Sophie Ranald returns to the blog with a story from the bride’s perspective, complete with over the top in laws to be and a wedding planner who is more bridezilla than necessary with
Natalie has a good life, and it’s made even more ‘complete’ by finding that her boyfriend Archie is now making that commitment and there is a wedding in the works. Sure, there were mishaps on the way to “The Question”, and Archie’s family is more than a bit different than hers, but she believes that their conversations about a quiet wedding with only a few guests – all close family and friends, is how things will be.
Of course, she doesn’t have the time for cold feet, even as a quiz in a beauty-shop magazine leads her to all sorts of second thoughts, and even when she’s faced with Archie’s mum and the wedding planner from hell (or some celebrity adventure, you pick) and Natalie feels all at sea. Particularly when Archie is AWOL, no one is listening to her, and her tendency to ‘doormat’ to stronger, and ostensibly wiser, voices take command. I liked Natalie and particularly when she was talking with her grandfather and his cat / companion: their love showed clearly, and Natalie did shine there. But against other bolder, more outspoken and far more ‘grab what they want and to hell with everyone else’ attitudes, Natalie did pale in comparison. And far from other titles that I’ve read from Ranald, I didn’t see a huge growth spurt for Natalie: she didn’t get better at speaking her own mind, or saying no, or even really making herself heard. Not with her prospective mother-in-law, the wedding planner who everyone will love to dislike, or even with Archie. When she could buttonhole him into a discussion.
There were some ‘adjustments” to characters – Archie’s mother and one sister did manage to change in ways that felt jarring and not quite true to what we had come to know – but maybe I’m quibbling as the rush to a happy ending was close? But, if you’ve read others from this author, you’ll see a couple of familiar faces in this one, and some truly clever moments that, while over the top, are giggle-inducing and keep a lightness that is offset (quite surprisingly) by the moments of Natalie with her grandfather and her worries for and about him. Perhaps not quite what I expected, but the chance to read a wedding planning fiasco from the bride’s perspective (and not the planner) with a truly wonderful, if needing to find more backbone heroine in Natalie made this a decent escapist read and is sure to please many.
Title: He's Cancelled
Author: Sophie Ranald
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy, British, Family Saga, Friendship, Humor elements, Setting: Britain
Published by: Bookouture
Published on: 23 June, 2021
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 35 minutes
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When he proposed, I had to pinch myself. Up until then, his most romantic gesture was buying me a 128-piece tool kit.
It’s normal to get cold feet, right? But what about a case of frozen get-me-the-heck-out-of-here feet?
When Natalie’s boyfriend gets down on one knee (even if it’s because he trips and drops the ring) it’s meant to be the start of their happy ever after. But planning a wedding to Archie feels like she’s competing in the Hunger Games…
She’s up against a mother-in-law who enforces a pre-wedding diet with portions you need a microscope for.
She’s cornered by a bridesmaid-zilla sister-in-law who forces her old wedding dress on Nat, featuring satin bows, way too much tulle and a bodice that Nat doesn’t even have the boobs for.
She fends off a best man who tries to kiss her by kneeing him in the crotch.
And she has to defeat a pushy wedding planner who insists on peacocks, doves and pink flamingos at the ceremony.
Nat would wear her battle scars with pride if Archie was by her side. But her fiancé is missing in action, refusing to help her deal with his diva family and going AWOL on the stag do. With just weeks to go, she might have to do the unthinkable… Is it too late to cancel? And if she’s not Archie’s bride-to-be then who on earth is she?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.