Today I review Jennifer Joyce's fourth book, The Wedding Date. After self publishing her first two novels, Jennifer signed a book deal with Carina UK, so this is her second book with them. I've read some of her previous books and they are always a lot of fun. Let's see how I liked her latest one:
Title: The Wedding Date
Author: Jennifer Joyce
Published: March 28th 2016 by Carina UK
Blurb: Delilah James, singleton and smoothie-addict, has six months to find a date for her oldest friend’s wedding. Oh, and to prove to her ex, best man Ben, that she has totally moved on since he dumped her out-of-the-blue nine months, eight days and seventeen hours ago…
So, with her two BFFs playing Cupid, Delilah launches herself into the high-tech, fast-paced and frankly terrifying world of dating. Luckily there’s the hot new guy at work, Adam Sinclair, to practice her flirting on – even if, as a colleague, he’s strictly off-limits!
Yet time’s running out and date after disastrous date forces Delilah to tell a little white lie – and invent a fake boyfriend! But will her secret crush on Adam ruin everything? Does she even care about Ben anymore? And is it too late to untangle her web of lies and take a real date to the wedding…?
First of all I would like to thank the publisher for sending me a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
Review: Before picking this book, I had already read some of Jennifer Joyce's previous work so I knew that I was in for a fun lighthearted book. And I was not wrong, The Wedding Date certainly delivers what it promises: lots of laughs, quite a big web of lies with hilarious consequences, a good pinch of romance and best friends who are worth their weight in gold.
The story revolves around Delilah (I know what you are thinking, "hey there Delilah..." and all that, she has heard it before, a thousand times, which made me giggle every time it got mentioned). Basically, Delilah has been dumped by perfect Ben and they both are attending a friend's wedding. Very maturely, Delilah needs a wedding date to prove to Ben that she is over him, which she evidently isn't. But well, she is quite young and I actually really liked her, so I'm going to forgive her immaturity here.
The first part of the book then centers on all the dates Delilah goes to to find the perfect wedding companion. Let's say they all go horribly well (for me, seriously, I was laughing out loud with some of those guys). And the second part of the story focuses more in Delilah's two possible new love interests. There was a moment there I really didn't know which way it was going to go. I really enjoyed this suspense and how the author played a bit with us.
I really liked seeing Delilah grow and mature during the story. As I said, I really liked her from the beginning, but she was a bit naive and she was kidding herself if she thought she was over her ex. But as the story progressed, we saw new parts of her, and she became more invested in her job, in her friends and in her own happiness. So I ended up really caring for her.
Around Delilah there was also a whole bunch of characters, from her lovely parents and her best friends to her not so lovely employers, they all formed a great community and I had lots of fun with them. Plus, Delilah worked at a biscuit factory (which, apparently, is not that much fun) and I loved reading all about biscuits and the recipes they all came up with for a campaign at the factory. I can't wait to try some myself.
All in all, The Wedding Date is a fun and cute story that will put a smile on your face. With lovable characters and quite a lot of drama, you won't get one bit bored with this one.
Rating: 4 Stars