Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Book Review - Honeymoon Suite by Wendy Holden

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Title: Honeymoon Suite
Author: Wendy Holden
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: EDPR 
Publisher: Headline Review
Publication Date: 26th January 2017
Rating: 5 Stars

When Nell is marooned at the altar, her feisty best friend Rachel says she'll come with her on honeymoon instead. Why waste a week in a posh country hotel?

So the duo, plus Rachel's Agatha Christie-obsessed small daughter Juno, head for the hills and idyllic Edenville, on the edge of the beautiful Pemberton estate. Awaiting them is a cast of colourful characters from Jason the harassed hotel manager to the ruthless Angela, Director of HR. Not to mention the handsome Dylan, a bestselling writer on the run from his past.

Nell doesn't want to go back to London, so when a job on the estate comes up, she's happy to stay. Even if it is arranging weddings in the Big House! As she becomes entangled in the lives of the locals - and they weave their way into her heart - she realises there might be a way to reach the rainbow's end after all.#

From its stunning cover, to the wonderful story inside it, Honeymoon Suite is a brilliant romantic comedy, taking in many storylines that all interlink in a great way.  

There is Dylan the author, who starts the book with a psycho girlfriend, but then after an incredibly nerve wracking incident, he changes his life completely and his identity, He works out what triggered this, was after a chance meeting with Nell in a pub, with a different case of mistaken identity. 

Nell also thinks that everything that goes wrong in her life is based on this one meeting with Dylan, not that she knew his name. From that she meets her future husband, and is then jilted at the altar, which then triggers her and her new best friend Rachel, plus Juno, Rachel's rather unique daughter to go spend the week in the honeymoon suite at the Pemberton Arms. 

I loved the main setting of Edenville, a gorgeous little Midlands town, that features the Pemberton Estate at the heart of it. There is a colourful cast of characters, some of them completely over the top like Angela who is not the nicest of women, but as you see more of her you realise, she may have another side to her, to Jason who runs the pub but also isn't being entirely honest, to Dan Taylor a dishy gardener, and George who is an elderly gentleman that I grew to love. 

There is so much good in this book it is really hard to know what to say, as I don't want to give anything away. There are many secrets and half truths to find out, as well as some romance, definitely a lot of humour, loads of drama and an overall well written book. 

The story has been split into three reasonably distinct parts, and Part 1 gives all the vital backstory to Nell and Dylan, while its from Part 2 where for me the goes from good, to really great and very hard to stop reading.

I've read all of Wendy Holden's books, and this is certainly one of my favourite of her more recent releases. If you are a fan of the author then like me, I'm sure you will enjoy this book, whereas if you haven't read her before this is a very good time to start. 

Honeymoon Suite is a very enjoyable and entertaining book that is a pleasure to read, and one I suspect I would enjoy re-reading should I ever have the time, and still get more out of it. 

Thank you to Heloise Wood at EDPR for this copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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