I am a massive fan of the Irish writer, Melissa Hill, and always await her new books with the anticipation of a fantastic read. Her latest book, The Guest List is a fabulous and absorbing tale about the stress of getting married especially when families start to interfere. Although weddings are supposed to bring people together, there’s little chance of that when faced with petulant parents and stroppy sisters. Will the ‘happy couple’ ever be able to please their feuding families and have the wedding that they want?
A wedding should be one of the happiest days of your life. That is what Cara and Shane are hoping for when they announce their engagement; that is until all their family and friends start telling them where they should get married and who they should invite. Both sets of parents definitely don’t approve of their romantic idea of a beach wedding in the Caribbean and there are threats of not attending the wedding and Shane’s parents even stop talking to the couple. Matters are not helped with Cara’s spoiled younger sister, Heidi, being pregnant. She claims that there is no way that she will be able to travel in her delicate state and she thinks that Cara is being very selfish. In fact virtually everyone seems to have a very good reason why Cara and Shane should not have their dream beach wedding. Will they be able to stick to their guns or will it be easier to give in just to make everyone else happy?
The Guest List is another great book from Melissa Hill. She introduces lots of strong characters who all have minds of their own. This is great for the conflict that follows but also creates moments of comedy too such as when Heidi turns into such a prima donna over her pregnancy insisting that she has to be treated like a delicate flower for the next nine months! There’s also the wedding from Hell that Cara and Shane attend that beautifully illustrates how easy it is to go completely over the top as far as a wedding is concerned.
The Guest List is extremely readable and kept my interest from start to finish. I always read Melissa Hill’s books very quickly as I always want to know how everything turns out in the end. As with all her books, there is also an unexpected twist but she writes in such a clever way that you don’t suspect for one moment what it will be.
Overall, The Guest List is an extremely satisfying read and I definitely recommend it.
The Guest List by Melissa Hill
Published by Hodder & Stoughton, April 2013
I am very grateful to the publishers for sending me a review copy.
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