My grateful thanks to Samantha Gale at Harper Impulse for an advanced reader copy of The Big Little Wedding at Carlton Square by Lilly Bartlett.
The Big Little Wedding at Carlton Square is published today, 7th April 2017, and is available for purchase here.
The Big Little Wedding at Carlton Square
When Emma’s boyfriend Daniel pops the question with a ring the size of a small country, she suddenly realises just how different they are. She’s the Eastenders to his Made in Chelsea. She wants a low-key wedding with close friends and family in Uncle Colin’s pub, while Daniel’s mother is expecting a society do that their high-brow guests won’t forget!
How on earth can Emma put together a celebration fit for Lords and Ladies on a shoestring budget? Not to mention the fact her cross-dressing Uncle Barbara wants to be a bridesmaid, her best mate Kelly can’t stand Daniel’s best friend Cressida, and her dad is too proud to accept any help from Daniel’s family towards the costs.
There’s three months to go until the big day. Will Emma’s happy-ever-after end in disaster?
My review of The Big Little Wedding at Carlton Square
When poverty stricken Emma gets engaged to rich Daniel, the two families are seemingly from different planets, let alone different parts of London.
The Big Little Wedding at Carlton Square is such an entertaining read. I don’t often read what might be termed chick-lit, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I thought the underlying message that a marriage isn’t the product of an expensive wedding but it based on love, friends and family was delivered perfectly, without preachiness or sentimentality.
Although the narrative revolves around the preparations for the wedding and Emma’s attempts to present a reception that will fool Daniel’s family into thinking she created it deliberately whilst saving as much money as possible, there are other well presented themes too. I liked the concept that we shouldn’t judge others before we know them properly. Uncle Barbara’s desire to wear dresses, Auntie Rose’s wanderings, Dad’s illness, are just some of the aspects that add depth to make The Big Little Wedding at Carlton Square a satisfying read.
Humour comes through the differences between the two families and the direct speech enabled me to hear the different characters beautifully well. Although I didn’t warm to Kelly I understood her unhappiness at feeling supplanted in her best friend’s affections and I felt that Lilly Bartlett has created a cast of true-to-life people I really want to hear more about.
The Big Little Wedding at Carlton Square is a feel good read about characters I want to read more about. Great fun.
About Lilly Bartlett
Lilly sprang from the imagination of a romcom author whom you already know and love. Full of the author’s signature humour, Lilly Bartlett’s books are packed with extra-lovable characters, oodles of fun and guaranteed happily-ever-afters.
Can you guess who the real Lilly Bartlett is?
Yes, it’s Michelle Gorman!
About Michele Gorman
Michele writes books with heart and humour, full of best friends, girl power and, of course, love and romance. Call them beach books or summer reads, chick lit or romcom… readers and reviewers call them “feel good”, “relatable” and “thought-provoking”.
She is both a Sunday Times and a USA Today bestselling author, raised in the US and living in London. She is very fond of naps, ice cream and Richard Curtis films but objects to spiders and the word “portion”.