Five Wakes and a Wedding

Five Wakes and a Wedding

by Karen Ross

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780008354350
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/22/2019
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 257,994
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Karen Ross is a former journalist, broadcaster and advertising copywriter who continues to run her own successful marketing consultancy in the absence of a job offer to manage Tottenham Hotspur.
She lives in Primrose Hill, where she and her dog, Scrabble, are among the least famous residents.

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Five Wakes and a Wedding 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
paulalala09 3 months ago
I wasn’t caught by the book at first. The more I read, the more I got into the life happenings of Nina, undertaker with a new business. Her friends, Gloria and Edo, are true blue. They keep her moving forward in her pursuit of business. There are several surprises that add to the flavor of the book. I loved it overall. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
AthenaMae 5 months ago
This book had great writing. It was easy to read and the flow was kept fairly steady. However, I just couldn't get into this book. It was, in my opinion, a bit slow which is why it didn't really capture my interest. This book just didn't reach its potential for me. I wanted to see more funerals and the stories surrounding them. Unfortunately, that didn't happen until about halfway through. What did manage to grab my interest was the story surrounding the death of Nina's husband. Which again, unfortunately, didn't happen until just over halfway through the book. I wish we would have heard more about it though. I did like Barclay. I thought he was an interesting character. Also, I did find some humor in some moments of the book. In particular, some of Nina's observations made me chuckle. Although I didn't enjoy the book, many people did enjoy it so you shouldn't base your opinion about whether to read the book based on my review. "I received an advanced copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review."
Christine_QueenofBooks 5 months ago
Unique premise; fun summer read. Thank you, NetGalley, Avon Books UK, and One More Chapter for a free e-arc for review. I really enjoyed the unique premise of Five Wakes and a Wedding - Nina is starting her own business (awesome) as an undertaker (whaaaaat). Most of the book is set in Primrose Hill, which was super cool (I love when an author sets their story in a specific neighborhood, rather than just "New York" or "London"). After a slightly slow start, the plot clips along - this is definitely a book you could devour in a day poolside this summer. I do wish there had been less discussion of dieting. It felt out of place given that this is a book about a woman who's an entrepreneur (and not a book about a model, or a cookbook). In the same chapter that Nina identifies mansplaining, she thinks to herself about calories (and how she's about to dive in because they don't count in her current situation. I.e. that's the reason she's allowing herself to enjoy a good meal). I get it - I'm a woman raised in the same body-focused, fat-shaming world as the author. But I'm trying not to relate to food like it's the enemy, and so it's jarring when the word "diet" appears 10x in a book not about food. (I imagine the reader is supposed to interpret it as humorous, but I didn't.) Overall, I liked it, and would recommend if that premise sounds interesting to you too!
SaraOxo 5 months ago
Five Wakes and a Wedding by Karen Ross a five-star read that will open many eyes. This was such a good novel, I am so glad I picked it up, it reiterates what I keep telling everyone, how we shouldn’t fear death and have bland funerals but have an event for people to celebrate. People thought I was crazy planning what I wanted at 25, but after being like Nina and losing a friend you and seeing them looking like an old woman and not the person I knew, I knew I never wanted to be seen like that. This was so heart warming and honest, it won’t be everyone’s taste, much like a certain window display in Primrose Hill. But everyone should read it just to understand. I cant wait to see what else Karen Ross has written as this was a masterpiece of art in the written word form.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. With years experience working as an undertaker, Nina Sherwood had anticipated opening her own funeral home would be a much less overwhelming endeavor. Not only are her pretentious fellow business owners completely against the idea of a funeral home in their neighborhood, but her first scheduled funeral turns out to be a very public, very humiliating hoax. Despite her struggles with her business, however, comes the unorthodox friendship of the recipient of said faux funeral, as well as the unexpected attraction to the charming man-child, Barclay. But of course nothing is simple in Nina's life, as unforeseen events occur. Five Wakes and a Wedding was an incredibly NetGalley find, I've got to say. I'm not convinced that this novel is really something I would have picked otherwise, as it really isn't my usual taste, but I quickly fell in love with Nina and her quirky group of friends. I loved Ross' storytelling, and really enjoyed how she incorporated the titular fives wakes and a wedding (especially the wedding; did not see that coming!), and was completely engrossed in this story. Overall, this was a great story full of likeable characters, and I'm excited to read more from this author. Fans of women's fiction and romantic comedies will absolutely love this book, and I would highly recommend it! 4/5
AMGiacomasso 5 months ago
I need to read light, funny and entertaining book in this period of my life and this book was perfect. I loved the humour, the quirky cast of characters and the brilliant plot. I look forward to reading other books by this author. Highly recommended! Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.