Jenny Colgan comes to the blog with the re-release of her debut offering, a romantic comedy originally released in 2000
Melanie, Francesca and Amanda are solidly working-class girls, raised a few hours outside London. Growing up together with all of the usual spats that occur in a group of three friends, Amanda always had her eyes on the prize, determined to make the most of her upwardly mobile ambitions. Leaving both Mel and Fran behind as she now works in PR and is ‘uber’ glamorous, she only deigns to acknowledge her old school chums when she’s in need of a serious boost to her feelings of superiority. But now, in a break from the twice yearly traditions, she’s called them in to announce her marriage to Fraser, Scottish Laird and not someone she ever noticed despite being at Uni with him and Mel.
Mel has her own issues: a couple of dates with an accountant who clings tighter than ivy, an ex who scuttled of to America without leaving so much as a note, and a best friend who can’t help but see every man she encounters without pants, she’s feeling unloved, unwanted, overweight and more than a bit lonely until Alex’s phone call. He’s coming back, and against all common sense, she’s ready to forgive all of his bad behavior and jump into playing happy families. But, with the Awful Amanda’s wedding on the horizon, and a sudden reintroduction to Fraser, as well as meeting his mates and younger brother – all feeling that the wedding is a terrible mistake, the opportunity for Mel to put her foot in it, drunkenly and repeatedly, is never-ending.
This re-release allowed me the opportunity to visit a title I’d not read from Colgan, who is at the top of my auto-buy list for her layered and complex characters moving through often very ordinary lives in unusual ways. There are smidgens of the writer that I know now, and some truly ‘twenty-something, finding yourself’ moments that also feel very appropriate in a twenty year old story. Authors and their skills improve and develop with use and experience – experience gleaned from life and simply writing, and it is clear to see this is a story that is fully embracing it’s twenty-something-ness in all of the self-absorption, drink, regardless of consequences acts from many of the characters. But, in that parts were frustrating, it did offer a look into lives that, while different to our own, are sure to bring memories of times best forgotten. While not my favorite novel from this author, it is one that, had I read it when she was first published, would have encouraged me to read more.
Title: Amanda's Wedding
Author: Jenny Colgan
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Setting: Britain
Published by: William Morrow
Published on: 8 January, 2019 (Re-Release)
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 40 minutes
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From New York Times bestselling author Jenny Colgan comes the debut novel that made her the sensation she is today—a hilarious, unforgettable story of one woman’s mad dash to put a stop to the wedding of her old school friend who’s the complete opposite of the sweet Scottish lord she’s marrying.
Amanda’s old school friends, Mel and Fran, are shocked when the social-climbing queen of mean announces her engagement to a laird (Scottish lord). It doesn’t matter that Fraser McConnald has worn the same pair of Converse sneakers for the last three years and that his castle is a pile of rubble with one gas heater—she’ll be the wife of an actual laird! But Mel and Fran can’t just sit back and let the sweet and gentle Fraser marry Amanda, especially since Mel had a huge crush on him back in University. Something must be done!
Joining forces with Fraser’s adorable younger brother Angus, they set out to sabotage this mismatch of the century. So between fighting off the attentions of a love-crazed accountant, keeping Fran’s deadly maneuvers’ with the opposite sex under control and trying to win her own war of love with her aspiring rock-star beau, Mel finds herself preparing for a wedding that’s everything you’d wish on your worst enemy.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.