Don’t Tell The Groom – Anna Bell

Penny is feeling pretty pleased with herself, her man Mark finally proposed (only slightly behind schedule), and she’s supplemented their wedding fund by playing online bingo- or so she thought. Penny’s dreams of Vera Wang, Jimmy Choo and all that go with them are thwarted when she discovers she lost £10,000 and has a gambling addiction. But all is not lost- Penny has an idea. She’ll plan the wedding herself, keeping it a secret from Mark, and bring the whole thing in for under £5,000. How hard could all that be?

Kooks for your Kindle?– I loved all the supporting characters, none of them unrealistically over the top, and all adding their own stories. Mark the fiancé was so well suited to Penny and understanding of her quirks, knowing her a lot better than she thought he did. Penny’s best friend Lou had her own issues, but also had very good reason for keeping them from Penny. Mark’s Nanny Violet seemed a little scary at first, but she had the most interesting tale to tell, going back to the 1940s.

The Bella-Swan-Pathetically-Self-Sacrificing-Factor– I’m not normally a fan of heroines so ditzy they can lose £10,000 without noticing, but I was pleasantly surprised- of course it was a mistake not to tell Mark, but she found some ingenious ways to get around the loss of the money, and didn’t mess up again. The subject of gambling addiction is not one I’ve read about before, but it was sensitively handled without taking away from the fun tone of the book.

Painting a picture for your paperback?– Most of the book is on the subject of planning a wedding and the life together that follows, from the perspective of a wedding-obsessed gal. Now I’m the total opposite, but I thoroughly enjoyed the chatty, contemporary, fun narrative and the deadline created a page-turning effect. Any woman who is or will be soon planning a wedding on a budget would do well to read this for some clever and unexpected money saving ideas! (Not to get all service-y, but if you’re planning a wedding that’s either small, unusually themed, budget, same-sex or if you’re just not a fan of the Wedding-Industrial Complex, I totally recommend browsing through Offbeat Bride, so many awesome ideas to be borrowed.)

Evaluation of your eBook?– This will probably be much loved by all chicklit fans, but is especially suited to those that enjoy the Shopaholic/Bridget Jones branch of the family tree, with a lovable, slightly disastrous heroine and plenty of humour. This was a well-rounded book, with some unexpected depth and characters to care about, and it’s cheap too. I found it slightly better than Millie And The American Wedding by the same author; both are wedding themed, but refreshingly different. Side note: It should be required reading for any bride-to-be, it’s a great cautionary tale of taking it all too seriously. Also, I think this might be my favourite cover art ever!

Frothy Ranking: 4/5 cocktails.

Can be obtained from:

UK: From Amazon for £1.53

US: From Amazon for $2.99

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