Paige Toon has done it again; I have fallen so in love with a male character (okay, two in this case), that closing the book on the final page almost physically hurt.
Bronte doesn't believe in marriage, and while attending her friend's hen party, she meets Alex. Charming and a little mysterious, the two of them find themselves spending a night in each other's company, their chemistry obvious. Yet, once the night is over, Alex is brought back to the reality of his soon-to-be-girlfriend-again. In time, Bronte and Alex find themselves working together, while Alex is engaged to the girlfriend he was on a break from when he met Bronte. Queue confusion and passion please!
Thirteen Weddings is a classic page-turner. It's one of those sunshiny books that makes your eyes glide cheerily across the pages, flicking the pages until you realise the time... and then you carry on.
Bronte is strong and has learnt lessons that she applies to her life, and with her vulnerability, too, created is a character I only sympathised with and liked. Her determination to further herself in her career and her progression in photography makes her charming. Not only did I will her to be happy romantically, but the friendships she creates and has in the novel make me a very happy reader.
Paige Toon doesn't make it easy for the reader though. Oh no. Alex or Lachie, is a question that is prominent throughout the novel, and while adoring them both, (if faint spoilers aren't your thing, stop reading now!) I fell for the one whose heart was lonely in the end. I was, however, not disappointed by the ending; I would have been at least happily content either way! I inevitably found myself learning a lot from Bronte and the guys in this novel.
The somewhat cynical Bronte is a lady I felt attached to, holding a mind-set I partially share. Thirteen Weddings is a gorgeously romantic novel which made me smile from cover to cover.
Photographers & Buskers,
The Girl in the Moonlight.
P.S. It would have been a book haul post today, but I've not bought any books this month- three cheers for me!