11.11.10

Book Review: A Winter's Wedding by Sharon Owens

Emily loves Dylan. And Dylan loves Emily. Their relationship is rock solid. Everyone says that are meant to be together, it's just a matter of when-not if- Dylan's going to pop the Big Question.
There's just one tiny fly in the ointment: Emily hates weddings. Which is fair enough seeing as she was jilted at the altar years ago by Alex, her supposed soul mate. Still, Dylan isn't Alex. He's gorgeous and sexy and scruffy and kind and more than worth taking a chance on...
But what happens when the ghost of Emily's Christmas past threatens to ruin everything? Can Dylan convince the love of his life he's different and that their wedding day will be remembered for the right reasons?
After all, with a sprinkling of snow and a touch of magic in the air, there's nothing quite like a Winter's wedding to warm the soul...
I really enjoyed Sharon Owen's last book,  The Seven Secrets of Happiness so I was very pleased to receive her latest book to review.
Emily is quite a mysterious character at the beginning of the book, I felt like she was quite sad and lonely. All we know about her is that she was born and raised in Belfast but that she moved to London a few years ago and barley has any contact with her parents. As the book goes on though, Emily starts de-cluttering the antique wardrobe in her bedroom and through the items she removes, we begin to learn more and more about her. This is how she meets Dylan as he is working in his sister's charity shop where Emily drops off the unwanted stuff.
Now Dylan is a lovely character, maybe a little too good to be true but I think these kind of men are always welcome in books. Just as the reader is slowly finding out more about Emily, so too is Dylan. He is quite an intriguing character as well, we don't know too much about him and there were several occasions where I wondered if he may have a skeleton or two in his cupboard.
My favourite character though was Arabella, Emily's disgruntled boss. She pretty much has a heart of gold but when her marriage hits the rocks, she becomes quite a comical character, hell bent on revenge.
A Winter's Wedding is obviously set in the winter and the run up to Christmas so it is a lovely book to read at this time of year or even to give as a Christmas present.
Sharon Owen has delivered another highly entertaining story with characters what you wouldn't mind having a cup of tea with. The book is published today and I recommend you give it a go, it's perfect reading for curling up with a mug of hot chocolate at this time of year.

Many thanks to Penguin for sending me this book to review.

9 comments:

Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read said...

I have The Seven Secrets of Happiness on my wishlist! And this one sounds so good, both bitter and sweet.

verity said...

Sharon Owens does write a good book and lucky you getting this from Penguin!

Dot said...

Irena- I enjoyed The Seven Secrets of Happiness too and they are both set around this time of year!

Verity- I have only read the last two but have really enjoyed them so shall have to catch up with the others!

One More Page said...

I'm really looking forward to reading this now. My copy arrived from Amazon today!

josbookjourney said...

I recommend her first 3 books - brilliant! Then they were not great in my opinion, but they have picked up again with Seven Secrets. I cannot wait to read this book especially if it has a wintry theme.

Dot said...

One More Page- Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Iris- It's good to have a big wish list, more to choose from!

The Book Whisperer said...

Ooh, love the sound of this one for curling up with this month.

Dot said...

The Book Whisperer- I love Sharon Owens, perfect for this time of year!

Jean Bull said...

I must get this book. I didn't realise it was out. Like josbookjourney, I agree that her first three books were best until Seven Secrets. I actually bought The Tea House in Mulberry Street because I loved the cover! The book didn't disappoint either and I've read all the others. I've just received The Distant Hours by Kate Morton, so I'd better read that first. Judging by the books you read last year, I don't read nearly as fast as you!

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