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Wedding Night
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Wedding Night
A Novel
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella returns with her trademark blend of sparkling wit and playful romance in this page-turning story of a wedding to remember--and a honeymoon to forget.

Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose, but then his big question involves a trip abroad--not a trip down the aisle. Completely crushed, Lottie reconnects with an old flame, and they decide to take drastic action. No dates, no moving in together, they'll just get married . . . right now. Her sister, Fliss, thinks Lottie is making a terrible mistake, and will do anything to stop her. But Lottie is determined to say "I do," for better, or for worse.

Praise for Wedding Night

"Sophie Kinsella is beloved by millions--her books are properly mood-altering. Wedding Night is funny, fast, and farcical. I loved it."--JoJo Moyes, bestselling author of Me Before You

"[A] fun novel that's as light and bubbly as a glass of wedding champagne."--USA Today

"Filled with laugh-out-loud moments, this is Sophie Kinsella at her wittiest. . . . An engrossing novel."--Bookreporter

"You won't be able to stop reading. . . . The narrative gallops along with humorous scenes and great one-liners."--The Daily Mail

"A fast-paced, hilarious comedy [with] a charming cast of characters."--Kirkus Reviews



From the Hardcover edition.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella returns with her trademark blend of sparkling wit and playful romance in this page-turning story of a wedding to remember--and a honeymoon to forget.

Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose, but then his big question involves a trip abroad--not a trip down the aisle. Completely crushed, Lottie reconnects with an old flame, and they decide to take drastic action. No dates, no moving in together, they'll just get married . . . right now. Her sister, Fliss, thinks Lottie is making a terrible mistake, and will do anything to stop her. But Lottie is determined to say "I do," for better, or for worse.

Praise for Wedding Night

"Sophie Kinsella is beloved by millions--her books are properly mood-altering. Wedding Night is funny, fast, and farcical. I loved it."--JoJo Moyes, bestselling author of Me Before You

"[A] fun novel that's as light and bubbly as a glass of wedding champagne."--USA Today

"Filled with laugh-out-loud moments, this is Sophie Kinsella at her wittiest. . . . An engrossing novel."--Bookreporter

"You won't be able to stop reading. . . . The narrative gallops along with humorous scenes and great one-liners."--The Daily Mail

"A fast-paced, hilarious comedy [with] a charming cast of characters."--Kirkus Reviews



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    Twenty Days Earlier1

    Lottie

    I've bought him an engagement ring. Was that a mistake?

    I mean, it's not a girly ring. It's a plain band with a tiny diamond in it, which the guy in the shop talked me into. If Richard doesn't like the diamond, he can always turn it round.

    Or not wear it at all. Keep it on his nightstand or in a box or whatever.

    Or I could take it back and never mention it. Actually, I'm losing confidence in this ring by the minute, but I just felt bad that he wouldn't have anything. Men don't get the greatest deal out of a proposal. They have to set up the occasion, they have to get down on one knee, they have to ask the question, and they have to buy a ring. And what do we have to do? Say "yes."

    Or "no," obviously.

    I wonder what proportion of marriage proposals end in a "yes" and what proportion end in a "no"? I open my mouth automatically to share this thought with Richard--then hastily close it again. Idiot.

    "Sorry?" Richard glances up.

    "Nothing!" I beam. "Just . . . great menu!"

    I wonder if he's bought a ring already. I don't mind, either way. On the one hand, it's fabulously romantic if he has. On the other hand, it's fabulously romantic to choose one together.

    It's a win-win.

    I sip my water and smile lovingly at Richard. We're sitting at a corner table overlooking the river. It's a new restaurant on the Strand, just up from the Savoy. All black-and-white marble and vintage chandeliers and button-back chairs in pale gray. It's elegant but not showy. The perfect place for a lunchtime proposal. I'm wearing an understated bride-to-be white shirt, a print skirt, and have splashed out on stay-up stockings, just in case we decide to cement the engagement later on. I've never worn stay-up stockings before. But, then, I've never been proposed to before.

    Ooh, maybe he's booked a room at the Savoy.

    No. Richard's not flash like that. He'd never make a ridiculous, out-of-proportion gesture. Nice lunch, yes; overpriced hotel room, no. Which I respect.

    He's looking nervous. He's fiddling with his cuffs and checking his phone and swirling the water round in his glass. As he sees me watching him, he smiles too.

    "So."

    "So."

    It's as though we're speaking in code, skirting around the real issue. I fiddle with my napkin and adjust my chair. This waiting is unbearable. Why doesn't he get it over with?

    No, I don't mean "get it over with." Of course I don't. It's not a vaccination. It's . . . Well, what is it? It's a beginning. A first step. The pair of us embarking on a great adventure together. Because we want to take on life as a team. Because we can't think of anyone else we'd rather share that journey with. Because I love him and he loves me.

    I'm getting misty-eyed already. This is hopeless. I've been like this for days, ever since I realized what he was driving at.

    He's quite heavy-handed, Richard. I mean, in a good, lovable way. He's direct and to the point and doesn't play games. (Thank God.) Nor does he land massive surprises on you out of the blue. On my last birthday, he hinted for ages that his present was going to be a surprise trip, which was ideal because I knew to get down my overnight bag and pack a few things.

    Although, in the end, he did catch me out, because it wasn't a weekend away, as I'd predicted. It was a train ticket to Stroud, which he had biked to my desk with no warning, on my midweek birthday. It turned out he'd secretly arranged with my boss for me to have two days off, and when I finally arrived at Stroud, a car whisked me to the most adorable Cotswold cottage, where he was waiting with a fire...

About the Author-
  • Sophie Kinsella is the author of the bestselling Shopaholic series, as well as the novels Can You Keep A Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I've Got Your Number, and Wedding Night. She lives in England.

Reviews-
  • Publisher's Weekly

    April 1, 2013
    Bestselling author Kinsella (Confessions of a Shopaholic) offers a departure from standard chick-lit—and shopping—with her latest. Charlotte “Lottie” Graveney is positive her boyfriend Richard is about to pop the question over lunch—but when he confesses the topic he wanted to speak about was air miles, she’s out of there. When her gap-year boyfriend Ben suddenly returns to her life and immediately proposes, Lottie jumps at the chance. Felicity “Fliss” Graveney, Lottie’s sister, is significantly less excited. Fliss, who is going through her own divorce, knows her sister’s impulsiveness well—so when Ben and Lottie head to a five-star resort in Greece for their honeymoon, Fliss uses her connections as editor of a travel magazine to try to prevent the pair from consummating their marriage so that Lottie might be convinced into an annulment. Alternatively told from the points of view of Lottie and Fliss, the story meanders (especially when a minor character interjects without much reason to) before delivering a surprise ending, but Kinsella fans will be charmed. Agent: Kimberly Witherspoon, InkWell Management.

  • Kirkus

    March 15, 2013
    Convinced that Richard is finally going to propose to her--after all, he has been dropping fairly obvious hints about a "big question"--Lottie has dolled herself up and begun fantasizing in Technicolor. But then, he doesn't. What's a girl to do? As soon as Lottie claims she's going back to school for her master's degree, her sister, Fliss, knows exactly what Lottie will do, because she's heard that line far too often. Lottie is going to do something rash, and Fliss will have to pick up the pieces. But Fliss doesn't really have time to mend Lottie's broken heart or spackle over the sure-to-be-unfortunate results of her reckless behavior, since she is currently trying to keep her job while engaged in an annoying divorce. Her estranged husband has metamorphosed into a self-righteous jerk who keeps trying to change the divorce agreement and drops their son Noah with her the very night of the hotel-industry awards ceremony, which she has not only arranged, but also will host. If only she could have had Noah without ever having married Daniel. So it's understandable that Fliss cannot prevent Lottie from impulsively marrying Ben, her old flame, and jetting off to the Greek island of their youthful adventures. With the help of Lorcan, Ben's business partner, who's rather aghast at Ben's precipitous departure, Fliss begins to orchestrate obstacles to Ben's consummating the marriage. Author of the popular Shopaholic series, Kinsella (I've Got Your Number, 2012, etc.) has again created a fast-paced, hilarious comedy filled with bubbly banter and a charming cast of characters. The lovers (more self-deluded than star-crossed) are delightfully flawed, and the rivals are sweetly vulnerable. Bright, bouncy, engaging and perfect for filming.

    COPYRIGHT(2013) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Library Journal

    June 1, 2013

    When the love of Lottie's life gives her a vacation instead of an engagement ring, she breaks up with him in typical dramatic Lottie style. Days later, her college boyfriend Ben makes an appearance, and the two quickly decide to wed. Meanwhile, Lottie's sister Fliss and Ben's best friend Lorcan frantically try to derail the wedding night while they fight their own growing attraction. Never fear: in the end--after international flights, bribery, blackmail, and disaster--all the characters end up discovering true love and learning a bit about themselves in the process. VERDICT Kinsella continues to delight in creating quirky characters and over-the-top situations, and this title is a perfect choice for those craving a great escape.

    Copyright 2013 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • JoJo Moyes, bestselling author of Me Before You

    "Sophie Kinsella is beloved by millions--her books are properly mood-altering. Wedding Night is funny, fast, and farcical. I loved it."

  • Bookreporter "[A] fun novel that's as light and bubbly as a glass of wedding champagne."--USA Today "Filled with laugh-out-loud moments, this is Sophie Kinsella at her wittiest. . . . An engrossing novel."
  • The Daily Mail "You won't be able to stop reading. . . . The narrative gallops along with humorous scenes and great one-liners."
  • Kirkus Reviews "A fast-paced, hilarious comedy [with] a charming cast of characters."
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