Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The Vintage Summer Wedding - Jenny Oliver

About the book...
Spending the summer uncovering hidden treasures in a vintage shop, Anna can still vividly remember both her childhood dreams; the first was that she’d become a Prima Ballerina, and dance on stage resplendent in a jewel-encrusted tutu. The second was that at her wedding she would walk down the aisle wearing a collective-gasp-from-the-congregation dress.
Years ago Anna pirouetted out of her cosy hometown village in a whirl of ambition…but when both of those fairy-tale dreams came crashing down around her ballet shoes, she and fiancée Seb find themselves back in Nettleton, their wedding and careers postponed indefinitely…

Don’t they say that you can never go home again? Sometimes they don’t get it right… This one summer is showing Anna that your dreams have to grow up with you. And sometimes what you think you wanted is just the opposite of what makes you happy.


About the author...

JENNY OLIVER wrote her first book on holiday when she was ten years old. Illustrated with cut-out supermodels from her sister’s Vogue, it was an epic, sweeping love story not so loosely based on Dynasty.
Since then Jenny has gone on to get an English degree, a Masters, and a job in publishing that’s taught her what it takes to write a novel (without the help of the supermodels). She wrote The Parisian Christmas Bake Off on the beach in a sea-soaked, sand-covered notebook and The Vintage Summer Wedding is her follow up.
Follow Jenny on twitter: @JenOliverBooks

My thoughts...

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher Carina in exchange for an honest review which I'm more than happy to give.

The book begins with Anna along with her fiancé Seb returning to Anna's hometown after living the dream in London, spending all their savings, planning for the wedding of the century - Anna had such huge plans. She was never, ever going back to the small town once she headed for the lights and the razzamatazz of the big smoke, leaving with disparaging remarks as she left, no-one was in any doubt of her plans.

Oh, how the mighty fell, losing her job and all the money she'd spent planning the elaborate wedding meant returning to a job sorted out by daddy with her tail between her legs. I didn't like Anna one bit at the start of the book, thinking her to be a spoilt, egotistical so and so.  However, Jenny provided family, friends, old enemies, challenging situations and people for Anna to bounce off and boy did she.

With each scenario, person and encounter a layer was stripped from Anna until I was left feeling I knew and understood her, I could see how and why she behaved as she did.   Negative things that happen in our childhood if not dealt with can seriously affect the adults we become and Anna was no exception - feeling she constantly needed to prove herself and be the best was draining and left her soulless.

Fight or flight is something we all encounter at some point and I loved the fact that no matter how much Anna talked about leaving and getting back to London she started fighting back, earning the respect and friendship of those around her. All the time her fiancé Seb, acting as her ballast, accepting and embracing their new life whilst Anna blew hot and cold.

This really did end up being a lovely book, with a beautiful ending that came because of friendships, understandings and acceptance - Anna gaining strength of character once she let go of the pressure and hang-ups she felt she had hanging over her. Making new and unexpected friendships along the way.

I gave this book 4/5 stars

5 comments:

  1. Great review, the book is waiting for me on my kindle and it looks like I did the right thing purchasing it :).

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  3. I really like the sound of this! Thank you for sharing Dawn xx

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  4. Sounds great, I'll definitely be reading this! By the way, I've nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award, find out more here http://lilmissvixreads.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/the-liebster-blog-award-2.html :)

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