Review: Thirteen Weddings by Paige Toon (4/5)

Wednesday 21 May 2014
Last year, Bronte left Sydney for a wedding in England, where she met newly single Alex. After a night of passion they parted ways, and Bronte returned to Australia.
Now working on a picture desk for a magazine in London, Bronte is about to meet her new colleague, who turns out to be all too familiar. Although awkward at first, as Alex is now engaged to the girl he was on a break from when they met, they soon become friends.
But as the two get closer, and the wedding day looms, it is clear that Alex and Bronte have unfinished business…
A charming bittersweet novel from the author of The Longest Holiday.

I have had Paige Toon's books on my tbr list for the longest time but have never got round to reading any of them. So when I saw her upcoming book on NetGalley I didn't hesitate to request. I will be reading some of her previous books just as soon as my review pile is a bit more manageable! As Paige is a hugely popular and much loved author I had extremely high expectations for this book and I absolutely was not disappointed.

The book opens with our main character Bronte at her friends hen night where she meets Alex. Bronte and Alex have both split up with their partners. They have a one night stand and the next morning say goodbye and go their separate ways assuming they will never see each other again. Bronte is a bit disheartened as they do appear to have a connection after just a few hours together. Jump forward a year and a half however and Bronte thinks she sees Alex on the opposite escalator at Tottenham Court Road tube station. He appears to ignore her however until later in the day she is introduced to the newest member of the team at the magazine she works on, Hebe. The new member is of course Alex. 

Alongside her magazine work she is asked by a friend whether she wants to help out as a wedding photographer. Straightaway Bronte is a bit wary and we learn that she hates weddings, and especially churches but we don't know why. She is distant from her mum also. So all through the book I was guessing at what had made her this way until near the end it is revealed and I was pretty shocked! I loved the scenes at the various weddings Bronte was photographing. I'm not a huge fan of weddings myself but this book was highly enjoyable despite that. 

I absolutely loved the character of Bronte, she was lovely and definitely somebody I could see myself being friends with in real life. At one of the weddings she meets a singer called Lachie, a fellow Australian. Alex at this point is back together with his ex, Zara and they are engaged to be married. Therefore Bronte is free and single? Well you wouldn't think it the way Alex was going on. He was moody and jealous of Lachie and this annoyed me as he was engaged and didn't really have any right to an opinion on what Bronte was doing. I definitely preferred Lachie to Alex. She does have chemistry with them both but for me it was stronger with Lachie. 

Overall I really enjoyed this book and think Paige's legion of fans will love it too. I am seriously kicking myself at not having read her books sooner but happy at the fact it means there are so many of them for me to choose from! Characters from previous books appeared here and I think fans will love this. You don't need to have read previous books to read this one but I really like it when authors write standalone books but have characters from previous books mentioned along the way. A really fantastic book that I just loved.

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