Title: Celebrity Bride
Author: Alison Kervin
Genre: Chick-Lit | Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Ebury Press
Publication Date: 4th June 2009
Paperback: 378 pages
Source: Review Copy
Reviewed by: Carolyn
RATING: 7/10 – Very good.
BOOK COVER SUMMARY:
It’s the celebrity wedding of the season….
The news that Hollywood bad boy Rufus George is finally settling down has caused a media storm. Especially since his bride is a civilian – a nobody. Kelly Monsoon is just an average English girl. She never expected to meet a mega-star like Rufus let alone have him fall in love with her. It’s like a fairy-tale come true.
Only this Prince Charming comes with a 12-person entourage, a bevy of beautiful ex-girlfriends and the world’s press camped on his doorstep. And now the small, intimate wedding Kelly always dreamed of is taking on Hollywood epic proportions… Will this new celebrity bride ever make it up the aisle?
I really enjoyed this book. The main character, Kelly Monsoon, is warm and funny. I felt the bond of her friendship with her friends, Sophie and Mandy and with her family – all of which are great characters. I liked Rufus, the famous hollywood star boyfriend, who comes across as rather delicious, which made me want more of him in the story, it is a shame he is only a fleeting character. I also enjoyed the relationship between Kelly and Elody, a celebrity friend, which is very funny at times as Kelly tries to acclimatise to her new glamorous lifestyle. Occasionally, I found Kelly to be a bit gullible and weak, especially when interacting with Elody, but this is only a minor quibble.
This book is easy to read and I quickly got sucked into Kelly’s life, but half way through the book I felt that the story lost it’s way. The synopsis gives the impression that the book is about a wedding, when in fact it isn’t. It should be entitled ‘Celebrity Girlfriend’ as this is what the story is about. The majority of the book, apart from the last chapter, which is about the wedding day, is the story of Kelly’s life, how she met Rufus and her moving in with him. So I think the synopsis is little misleading, as is the title of the book.
I am also baffled by the ‘murder story’, where one of the characters is murdered (I won’t say which as I don’t want to spoil it for you if haven’t read it yet). It is, in my view, unnecessary as the story was flowing wonderfully and the writing was so amusing that what I really wanted was for this to continue, and to read about all the hilarious scenarios that would ensue at their wedding. Instead, Kelly becomes a suspect in a murder investigation and decides to lie to the police about important information because she didn’t want to upset Rufus. I didn’t like this part of the book as much as I did the rest, but it is only a few chapters long, so all is forgiven.
‘Celebrity Bride‘ is well written and very funny – sometimes ‘laugh-out-loud’ funny, I really enjoyed reading it and would highly recommend it. I am definitely looking forward to the sequel, I just hope the story stays on track.
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