Book Report: Wedding Night

Wedding Night Sophie Kinsella

What’s the Buzz?: Sophie Kinsella is the fairy godmother of 21st Century chick lit. Her effervescent, madcap writing has attracted millions of readers around the world to her Shopaholic series, plus her other best-selling standalone titles. You can expect a new Kinsella tome to hit the shelves about once a year, and this year’s entry seems inspired by all the hubbub around last year’s bestselling erotic novel 50 Shades of Grey.

What’s the Story?: Everyone has a set of fairy tale ideals in their head when they find their soul mate and walk down the aisle – or even in the months or years leading up to it. But what happens when the fairy tale falls apart? That’s the heart of this tale of two sisters that have had their hearts broken. Fliss, the elder of the two, is a high-profile travel magazine editor going through an incredibly messy divorce. Her younger sister, Lottie, is feeling jilted thanks to one of Kinsella’s trademark ‘misunderstandings’ and stumbles into an incredibly passionate but impulsive relationship with an old flame. Determined to protect her sister from the anguish she’s currently going through, Fliss pulls out all the (comical) stops to derail her sister’s love life – but where does the line between protective and controlling come to pass?

I love Sophia Kinsella’s books. Will I like this one?: Yes. I hesitate to call Kinsella formulaic because she does explore different styles and devices in most of her books. For example, she’s written a ghost story in the past – a bit of a sidestep from what you’d expect in the realm of chick lit.  But the trademarks of her stories are definitely here: the rom com plot, the endless hijinks and mix-ups, the unapologetically British prose. There is a fresh spin in this story though – it’s the first novel of Kinsella’s that features two narrators, and to her credit, some of the ‘will they or won’t they’ threads are more tautly wound this time around.

Well…I’ve never read a Sophie Kinsella book. What’s she like?: Very, very readable. You can breeze through one of these beachy reads in a long weekend if you’re not that attentive. If you’ve ever read and liked a book by Jane Green, Helen Fielding, or (the slightly more serious) Emily Giffin, you’ll enjoy Kinsella’s books.

What else should I know?: Well when I first heard about this book, I suspected it was an opportunity for Kinsella to retread the wedding world she explored several years ago in the third entry in her Shopaholic series. However, the wedding really isn’t the focus here – if you’re looking at the title, it’s definitely about the ‘Wedding Night’ (well, sort of) and a trip to the Greek islands. That being said, I still think this would make a cheeky gift to tie into a wedding gift – whether you dole out copies to your bridesmaids as a pre-wedding book club to keep your jitters at bay on the big day OR perhaps you include it in the bride’s honeymoon kit to read while waiting in the airport lounge to give her some hilarious perspective.

Wedding Night is available at booksellers across the country for $29 retail / about $16 online. Want to get hitched to this title? I’ve got three copies to giveaway! All you have to do to enter is:

1) Leave a comment by June 11th with the reason why you’d love to read this book. If you’re already a Sophie Kinsella fan, be sure to tell me what your favourite title of hers is!

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around June 12th to select the winners, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Earn yourself a bonus entry in one of two ways. Number one, add the book to your Goodreads ‘To-Read’ list and provide a link back to me in the comments below. Number two, Tweet about the book and why you’d love to read it with a link back to this contest, and leave a link to your Tweet in the comments below. Simple!

61 Responses to “Book Report: Wedding Night”
  1. Joan G says:

    Would love to read this book – I’m an avid reader and always looking for new authors to enjoy.

  2. Donnas says:

    I’d love to read this book, because I’ve actually never read one of Sophie Kinsella’s books before, This would be a chance for me to get my feet wet.

  3. Elizabeth R says:

    I’d love to read this book, because I have read all of her other books. Favourite is Remember Me?

  4. Taps says:

    If its humorous as it sounds, I would love to try it..

  5. Leah says:

    I’d love to read this because I’m a fan of Kinsella’s books – they are great Summer beach reads and always good for a laugh. I don’t have a fave, but I enjoy reading them!

  6. Julie G. says:

    I have yet to read any of Sophie’s books, but she sounds like a writer who injects a lot of humour into her books. I think this would be a perfect summer ‘lazy afternoon by the pool’ kind of book.

  7. this book sounds like a real intresting book that i would love to read

  8. Evan says:

    This book looks quite interesting, and it’s wedding season with spring leading into summer during the coming month. A good time to read. Thanks.

  9. Suzanne G says:

    I have not read any of Sophie’s books yet but I would love to read this at the beach this summer as I have heard her books are a great lighthearted read

  10. Audrey Skinner says:

    I have never read any of her books but would love to start.

  11. I really love Sophie’s books, but most of all Confessions of Shopaholic. I love her sense of humour and would really enjoy reading Wedding Night.

  12. Linda Peters says:

    Have Read Confessions of a Shopaholic, loved it and this one sounds good too, great for summer beach reading.

  13. erikakomori says:

    Would love to win this book as Sophie Kinsella’s books are always delightful! I particularly enjoyed I’ve Got Your Number!

  14. KellyLS says:

    I’d love to read this – it sounds like a great summer read!

  15. Wanda says:

    I really enjoyed Confessions of a Shopoholic

  16. Cathy M says:

    Love her books. Can’t wait to read this.

  17. Nicole B says:

    I have read the Shopoholic and Baby. Loved it!

  18. Francine says:

    I’m a Sophie Kinsella fan – loved “Confessions of a Shopoholic” so much that I had to visit all the stores mentioned when I went to London!

  19. Sunshine G says:

    I’m a Sophie Kinsella fan – loved ‘Remember Me?’

  20. Maggie says:

    I am a big chick lit fan. I usually read the British authors but Kinsella is a good American one. I’ve read Confessions of a Shopaholic, Shopaholic and Baby, and Sister, Undomestic Goddess and a few others. My favourited was Undomestic Goddess.

    • CGG says:

      Hey Maggie, Sophie Kinsella is actually the quintessential British chick lit author! Although this latest book is primarily set in Greece, a good portion of it takes place in London as well.

  21. gina says:

    I love all of her books, especially Confessions of a Shopaholic. Can’t wait ti read Wedding Night!

  22. Kim O'Reilly says:

    I have read all of Sophie Kinsella’s books and can’t wait to read this one! Pure escapism.

  23. I have never read her books,,but allways looking for new authors to read

  24. cookie3 says:

    I have never read any of Sophie Kinsella’s books but what with all the hype surrounding all her books I’d love a copy of the book so I could find out what all the hype is about. It sounds like a perfect summer read.

  25. Wendy says:

    I’d like to win this book as her others are very funny and this sounds good too

  26. angela mitchell says:

    I’ve never read a Sophie Kinsella book before but I have wanted to. It sounds like a perfect read for my summer reading list.

  27. As an avid reader, I of course love Sophie’s books. The shopaholic series especially ! Have not read one of her books in awhile – I would love to add this to my summah-summah time reading !

  28. added it to my every growing list =/ there is NOT enough time in this world to read all the books I want to

  29. Eden says:

    I would love to read this book because Sophie Kinsella is my best friend’s favourite author.

  30. Holly says:

    I would like to read it because I loved the Shopaholic books!

  31. Brandy C says:

    I love every Sophie Kinsella book

  32. patricia says:

    would love to read this

  33. mousecat says:

    I ‘d love to win this book because I’d love Sophie Kinsella’s novels. My favourite one is “Confessions of a Shopaholic” (both the book and the movie were awesome!)

  34. I’ve read all of Sophie’s books. My fave would be Twentie’s Girl

  35. Susan says:

    I love the “chic lit” genre for a good, quick, fun read. I have read many of Sophie Kinsella’s books and I’m sure I’d enjoy this one too. One of my favourites is Shopaholic and Baby.

  36. Lori says:

    I read one of her other books and loved it.

  37. julie says:

    I read Diary of a Shopaholic. Her books are a light, entertaining read. Hope I win!

  38. Brenda says:

    Just finished reading I’ve Got Your Number but Confessions of a Shopaholic is my favourite. I tweeted

  39. Beth Rosell says:

    I want to read this because it sounds like a good read

  40. kila black says:

    her books are great. i always laugh:) thats why i would like to read this one

  41. Alison K says:

    I’d love to read this book ‘cos I’ve read most of Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic books & enjoyed them all. My favorite is her first Shopaholic book, “Confessions of a Shopaholic”. Very easy read & one that I couldn’t put down … “just one more page” 😉

    Bonus Entry Goodreads: added the book to my Goodreads ‘To-Read’ list

    Bonus Entry Twitter: tweeted about the book

  42. Sara says:

    I’ve read all of the Shopaholic books, as well as Undomestic Goddess. It’s been a long time since I’ve read them and with summer coming I’d love a good chic lit book to read!

  43. I need a good beach novel.

  44. Sadie says:

    I think Sophie Kinsella is brilliant, always have. Her books are so funny and I’d love to read this one too. My favourite of hers is Can You Keep A Secret?

  45. Sue says:

    Have ALL her books and although it’s hard to pick a favourite I would have to say REMEMBER ME. Would love to read and add this to my collection.

  46. Quinn says:

    I’ve only read the Shopaholic series, never any of the standalone books so this would be a fun one to try. I loved the Shopaholic Ties The Knot book the best.

  47. Wendy says:

    I have read some of her books a while ago and would love to read this one too.

  48. andrea4444 says:

    I love her books. They’re so funny! I think my favourite would be Shopaholic takes Manhattan.

  49. Hannah says:

    I’ve loved Sophie Kinsella since Shopaholic, but my favourite has to be The Undomestic Goddess.

  50. Lori P says:

    I haven’t read anything by Sophie Kinsella yet so I feel like I’ve been living under a rock! (I did see the movie, Confessions of a Shopaholic, though.) Time for me to be properly introduced to her writing!

  51. Edward says:

    Admittedly I haven’t read any of her books, but my wife has, so I’d like to win this for her.

  52. Ali Grotkowski says:

    I would like to read it because it seems like the kind of upbeat fiction that I would probably enjoy when life is busy stressing me out.

  53. diane p says:

    Sounds like a book for me since you can get through it quickly.

  54. Heather A says:

    I’ve never read a Sophie Kinsella book, but after reading your review I am ready to begin and this book would be a great start.

  55. Joyce says:

    I am a fan of Sophie Kinsella and would love to read her latest book.

  56. Marlene J says:

    This would be a gift to my friend who is getting married.

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