Title: White Wedding
Published: 26th April 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Author: Milly Johnson
It’s the day they’ve always dreamed about. But will it turn out to be a nightmare…?
Bel is in the midst of planning her perfect wedding when disaster strikes and everything she thought she knew is turned on its head. Can she hold it all together and, with the help of her friends, and a mysterious man she meets unexpectedly, turn disaster into triumph?
Bel’s friend, ice-cream parlour owner Violet, is engaged to Glyn, who is besotted by her although Violet fell out of love with him long ago. But however trapped she feels in the relationship, she can’t quite say the words, ‘I don’t want to marry you anymore.’ Then, just when she’s about to give up and resign herself to married life, she finds love in the most surprising of places. Will duty rule her heart or will she allow herself to be swept off her feet?
Max was planning a quick registry office do with her fiancé Stuart until she sees a TV programme about traveller brides and becomes determined to have the most extravagantly glitzy wedding ever. But in all the excitement has she lost sight of what’s really important? Does she want the wedding more than she wants the groom?
And as all three friends find the dress of their dreams at the White Wedding bridal shop, its owner, the lovely Freya, guarantees that her gowns will bring them happiness – though maybe not quite in the way they expected…
Funny antic’s of what can happen at a wedding when you’re not marrying the right man.
The book starts with three women, Bel, Max and Violet, meeting by chance at a little wedding dress shop that promises to find you the perfect dress for your special day. At the time they all seem very happy about the next big step they are about to take but the more you start to learn about them the more you realise it was only just a front.
I liked Bel a lot, the way she handled everything her own way, a very self-sufficient person who wasn’t going to take anything lying down. After a few chapters in you can start to figure out what might have happened to make her more distant and detached about her upcoming wedding and fiancé Richard. I found her character very brave with what she did at her wedding but her story only really starts to get interesting when she runs off to West Yorkshire and meets the very tasty Dr Dan. The back and forth between them is brilliant, chemistry is there in abundance and you are routing for them straight away.
Max took a while for me to warm to her. She is a self-made businesswoman who seemed to like going off on a tangent about the crazy things she wanted to have at her wedding. Its starts off as a small affair at a registry office but soon turns into a gypsy style wedding – fake tan, glitter, rhinestones the lot. Her, and Stuarts, friend Luke seems to make an appearance a few times and all you can hope is that he will be there for her when she needs him most. The further the story goes you can see what her fiancé Stuart is up to and that’s when you start to like her more as you can see what is going to happen next. But Max being Max isn’t going to let anything stop her big day – even the groom.
Violet is the quiet one of three women who takes a while to open up about the way her life has turned out. She fell out of love with her fiancé a while ago and doesn’t feel like she can escape from the hole she has fallen into. What she liked about him at the start of their relationship is what she hates now. She feels suffocated with how he treats her. Her only freedom she has is when she goes to her ice-cream parlour. It’s a place that she can relax and try to think about what her next move will be and the fact that the handsome painter Pav is there just makes it that much better.
The relationships between the women are brilliant, you can see why they became friends so quickly and would stay friends for years to come. You can tell from the beginning that the men these women are with at the start aren’t the right fit for them but it’s the journey the writer takes you on that brings the whole story to life, and the women to the right men.
I think the last thought that Bel has ends the story perfectly with how their friendship and love for each other, and the men they are meant to be with, has grown and developed throughout, a quote by Charlotte Bronte:
There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.
4 out of 5 stars