The Wedding Girl

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Wedding Girl by Madeline Wickham

It was refreshing to read a piece of chick-lit that had some actual substance in it. I know that it a little bit of an oxymoron, but in this case it is true. Granted there are no new points made to add to the great secret of life. Still I enjoyed this book immensely.

The story revolved around Melissa (Milly) Havill. Her story of finding love (the theme for all pieces of chick-lit) was different and entertaining. Milly ended up being a fairly complex character with a past that came to haunt her present. Just days before her wedding the crippling news that she had been married for 10 years surfaced and her world came crashing down.

Isobel, Milly's sister, I was pretty sure was going to be one of those static boring side characters, but I was wrong. She ended up having a nicely developed side plot. For a few chapters the ideas of abortion and being a single mother surfaced, which is heavy topics for the typical chick-lit book. I liked the added dimension this gave the book, who cares if the father ended up fitting perfectly into the list of established characters (don't worry I won't spoil that one...).

Overall I was impressed with the on going tension Wickham kept alive between the standard marriage of a man and a woman and the love between a gay couple. Although I am not sure you could discern her personal stance on the subject, the issue played a key part to the whole intrigue of the story. Even at the very end we aren't completely sure which path Rupert takes.

Most importantly, the concept of being honest with the ones you love, even if it will bring a serious change to the established life you are living, is the most important part of being in a relationship that will be stable and blossom. I think that is an important message that we too often do not hear. Sometimes we are not completely honest at first, sometimes for very good reason, but eventually the truth must come out and it is our ability to take the truth and continue on with our lives that show our true character.

I believe this is my favorite book that Wickham has (at least thus far in my reading).  I recommend it to those of you who enjoy chick-lit.

The Wedding Girl

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