The Wedding Crasher
by Abigail Mann
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Pub Date 17 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 17 Mar 2022
HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter, One More Chapter
‘Abigail Mann at her absolute best’
‘Hilarious and touching . . . a setting full of Succession-esque glamour and drama’
‘An absolute delight . . . fun and witty’
‘Packed with humour . . . wonderfully brilliant characters’ Hannah Tovey
‘Great fun, genuinely laugh out loud and a gorgeous celebration of friendship’ Emily Kerr
‘Wise, witty and utterly unputdownable . . . the perfect romcom’ Kitty Wilson
‘Queen of the romantic comedy’ Lauren Forsythe
‘Packed with wonderful characters, gorgeous friendships, a glamourous setting and a whole lot of hilarity. An absolute joy!’ Kate G. Smith
Poppy got married young. Too young in fact, and she put her dreams aside for love. Fast-forward eight years(ish) and now it’s time to reclaim her life and first love – photography.
What better way to celebrate her new-found freedom than a blissful week alone on an island with just her camera for company. Until her best friend has a catastrophe with the high-profile wedding she’s planning and begs Poppy to help. After all, she owes her.
Poppy doesn’t expect to recognise the groom as an old friend, nor for the bride to get cold feet but what’s a wedding without a little drama. And as the wedding week – yes, week – gets underway, Poppy might find happiness again, just not in the way she expected.
If you love Mhairi McFarlane, Marian Keyes and Beth O’Leary, you will love Abigail Mann.Readers love The Wedding Crasher
‘Original, funny, clever . . . not your typical romcom’
‘A tender story that will have you laughing one minute and I did shed a few tears’
‘A fun escapist read’
‘Delightful . . . the perfect [read] for people looking to fall back in love with their lives’
‘The characters are delightful [and] the plot is fun’
‘A fab, easy to read book’
‘A great combination of escapism . . . highly recommend’
‘A fast moving comedy romance for the modern age’
‘Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella or Anna Bell . . . plenty of romance and humour’
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The Wedding Crasher by A. Mann , published by Harper Collins UK/ One More Chapter is a slow burn, rom/com, contemporary romance that will amke you laugh out loud, gives all the feels.
Poppy and Will, Lola and a wedding.
This book was not what I expected but everything I could have wished for. 4,5 beautiful stars.
Such a cute book! I was engaged from first page to last and really connected with the characters and the story. What a fun entertaining read! Thank you
Thank you to HarperCollins, One More Chapter, and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
The Wedding Crasher by Abigail Mann is an adorable rom-com, perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella or Anna Bell. The story revolves around Poppy, who has been living with Josh for 8 years. Over the years, their love faded away, and they've been cohabitating more than anything. One day, Poppy's friend Lola hires her to be a photographer at a high=profile wedding. Surprisingly, Poppy recognizes the groom as an old friend. Will sparks fly in the most inappropriate of places?
Here is an exciting excerpt from the Prologue, which is a flash-forward to the climax of the book:
"‘If you see her, don’t let her get in!’ shouted Poppy, her foot sinking through a floorboard that lined the base of the dinghy.
‘How am I supposed to do that?’ said her friend, Lola. ‘Whack her with an oar?’ She tucked her five-inch heels under her armpit and unwound the landing rope like a lasso, glancing up the zig-zag path that led to the hotel. The wedding party could be heard, if not seen.
Will hovered on the jetty, eyes frantic, hands interlocked behind his neck. ‘Poppy, are you sure?’ he asked, a pained expression on his face.
‘No, of course I’m not,’ she said. ‘But are you sure you want to stay?’
Poppy crawled to the other end of the dinghy, the hem of her dress damp.
‘Will, look at me.’ Poppy reached up, her hand outstretched. Will turned and took a steeling breath, his chest heaving. ‘Decision time,’ she said."
Overall, The Wedding Crasher is an absolutely adorable book with plenty of romance and humor. One highlight of this book is the hilarious premise. The prologue starts off near the end with everything in chaos, and then the book goes back to the beginning to show us how the plans started unraveling. Another highlight is the main character, Poppy. I found Poppy to be very relatable in how she made the most of her situations, even though she was very unhappy at the beginning of the book. I really rooted for her to reach her happy ending, even though it seemed impossible at first. If you're intrigued by the excerpt above, or if you're a fan of rom-coms in general, I highly recommend that you check out this book when it comes out in March!
This was the first book for me to read by these authors but definitely not my last!! The story and characters are so well developed and the book is beautifully written. This will stick with you long after you finish the book. Highly recommend!!!
Abigail Mann is definitely a unique voice in this genre (with a bit of a Mhairi McFarlane vibe - which is a HUGE compliment!) - her writing is original, funny, clever - such wit!! - and her characterisation is brilliant. This story did go around and around a bit, but I was drawn in from the start and genuinely couldn't wait to go back to reading when I had the time. Not your typical rom-com, but that's not a bad thing. Ms Mann is definitely one to watch!! An up and coming star in this genre I suspect!!
This was such a great and funny read, that I will be raving about to my friends. It is a tender story that will have you laughing one minute and I did shed a few tears at the end. I think the character Poppy is a relatable character, she got married young and put all her dreams on hold for the love of her life. Now we see her in a few years time regaining her dreams. Poppy heads to an island all by herself to have some alone time and compose what she wants to do with her life, until her friend has a major set to with her wedding and needs Poppy's help as a photographer. She finds she knows a certain someone and is trying to forget all the drama, but will the wedding ever go ahead and if it does will things run smoothly. I have loved all of Abigail's books so far but this one was the best. I would highly recommend this heart warming read.
I loved Poppy yes she has her flaws, but that just makes her all the more relatable. It wasn't quite the romance story I was expecting from the cover, but I enjoyed it all the same. If you're looking for a fun escapist read then this is definitely a perfect read for you.
Make sure you’ve got a free 24 hours when you start this book because you will not want to put it down! This was a great combination of escapasim in the form of reading about the Mountgrave family and what they think constitutes a wedding. It also was a challenge to read at times, seeing how Josh’s emotional abuse towards Poppy was causing such damage to her self esteem. Throw in the incredible friendship that Lola and Poppy have, plus the general storyline of Will/Ottilie/Poppy… safe to say there is a LOT going on but in the best way possible. The story was interesting, funny, varied, happy, sad- genuinely the whole shebang. Would highly recommend for a book to get lost in, ideally on your own luxury island break!
Abigail Mann has written a fast moving comedy romance for the modern age, set mainly on a fictitious island, based on Burgh Island, off the south Devon coast. Poppy is a photography teacher trying to escape from a toxic marriage and best friend Lola is a wedding planner trying to organise the most important event of her career. They meet by chance when Poppy is taking a trip to photograph puffins (on a different island) and Lola has just discovered that the official photographer is ill and can't make it to the venue for a few days.
As the pre-wedding week unfolds (and unravels) we discover Poppy's back-story and also what life is like amongst corporate high-fliers.
Thanks to Net Galley and the publishers for the opportunity to review this book.
The Wedding Crasher is a fresh take on modern romance loaded with relatable characters, meaningful and familiar relationships.
Poppy was a delightful character and I loved being on this journey with her. As she discovers herself and finds new lobe when she least expects it.
I thought this was both warm, funny yet relatable and endearing.
I loved the side characters so much. They are all well rounded and well written individuals. I loved this whirlwind adventure around the island.
The storyline and the characters fully captivated me.
Abigail effortlessly sets a perfect atmosphere. I love it when a story makes me smile and The Wedding Crasher has that great sunny feelgood factor.
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Thank You for your generosity and gifting me a copy of this amazing eARC!
I will post my review closer to pub date.