With less than an hour to go before her best friend, Grace, is to walk down the aisle, Evie is attempting to fulfil her most important bridesmaid role: to deposit the bride at the start-line at the appointed time.
But with a bride famed for her chaotic sense of time, and the bride's daughter busy mashing Molton Brown into the expensive hotel carpet, minus underwear, the odds are stacked against her ...At least she has her new 'chicken fillet' boob-enhancers to make her feel special.
That is, until these are spotted poking over the top of her dress.
So spotted by Jack - the most ruggedly attractive man Evie has ever laid eyes on.
Evie is twenty-seven; a sparkly, down-to-earth journalist.
She has never been in love and has started to fret that she never will be.
Small wonder, then, that the prospect of being bridesmaid at no less than three impending weddings is one that fills her with trepidation.
Things get worse when Evie learns that Jack is her friend Valentina's date.
Valentina is beautiful, shallow and self-obsessed. Her dates tend to be mirror-images. Which can mean only one thing: Jack can't possibly be as good as he seems. But as they sit together talking late into the night, Evie finds herself yearning to believe he's all real.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 432 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster
- Publication Date: 08/03/2008
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781847390875
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Review by Yogiboo
For my first Jane Costello book, I thought it was pretty good. Light and airy, soppy and silly. It was very predictable towards the end, but even though you knew what was happening, it wasn't made clear until 50 pages later. It's witty and funny and not to be taken seriously at all and I was laughing all the way through.
Review by AnneBrooke
This novel had a lot of potential but very meagre delivery, sadly. Its strap line is "Four Weddings without the Funeral" but actually having a funeral might have been a good idea - as it would have inserted some much-needed gravitas into the general veneer of fluff.I think one of the main problems is I really didn't like the heroine, Evie, who's obsessed with appearances, not terribly bright and acts like a 12-year old most of the time. She's supposed to be 27.The big motif of the book and the thing that's supposed to make it excitingly different is the fact that Evie has never been in love or been in a relationship of more than a few weeks, and wonders if she ever will. I'm sorry?? That's a key issue when one is 27 years old?? Hey ho, you can see what I mean about Evie's low intelligence rating …Anyway, when she does finally meet Jack, who turns out to be The Man, it's really not much of a relationship and actually I found it both dull and unbelievable. Jack could very well do better. The cliched ending and the culmination of their 'love story' is teeth-grindingly bad and I groaned and skipped over it. There's also a friend Charlotte whose sole characteristic is that she's overweight, another friend Valentina, who is obsessed with money and appearances (but at least, unlike Evie, she's honest about it), and a couple of other friends whom I could never confidently differentiate between. Oh and the chapters are ridiculously short - so short that there are 121 of them, plus an epilogue! Lordy.The only good parts of this book are Evie's wonderful mother who is a delight, and the very funny scene in the disco with the vibrator. That's it, really.Verdict: 2 stars. Shallow nonsense.