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The Wedding Girl

3.47  ·  Rating Details ·  22,799 Ratings  ·  921 Reviews
At the age of eighteen, in that first golden Oxford summer, Milly was up for anything. Rupert and his American lover Allan were all part of her new, exciting life, and when Rupert suggested to her that she and Allan should get married, just so that Allan could stay in the country, Milly didn't hesitate, and to make it seem real she dressed up in cheap wedding finery and po ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 2nd 2004 by Black Swan (first published 1999)
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it's really weird to me that like every single negative review of this book focuses on the "agenda" of featuring gay characters that don't all just die of AIDS or repent their sinning ways. people also complain a lot about the "swears". neither one of those things really bothered me. i was more concerned with the fact that it was kind of a crappy book.

the tagline in the blurb says, "it's a problem when saying 'i do' gives you deja vu!" so you can see what is coming. our protagonist, milly, is ge
Oct 06, 2009 Merand rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a fan of Sophie Kinsella's books, so when I found out that she was also writing as Wickham, I wanted to take a look. This was my first Wickham book and it was definitely different. Kinsella's books a fun and flighty, romantic comedies with little edge. I've often likened them to modern fairy tales and enjoy them very much. In this book, the very first difference was it was written in the third person with shifting view points as opposed to Kinsella's first person stories. The Wedding Girl t ...more
Apr 27, 2013 Rebecca rated it liked it
I pulled this off a library shelf on impulse, expecting a light, fun read. Within a chapter, I had a feeling of foreboding. The heroine was flighty, immature, and not terribly bright, her fiance was stubbornly blind, and her mother was atrocious. I hated these people. I'd accidentally gotten myself mired in a brand-name dropping morass of people being shallow.

Fortunately, I was wrong.

Oh, the characters have flaws all right. But it turns out that the author knows what she's doing. People have une
The Bookavid
Dec 18, 2014 The Bookavid rated it did not like it
Originally Published on My Review Blog

In "The Wedding Girl" by Madeleine Wickham, Milly Havill gets married at age 18 to help a gay friend be able to stay in the country. After they married, she never saw him again. Ten years later, she's engaged to Simon, a wealthy heir to a Smoothie Franchise and has all forgotten about her first marriage. But when someone that has witnessed her first wedding turns up right in time to ruin her second one, she has to face her past.

This is the second novel of t
Warning: this isn't a chick-lit review. This book is a romance, written under Sophie Kinsella's pseudo.

Milly is a twenty-eight-year-old woman, just a few short days of getting married, who wants everyone to love her. And then the wedding photographer shows up with his seemingly recognizable face. He knows Milly's best kept secret. Killing him is out of the question, yet Milly needs to find away to shut him up before everyone finds out that she's not perfect.

Just knowing how funny Kinsella can
Jan 08, 2011 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, 2011
For something I thought was going to be fluffy chick lit, I was pleasantly surprised at how much depth there was to this book. (don't get me wrong; it's not Proust or anything).
Firstly let me say I get annoyed by 'literature snobs' who look down their noses at the 'chick lit' genre. Like in any other literary genre there is well written chick lit (CL!) and badly written CL. Sometimes I'm just in the mood for such a book and I think the reader has to accept the element of predictability. Yes, we
Jun 23, 2009 Mary rated it did not like it
As I read this book I kept thinking back to a communications class I took in college and Michael Medved. He did a study questioning whether media shaped the future of society with its messages or whether it merely reflected what existed already within society.

I truly believe that Madelaine Wickham thinks that this book is a pretty accurate reflection upon society and the struggles of human relationships in every stage. I don't know if she is accurate but I found myself thinking that I hope she
Love Fool
Feb 26, 2014 Love Fool rated it really liked it
Engaged to Simon - who is wealthy, serious, and believes her to be perfect - she is facing the biggest and most elaborate wedding imaginable. Her mother has it planned to the finest detail, from the massive marquee to the sculpted ice swans filled with oysters. Her dreadful secret is locked away so securely she has almost persuaded herself that it doesn't exist - until, with only four days to go, her past catches up with her. Suddenly, her carefully constructed world is about to crash in ruins a ...more
Mar 24, 2011 kari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
This is a really good read and I'd have given it a five but I didn't care at all for the leading man, Simon. The way he was described he seems to be something of a short, stocky, nasty-tempered and controlling childish brat. This doesn't make me hope that he'll end up with Milly. In fact, I kept waiting for the hero to show up, which isn't good since I guess he was the leading man, but certainly not a hero. And I kept waiting for his conversation with his father, to have some undertanding or at ...more
Jan 30, 2008 Cindy rated it it was ok
Is it me or do Wickham's main characters all seem like the same girl with a different name? She's slightly loopy and harbours some secret about herself that the guy is always completely clueless to. I didn't love this book. I didn't hate it. It was just "meh." Plus, there were a few really boring storylines that I didn't care for at all. It's odd that a book can be both predictable and ridiculously far-fetched at the same time, but her books seem to be just that. If you're really itching for som ...more
As usual with the Wickham books:

so many characters
so much drama
so unnecessary secrets

I'm glad this melodrama is over.

(Somewhere between 1 and 2 stars.)
Nov 30, 2016 Kru rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016reads, stars-3
It was just OK, got a little too senti for a Sophie Kinsella style, but was a welcome break and liked it :)
Nadja Liest
Dieses Buch wurde mir versehentlich falsch zugesendet und ich dachte mir nun ich gebe diesem Werk eine Chance. Es ist natürlich schwierig jemanden zu überzeugen, der dieses Buch in erster Instanz gar nicht gekauft hätte. Dies schon Mal vorweg.

Zuerst das leider wenige Positive. Der Schreibstil war leicht und locker und ich habe es heute in einem Rutsch durchgelesen. Leider war es das dann auch schon so ziemlich. Eventuell kann ich noch am ehesten James - den Vater der Braut - als meinen liebsten
Jul 11, 2013 Fernanda rated it really liked it
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Resenha: Não tem como não se divertir com a escrita de Madeleine Wickham, mais conhecida também pelo pseudônimo de Sophie Kinsella. Antes de tudo, preciso dizer que me sinto extremamente culpada. Por que? Eu nunca havia lido um livro da autora, então podem me condenar bastante. Prometo, a partir de agora, correr contra o tempo perdido para ler todas as suas obras publicadas. A narração em questão revelou ser abrangente em
Aug 01, 2012 Cakes174 rated it did not like it
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Oct 17, 2014 Elaine rated it really liked it
A week to go until Millie and Simon get married and final preparations are well underway for what promises to be THE society wedding of the year. That is, until a huge spanner is thrown into the works when Millie’s darkest secret looks like being revealed. Ten years ago she did something rather foolish – she married an American friend as a favour, to help him stay in the country. She never told her family, and over time pushed it to the back of her mind – until now, that is.

I loved the character
Sep 13, 2010 Maile rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The biggest problem with Madeleine Wickham is that I continue to expect her to be Sophia Kinsella. While the two are technically the same person, each time I dive into a work published under the name Wickham I find myself missing the charm of a Kinsella book. It's become clear to me that Wickham's style is a bit darker than the lighthearted Kinsella I've grown to love. However the complicated plots found in a Wickham book do make for an interesting read and tend to be better than cookie cutter p ...more
Apr 18, 2012 Lisa rated it it was ok
"It was ok" properly describes my feelings for this book. I was expecting something a little bit lighter in tone but it was a bit of a downer.

There just wasn't much happiness in the book. It was more like one of those depressing indie movies that focuses on how shit relationships can be and at the end, they toss you the slightest glimmer of hope. And then hope you'll be happy with that.

It had potential. It started pretty good and then all of a sudden it got a bit sad and stuff. Just my opinion.
So far this is my favorite of Sophie Kinsella writing as Madeleine Wickham. The book according to her more serious style when she writes with her real name has a few brush-strokes of sadness here and there, but overall the story is gripping, it has interesting turns and some unexpected coupes de theater.
I only wish the story of the villain, I am not disclosing the identity, was explored a little more in depth.
Questa non è Sophie Kinsella ma la gemella cattiva.
Dovevo trovarlo divertente? Non si è capito. Non ho capito nemmeno il senso di questo libro.
Dopo metà libro mi sono sentita costretta ad abbandonarlo (cosa rarissima per me), visto che rischiavo di morire di noia ad ogni pagina.
Oct 01, 2016 Maria rated it it was ok
Shelves: beach-reading
история очень "для кино" - ограниченный период времени, несколько points of view, ну и глубина примерно для полутора часов с ромкомом. как книга слабовата
Apr 27, 2017 Glyka rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, that was a waste of my time.

I usually enjoy reading Kinsella's books, but this one was just bad. Really bad. As bad as Me after You.

Do yourselves a favor and DON'T read it. Ever.
Feb 22, 2017 Nusrat rated it really liked it
Shelves: most-favorite, 2017
not a typical sophie kinsella book. because she wrote it under her real name ,I think she gave it an original touch of her in it. the thing I love most about it she almost gave importance to all of the character in this book, their back stories are amazing so can everybody can relate and judge them in a full con sense. It gets melodramatic in some chapters but totally worth it, not annoying at all. another entry to most favorite shelf.
Recently I was explaining to someone my division of chick lit into two distinct parts, older and younger, and how much I prefer the older segment (and yes, I know the phrase "chick lit" is now considered gauche, but there's not good substitute, plus I think the people upset about it were overreacting.) Younger chick lit is more obsessed with boyfriends and the problems are sillier. Older chick lit tends to deal with more real problems. Some people might not think there's a big difference but to ...more
Colleen Whale
Feb 13, 2017 Colleen Whale rated it liked it
This is my first Madeleine Wickham book and I was not disappointed. I like her style a little better than that of Sophie Kinsella (and I love Sophie Kinsella!). It's still mindless chic-lit fluff, but I felt it was a touch more mature than her Kinsella-style writing. I enjoyed this book. It was still a terribly predictable plot, with some characters that I really didn't care for at all (Olivia anyone?), but overall it was a quick fun read. I did find that I was more invested in Rupert's and Isab ...more
Dec 30, 2011 PiMi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
Rezension PiMi:
Milly und Simon wollen heiraten und eigentlich scheint alles wunderbar zu laufen, wenn da nicht diese eine kleine Sache wäre, denn Simon ist nicht Millys erster Ehemann. Milly ist bereits verheiratet, zwar ist das ganze „nur“ eine Scheinehe und ewig lange her, aber geschieden wurde diese Ehe nie. Blöd ist nur, dass Simon von dieser ersten Ehe nichts weiß und so soll es wenn es nach Milly geht auch bleiben. Wäre da nicht dieser Fotograf der Milly erkennt und der alles zu verderben
Jan 03, 2011 Ashley rated it really liked it
In The Wedding Girl, Milly Havill is set to marry Simon Pinnacle. Just days before the wedding an event from Milly's past comes back to haunt her. A chance encounter leads to the revelation of secrets from Milly's past. As Milly deals with the repercussions, her friends and family are each forced to confront their own secrets and lives to discover the truth of who they are.

I first read Madeleine Wickham a few years ago. I like Brit Chick Lit, and came across one of her books that I enjoyed. I wa
Marieanne Fabiano
Sophie Kinsella is my favorite author. Her stories are always funny, fast and light. While I enjoyed this book, I didn't find it wither funny or light! Milly is engaged to Simon and their wedding is in just a few days. The problem is, Milly has a big secret...10 years ago, she married a gay, illegal immigrant (Allan), so that he could have the chance to stay and be with his lover (Rupert). Worse, she never completed her divorce proceedings and days before her real wedding, she is still legally m ...more
Ella Perkins
This book is about Milly. When she was eighteen she went to Oxford. She got married to this gay man, Allan. She married him so he could stay in the US, or else he would get deported. A few years later Milly met a man, Simon. She loved him very much, but everything was to perfect. When she asked him to marry her she said yes. Then when her wedding happened Alexander, this man who saw her get married before, and the photographer, tried to ruin her wedding. But he wasn’t the one who told Canon Lytt ...more
Julias Leseecke
Milly flieht mit 18 Jahren in die Stadt & aus ihrem bisherigen, beschaulichen Leben. Dort findet sie 2 neue Freunde & um einmal etwas außerordentlich Gutes zu tun, um ihren Freunden zu helfen, heiratet sie den sympathischen Amerikaner, der sonst zurück in die USA muss. Nur so kann die Liebe ihrer Freunde fortbestehen.
Die ganze Sache wird jedoch schnell vergessen, sie verliert die Freunde aus den Augen & verdrängt die Ereignisse.
10 Jahre später hat Milly ihren Traummann Simon gefunden
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Madeleine Wickham (born 12 December 1969) is a bestselling British author under her pseudonym, Sophie Kinsella. Educated at New College, Oxford, she worked as a financial journalist before turning to fiction. She is best known for writing a popular series of chick-lit novels. The Shopaholic novels series focuses on the misadventures of Becky Bloomwood, a financial journalist who cannot manage her ...more
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