Wednesday 20 April 2016

Reviewed: The Wedding Date by Jennifer Joyce

TITLE: The Wedding Date
AUTHOR: Jennifer Joyce

PUBLICATION DATE: March 28, 2016

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Delilah James, singleton and smoothie-addict, has six months to find a date for her oldest friend’s wedding. Oh, and to prove to her ex, best man Ben, that she has totally moved on since he dumped her out-of-the-blue nine months, eight days and seventeen hours ago…

So, with her two BFFs playing Cupid, Delilah launches herself into the high-tech, fast-paced and frankly terrifying world of dating. Luckily there’s the hot new guy at work, Adam Sinclair, to practice her flirting on – even if, as a colleague, he’s strictly off-limits!

Yet time’s running out and date after disastrous date forces Delilah to tell a little white lie – and invent a fake boyfriend! But will her secret crush on Adam ruin everything? Does she even care about Ben anymore? And is it too late to untangle her web of lies and take a real date to the wedding…?

The Wedding Date is a fab romantic comedy – quick-witted, refreshing and a purely fun read. Delilah (cue bursting into Plain White T’s song) is not over her ex, Ben, no matter how much she tries to convince everyone otherwise. But when she’s invited to an old friend’s wedding and discovers Ben will be attending, very much loved up with someone else, she’s desperate to prove just how much she’s moved on. The only trouble is, she doesn’t have a plus one, but having lied (one of many) to her friend and suggested otherwise, she needs to find a date for the fast approaching big day. But who?

This contemporary romance novel sees Delilah become a character extremely relatable to a lot of other twenty-plus year old women. She’s an easy character to get along with – not always making the best of choices but at least she admits it. Written in first-person POV, the way she tells the story is very engaging and it feels like a friend is filling you in on the latest gossip rather than simply reading a book about a stranger and some mad decisions. Parts of her character are easy to identify with and maybe you haven’t made all of her chaotic choices but I’m sure you’ve considered at least one of them!

Through online dating, random setups from friends and family and other encounters, Delilah goes on a series of dates and each one made me laugh out loud at some point. There were some truly horrific dates in there. If you’re not currently dating then I think this book will make you feel mightily relieved! And if you are… well, I hope you have a bit more luck than Delilah.

It took me to about 15% before I fully connected with this book but by that stage, I was so engrossed and eager to see whether Delilah would get her wedding date and if so, who would it be? Easily my favourite aspect to The Wedding Date was the characters who after only a few chapters felt really familiar and believable. I loved Delilah’s best friends Ryan and Lauren. Ryan made me laugh so many times and I enjoyed his interactions with Delilah and getting to know his character, especially his relationship with his infuriating mum. I also loved reading some of Delilah’s work scenes and especially fell a little bit (a lot) in love with Adam. Delilah’s family also made me smile throughout, in particular her brother Justin and her loveable dad.

Each chapter of The Wedding Date begins with a quick series of text messages between Delilah and one of her friends or family member. I loved these – each one made me laugh and hinted at the theme of what was to come in the following chapter. I loved Jennifer’s humour throughout this book. Delilah was a very genuine character and her ability to laugh at herself made her human and realistic – she was so down-to-earth that I could do nothing but root for her.

Every aspect of this book was light-hearted and those kind of books can be so satisfying – there are many times when all I want is a book to make me laugh and dodge real life for a while and Jennifer Joyce’s books are always so perfect for that reason. The Wedding Date was incredibly fun-filled and offered laughs on every page. It will make you smile, it will make you crave biscuits and it will lift your spirits.

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