Book Review: Wedding Night

weddingIf there is one thing I look forward to every year, it is a new book from Sophie Kinsella. So when a copy of Wedding Night appeared at my door courtesy of Random House Canada, you can imagine the 10 minute happy dance and squealing that ensued. Funny, cute, and filled with crazy situations, Wedding Night delivered the entertaining romantic comedy that readers have come to expect from Kinsella.

The story focuses on two sisters, Lottie and Fliss, who have both had their fair share of romantic failures. After a number of boyfriends who fail to commit, Lottie has just about given up on the possibility of marriage. When one of her old boyfriend’s makes an unexpected appearance, however, the two decide to follow through with a pact that they made over fifteen years ago. The pact: To marry each other if they are both still single after turning 30. Determined to stop her sister from making a huge mistake, Fliss stalks the newlyweds on their honeymoon with a plan to ruin their wedding night.

One of the most surprising things that struck my while reading Wedding Night was my absolute lack of frustration with either Lottie or Fliss. While reading Kinsella’s novels in the past, I have become accustomed to feeling the urge to strangle the female lead for her self destructive personality and general stupidity, but for once that irritation eluded me. That isn’t to say that Fliss and Lottie are not self-destructive. They make plenty of questionable decisions along the way, however, I found myself focusing more on their positive attributes and good intentions rather than their string of mistakes.

My only complaint about the novel lies in Kinsella’s decision to split the narrative between the two sisters. While I loved getting to see the story from these two points of view, I think this split focus took a bit away from the romantic plot of the story. I kept wanting to read more about Fliss and her growing relationship with Lorcan, but the story had to keep switching back to Lottie. Fliss’s complicated divorce, relationship with her son, and romantic tangle with Lorcan could have easily been an entire book!

Despite this small complaint, Wedding Night was still a fun read, and I loved every moment that I spent curled up with it! While it wasn’t my favourite Kinsella novel (Can You Keep a Secret still has the top spot), it was definitely entertaining! I caught myself laughing out loud on more then one occasion, and some of the crazy situations that the characters encounter were quite humorous. Certain to please the countless fans that Kinsella has gained over the years, Wedding Night will make a fantastic edition to any chick lit lover’s reading list!

Rating: 4 Stars 


16 thoughts on “Book Review: Wedding Night

  1. Wow, you read that fast! After being disappointed by her last book, I was a bit wary of this book, but I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed it! The split of narrative is definitely an interesting choice Kinsella made, since she usually sticks to one character and their romantic interest. Glad to hear you didn’t want to strangle anyone either! Lol…that’s always one of my biggest complaints 😛

  2. You know, now that you mention it, I don’t think I was as irritated with Lottie and Fliss as I usually am with Kinsella’s characters. Sure there were some moments where I questioned their sanity but that happens in all sorts of books! Also – I love that we both mentioned what happened when we got our copies 🙂 Great review!

  3. I think Kinsella’s characters are supposed to be adorably helpless but part way thru the Shopaholic series I decided they were annoyingly pathetic. Still, I think she’s a very entertaining writer seeing as I loved the first few books in that series. Wedding Night sounds like a sweet summer read! Love the review.

  4. This is a really unique twist on her usual style of writing, I’m excited to read it now. I kind of find her characters charming with their impulsive mistakes and questionable sanity because towards the end you somehow always find yourself cheering for them. Great review Natalie 🙂

  5. Can You Keep a Secret is my fave too! SK’s books are like trying a new kind of cookie every time.. you don’t know if you’ll like it, but it’s a cookie! Whether or not her books are a hit or miss, she’s always fun to read =). Love how excited you were receiving the book .. made me smile! Great review as always!

  6. I love Kinsella’s books although still have yet to read her last one. I think part of the reason I’ve waited so long is because so many of her characters feel the same. They all seem to be Becky Bloomwoods. Which I enjoy, but get a little tired of. Still her books are a lot of fun, and I’ll probably be picking up this, as well as her last one, up eventually.

  7. I totally agree, as much as I liked the split narrative and seeing things from both sides, I wanted more of Fliss and Lorcan’s evolving relationship. I love Sophie Kinsella books so much, they are always so fun, and I do feel like wanting to scream at the stupidity of her characters most of the time (I did have issues with both sisters in this one at times). Great review!

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  9. I’m a new fan of Sophie Kinsella’s books. This one is a madcap romp. Fliss & Lorcan were the most interesting storyline. I agree, I would like to see more of Fliss & Lorcan and their budding relationship. They are good for each other. But when I need a laugh, I will think of Fliss & Lorcan in the bar at their first meeting. It’s hilarious.

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