Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Book Review - The Winter Wedding by Abby Clements

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Title: The Winter Wedding
Author: Abby Clements
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: Review copy sent by publisher
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 5th November 2015
Rating: 4 Stars


Hazel never set out to be a wedding planner. She was just helping her stressed sister Lila with cakes and d├ęcor for her big day. But when Lila and Ollie's summer ceremony is a runaway success, with guests raving about the food and styling at the pretty venue, word about Hazel's expertise soon spreads. 

But Hazel's clients expect the very best - she's promised lawyers Gemma and Eliot a snow-covered castle in the Scottish Highlands, and laidback couple Josh and Sarah a bohemian beach wedding in a Caribbean paradise. But as weather, in-laws and wilful brides conspire against her, can Hazel get two very different couples to walk up two very different aisles to say 'I do'? And will she find her own happy ending if she does?

The Winter Wedding is the latest fabulous book from Abby Clements. It certainly features both Winter and Weddings, as well as romance, but mainly for the other characters and not Hazel. 

From the prologue I have the feeling The Winter Wedding had been written as a sort of adult fairy tale, with a great narrative style. It draws you in and gives you a lot of the key information about Hazel and Lily, her twin sister. They used to be very close but since Lily met Ollie, Hazel has felt like part of her is being torn apart. 

This is the story of how Hazel copes with not only Lily moving further apart from her, but also Hazel's struggles at work, and how she sets up a new business. The book flows really well and is a pleasure to read. Its a very gentle story that will ease you into your winter reading. 

I loved the idea of Hazel's set designs, and how similar in some respects set designing and putting together elements of wedding to make it look fabulous are .  Just from Hazel helping out planning her sisters wedding she has two other friends ask if she will help on theirs. And so we see elements of three very different weddings. 

However it felt as though I just didn't have the emotional connection to any of the characters that I would have expected to make this an amazing book for me. I really enjoyed reading it and its a lovely story, with lots of nice moments, but it isn't my favourite of Abby Clements. That's not to say its not good, it is a good book, but she has done better. 

Overall a lovely story, great voice to the book and was a fast read, but just lacking a bit in depth. 

Thanks to Hayley McMullan at Simon & Schuster for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

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