Friday, May 25, 2012

Book Review: Kate's Wedding

'Kate's Wedding'
Author: Chrissie Manby

Format: Paperback
Published: Hodder & Stoughton; Mar. 2011
Pages: 304
Genre: Chick-lit
Grade: A
Source: Personal copy

Synopsis: Thirty-nine-year-old Kate had almost given up on love when she met her fiance. Now she's planning for the wedding she never dreamed she'd have. But things seem to be slipping out of her control. Diana, born on the day of the 1981 Royal Wedding, never doubted that one day she would find her prince. Newly engaged, and with daddy's credit card in her grasp, she's in full Bridezilla mode. Against the backdrop of the other couple getting married in April 2011, both women prepare for the most important day of their lives. But will each bride get her perfect day? Or will it all become a right royal fiasco?

My Take: So you may have heard me mention, oh like a million times, that I am getting married and a little thing like planning a wedding is sucking up a ton of my time! Well, when I had some time in between reviews I saw this book on my shelf and thought it sounded like a ton of fun and knew that I just had to read it. It was the perfect easy-breezy book to read at the end of a stressful day and laugh at the antics of some other crazy brides!

Kate's Wedding surrounds two women who are very different. First up is Kate who is almost forty and thought she might never get married and has finally met a man who is making her dreams and wedding dreams come true. When Ian proposes they decide that a nice, simple registry wedding and lunch for close family and friends would do. Ha! Soon, family takes over and her ideas/wants don't matter anymore. Sound familiar to any of you brides out there?

The other bride in Manby's novel is Diana. She is a class A bridezilla! Diana has been with her boyfriend for seven years and he cheated on her during that time and he freaked out when she threatened to leave him as a result so to keep her around he proposed. Ever since, she has been nothing but demanding and well, frankly crazy! Her wedding is going to be as over the top as possible no matter who she has to step on to get there.

Now, if you haven't noticed, these two brides are named Kate and Diana and the weddings all take place the day after William and Kate's Royal Wedding and Diana and Charles' Royal Wedding all means something special to everyone in the book. So if you are a big royal wedding fan like I am, then you will get an added kick out of this book too! There is nothing serious or intense about this book, other then some ridiculous bridal drama. Overall, it is just a funny, great, beach read that I can highly recommend!

Cover Lust: Personally, I am not a big fan of pink covers but it does fit the insides so I can't complain too much.


  1. I bet that was a refreshing break for you!!! Sounds like a fun read!

  2. I so need a dose of chick-lit soon! They are so fun, silly and dramalicious

  3. oh i love the sound of this one too! these are definitely the kind of books i need right now. just some easy ones to read through while i'm unwinding and relaxing.

  4. Sounds cute. Just wanted to recommend "How I Planned Your Wedding" by Susan and Elizabeth Wiggs. My daughter and I read it when we were "planning" and it's really funny....

    1. Thanks for the suggestion Annette! I'll have to check that book out!


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