Book Review: Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

wedding night

Rating: 2.5 / 5

Lottie is sure Richard, her boyfriend of three years is about to propose.  She is so sure that she even bought him an engagement ring.  However, instead of asking for her hand in marriage, Richard asks her what he should do with his frequent flier miles.  Out of the blue, her old flame, Ben Parr, contacts her, and in her fragile state, she agrees to marry him.  Lottie’s big sister, Fliss, is none too pleased with this turn of events.  She thinks that Richard is a good fit for Lottie, and, going through a rough divorce of her own, she doesn’t want her little sister to regret marrying Ben, especially if Lottie is trying to get pregnant during her honeymoon.  Since they have just gotten married and are planning on going back to Ikonos for their honeymoon, Fliss devises an elaborate plan to stop Lottie and Ben from consummating their marriage.

Wedding Night is a typical Sophie Kinsella chick-lit book.  While Kinsella is very good at that niche, I feel like this is overdone.  While I have enjoyed the Shopaholic series and Kinsella’s past novels, all her protagonists are the same.  I honestly don’t think I can tell the difference between Becky Bloomwood (Shopaholic series), Samantha Sweeting (Undomestic Goddess), Emma Corrigan (Can You Keep a Secret?), and now Lottie.  All her protagonists are fun, cheeky girls, but they are all interchangeable.  Wedding Night was not as enjoyable as Kinsella’s previous novels, most probably because it bordered on absurd.  And while previous protagonists have always been somewhat relatable and earnest, most of Wedding Night was based on the main characters lying to one another.  Overall, Wedding Night is one of those lazy beach reads; I was interested in reading it because I do enjoy Sophie Kinsella’s books, but this one missed the mark.

Other books by Sophie Kinsella:
I’ve Got Your Number


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