Monday, 11 January 2016

Book Review - The Wedding Countdown by Ruth Saberton - Rachel Reads Randomly Book #10

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Title: The Wedding Countdown
Author: Ruth Saberton
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Purchased
Publisher: Notting Hill Press
Publication Date: 7th January 2014
Rating: 5 Stars

Parents may think they know best, but sometimes daughters know better… 

Mills Ali has her dream job writing for a magazine and a social life busier than the London rush hour. Everything's good except for the husband sized shadow looming on the horizon. With a year’s countdown to her arranged marriage, Mills is on a mission to choose her own husband. Just how hard can it be? She's bound to find her soul mate. 
But is he closer than she thinks? Or do her parents know best after all? 

What a wonderful story, I love reading books that are just a little bit different to what I normally devour, and this is certainly that. Ruth Saberton has written a fabulous book about a different culture, and from my real life knowledge I believe it comes across pretty well. 

It is very refreshing to read a book that deals with arranged marriages, and the woman's perspective on the topic, especially a modern young girl, who although completely respects her religions traditions, and has never had much to do with men at all for that reason, insists on an extra year before getting on a plane, for her arranged marriage. 

And that is what Mills Ali does, she has an internship in London, and has persuaded her parents to allow her a year to perhaps find a man she could love on her own, instead of having to marry a man of her parent choice. 

Mills is fairly naive when it comes to the ways of the world, and some of the time all I wanted to do was just reach out and give her a great big hug. 

I found The Wedding Countdown was written very well, in a way that you could follow everything. There are some great written dialects that I could hear in my head clearly as I read them ,and the friends Mills makes on the magazine are a great bunch of people. 

I'm being deliberately vague, as I would rather you read this book yourself to discover the details, rather than me giving you all the information, as its a story that I think will make you think. There is plenty of Ruth's normal humour in the book, and I absolutely loved the ending. 

Thank you to the four people that voted for me to read The Wedding Countdown this week. You all made a fantastic choice, and I am so glad I finally had the motivation to read this book. I have a selection of my paperback collection up for your votes this week, please do take part again, I love seeing everyone's opinions. 


  1. I am a fan of Ruth books and haven't read this. Great review x

  2. Like the sound of this one - good to read something different. Angela Britnell

  3. Great to try something different and find it works! Fab review! Well done, Ruth! Thanks for sharing, Rachel. :) xx


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