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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Wedding Girl by Madeleine Wickham. At the age of eighteen, in that first golden Oxford summer, Milly was up for anything.
Rupert and his American lover Allan were all part of her new, exciting life, and when Rupert suggested to her that she and Allan should get married, just so that Allan could stay in the country, Milly didn't hesitate, and to make it seem real she dressed up in cheap wedding finery and po At the age of eighteen, in that first golden Oxford summer, Milly was up for anything.
Rupert and his American lover Allan were all part of her new, exciting life, and when Rupert suggested to her that she and Allan should get married, just so that Allan could stay in the country, Milly didn't hesitate, and to make it seem real she dressed up in cheap wedding finery and posed on the steps of the registry office for photographs.
Ten years later, Milly is a very different person. Engaged to Simon - who is wealthy, serious, and believes her to be perfect - she is facing the biggest and most elaborate wedding imaginable. Her mother has it planned to the finest detail, from the massive marquee to the sculpted ice swans filled with oysters.
Her dreadful secret is locked away so securely she has almost persuaded herself that it doesn't exist - until, with only four days to go, her past catches up with her. Suddenly, her carefully constructed world is about to crash in ruins around her. How can she tell Simon she's already married? How can she tell her mother? But as the crisis develops, more secrets are revealed than Milly could possibly have realised Get A Copy.
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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Wedding Girl. AIDS, right? View all 13 comments. I am a fan of Sophie Kinsella's books, so when I found out that she was also writing as Wickham, I wanted to take a look. This was my first Wickham book and it was definitely different. Kinsella's books a fun and flighty, romantic comedies with little edge. I've often likened them to modern fairy tales and enjoy them very much.
In this book, the very first difference was it was written in the third person with shifting view points as opposed to Kinsella's first person stories. The Wedding Girl took me a little time to get into but once I did, I found myself enjoying.
I was impressed with Wickham's honest approach to some of modern society's big questions and while it wasn't heady or in-depth, she didn't shy away from looking into questions of marriage, fidelity, abortion, or homosexual relationships, and while I may not agree with her in everything, I appreciated her honest treatment as opposed to the supposition that life's questions only have one answer.
Not as fun or flighty but still enjoyable, perhaps even more so for giving an edge to a story that could have been another comedic rehash. Do all of Wickham's books hold this edge? Perhaps not, but it was nice to see that she isn't just rehashing Shopaholic in every tale. View all 3 comments. Apr 27, Rebecca rated it liked it.
I pulled this off a library shelf on impulse, expecting a light, fun read. Within a chapter, I had a feeling of foreboding. The heroine was flighty, immature, and not terribly bright, her fiance was stubbornly blind, and her mother was atrocious.
I hated these people. I'd accidentally gotten myself mired in a brand-name dropping morass of people being shallow.
Fortunately, I was wrong. Oh, the characters have flaws all right. But it turns out that the author knows what she's doing. People have une I pulled this off a library shelf on impulse, expecting a light, fun read. People have unexpected depths and problems beyond being idiotic. There's also hidden reserves of compassion and love.
And the ending, while it has some schmaltz, also has an unexpected poignancy. This is a more complicated book than I'd realized, and I enjoyed it all the more for that. The one big issue is that there is one character who turns out to be malevolent for reasons not fully explained.
There are little hints, but given how well some of the other backstory is described, I kind of wonder if the author had intended there to be another big reveal of the character's past that gotten forgotten or accidentally edited out.
As it is, the character in question does some horrible things that are never particularly justified. That said, this is a more intelligent book than it needed to be, while still being rather compulsively readable. Warning: this isn't a chick-lit review.
This book is a romance, written under Sophie Kinsella's pseudo. Milly is a twenty-eight-year-old woman, just a few short days of getting married, who wants everyone to love her. And then the wedding photographer shows up with his seemingly recognizable face.
He knows Milly's best kept secret. Killing him is out of the question, yet Milly needs to find away to shut him up before everyone finds out that she's not perfect. Just knowing how funny Kinsella can Warning: this isn't a chick-lit review. Just knowing how funny Kinsella can be, I felt cheated. I wanted a dash of that humorist tone and crazy situations. But instead this is hard core drama that deals with LGBT themes, non-planned pregnancies, and falling out of love.
All things worth discussing.. Jul 04, Emilia Barnes rated it it was ok Shelves: list , lgbtq-themes , period-contemporary , not-for-me , genre-drama , genre-romance , dnf. As a set up this worked quite well, and I liked that the side characters had their own problems, conflicts and journeys. I was prepared to think this better than some of the newer Kinsellas.
Like this was an oopsie-daisies kinda mistake and not like a, you know, crime that can land you in prison. But instead she wrote a bi guy and then denied that he could be bi the so called No Bisexuals trope and then when he realised he was in love with his ex and always had been, she kills the ex off the so called Bury Your Gays trope.
I could write essays on why this is problematic but better people than I have already done so. She was one of those characters who you instantly bond with, who speaks for you, the audience, when she calls Millie a moron for thinking she could get away with bigamy. She brings a cool, competent air into a crowd of nincompoops and idiots and you, the reader, are grateful. Until, of course, Kinsella has to ruin that by making her start behaving stupidly too.
Anyway, by the time Alan is revealed to have died, the author had lost me. By then I cared for none of their happy endings, none of the romantic plot lines felt like they mattered to me and I gave it a pass. Here is a good example where the art was executed badly. Feb 26, Love Fool rated it really liked it.
Suddenly, her carefully constructed world is about to crash in ruins a Engaged to Simon - who is wealthy, serious, and believes her to be perfect - she is facing the biggest and most elaborate wedding imaginable.
But as the crisis develops, more secrets are revealed than Milly could possibly have realised. This was a quick read, which I think most chick-lits should be. I feel like at 18 I would too be young and stupid, willing to help out a poor gay couple.
The Wedding Girl
The usually reliable Wickham Shopaholic series author Sophie Kinsella's alter ego falters with this overplotted and heavy-handed smorgasbord of weddings and family shenanigans. Upon meeting wedding photographer Alexander Gilbert, Milly Havill realizes that he had photographed her when she first married 10 years earlier. The thought of Alexander revealing her past sends Milly into a panic. But that's just the beginning: Simon is bent on bettering his multimillionaire father in business and in marriage; Milly's bitter father, James, seems to appreciate Milly's independent older sister, Isobel, more than Milly; Isobel gets pregnant and is certain the father would not want a baby; and Rupert, the other half of the couple Milly had helped out, is now a born-again Christian. Unfortunately, the characters' struggles with identity, abortion and homosexuality are filtered through strained prose and too-obvious setups.
THE WEDDING GIRL
By Madeleine Wickham. At the age of eighteen, in that first golden Oxford summer, Milly was up for anything. Rupert and his American lover, Allan, were an important part of her new, exciting life, so when Rupert suggested to her that she and Allan should get married to keep Allan in the country, Milly didn't hesitate. Ten years later, Milly is a very different person and engaged to Simon—who is wealthy, serious, and believes her to be perfect.