BLOG TOUR REVIEW: Three Weddings and A Scandal by Wendy Holden

By Wendy Holden
Publisher: Head of Zues
Publication Date: 5th April 2015
Format: Ebook (496 pages)

She’ll need a triple-barrelled name for the castle one. She’ll need a gallon of glitter for the woodland one. She’ll need a lobster-shaped hat for the Shoreditch one.

Laura Lake longs to be a journalist. Instead she’s an unpaid intern at a glossy magazine – sleeping in the fashion cupboard and living on canapés. But she’s just got her first big break: infiltrate three society weddings and write a juicy exposé.

Security will be tighter than a bodycon dress, but how hard can it be? Cue disappearing brides, demanding socialites – and a jealous office enemy who will do anything to bring her down…(Goodreads)

Three Weddings and A Scandal was a book that just happened to come at a time where I was looking for something different. I had just finished reading an Urban Fantasy and I was stuck deciding what genre or author to read next. It turned out that this book was a fun read. However, for me, it never really made itself distinctive from other books in the genre.

Laura, as a main character, was our main focal point of the book and the author tried to make her a fish out of water. While this was achieved, for me, I never really empathised with her and wanted her to succeed. It started when Laura arrived in London for her Intern job and everything began to go wrong. When she does start at the magazine, it ends up that she is working in the same office as her mortal enemy from boarding school.

At this point it turned rather “Devil Wears Prada” and though some of the situations that Laura finds herself in are entertaining enough, there were times I found it difficult to believe that someone would be so naive. I know that this was fiction and therefor liberties can be taken, but I ended up being pulled out of the story.

The underlying plotline of numerous robberies happening at high society and well publicised events, just seemed to be slipped in. They did serve in helping to bring in Lauras love interest, Harry. He ended up being a bit of an enigma and not very well developed. During some of Lauras misadventures, Harry ends up being her white night, but he was never “on screen” enough for me to have any real thoughts on him as leading man material.

Meanwhile, the other contender to Lauras heart, Casper, an unsuccessful actor, proves to be a catalyst in helping Laura get the scoops she needs for her article. He is was by far the more interesting when compared to Harry. His rivalry with a former friend of his, also ends up being a very entertaining and funny part of the book.
In fact, the supporting characters ended up being much more fun to read about than Laura herself. I especially loved the Socialite, Lola, and her butler. Whenever they came back into the book, I perked up and they proved to be so funny to read. Lola was at times, the Stereotypical person who is famous for being famous, but I warmed to her as Laura got to know her more.

It may seem that I wasn’t overly fond of the book, but despite my thoughts above, I did like it. It had a few high points and it was never a struggle to read, it just wasn’t unput-downable.

There was a satisfactory ending and many of the plotlines were tied up nicely. It was a good read and ideal for those winter breaks in the sun.

This is my first book by this author and judging on my experience with this book, I think I would possibly read more by her, especially if I was looking for a light fluffy read.

Though there was nothing that made this exceptional or different, it was still enjoyable and fans of this genre will like it.





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