The Wedding That Changed Everything – Jennifer Joyce
Love happens when you least expect it…
Emily Atkinson stopped believing in fairy tales a long time ago! She’s fed up of dating frogs in order to find her very own Prince Charming and is giving up on men entirely, but then she’s invited to the wedding of the year at the enchanting Durban Castle and realises that perhaps bumping into a real-life knight in shining armour isn’t quite as far away as she thought!
Will Emily survive the wedding and walk away an unscathed singleton – or finally find her own happily-ever-after?
I was so engaged by this lovely book that I read it in one sitting. The opening sentence had me hooked, and the author kept me hooked to the very last page. The only tiny irritation is something that happens in a great many books, when a character needs to say something, fix something, or put someone straight, they either are incapable of speech, or the other person walks away and they don’t stop them, or something completely ignorable happens to prevent the explanation. Still, its only a small irritation, so lets move on.
My younger self (and friend) identify with Emily and Alice, and Francelia sounds just like another friend’s mother-in-law. Emily and Alice rely on and support each other in many ways, as real friends do, and Alice’s insistence on trying to find a boyfriend for Emily is in equal measure annoying and adorable, as are Emily’s reasons for dumping men before or after just three dates. Yet among all the fun, charm and romance, lie some serious issues and a dark secret. Both girls’ families make a great case for the statement that ‘the best place for the family is framed on the shelf’.
One of the more interesting couples are the bride and groom, Carolyn and Piers, and thankfully the author does give us a reasonable view of that relationship, though it would have been nice to see a little bit more. I liked the dynamic of opposites attracting. Jennifer Joyce certainly has fun with her people, and I loved the depiction of one passing character and his teeth. The banter between Tom and Emily is entertaining, as are the misconceptions between them.
This is such an enjoyable story, filled with instantly recognisable characters, hilarious situations, and a ‘villain’ or two just to keep the fairy tale theme going. And what’s a wedding without people getting drunk, a punch being thrown, secrets getting revealed, and a potential happy ending or two? Arm yourself with drinks and nibbles, snuggle into your favourite armchair, and treat yourself to a few hours of feel-good fun, laughter, and romance with The Wedding That Changed Everything.