Monday 15 February 2016

Reviewed: How to Get Hitched in Ten Days by Samantha Tonge

How to Get Hitched in Ten Days was published by Carina on February 11, 2016.

Thanks to the author and publisher for sending me a copy of this book to review.

How to Get Hitched in Ten Days is the third book I’ve read by Samantha Tonge, after Doubting Abbey and Mistletoe Mansion, and it is by far my favourite. It’s a novella and therefore a quick read but it doesn’t really feel like that as the characters are developed well enough for us to care for them and the plot, though set over just a few days, is engaging and well-paced, with a few twists and turns to keep the interest going.

Told from the perspective of two characters, we meet best friends and flatmates Mikey and Jazz. Jazz is in a relationship with a hopeless, but kind guy called Dave but after a Valentine’s Day proposal gone wrong, she begins to question their future. Mikey is there to pick up the pieces. Although he and Dave don’t have much to say to each other, Mikey is really supportive to Jazz and seemed truly invested in making sure her and Dave were happy, which made him a really endearing character from the start. I felt like everybody could do with a friend like Mikey. He was really sweet and considerate and I can guarantee you’ll finish reading this novella just a little bit in love with him! I liked how his character avoided all the stereotypes he could have been landed with – he felt much more genuine this way.

Samantha really makes the most of the short amount of pages in this book, with a mixture of humour, romance, touching backstories, character development, fun and food and most of all, friendship. Not a moment is wasted and the author’s style of writing, to me, really feels suited to the novella – short, pacy, entertaining stories with loveable characters and a little surprise twist or two. The descriptions were pretty dreamy, from the mouth-watering food in the diner to style and to salsa, with the dancing aspect to this book probably my favourite part. I was engrossed all the way through.

How to Get Hitched in Ten Days was lovely from start to finish. I connected and empathised with the characters – although I was easily won over by Mikey, I also had a soft spot for Dave and was eager to see how his story would end! I was hoping for a happy ending for all concerned and a little twist towards the end ensured it didn’t finish quite as predictably as it could have. Either way, the ending was really perfect and put a smile on my face – a fab way to end a gorgeous novella.


  1. I really enjoyed this book too. Great review X

  2. I love the sound of this book, especially Mikey who makes the creamiest cheesecake! Great review, think I will have to add this to my TBR list.

    1. Thanks Amanda! I'm sure you'll enjoy it.


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