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. Milly's secret history is locked away so securely she has almost persuaded herself that it doesn't exist—until, only four days before her elaborate wedding. To have and to hold takes on a whole new meaning when one bride's past catches up with her and bring the present crashing down.
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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. Milly's secret history is locked away so securely she has almost persuaded herself that it doesn't exist—until, only four days before her elaborate wedding.
To have and to hold takes on a whole new meaning when one bride's past catches up with her and bring the present crashing down. With her trademark style of keen insight, and razor sharp wit, Madeleine Wickham introduces her fanatical fan-base, plus a host of new readers to a fresh and irresistible heroine in The Wedding Girl.
Upload Sign In Join. Home Books Contemporary Fiction. Create a List. Download to App. Ratings: Rating: 3. Length: pages 4 hours. Description At the age of eighteen, in that first golden Oxford summer, Milly was up for anything.
Related Categories. Start your free 30 days. Page 1 of 1. Milly makes a foolish decision, but it is the catalyst for all the interesting things that happen. Secrets come out, but for the most part those secrets also contain the seeds of forgiveness and authenticity. The character of Simon was the one whose change seemed the most surprising - I'm not sure if it was convincing or not.
Before I started reading this book, I had low expectations. I had heard that Wickham is a lot less funny than Kinsella, although they are one and the same person. It is true that Wickham's style is rather different. To me, it was more like reading a book by Jill Mansell. Also it wasn't funny at all. But I liked the plot and the characters and the issues the book raises. It is certainly not as shallow as Kinsella's books are.
I still prefer Kinsella, but Wickham is not bad at all. This was my very first Madeleine Wickham book and I loved it! It was a great comfort to me as I was traveling with my husband for his job and was alone in our hotel room. I literally sat down and read this book in just a few short hours.
If you have never read her stuff before this is a great one to start with! Wedding Girl is a simple and easy read with a predictable storyline. I enjoy this type of book when I am looking for a stress buster.
If you like chick lit this fits the bill. At the giddy age of 18, Milly got married to Allan: older, foreign, handsome, charming He needed a way to stay in the country, and she truly didn't mind doing a favor for a friend. Now, ten years later, Milly is on the brink of marriage again, this time for real. In a few days, she'll be married to Simon, the man of her dreams.
There's just one tiny detail that needs to be sorted out: technically, she may still be married to Allan This book is both hysterically funny and surprisingly touching. There are plenty of plot twists and reversals, and the characters are strong and nuanced -- even ones that initially seem like stock characters such as the wedding-obsessed mother of the bride.
I chose to listen to the audiobook because it is narrated by the inimitable Katherine Kellgren, who did a stunning job as always. If you enjoy this sort of modern romance, I would recommend this, especially in audio. Listened to on audio Katherine Kellgren - ok.
They are going to have a big, white wedding. Everything is going to be perfect! But then, when long-buried secrets come out things may change. Milly has actually been married to another man for ten years. Whom she married so he could stay in Britain. But she never got a divorce and she never told anyone.
Everything that Milly cares about is all about to break down…I would recommend this book for girls above the age of I love Sophie Kinsella and need to realize that Madeleine Wickham is not the same person. It was ok. I never really cared about the characters and the side stories felt like Wickham just needed to fill space.
A great chick read. Lots of family stress and drama develop in the planning of a wedding. All is tied up neatly in the end. I quite liked this book. It definitely wasn't nearly as good as any of her Kinsella books but it was still good- very different to what I expected it to be like. It started off fairly slow and the writing was really dull and stiff but once I got into it, I really started to enjoy it.
Milly is a likable enough character and I could definitely empathize with her. Simon was a lot harder to like because of how he was portrayed at the beginning but by the end, I thought he was actually a pretty decent person.
The story itself was fun and silly while also managing to be meaningful and deal with some darker issues, such as Rupert and Allan's story. I wasn't a huge fan of the inconsistent change of point of view but it worked well at getting everybody's story in. There were a few twists that I really didn't see coming although the actual ending was pretty predictable given the genre.
Overall, I liked it and would be interested in reading some more of her Wickham books. I thought the plot was silly. Poor choices were made by the Wedding Girl in not trusting her future husband, Simon. She was also very irresponsible when she didn't follow up on a divorce. So far this is my favorite of Sophie Kinsella writing as Madeleine Wickham. The book according to her more serious style when she writes with her real name has a few brush-strokes of sadness here and there, but overall the story is gripping, it has interesting turns and some unexpected coupes de theater.
I only wish the story of the villain, I am not disclosing the identity, was explored a little more in depth. I wasn't sure it was possible for a Sophie Kinsella-type book to be more predictable than they are Pleasant enough, I suppose, when it is not entirely annoying.
In this tale, Milly is headed to the altar, but not without one big hiccup The intrigue behind why she got married, and why it was never dissolved are left to be discovered throughout the story, but I can say that the reasons are sad, and made me feel great empathy for all characters involved. For someone who wants happy endings and doesn't mind a few F bombs.
It does deal with a couple of serious subjects. One, how some conservative Christians are cruel to the gay community and the difficult decisions faced by a single woman with an unplanned pregnancy. As Sophie Kinsella, I find this author's books to be mildly entertaining, and occasionally exasperating, chick-lit.
The books she writes as Madeleine Wickham her real name, I think? This one is somewhere in between - the plot is pure frippery, but the characters are a little more thoroughly rendered, and it there's more depth of emotion then the pink, cartoon-bride cover would lead you to expect.
A breezy, fun story of the choices we make and the choices we try to forget. Until one day, as it always does, the secret came back to bite her in the ass. And her coming clean affects more than just her life, but the life of a person who shared in her secret. Hard decisions are made, but in the end we realize that if we remain true to ourselves, life is good.
I really like Sophie Kinsella works. This one was a bit different from her Shopaholic series. The premise is an interesting one that could have been developed more. There were several story lines going on in this book and they were never really flushed out, in the end they tied up too neatly. There were things that left me baffled i. Milly and Simon's characters and relationship were lost in all these sub plots so I never really connected with them.
All in all this book was an alright read because it had potential.
The Wedding Girl by Madeleine Wickham – a tale of two marriages
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A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox vulpes libris : small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard. At eighteen, Milly was up for anything. To make it seem real she dressed up in wedding finery and posed on the steps of the registry office for photographs. Now, ten years later, Milly is a very different person. Engaged to Simon — who is good-looking, wealthy and adores her — she is about to have the biggest and most elaborate wedding imaginable, all masterminded by her mother.
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Wickham Sleeping Arrangements, , etc. She lost touch with them soon after the all-too-legal nuptials, but figured no one would ever find out. Furthermore, he has a photo of Milly with Husband No. His taunts spur Milly to track down Rupert and Allan; what she finds is not what she expected. Meanwhile, the rest of her family has their own problems to deal with. Simon resents his wealthy father Harry for trying to buy his love after abandoning him and his mother.
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Added by 13 of our members. 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.