Friday, 9 January 2015

Married to Measure - Talli Roland

About the book...
When Serenity Holland proposes to her long-time boyfriend Jeremy, she’s certain ‘forever’ is a perfect fit. As the wedding train steams forward, though, Serenity starts to wonder if they really are an ideal match. From a crusty old ring to a dilapidated house she’s left to renovate on her own – not to mention the appearance of Jeremy’s clingy ex-fiancée – engagement feels more like disengagement. 

Even worse, wedding planning’s like a bad hangover as Serenity juggles the wishes of family and friends with her bossy mother-in-law-to-be, resulting in a Frankenwedding nothing like the simple ceremony she envisioned. 

Can Serenity knit her relationship back together and fashion a celebration that suits, or will ‘I do’ become ‘I don’t’?

About the author...
Talli Roland writes fun, romantic fiction. Born and raised in Canada, Talli now lives in London, where she savours the great cultural life (coffee and wine).

Despite training as a journalist, Talli soon found she preferred making up her own stories--complete with happy endings. Talli's debut novel The Hating Game was short-listed for Best Romantic Read at the UK's Festival of Romance, while her second, Watching Willow Watts, was selected as an Amazon Customer Favourite. Her novels have also been chosen as top books of the year by industry review websites and have been bestsellers in Britain and the United States.

To learn more about Talli, go to or follow Talli on Twitter: @talliroland. Talli blogs at

My thoughts...
I was offered an ecopy of this book by Talli in exchange for an honest review which I'm more than happy to give.

It all seemed like a good idea for our lead character Serenity Holland to propose to her long term boyfriend Jeremy at the time but..... let's just say his acceptance starts a domino chain of events that sees them both running in opposite directions, never seeming to be on the same page or room for more than a few minutes at a time.

This was a hugely entertaining read that had me 'oh noing, you've got to be joking, cringing and laughing iin equal measures.  Anybody who has ever arranged a wedding will understand exactly what I mean as soon as you read this book. It is wonderful, yet disastrous at the same time.

Jeremy's intentions were good, he had done the right thing and bought his and Serenity's dream home, in a good location from an auction with a view to 'doing it up' before the wedding.  Enter his parents - they decide they want to buy a property in England, do so at speed and want Jeremy to 'do it up - NOW - if not sooner!

Serenity and Jeremy had quite firm ideas about how and where they would like to get married should the event ever happen - that is until you throw in two sets of parents, one set with more money than sense, some friends and an ex girlfriend.  

Talli bounced me up and down through the high and lows of this emotionally charged story with an ease only an author confident with their audience is able to.  The exuberance and hype for this wedding literally oozed off the page.  Only, not quite from the right quarter.  Everyone had their thoughts and ideas about every aspect of the wedding and they weren't shy in voicing them, in some cases acting upon them.  Watching Serenity was like watching someone on a roller coaster, going full pelt downhill with absolutely no way of getting off whilst at the same time Jeremy was firmly ensconced at his mothers and seemingly unaware of the drama's unfolding. 

I think Talli does a fabulous job of portraying a bride to be who is slowly sinking, lower and lower as every aspect of her wedding and life is took over and controlled by her friends and soon to be family - she is unable to voice her opinions for fear of upsetting people so goes for the easy option of saying nothing!  Thank god for her parents, who are the antidote to the wasp like qualities of her future-in-laws.  The 'parents' are as different as chalk and cheese, although both want the best for their children, just coming at the situation from different angles. 

I laughed out loud on more than one occasion, at the chaotic, shenanigans that is Serenity Hollands life, I willed her to 'man up' and could quite cheerfully have throttled, Jeremy for his laid back, blinkered outlook - he really was oblivious to 95% of everything going on around him - so very typical of most men today.  Laughing at the 'Why didn't you say?' 'why should I bloody need to?' moments was like watching snippets of real life - it is SO TRUE - men don't see what's under their noses!!

I loved how Talli pushes the characters and us, the readers over the edge, just pulling back before everything goes totally per shaped.  Support comes in the end from an unexpected source and the old cliche 'a problem shared is a problem halved' springs to mind. A thoroughly, enjoyable read with characters that will definitely evoke emotions.  Love them or hate them, you'll feel something about each and every one of them. This is a story that at times is just what it seems a story, far fetched from real life yet equally reminiscent of real life too.  Marriage, house moves and meeting the in laws for the first time are all very stressful situations in their own right.  Put the three together and I can see why Talli used to shout up  'It's wine o'clock' on a daily basis - she must have been writing this book ;D

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