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The Wedding Girl

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  27,624 ratings  ·  1,070 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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Ciara
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
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Merand
Oct 06, 2009 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
Rebecca
Apr 27, 2013 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
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BookCupid
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
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Emilia Barnes
Warning spoilers ahead

I liked the conflict Kinsella set up here: The heroine marries a gay guy when she’s young and stupid, for visa purposes, and then forgets about it until she is genuinely engaged and uh-oh spaghetti-ohs! The man she’s engaged to is the son of a v successful (and consequently rich) businessman, but he resents his father. Millie’s sister meanwhile is the wonderful career woman who has all her life’s plans derailed by an unexpected and unwanted pregnancy. And meanwhile the gay
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Love Fool
Feb 26, 2014 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
Cindy
Jan 30, 2008 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
Nicole
Jan 08, 2011 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
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Mary
Jun 23, 2009 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
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kari
Mar 24, 2011 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
Nadja
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.)
Krubha
Nov 30, 2016 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 :)
Cakes174
Aug 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Elaine
Oct 17, 2014 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
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Maile
Sep 13, 2010 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
Lisa
Apr 18, 2012 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.
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Karyn
Jul 21, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After reading several "heavy" reads, I was looking for something really lighthearted and frivolous. Wow. This book is certainly frivolous, but to the point of stupidity. There was nothing smart, funny or interesting about it. I tried several times to stick with it, figuring it had to get better at some point. I eventually gave up. So, technically, this review is on the first 120 pages because I couldn't force myself to read beyond that. If you're looking for an ounce of intelligence or wit in a ...more
Sara
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.
Bithi
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Good.
Lina
Mar 05, 2020 rated it liked it
There isn't much to say about this book.

Characters each have their own problems, which add depth to them, but a lot of the times their behaviour and reactions are a bit odd/illogical/ignorant. (view spoiler)
Almost forgot to mention some questionable actions of the family members, like drinking and smoking whilst pregnant.
There were many unexpected plot twists (which is great), that
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Lizzie
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read by Sophie Kinsella writing as Madeleine Wickham and I was a bit nervous about what to expect. I absolutely love the Shopaholic series and had heard these books had a different writing style so was worried I would be disappointed by this book but I was wrong. A fantastic story with twists and turns the whole way through! I would recommend this to everyone.....give it a try you won't be disappointed.
Fall-Out-Book-Nerd
Review to come.
Kalina
Mar 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
Nothing special, too predictable...most of the characters are really annoying. It is worth reading only if you don't have anything at hand at the moment.
Holly Reynolds
Sep 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Nothing ground breaking, but an enjoyable light read. Sophie Kinsella, writing as Madeleine Wickham, is a guilty pleasure of mine. Her books are always a fun escape from the real world.
J.C. Reilly
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
I thought all of the characters were a bit flat and there weren't any real surprises to be had. I kept reading though because it wasn't bad enough to quit.
Glyka
Apr 27, 2017 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.
Lisa
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
If you take it as chick lit, it's alright. It's not the best written nor proof read. The plot is just a bit stretched.
Emma M.
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
"Happy people don't travel through the past looking for answers."
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I typically read Kinesella novels because I've learned, from experience, that her books will make me laugh. This one was the exception. It felt much heavier in content than any of her other books that I have read.
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Overall, there were a few things that felt underdeveloped and if I could do it over I would skip this one.
Razvan Banciu
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
An audacious target, as there are plenty of topics in the book: sincerity, boredom and routine in couples, homosexuality (quite a delicate matter some twenty years ago...) weddings and their magnitude, relationships between people of different ages. The characters, at least at first sight, are not the most cute ones: Milly is placid, Olivia lives in her own world, James is blase, Isobel recluse, Simon rude and frustrated, but somehow, using her happy-end established recipe, the author gaines her ...more
Mary
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
A nice light read.
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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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