Book Review: Wedding Night &Family Pictures

Wedding Night – by Sophie Kinsella

Wedding Night

Official Description: Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose during lunch at one of London’s fanciest restaurants. But when his big question involves a trip abroad, not a trip down the aisle, she’s completely crushed. So when Ben, an old flame, calls her out of the blue and reminds Lottie of their pact to get married if they were both still single at thirty, she jumps at the chance. No formal dates—just a quick march to the altar and a honeymoon on Ikonos, the sun-drenched Greek island where they first met years ago. Their family and friends are horrified. Fliss, Lottie’s older sister, knows that Lottie can be impulsive—but surely this is her worst decision yet. And Ben’s colleague Lorcan fears that this hasty marriage will ruin his friend’s career. To keep Lottie and Ben from making a terrible mistake, Fliss concocts an elaborate scheme to sabotage their wedding night. As she and Lorcan jet off to Ikonos in pursuit, Lottie and Ben are in for a honeymoon to remember, for better . . . or worse

My take: 2.5 out of 5. Another book, another chick lit disappointment. This was just a absurd book. Its trying to be funny, but really its just fake and you are just waiting for the end of the book to see how they unravel all the crazyness. The idea is not bad, but the execution and character development is really poor. Of the main 5 characters, you really want to strangle 2 and that does not say very much about the character development.Sophie Kinsella is for me a totally hit or miss author. There are some things from her I love but sometimes she just doesn’t hit the mark.

Family Pictures by Jane Green

Family Pictures

Official Description: Story of two women who live on opposite coasts but whose lives are connected in ways they never could have imagined. Both women are wives and mothers to children who are about to leave the nest for school. They’re both in their forties and have husbands who travel more than either of them would like. They are both feeling an emptiness neither had expected. But when a shocking secret is exposed, their lives are blown apart. As dark truths from the past reveal themselves, will these two women be able to learn to forgive, for the sake of their children, if not for themselves?

My take: 3.5 out of 5. This is a hard one to judge. If I were judging the book after the first 150 pages, I would have told you its terrible, that the twist I could sense it a mile away and that it was predictable. The beauty of the book is that its actually not about that, but how women deal with crisis and family bonds. The remainder of the book I actually quite enjoyed. So its a mixed bag. It is however an incredibly easy book to read – and I finished it in a single sitting, you become pretty invested in knowing how it all ends up. Not Jane Green’s best, but not a bad day of reading either.

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