The lovely people at Simon and Schuster surprised me with a copy of White Wedding by Milly Johnson to read and review. Being that they send me books semi regularly it wasn’t that much of a surprise but I didn’t know it was coming and I alway love hearing unexpected books land through the letterbox.
Here’s what it’s about:
It’s the day they’ve always dreamed about. But will it turn out to be a nightmare …? Bel is in the midst of planning her perfect wedding when disaster strikes and everything she thought she knew is turned on its head. Can she hold it all together and, with the help of her friends, and a mysterious man she meets unexpectedly, turn disaster into triumph? Bel’s friend, ice-cream parlour owner Violet, is engaged to Glyn, who is besotted by her although Violet fell out of love with him long ago. But however trapped she feels in the relationship, she can’t quite say the words, ‘I don’t want to marry you anymore.’ Then, just when she’s about to give up and resign herself to married life, she finds love in the most surprising of places. Will duty rule her heart or will she allow herself to be swept off her feet? Max was planning a quick registry office do with her fiance Stuart until she sees a TV programme about traveller brides and becomes determined to have the most extravagantly glitzy wedding ever. But in all the excitement has she lost sight of what’s really important? Does she want the wedding more than she wants the groom? And as all three friends find the dress of their dreams at the White Wedding bridal shop, its owner, the lovely Freya, guarantees that her gowns will bring them happiness – though maybe not quite in the way they expected
I have to say I think Milly Johnson is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. It’s only the second of hers I’ve read (I think) but they draw me in, make me laugh, feel good and are plain and simply fun! It’s chick lit but whereas some chicklit doesn’t have much of a plot this manages to be completely ridiculous in places (in a very good way) but also tackle slightly serious issues and do so well.
Mental health issues are touched on with one character and I thought the picture painted was very true to life for the most part. The effect it had on the character and also those around them is portrayed with what struck me as realism as well is the different ways people reacted to it – some with derision, others with support laced with hidden frustration and others with pity and support. I wasn’t convinced by how that arc ended (I’m sure it could happen but whether it would is another thing) but it made for a brilliant twist in the plot.
Plus. Freya has a real Fairy Godmother feel to her at certain ponts (I hope that isn’t too much of a spoiler) which I really loved.
I’m hoping to find a spare little while when I go into Oxford later this week. If I do there will, of course, be a visit to Waterstones on the cards. Milly Johnson’s books will definitely be some of what I check out in that case.