This was a light-hearted, funny romance with a sting. It was about relationships and how the past have a lasting influence on them, but above all it was about weddings and how they often get way out of hand and lead to bitterness and resentment.
Pippa and Nick have always said marriage isn’t for them, but when they go to a friend’s wedding they get very drunk and decide to get married. Pippa is a chef and can’t do the planning for the wedding because she’s really busy, so Nick takes over and even writes a blog about his experience called, A Groom With A View. Pippa wants the wedding to be a small, intimate affair, but soon enough it gets out of hand. The problem is she doesn’t really communicate this with Nick and instead gets more and more resentful. I know people get bothered about this plot maneuver, where if only the characters spoke to one another things would be resolved. I get why it’s annoying as I did feel this a bit. Anyway, Nick has some glaring faults, too, so it isn’t all Pippa’s fault. That’s what I really liked about this book, the characters were very real, although I must admit one made a surprising U-turn in her attitude at the end of the novel which was a bit unbelievable.
I’m not into weddings myself, so was skeptical about this book going in, but the focus wasn’t on weddings per-se, but instead how they can wreak havoc in relationships and garner much more attention than they deserve. That was my favourite aspect of the novel, the fact that it wasn’t just a fluffy romance, but imparted wisdom and caution. Weddings were almost critiqued, which I really liked.
Overall this isn’t a novel I’m going to especially remember in 6 months, but it was good for what it was and had much more substance than I initially thought it would.