Tuesday 16 January 2024

The Wedding of the Year by Jill Mansell #TheWeddingOfTheYear @JillMansell @headlinepg #BookReview


Love, friendship and secrets revealed as the sun beats down on dazzling blue Cornish seas . . .

It's set to be a perfect day - until the chauffeur is asked to keep driving the bride around the church. This wedding definitely isn't going as planned.

Lottie is a guest at the wedding when she sees Max. No kiss has ever matched the last one they shared fifteen years ago. They were on the brink of a beautiful love story, until a shocking event tore them apart. Now here he is, still ridiculously good-looking, teasing Lottie in the old way - and that overwhelming electric attraction is back. But Max is way out of bounds.

Freya owes Cameron everything. But she doesn't love him. Which is a shame, because they're about to be married.

Ruby has been the perfect wife. When she discovers the truth about her husband, her response is reckless and delicious. But after that, nothing will ever be the same again.

The Wedding of the Year by Jill Mansell is published on 18 January 2024 by Headline. My thanks to the publisher who sent my copy for review.

A version of this review was originally published in S Magazine - Sunday 14 January 2024

Jill Mansell is the absolute queen of romantic, witty and heart warming novels and in this, her 36th book, she has, once again produced a story that will capture the heart. 

A small seaside town in Cornwall is the setting of the wedding of Freya and Cameron. The church is beautiful, the bride is serene and the groom is eagerly awaiting her. However, when vicar’s wife Ruby makes a dramatic entrance, the wedding becomes the least important part of the day. 
Meanwhile Lottie spots another of the guests. Shocked to see Max, the guy who stole her heart fifteen years ago, she is instantly attracted to him again, but events of the past mean that he is out of bounds. 

Freya, Lottie and Ruby’s stories interweave throughout the book. As Ruby comes to terms with the end of her marriage, and Freya is relieved that hers hasn’t even begun, Lottie tries to avoid bumping into Max.

Three wonderfully created female characters, supported by a large cast of friends, family members and potential love interests, this is a story to devour and one that produces that feel-good factor in such huge amounts. 

The Cornish setting is scintillating, and the close-knit community who all know each other feels like just the place that I’d love to visit. The stories of each character seamlessly blend together, and whilst this is an up lifting and romantic read, the author also deals with more serious issues, but in her own special way. 

Once again, Jill Mansell has served up a delicious treat, full of joy and fabulous characters.

Jill Mansell’s books are full of love, life and friendship and have been bringing joy to
readers for twenty-five years. She started writing fiction while working in the NHS, after joining a local creative writing class. She has since written over twenty Sunday Times bestsellers, including MAYBE THIS TIME, THIS COULD CHANGE EVERYTHING and YOU AND ME, ALWAYS, and her books have sold over 11 million copies around the world.

Jill's hobbies include buying stationery, particularly magical new colours of ink for the fountain pen she uses to write all her books – Jill is one of the few authors who still write their books by hand. Jill also loves people-watching and finding new characters to put in her novels. So when you’re out, make sure to always be on your best behaviour. And beware of beady-eyed authors carrying notebooks . . .

Jill keeps in touch with her readers on Twitter - @JillMansell - and Facebook - /OfficialJillMansell.

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