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Wedding Hells by Jennifer Gilby Roberts
Synopsis: Mel Parker’s perfect little sister is getting married and she’d rather cut her own arm off than attend. Her relatives are guaranteed to give her hell about not going first, her dress is unbearable and her beloved best friend Will isn’t even invited. But her boyfriend is there. And there’ll be cake. So maybe it won’t be as bad as she thinks. Maybe it’ll be worse…
Review (via my Kindle Fire’s text-to-speech function)
This is the second short story I’ve read by Jennifer and I’m glad I read them in this order as I preferred this one. It is another realistic tale but I felt more empathy with this main character, again told in first person, Melanie.
Both leading ladies have attitude but Melanie is funnier and any singleton at a wedding can vouch for how miserable they can end up.
The characters are engaging (I especially liked Melanie’s father), the writing is excellent with fewer ‘well’s than in Flights of Nancy (nine vs eighteen), and plenty of action and character foibles to keep us entertained. The phrase ‘I’m dumped, drenched and depressed’ made me chuckle.
There are often external elements that effect a plot and having Mother Nature antagonising Melanie only adds to the humour. A well-written and entertaining piece.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 (because I gave ‘Flights of Nancy’ a 4 and I prefer this one).
Based in Northamptonshire, England, Morgen Bailey (“Morgen with an E”) is a freelance editor, online tutor, prolific blogger, 2015 Head Judge for the annual H.E. Bates Short Story Competition, Head Judge for the NLG Flash Fiction Competition, RONE 2015 Judge, and creative writing tutor for her local county council. She is also a freelance author of numerous ‘dark and light’ short stories, novels, articles, and very occasional dabbler of poetry. Like her, her blog, https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com, is consumed by all things literary. She is also active on Twitter, Facebook along with many others (listed on her blog’s Contact page) and has created five online writing groups and an interview-only blog.
Her debut novel is the chick lit eBook The Serial Dater’s Shopping List ($0.99 / £0.77) and she has nine others (mostly crime) in the works. She also has eight collections of short stories available (also $0.99 / £0.77 each) – detailed on https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/books-mine/short-stories.
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