Review: 'The Wedding Date' by Jennifer Joyce (2016)
Delilah James, singleton and smoothie-addict, has six months to find a date for her oldest friend’s wedding. Oh, and to prove to her ex, best man Ben, that she has totally moved on since he dumped her out-of-the-blue nine months, eight days and seventeen hours ago…
So, with her two BFFs playing Cupid, Delilah launches herself into the high-tech, fast-paced and frankly terrifying world of dating. Luckily there’s the hot new guy at work, Adam Sinclair, to practice her flirting on – even if, as a colleague, he’s strictly off-limits!
Yet time’s running out and date after disastrous date forces Delilah to tell a little white lie – and invent a fake boyfriend! But will her secret crush on Adam ruin everything? Does she even care about Ben anymore? And is it too late to untangle her web of lies and take a real date to the wedding…?
Happy publication day to author Jennifer Joyce, whose latest novel 'The Wedding Date' is released today, March 28th! I got incredibly excited when I was approved on NetGalley to review this book; I fell in love with the gorgeous cover as soon as I saw it and the blurb sounded great as well. I've had the pleasure of reading several of Carina UK's releases the past couple of months and I have to say they are definitely becoming one of my favourite publishers of the moment with their fun and simply great romance reads. I couldn't wait to get started on 'The Wedding Date' and hoped I'd end up enjoying it!
Twenty-something Delilah James can't get her ex-boyfriend Ben out of her head and really wants to get him back. However, when she discovers he has already moved on by getting engaged to someone else, Delilah is determined to prove to the world that she has forgotten all about Ben as well. She needs to find a handsome date to a friend's wedding where Ben will be the best man, and luckily her two best friends Ryan and Lauren are ready to help her out. Delilah soon finds herself on a wild goose chase, going on one horrible date after another. Until she discovers the man of her dreams might have been right under her nose all along... The question is; does Delilah really know what it is she wants and has she really moved on as much as she is claiming to be?
Another thoroughly enjoyable romantic comedy from publisher Carina UK and a great new-to-me author in the form of Jennifer Joyce! I couldn't get enough of 'The Wedding Date' and was quite sad when I'd reached the end of the novel; I really enjoyed every single page. The book has a relatable and easy-to-love heroine at its centre, Delilah, with a wonderful and memorable group of secondary characters as well (such as her best friends Ryan and Lauren, her colleagues at the biscuit factory where she works, and her family consisting of her parents and brother and sister). The plotline of the story is quite basic, but Jennifer Joyce really managed to make things interesting and the book held my attention at all times, keeping me curious.
I especially loved the author's writing style and the pace of the book. It was incredibly easy to get lost in the story and the book itself and the chapters both had the perfect length, in my opinion. Each chapter started with a short fun text message conversation, which I also thought was a nice touch that had me laugh out loud several times. I guess this book just really managed to tick all of my boxes for a great and entertaining read and it's a novel I highly recommend to any chick lit/romance fan looking for their next read. 'The Wedding Date' is an uplifting and light-hearted romantic comedy about moving on after a break-up; a brilliant read which I loved from start to finish!