Sophie Kinsella is one of my go-to authors for light, chick-lit/beach reads. I bought Wedding Night from the Barnes and Novel remainder table a few years ago, and it has been waiting patiently on my shelf. This week, I needed something light and picked it up.
PLOT- Lotti thinks that her long time boyfriend, Richard is about to propose; The timing is right, he has taken her to a fancy restaurant, and he pulls out a little box...that doesn't contain an engagement ring. In a fit of frustration and hurt pride, Lottie breaks up with Richard and is hell-bent on moving on. Her older sister, Fliss, knows that Lottie is prone to rash decisions and making regrettable mistakes. Fliss becomes highly concerned, when shortly after breaking up with Richard, Lottie reunites with her teenage summer fling, Ben. Ben and Lottie fall back into their old romance and rush to the alter. Can Fliss slow Lottie down and prevent her from making another mistake?
LIKE- I like Kinsella's style. She creates likable characters, puts them in entertaining situations, and her stories have heart. Wedding Night reminded me of the ABBA Musical, Mamma Mia!- the similarities include: weddings, odd-ball characters, romantic miscommunications, and Greece as a primary location. Kinsella's novel and Mama Mia! have a similar energy and tone. Wedding Night made me smile and left me with the feel-goods.
DISLIKE- Not a dislike, but a disclaimer- this is straight-up chick-lit. It's light, fun, and not too deep. It doesn't try to take itself seriously. If you don't like the genre, you won't like this book.
RECOMMEND- Yes, if you're looking for a sweet, entertaining story to take on vacation. Wedding Night is on par with Kinsella's other novels, including her Shopaholic series.