Saturday 8 September 2018

Book ~ "At the Wedding" (2018) Matt Dunn

From Goodreads ~ Livia’s been planning her wedding to Jed for ages. Now, at the venue in beautiful Barcelona, with her dress pressed and the guests all on their way, she’s only left one tiny detail until the last minute: letting the groom know he’s about to get hitched.

But as far as Jed’s concerned, they’ve been bumping along just fine for ten years and even have a baby on the way, so why spoil things with an ‘I do’? Especially when he’d really rather not.

Meanwhile the guests are arriving with plenty of baggage of their own. Fading reality star Liam’s still on the lookout for a plus-one; Rachel’s has refused to come - and dumped her into the bargain; and divorcee Patrick’s date is more of the ‘mid-life crisis’ variety.

But as the ceremony approaches and with no sign of Jed, there’s only one thing on all of their minds: will there be a bride and groom at the wedding? 

Jed and Livia have been dating for ten years and are expecting a baby in a couple of months.  She has planned a weekend in Barcelona, to celebrate their meeting ten years ago.  She has invited Liam, Jed's brother who was the second runner-up on Big Brother and is still trying to live on that glory; newly divorced Patrick, who is jaded about love and marriage and has brought his much younger girlfriend, Izzy; and Rachel, Livia's best friend who has just been dumped by her boyfriend.  What Jed doesn't know (but everyone else does) is that Livia is going to propose to him and has planned a wedding for the next day.

Needless to say, Jed is shocked with the proposal but goes along with it.  But he doesn't see why they have to get married as things are fine as they are.  He spends his wedding day deciding if he wants to go through with it or not and if he doesn't, how does he break it to Livia?

I've read many books by this author and liked this one.  I enjoyed the writing style and found it amusing.  It is written by an English author so their humour was there.  It was written in third person perspective from various points of view (wherever the action was).  I liked the characters, though I wasn't crazy about Livia at first ... she seemed selfish at first by putting Jed on the spot and pressuring him into marriage.  It said a lot about their relationship if she couldn't be honest with him.  I found Izzy a bit extreme and childish at times and don't know how the more mature Patrick would tolerate her.  As a head's up, there is some swearing.

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