Not content with one book to review, I've actually been sent another. The Wedding Party by Sophie King is not so Mummy orientated, more of a good chick flick kind of read. Brilliant, I thought to myself, I have two weddings to go to in May, this will be the perfect book to get me into the wedding groove and I can read it during the train rides around Britain when the various grandparents are looking after the boys which means I'll be able to read it in peace.
I have to say that chick flicks are not my natural choice of book. Generally, if I have the time to read I prefer to read something a little more substantial. So when I saw the cover of the book my heart sank. Call me shallow for judging a book by its cover, but I just couldn't generate any enthusiasm for a book bathed in baby pink fairy cakes.
The book itself, when I finally started reading it, was perfectly enjoyable. Well written, it had quite a few very funny lines and some nicely observed comments on familial relationships. but, I did find the constant coincidences in the plot line annoying and couldn't believe in quite a few of the characters at all. The timeline of the story also didn't quite hang together which irritated me in the same way that a hang nail does.
I would have very much enjoyed reading the book as a series of short stories or magazine articles, but in a novel form it was too long for me. If I enjoyed the genre more, I would probably have really enjoyed the story but as it was I was pleased to arrive at the Oxfordshire station that signalled the end of my journey and the start of a real life wedding party.