Book Review: RSVP by Helen Warner

Anna's world is rocked when she receives an invitation to her ex Toby's wedding. Toby was The Love of Her Life, The One That Got Away. Will attending his Big Day finally give her the sense of closure she needs?
Clare is Anna's best friend, the person who was there for her when she and Toby split all those years ago. But little does Clare know that Toby's wedding day will change her own life forever. 
Ella is a femme fatale. She loves men and leaves them without a backward glance. But the one who's never fallen in love with her charms is Toby. As he prepared to get hitched, is it too late for a last-ditch attempt to win his heart?
Rachel is the blushing bride-to-be. This should be the happiest day of her life. So how come she feels nothing but a terrible sense of foreboding?
RSVP is one of those books that you don't want to end. Anna and Toby split up over 10 years ago but she still can't handle it when she receives an invitation to his wedding to Rachel. However, best friend Clare persuades her to go as she thinks it will finally give her closure. Closure is not at all what Anna gets from the wedding. All the feelings she has been trying to hide are reignited and she and the rest of the congregation are left to believe that Toby feels the same way.
Each chapter revolves around one of the characters and jumps back and forth between the past and the present. It is the characters that make this book, I took to all of them. Surprisingly, Ella was probably my favourite character, in the beginning she is definitely cast as the villain but by the end of the book I really liked her and the way she had changed.
RSVP explores how one bad decision can change the whole course of a person's life. I think the idea of a wedding is a brilliant device in a book as it allows you to bring lots of characters together at once, all looking each other up and down and judging what has become of their lives since they last saw them.
This book was an extremely enjoyable read, once I had started it, I couldn't put it down. It is Helen Warner's first book but I sincerely hope that she writes many more.


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Deadlyjelly said...

That TOTALLY sounds like a book I'd read.

Dot said...

Te la ma Maria-Reus- Thank you and thanks for visiting my blog!

Deadlyjelly- I really enjoyed it and was a little sad that I don't have a wedding to go to this year!

Debs Riccio said...

I hate weddings and I hate books about weddings, but I love your review of this so much that I'm going to have to get it! Well done!

Dot said...

Debs- Thank you! Hope you enjoy it!

Jules (The Great, The Good and The Bad) said...

This does sound interesting, I usually gravitate toward wedding books. I think I miss having a wedding to plan.


Dot said...

Jules- I can't say that I miss planning my wedding! Love reading about other peoples though!

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