Hazel never set out to be a wedding planner. She was just helping her stressed sister Lila with cakes and décor for her big day. But when Lila and Ollie’s summer ceremony is a runaway success, with guests raving about the food and styling at the pretty venue, word about Hazel’s expertise soon spreads.
But Hazel’s clients expect the very best – she’s promised lawyers Gemma and Eliot a snow-covered castle in the Scottish Highlands, and laidback couple Josh and Sarah a bohemian beach wedding in a Caribbean paradise. But as weather, in-laws and wilful brides conspire against her, can Hazel get two very different couples to walk up two very different aisles to say ‘I do’? And will she find her own happy ending if she does?
The Winter Wedding by Abby Clements is the first of her novels I’ve read; I didn’t know what exactly to expect but I really enjoyed it! It felt in some ways like a typical chick-lit novel but this isn’t a bad thing; it’s well written, uplifting and Christmassy- perfect for this time of year!
The story’s narrator and protagonist, Hazel, is a really likeable character. She seems really independent and, although stuck in a bit of a tricky situation at work and having suffered an embarassing rejection from her best friend (and crush) Sam, she seems to remain quite upbeat considering. I liked her and enjoyed reading about her and was rooting for her to be happy at the end!
There were plenty of uplifting parts, and funny moments which made me laugh. The storyline was in some ways predictable but it was never dull; I cared about the characters and loved reading about Hazel’s wedding planning!
I’d definitely recommend this novel if you fancy something light-hearted, easy to read and heart warming. A fun ‘Christmas cracker’!
**Many thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this novel in return for an honest review **