Title: A Vintage Wedding
Author: Katie Fford
Publisher: 12 th February 2015 by Random House UK, Cornerstone Digital
Pages: 466 pages
How I Read It: ARC ebook
Genre: romance, women’s fiction, chick lit
My Rating: three and a half crowns
In a small Cotswold country town, Beth, Lindy and Rachel are looking for new beginnings. So they set up in business, organising stylish and perfectly affordable vintage weddings. Soon they are busy arranging other people's Big Days. What none of them know is that their own romances lie waiting, just around the corner ....
You know that feeling, you are just longing for a book that will uplift and refresh, entertain and make you feel good. Not too strenuous on the brain, just a nice easy read. Katie Fford’s, ‘Vintage Weddings’ will fulfil that desire. With such a relaxed writing style, it is not a tale filled with dramas and high tension but delightful, witty romance. At times, some may consider it, a little too convenient – however, I am prepared to overlook that because this really is an example of chick lit at its finest. I found it refreshing that there were three leading ladies who gelled together and you were able to watch their relationships and business ventures grow. Do not fear! It’s not all sunshine and flowers, there are the everyday problems in life – difficult relationships, family demands – but not so serious, just ‘normal’ every day stuff. Makes for a nice change and an all round winner:
“The best kind of sweet shop, when everything is really tempting, and you don’t have to have just a few but a whole box, or bucket, or whatever”.
It’s full of likeable characters, realistic everyday occurrences, with a few little twists thrown in for good measure. My favourite character was Rachel, as I could relate just a little to her OCD (*giggle*) and how Raff – what a sweetie - slowly took down her walls of defence. The dialogue was entertaining and pure, that made escaping into this tale a breath of fresh air.
Fford’s writing comes with a message of optimism, inviting the reader to take that step in your life that could make all the difference. Look around you, look ahead and seize those opportunities that could very well change your life. In this circumstance, Beth, Lindy and Rachel move forward with their lives, instead of only working with the cards dealt them; they took an idea and ran with it. Vintage Weddings truly was the missing piece in their life puzzles and you will smile at their novel approach and friendship. I liked how everyone banded together and worked as a team. I can only hope that Fford may revisit this little village some time down the track.
“However we met them….we’re all very lucky. And even without our blokes, Vintage Weddings is still amazing”.
This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The quoted material may have changed in the final release.