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The Winter Wedding

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  340 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Hazel never set out to be a wedding planner. She was just helping her stressed sister Lila with cakes and décor for her big day. But when Lila and Ollie's summer ceremony is a runaway success, with guests raving about the food and styling at the pretty venue, word about Hazel's expertise soon spreads.

But Hazel's clients expect the very best - she's promised lawyers Gemma
ebook, 320 pages
Published November 5th 2015 by Simon Schuster UK
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Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
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The Winter Wedding by Abby Clements is the first of her novels I've read; I didn't know what exactly to expect but I really enjoyed it! It felt in some ways like a typical chick-lit novel but this isn't a bad thing; it's well written, uplifting and Christmassy- perfect for this time of year!

The story's narrator and protagonist, Hazel, is a really likeable character. She seems really independent and, although stuck in a bit of a tricky situation at work and having suffered an em
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It's not a secret that I'm a huge fan of Abby Clements' books and she couldn't have a better surprise this year as she had two novels published this year - I really can't have enough of her writing and storytelling. She can write beautiful stories that are fast - paced but without the unnecessary drama, and she makes them so true to life. They make me laugh and smile in such a natural way, and I am always buying into the stories, as they really feel so close to reality, especially the characters
Rachel Gilbey
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Winter Wedding is the latest fabulous book from Abby Clements. It certainly features both Winter and Weddings, as well as romance, but mainly for the other characters and not Hazel.

From the prologue I have the feeling The Winter Wedding had been written as a sort of adult fairy tale, with a great narrative style. It draws you in and gives you a lot of the key information about Hazel and Lily, her twin sister. They used to be very close but since Lily met Ollie, Hazel has felt like part of h
Karen Whittard
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I always get super excited when a new Abby Clements book comes out. This one was no exception. Thankfully Abby never lets me down. This book was uplifting, fun, funny, Christmassy, and lovely. I can't recommend it enough. I devoured this as quickly as I could. Loved it.
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A really good read , enjoyable plot that had me laughing out loud . I liked the characters , I liked where the plot took them. Abby Clements has done it again.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
A quick read that was ok, very predictable though.
Sonya Alford
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in return for an honest review.

When Lila and Ollie's wedding planner lets them down, Hazel steps in and helps her stressed out sister. The wedding is a total success and word soon spreads about Hazel’s expertise.

Soon Hazel finds herself with two more weddings to plan, something she never expected to be doing. Her clients want the very best for their big day; Gemma and Ollie’s dream is to get married in a snow-covered castle in the Scot
Suze Lavender
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hazel has a creative job at a TV production company and is being promised a promotion. She needs the money, because her sister Lila has just moved out of their apartment and she can't afford to stay there on her own. Hazel and Lila are twins, they have always been close, but their personalities are very different. Lila is a ballet dancer who's still waiting for her big break. She has found the love of her life and she and Ollie want to get married as soon as possible. When their wedding planner ...more
Margaret Madden
4.5 stars.
Hazel's twin sister, Lila, is getting married and asks Lila to be her wedding planner. Hazel was always the tomboy while her sister was into sparkles and ballet, but Hazel has a talent for picking just the right venue, food and extras. Lila's wedding is perfect and Hazel finds herself in demand. With a new flatmate and new career option, all is well in Hazel's world. There is one thing missing though. Her best friend, Sam. They grew up together and were like two peas in a pod, un
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

The Winter Wedding is the second book by Abby Clements I have read and I enjoyed every single second of it, I was hooked!

It follows the story of Hazel, who suddenly sees herself plan her twin sister Lila’s wedding. After it being a big success, she gets busy planning more weddings and it changes something in her. She realiszes what she enjoyes in life and what she really wants, that has an impact of course o
I feel like this book had quite a few good things going on, but none of them were explored deep enough to make the book great as a whole. For example, any of the romances were almost not... there. Each got maybe one (very sudden) chapter and that was it. Same with the sibling stories. (Although, the unconditional twin love was one thing that was always present and beautiful.) In short, too fast paced but also too short for all the things it wanted to deliver. Which is a shame, because I really l ...more
Hannah Symonds
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I treated myself to this book as I really love Abby Clements books. This one was just a fantastic read and I loved every minute of it. The plot may have been predictable but I still wanted to read on. I loved everything about this book, the characters were brilliant and I really warmed to Hazel. I loved Amber as I am a bit of a baker myself and I just loved how the story came together. I look forward to reading more of Abby Clements books in the future.
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gorgeous feel-good book from someone who is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. I had expected it to be more Christmassy but as I decided to read it early, I was pleased that it wasn't. Realistic, likeable characters who I'll miss. I'd like to know what happens to Hazel next, hint, hint!
Alison Stewart
I like a nice easy read in the run up to Christmas, This fitted the bill. It was a bit predictable but just what I wanted.
Paula Jayne
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fab book from Abby, I enjoy her books. xxx
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Having taken on planning her sisters wedding when the original wedding planner cancelled, Hazel finds herself with a success on her hands. Many guests at the wedding congratulate her on an excellent job and through this she manages to get a couple more bookings.

Hazels full time job is a set designer but she is constantly passed over and her ideas stolen by others for their own gain. She is nervous about organising her sister Lila's wedding but approaches it like set design and soon f
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I enjoyed seeing the dynamic between Hazel and her boss however I must say from the start I did not care what the boss was going through as she seemed to be constantly leading Hazel on as she did know about the new role however she was just leading Hazel on and using her divorce as an excuse to ned massages and so on during work. I must admit that I wanted to shake some sense into Ha
Jess Birch
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I finished it within one day due to quite a bit of travelling. But the story kept my interest the entire time. I liked the characters and I was really rooting for who Hazel would end up with.
A cosy read that left me feeling happy at the end, perfect for this time of year.
May 21, 2019 rated it liked it
A really really lovely read that is fun of fun and romance. The story caught my interest straight away, especially the main character and her “stages”. Felt rushed in parts but it’s only meant to be a fun read for Christmas. I really enjoyed it!
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
In my attempt to get some pointers for planning my own wedding I instead got extremely caught up in this love triangle novel. It was written extremely well and I felt for all the main characters and really understood them on another level.
Shallowreader VaVeros
Oh, chicklit. So much story. So few feelz.
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sweet easy christmassy read 🌞 (but with a few too many typos)
Elsie ♡
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
I just.. I didn't like it. The characters were bland and the romance is cringy af.... Sorry :(
Colin Bell
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hazel ends up being a wedding planner by accident after helping her sister out, with other couples asking her to help out based on that success. An enjoyable, heartwarming read.
Sam Poole
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such an amazing writer loved this book and can't wait to read some others from the same author
Anna Louise
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Meh, as far as chick rom books go...this definitely wasn’t one of my favourites. It certainly wasn’t memorable in any way.
Sarah Houchen
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely easy read, kept me interested and finished I a day.
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I immediately liked the way this book was structured, with Hazel speaking to us as if she is writing a story, or writing in her journal. She was an uncomplicated character who was easy to like and understand. I could empathise with Hazel’s work-related frustration at a flaky boss and being passed over for promotion, and wanting to do something completely different. As her twin sister has moved out of their shared flat to live with her boyfriend – who very quickly becomes her fiancé – things chan ...more
Oct 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I very much enjoyed this.
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Abby Clements worked in book publishing before writing this, her first novel. Her Christmas baking skills are upper-intermediate. Her countryside-survival skills are basic to none. She lives with her boyfriend in North London.