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Thirteen Weddings by Paige Toon

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List Price: £7.99

 

Paperback: 448 Pages.

Published: 22 May 2014 by Simon & Schuster UK

Edition: Paperback Original

ISBN: 1471113418

EAN: 9781471113413

Last year, Bronte left Sydney for a wedding in England, where she met newly single Alex. After a night of passion they parted ways, and Bronte returned to Australia. Now working on a picture desk for a magazine in London, Bronte is about to meet her new colleague, who turns out to be all too familiar. Although awkward at first, as Alex is now engaged to the girl he was on a break from when they met, they soon become friends. But as the two get closer, and the wedding day looms, it is clear that Alex and Bronte have unfinished business..

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Light and enjoyable

This novel is set in an English summer with the background of thirteen weddings at some of which Bronte is a guest but where most of the time she is learning the trade as a wedding photographer and earning some money to supplement her salary as she works on a picture desk at a magazine. Bronte is an Australian who meets Alex at a wedding (the first of the thirteen) and has a one night stand with him. A year later she is working with him, has a crush on him, and has discovered that he is engaged. During the summer she will try to work out if there can be a lasting relationship with Alex but she will also meet Lachie who is another travelling Australian and who finds lots of ways to insert himself in her life.

I thought that the technical aspects of this book were well portrayed. I understood Bronte's role on the magazine and I enjoyed her experiences as she learns wedding photography. The

author presents each wedding with a slightly different setting and scenario - all the problems she uses as examples of how weddings can go wrong (and sometimes how they can go very right) are realistic and often amusing. Bronte's hangups about churches just add to the fun.The main part of the book is Bronte's frustrated relationship with Alex and the alternative offered to her in the appearance of Lachie. This storyline moves on in the context of Bronte's job and her new occupation which is good as very often in modern romances the love story becomes so all encompassing that you never really get a feel for how the heroine lives.

I thought that the romance was well done and I honestly wasn't sure exactly how the author would end the book - I certainly oculdn't predict the ending from the beginning. This is not a heavy or complex book but it is an enjoyable modern romance with lots of engaging and interesting context. I received a free copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley.

 
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