So did you guess which author is writing under the pen name of Lilly Bartlett? She’s one of my favourite rom-com authors…
Disclosure: I received a copy of The Big Little Wedding in Carlton Square for review. The opinions below are my own and unbiased.
Did you get it right? Last night, the identity of the writer behind ‘Lilly Bartlett’ was revealed to be none other than Michele Gorman! I’ve previously reviewed Michele’s books Love is a Four Legged Word and Match Me if You Can here on SallyAkins.com (click through to read my reviews). I love Michele’s books, so as you can imagine, I was very excited to be let in on the secret of Lilly’s identity ahead of time!
The Big Little Wedding in Carlton Square is a really fun, heartwarming rom-com. The kind of book that I love to curl up with on a relaxing weekend, or to take with me when I’m travelling. In fact, if I hadn’t already read it, I would definitely be adding it to my Kindle ready for my trip to Berlin later this month!
It’s the story of Emma, who is engaged to marry Daniel. Daniel is from a very wealthy family, while money is always tight for Emma’s family. And the two families have very different ideas about what the wedding day should look like. Daniel’s parents are happy to pay for the couple to have a full-on luxurious wedding day to remember. But Emma’s Dad wants a traditional East End wedding, paid for by the bride’s parents. Emma doesn’t want to upset her father or offend her future in-laws. So she sets about creating a day to keep both sets of parents happy.
I really enjoyed reading The Big Little Wedding in Carlton Square. It is such a fun book, full of love and positivity and with a big colourful cast of characters. Even when things go a little awry for Emma, you just know that it’ll work out in the end. And if the introduction of Daniel’s family ventures into caricature, it’s balanced out with some truly lovely scenes later on in the book. There’s a beautiful ending to the novel, and I finished the book with a big smile on my face.
If you’re a fan of Michele’s work under her own name, I’m sure you’ll love this book as well. There is apparently already a sequel in the pipeline, which I can’t wait to read!
‘I feel like The Wurzels visiting Buckingham Palace!’
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?
Fast paced, funny and romantic – a super first book from a new name: 8.5/10