Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Book Review - Nice Day For A White Wedding by A.L. Michael

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Title: Nice Day For A White Wedding
Author: A.L. Michael
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Carina
Publication Date: 22nd August 2016
Rating: 5 Stars

Sometimes, Happy Ever After is where the real trouble begins…

Chelsea Donnolly wasn’t supposed to amount to anything. But if there’s one thing the bad girl from the estate liked better than trouble, it was a challenge. So, to the amusement of her best friends Evie, Mollie and Ruby – and the disbelief of her teachers – this bad girl turned good.

These days, Chelsea is the kind of girl people are proud to know – and, after a surprise trip to Venice, she has a ring on her finger to prove it. But to get there, she’s had to learn to keep her deepest secrets from everyone – even her fiancĂ©. And when wedding preparations threaten to blow her cover, Chelsea can’t help but wonder: in her battle to the top, might she have left the best parts of herself behind?

Nice Day For A White Wedding is the newest book in The House on Camden Square series, and a wonderful second book for the series. It can easily be read as a standalone, and this time features Chelsea as the starring character. 

Chelsea is Badgley's success story - girl from the estate, made good, she escaped the town and now works in London in a successful job, but keeps her past hidden from everyone including her long term boyfriend. 

However when Kit, surprises her with a trip to Venice, and follows it up with a proposal, things slowly come to a head, as Chelsea and Kit travel to Lake Garda to meet Kit's parents. It is very clear just what a huge difference there is between them, but will Chelsea survive, and will she ever reveal her hidden past. 

Like Chelsea, I took a pretty much instant dislike to the majority of Kit's family. They are rich and snobbish, and look down on Chelsea from the start, and the mother Jemima is the worst...although as the book progresses it could be a tie between the two mother's as Chelsea's Carly seems awful in a different way. 

Ruby Tuesday who was a key focus for the first book, is still at the heart of this story, and we get regular flashbacks to Ruby and Chelsea's childhood to key points that shows you just why Chelsea is the way she is now. 

The other girls for their childhood quartet, Evie and Mollie are still present, but not in a particularly large way for the majority of the story, relegated a bit more towards support characters, but they are Chelsea's support system, and their presence is comforting when required. 

Nice Day For A White Wedding may not be the book  I would have expected from the title, but in fact its even better, and far more real. It is a brilliantly engaging story, that is for a large part set to an Italian back drop, and really highlights social class differences that can still exist in England.   I'm already looking forward to the next book in this series. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Carina for this review copy. This was my honest opinion, 

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