Delighted to be taking part in this mini blog blitz for The Spanish Wedding Disaster by Karen King. Thanks to Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part and to the publisher and author for my digital copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly and impartially as always.
Some people are romantics. Some aren’t. When Sophie and Maddie are summoned to a mysterious, top-secret meeting by their best friend Kate’s partner, and told that he’s planning to whisk Kate away for a surprise wedding in Gibraltar, it’s immediately clear that bubbly florist Sophie is a total romantic. And that freewheeling, purple-haired Maddie is not.
Soon, Maddie finds herself reluctantly organising venues, planners and ceremonies; trying not to think of her own memories of Andalucia, and those she’s lost touch with there. Meanwhile Sophie’s hoping this dreamy gesture might spur on her own boyfriend to similar plans . . . and absolutely not thinking at all about Kate’s gorgeous brother-in-law-to-be.
But Kate’s got no idea what’s going on. And as the stress piles up and the group jet off to the sunny south, it seems it’s not just Kate who might get a surprise in Spain – one that could change everything . . .
Anyone who is a fan of the TV show, Don’t Tell The Bride, is going to have some idea why the premise behind this book was appealing to me and sounded like it would make an entertaining plot. This book takes the premise a step further, however, as in this case the bride doesn’t know there is going to be a wedding at all; in fact the couple involved aren’t even engaged. Normally staid and predictable Steve, responding to a plea from his girlfriend Kate to do something romantic, goes from zero to sixty by deciding to arrange a surprise wedding for Kate in Spain before he has even proposed. What could possibly go wrong?
All of the trials and tribulations of trying to arrange a wedding in secret emerge in the book, as Steve tries to arrange venue, flowers, flights, guests, reception, bridesmaids, and even the bride’s dress, without her knowing anything about it. He ropes in Kate’s two best friends, romantic Sophie and footloose Maddie, as well as his brother to help him out and they all concoct a complex plan to pretend Sophie is planning a wedding to her boyfriend, Glenn, as a ruse to sound Kate out on her wedding dreams. Shame Glenn isn’t too happy with the situation. At the same time, in seems relations may be developing between the best man and one of the bridesmaids…
This book is full of great ideas, great characters and romantic tension. I really loved the fact that Karen made it unclear from the beginning exactly what romantic relationship we were supposed to be rooting for in this book, which is a refreshing spin on the average romcom plot, and she handles the whole scenario with consummate skill, milking the interesting premise for all of its comedic and uncomfortable potential. The book lived up to all of my hopes and expectations and entertained me from start to finish. This would make the perfect sun lounger read to accompany you on your summer holiday and you should definitely buy it in preparation for jetting off.
The Spanish Wedding Disaster is out today in ebook, audiobook and paperback formats and you can get your essential copy here.
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About the Author
Karen King is a multi-published author of both adult and children’s books. She has had eleven romantic novels published, two psychological thrillers with another two in the process of publication, 120 children’s books, two young adult novels, and several short stories for women’s magazines. Her romantic novel The Cornish Hotel by the Sea became an international bestseller, reaching the top one hundred in the Kindle charts in both the UK and Australia. Karen is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Society of Authors, the Crime Writers’ Association and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists. Karen now lives in Spain where she loves to spend her non-writing time exploring the quaint local towns with her husband, Dave, when she isn’t sunbathing or swimming in the pool, that is.
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