miserable, we all knew it was going to work out in the end.
Fliss. I think because Lottie's name appears first in the synopsis, a lot of people assume that this is her story. I also think that is why a lot of people say they didn't like Fliss, because she took up a lot of the story. I don't think this is Lottie's story at all. This is a moment in both of their lives where one event has turned into a life changing moment for them both. I loved Fliss. Were the actions that she took to prevent Lottie and Ben from 'putting the sausage in the cupcake' extreme? Absolutely yes.. but they were hilarious. I can't even caught how many times I laughed out loud. And seeing as how I listened to the audiobook, and a lot of times I was at lunch at work... I had quite a few people looking my way.
I also loved the side characters, Richard and Lorcan. I had to warm up to Richard at first, but once I saw how much he truly cared for Lottie it was easy to love him. And Lorcan? I fell in love with him. His own story touched my heart, and I adored his interactions with Noah, Fliss' son. It was a joy to watch him and Fliss move closer together as the story went on. Ben was just a tool for most of the book, and I think my dislike for him is what helped me find the tormented honeymoon so darn funny.
I would strongly recommend this book to any Chick Lit fan, as mentioned before it is different from other Kinsella books but it is still really great. You will laugh, that is guaranteed.
This is my first review for an audiobook version. I used to be a member of Audible years ago when I had to commute a fair distance to work. Now that I no longer have that commute I never really found myself with much time to listen to them. But I decided that when I was doing such things as cleaning, showering and sometimes at lunch at work, instead of listening to music it would be better to be 'reading' a book.
So, I am a proud renewed member of Audible and will always have one audiobook on the go, on the side of my normal Kindle reading. It took me about three weeks to get through these 13 hours, but the story flowed nicely and I never found myself lost when I went to restart my listening. I loved the narrators Finty Williams and Beth Chalmers. They were easy to listen to and I enjoyed the way they altered their voice when speaking for a male character. So as far as the audible version is concerned, I give two big thumbs up.