If 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!