2014 Book Reviews

Thirteen Weddings by Paige Toon

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Last year, Bronte left Sydney for a wedding in England, where she met newly single Alex. After a night of passion they parted ways, and Bronte returned to Australia.

Now working on a picture desk for a magazine in London, Bronte is about to meet her new colleague, who turns out to be all too familiar. Although awkward at first, as Alex is now engaged to the girl he was on a break from when they met, they soon become friends.

But as the two get closer, and the wedding day looms, it is clear that Alex and Bronte have unfinished business…’

When I received a copy of Paige’s book on net gallery, I’m not ashamed to say I lost my cool.

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I rather adore Paige’s way with words and she has become that author who I crave new books from.

So when I heard about a new book I was VERY excited.

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Now as you know Paige often links in older characters into her new books, well who happens to drop by in this book? Only Ben and Lily from my most favourite book Pictures Of Lily. For that there isn’t a word possible to tell you how utterly delighted I was.

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(Don’t worry if you haven’t read Paige’s previous books, they don’t have an order!)

Thirteen Weddings is the story of Bronte, she is over in London from Australia for an old school friend, Polly, who is getting married. Whilst on Polly’s hen night Bronte meets the gorgeous Alex, they are both in mutual agreement that they aren’t nearly drunk enough to be enjoying their nights. Alex is an utter gentleman but seems very guarded. Their connection is electric and they are drawn to one another. After spending a night together they seem very happy, that is until Alex gets a text from his newly ex-girlfriend explaining she has made a mistake and wants him back. He looks cut up so Bronte makes it easy and explains she is going back to Australia soon and no one will ever find out. Alex leaves and Bronte is left feeling rather sad. They had something…

(I genuinely had a cry at this stage!)

Skip to over a year later and Alex is back living in London with Bridget (from The Longest Holiday), its her first day in her new job and who should she happen to see on a passing escalator… ALEX…

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She asks him to wait but he doesn’t, and Bronte is left wondering why he didn’t wait. She has thought about him so much since that one night and looked out for his name in magazine articles hoping to find a way of contacting him. Feeling sad and confused Bronte heads off to work only to find she isnt the only newbie. Another guy has just started too and it’s Alex… only he acts like he is meeting her for the first time.

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After getting over the intial shock Bronte and Alex are soon good friends. They have no choice but to be good friends Alex is now engaged, to the ex… although the sparks between Alex and Bronte hasn’t diminished at all!

Soon Bronte lands herself a weekend job photographing weddings wih Rachel whose normal assistant has let her down at the last minute. Rachel is so impressed by her she offers Bronte more work, which is how Bronte comes to meet the drop dead gorgeous Lachie. A fellow Australian who is currently gigging and finding work in bars around England. His current set up is in Glasglow. They hit it off with Bronte only seeing themselves as friends, but that doesn’t stop the flirtatious Lachie trying. Once back in London Lachie soon shows up making it very clear just how much he likes Bronte, she really likes him too only she is completely in love with Alex. No matter how she tries to hide it, she can’t get him out of her mind.

Bronte is torn in two, but three hearts are at stake here!

I completely fell in love with Bronte as a main character, it was hard not to. She was a lovely girl who had no control over her heart. She knew it was wrong to be in love with a man about to be married but she fell in love when he wasn’t with his fiance, it also doesn’t help that Alex isn’t exactly hiding just how much he likes Bronte.

Alex.. oh boy he grabbed my heart from the very beginning. As for Lachie he also grabbed my heart very quickly, he was overly flirty and he didn’t hide his feelings in anyway. I really liked his fun nature and that he was an open book, whereas with Alex we were always kept guessing. I had trouble picking who I liked more throughout the story and I was constanly changing my mind who I wanted her to end up with.

One thing i really enjoyed about the book was the secret Bronte kept about her past, throughout we are given snippets as to what it could be, leaving our imaginations wondering. When we finally find out what it is, I am not ashamed to admit I cried big fat ugly tears.

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Somehow Paige just gets better and better with every single book, they pull you in and play with your emotions. You can’t help but fall in love with her heroines and heros, they become friends that you become attatched too and you are saying goodbye quicker than you would like because you gobbled the book up whole.

Finding out about Ben and Lily made my life and their current situation left me like this…

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and a little like this…

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I absolutely loved everything about this book. It was just full of emotion that will have you crying one second and laughing the next.

Thirteen Weddings is utterly compelling, heart breakingly romantic and stupidly sweet. I want to crawl into Paige’s books and live there. This summers MUST BUY.

It’s just perfect!

Thirteen Weddings is available to pre-order and out on May 22nd

Now, Paige can we PLEASE have a Bridget book? PLEASE…

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