Monday, 21 September 2015

Review: The Girl's Guide to Getting Hitched by Sophie Hart

The Girl's Guide to Getting Hitched
Written by       Sophie Hart
Published on   July 17, 2015, by Bookouture
Genre              Women's Fiction, Romance

Rule number one: Keep calm and marry on…

When new mum and events planner Julia Crawford is given the opportunity to plan three weddings, she jumps at the chance. What could possibly go wrong? …

Forget bridezilla, Aimee’s future mother-in-law is the stuff of nightmares – hell bent on taking over the wedding entirely. Worse still, her fiancĂ©, Jon, seems oblivious. Aimee’s starting to wonder if she and her groom-to-be are right for each other after all…

Body shy Debbie is on a mission. She’s determined to shed a lot of pounds before the big day. As the wedding inches closer, will the new Debbie lose sight of what’s really important?

Gill loves Mike and their blended family of five kids to bits, but with a house full of teenage hormones and her eldest, Kelly, struggling with so much change, Gill is feeling the pressure...

As the women bond over cake and a cuppa, can they each resolve their wedding woes before the big day?

I love chick-lit novels, read as many as I can find. I have met countless gorgeous, strong women characters in all these years and most of them are forgotten, unfortunately. But, I strongly feel that I will never forget the Charming ladies from The Girl's Guide to Getting Hitched by Sophie Hart. It was a pleasure meeting them all. Absolutely delightful! 

Julia Crawford - a new Mommy and an Event Planner, is busy changing diapers and preparing the meals for her husband, Nick nowadays. Soon, she is exhausted from spending the days inside the walls every day. So, she says 'yes' when an opportunity knocks at the door as a letter from Valerie to arrange her Son's wedding. I loved Julia, she is amazing. Losing temper when overloaded with responsibilities, a series of quarrels when frustrated and pushing hubby down the priority list. I was having a 'I-knew-this-already-smile' whilst reading the bickering and moaning and silly fights they had. They all are true, had a Deja Vu moment then. ** SIGH ** Glad she found the rhythm again and balanced her career and life with ease. Julia is sensible, kind, ambitious and tactful. I loved her the most.

There is no Bridezilla in this novel, but Aimee's vicious future mother-in-law, Valerie. Aimee is dejected, unable to plan her own wedding. All things are getting planned according to Valerie's wishes. She is being smothered by the negligence of Jonathan and a strong desire to have a career, which Jon wouldn't let her. Then, there is Debbie, who has made up her mind to burn off the extra calories before the wedding and Gill, who has troubles planning her wedding because of her naughty crazy children. I liked all the brides-to-be. Aww, How I wish to be calm and composed as Aimee, to have Strong willpower like Debbie and big-hearted as Gill.

The characters are lovely and charming. I can write an essay on them. I loved their husbands too, they are supportive, caring, understanding and are truly madly deeply in love with their wives, irrespective of all the flaws they have. I wager, this novel will make you feel good and put you back in a 'lovey-dovey couple' mood. Read this when you are in a bad mood, especially after those annoying fights and your eyes are puffy, welled up with tears. 

I have not read Sophie Hart's novels afore, but I am determined to read them, particularly The Girl's Guide to Falling in Love to read more Julia Crawford's Story. This book can also  be enjoyed as a stand-alone. Simple and quick. It can be finished in one sitting. There is no room for 'what-would-happen-next' anticipations or excitements, though. The entire story is pretty predictable and each problem resolves before the chapter ends. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the book from the first page to the last and happy that everyone got a happy ending/beginning they deserved. To sum up, it is a 'make-you-fee-good' book, full of laughter, friendship, and romance. Highly Recommended!

My Rating: 4.5/5 ( I Loved it <3 )

Happy Reading!

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