Amanda's Wedding: A Novel

Amanda's Wedding: A Novel

by Jenny Colgan

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Overview

From New York Times bestselling author Jenny Colgan comes the debut novel that made her the sensation she is today—a hilarious, unforgettable story of one woman’s mad dash to put a stop to the wedding of her old school friend who’s the complete opposite of the sweet Scottish lord she’s marrying.

Amanda’s old school friends, Mel and Fran, are shocked when the social-climbing queen of mean announces her engagement to a laird (Scottish lord). It doesn’t matter that Fraser McConnald has worn the same pair of Converse sneakers for the last three years and that his castle is a pile of rubble with one gas heater—she’ll be the wife of an actual laird! But Mel and Fran can’t just sit back and let the sweet and gentle Fraser marry Amanda, especially since Mel had a huge crush on him back in University. Something must be done!

Joining forces with Fraser’s adorable younger brother Angus, they set out to sabotage this mismatch of the century. So between fighting off the attentions of a love-crazed accountant, keeping Fran’s deadly maneuvers’ with the opposite sex under control and trying to win her own war of love with her aspiring rock-star beau, Mel finds herself preparing for a wedding that’s everything you’d wish on your worst enemy.

 

 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062449023
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 94,868
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jenny Colgan is the New York Times-bestselling author of numerous novels, including The Bookshop on the Corner, Little Beach Street Bakery, and Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery, all international bestsellers. Jenny is married with three children and lives in London and Scotland.

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Amanda's Wedding 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Melanie, Francesca and Amanda are solidly working-class girls, raised a few hours outside London. Growing up together with all of the usual spats that occur in a group of three friends, Amanda always had her eyes on the prize, determined to make the most of her upwardly mobile ambitions. Leaving both Mel and Fran behind as she now works in PR and is ‘uber’ glamorous, she only deigns to acknowledge her old school chums when she’s in need of a serious boost to her feelings of superiority. But now, in a break from the twice yearly traditions, she’s called them in to announce her marriage to Fraser, Scottish Laird and not someone she ever noticed despite being at Uni with him and Mel. Mel has her own issues: a couple of dates with an accountant who clings tighter than ivy, an ex who scuttled of to America without leaving so much as a note, and a best friend who can’t help but see every man she encounters without pants, she’s feeling unloved, unwanted, overweight and more than a bit lonely until Alex’s phone call. He’s coming back, and against all common sense, she’s ready to forgive all of his bad behavior and jump into playing happy families. But, with the Awful Amanda’s wedding on the horizon, and a sudden reintroduction to Fraser, as well as meeting his mates and younger brother – all feeling that the wedding is a terrible mistake, the opportunity for Mel to put her foot in it, drunkenly and repeatedly, is never-ending. This re-release allowed me the opportunity to visit a title I’d not read from Colgan, who is at the top of my auto-buy list for her layered and complex characters moving through often very ordinary lives in unusual ways. There are smidgens of the writer that I know now, and some truly ‘twenty-something, finding yourself’ moments that also feel very appropriate in a twenty year old story. Authors and their skills improve and develop with use and experience – experience gleaned from life and simply writing, and it is clear to see this is a story that is fully embracing it’s twenty-something-ness in all of the self-absorption, drink, regardless of consequences acts from many of the characters. But, in that parts were frustrating, it did offer a look into lives that, while different to our own, are sure to bring memories of times best forgotten. While not my favorite novel from this author, it is one that, had I read it when she was first published, would have encouraged me to read more. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't read it all...went to the last chapter to see how it ended. Maybe it was because I'm an older American and didn't understand the younger English humor. Whatever the reason I found the book so ridiculous I couldn't even read it. Which saddens me because I have thoroughly enjoyed Jenny Colgan's other books.
ugagirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I hate when books have several typos, including calling a character by the wrong name. Plus, the plot, writing, etc left a lot to be desired.
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curlyloulou More than 1 year ago
I really liked this "chick lit" book. I love the way the British talk and their humor. If you want a book that makes you laugh out loud...this should work for you.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
While Ms. Coogan's writing is peppered with lighthearted, as well as funny moments, I only had one problem with this novel. Nearly all of the characters seemed confused about whom they wanted to be with, which I felt was trite and downright silly. A decent novel otherwise, but not entirely a memorable one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 24 hours! I was obsessed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It sat on my shelf for months before I finally read it, and I'm still kicking myself for not reading it sooner! I immediately fell in love with Fraser and Angus. And I'm laughing out loud over the smoke bombs! Please tell me there'll be a sequel!!!!! Melanie's Wedding????
Guest More than 1 year ago
After the first hillarious chapter, I was hooked. One twist after another in this plot, kept me guessing. I had to keep reading to see what would happen next. I was addicted to Amanda's Wedding. Mel is my hero.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amanda's Wedding is a laugh out loud very entertaining and fun book. I loved it. This will be a great summertime beach read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up because of a review that said it was a cross between 'Friends' and 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' and i love both of those! The book was hilarious. I was laughing out loud within the first few pages! The main character makes you feel relieved that you're not the only one who thinks that way! Amandas Wedding is a great book to read if you're looking for something entertaining and fun, which it certainly is!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Woking, England, Melanie, Fran and Amanda walked to school together for years. Amanda cleverly using Mel and Fran by playing each one against the other like a Machiavellian puppeteer. The trio wished to one day be rich and famous, starring as a celeb of ¿Celebrity Squares¿. However, after completing secondary school, the three girls go their separate ways even though Mel went to the same university as Amanda attended.

Two decades have passed since they first walked together to school. Amanda is now engaged to marry Scottish nobleman Fraser, a person that Mel secretly coveted in the university. Fraser¿s brother Angus thinks Amanda is a ¿castle¿ digger only wanting Fraser for his crumbling rocks. Though she has two beaus of her own, a rock musician and an accountant, Mel agrees to help Angus separate Amanda and Fraser. Mel enlists Fran to help her with her madcap adventure.

Often humorous yet as often nasty, AMANDA¿S WEDDING is an amusing screwball romantic comedy reminiscent of the works of Bridget Jones and some of the Cary Grant movies (with profanities) of the 1930s. The story line is well written, centering on the ruses of Mel and Fran as narrated by the former. Readers, who enjoy a light comedy of errors will find this tale quite entertaining, but fans that want substance propping up their comedies need to pass on Jenny Colgan¿s whimsical novel.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I luaghed out loud during this book. I thouroughly enjoyed it, though at the start I wasn't sure I would. I could identify with the main character and her annoyance with her perfect (and evil) friend Amanda. If you liked Bridget Jones Diary, Getting Over it, or the Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing, you will really enjoy Amanda's Wedding.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In England, there was a lot of hype surrounding the release of this title. It was worth every word of it. Not only did 'Amanda's Wedding' make me cringe ('oh my God, I so do that'), laugh out loud in a public place (in my case, a train full of stuffy men with briefcases), after taking it down from my overloaded bookshelf I was compelled to postpone my life. The book was surgically attached to my fingers (well, close!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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