I received a free ARC of Thirteen Weddings by Paige Toon in exchange for this review. It feels like ages since I’ve had an advance copy of a book and reading it was a lovely way to spend yesterday evening and this afternoon because not only is it a great book, it’s a great book not many other people have had a chance to read yet. It’s out on 22nd May if reading my review tempts you. This isn’t the first of Paige Toon’s books that I’ve read – two I’ve reviewed are Baby Be Mine and One Perfect Summer. I have a couple of Paige’s other books including her new ish YA one waiting to be read and reading Thirteen Weddings has reminded me why I wanted to read them.
here is the synopsis:
Sometimes you have to step out of the light to see clearly again…
Bronte never expected to see Alex after their one night together, but she never stopped thinking of him. So when she arrives at work one day to find that Alex is a new colleague, she is secretly thrilled. The only problem is that Alex is now engaged to Zara, the girl he was on a break from the night they met.
Determined to move on with life, Bronte becomes a part-time wedding photographer, alongside her day job. Surrounded by loving couples, warring couples, tearful bridesmaids, mischievous pageboys and interfering mothers-in-law, she tries to navigate her way through wedding after wedding while her heart is being torn apart.
As Alex’s own wedding day draws ever nearer, Bronte and Alex’s chemistry becomes harder to ignore, and Bronte must decide whether to fight for the man she loves, or to let him go forever.
I liked Thirteen Weddings a lot because it was fun and a great book to switch off with after a stressful day yesterday. I think every other Paige Toon book I’ve read I’ve done so cover to cover in one day and I really wanted to do the same thing with Thirteen Weddings because it drew me in so much. I didn’t end up eating dinner until stupidly late last night in part because I just kept reading a few more pages before I went to make it. But my kindle battery died which was very disappointing as I had to wait for it to recharge before I could continue. It was even more disappointing when one of my friends tweeted me that was what the kindle app on ipad is for and I realised I could have still been reading. Unfortunately that was too late. Such is the life of a bookworm. But I totally would have gone through this cover to cover in one evening if not for that. It just would have been a ridiculously late night. Worth it though.
One of the things I really liked about Thirteen Weddings was that it wasn’t predictable. Every time I thought I saw where it was going I then changed my mind and decided something else was going to happen. But at the same time I loved the way it ended and it felt right for me. Another thing I really loved was a few of the characters from another Paige Toon book get a brief appearance and as I loved that book it was nice to catch up with them and see where they are now if you know what I mean. I still want more though. And I when Bronte was taking photos and talking about them I wanted to go onto facebook and see the sneak peaks she and Rachel were planning too.
This was such a fun good book and perfect for a sunny evening in the garden and a grayer afternoon lying on the bed as well. I prefered the sunny reading however.