Don't Tell the Groom - Anna Bell
Source: Review copy courtesy of author
Will Penny be able to keep her secret long enough to say 'I do'?
Penny has big dreams for her wedding day. She wants an unforgettable celebration, perfect down to the last detail, and has been saving for ages to make her dream a reality. When Mark finally pops the question, it's the best moment of her life.
Until Penny checks her wedding fund and is horrified to discover that something has gone terribly wrong. There's far less money there than she'd thought... and it's all her fault. She can't tell Mark the truth about what she's done, he knows nothing about how much time she spends gambling online. Her only choice is to seek help for her addiction and get married on a drastically smaller budget.
I love Anna Bell, her books are always fast, fun and have brilliant plots and characters. I was excited to read Don't Tell The Groom after I'd read Prequel Don't Tell Penny.
We follow bride to be Penny as she realises her dream of a magical expensive wedding full of doves, jimmy choos and the ultimate Vera Wang dress, go down the drain. Penny has somehow managed to spend ten thousand pounds of her budget playing online bingo. Devastated and humiliated she convinces fiancé Mark that they should do their own version of BBC3's show Don't Tell The Bride, but this time with the groom. It's here we go on Penny's journey of lies, secrets and very right budgets.
I have to be honest here and say I really did not like Penny. She irritated me from the start. She's an insecure, jealous, brat. She lives in her own head and is always so warped up in herself she never sees things clearly. I wanted to slap her at times. Mark on the other hand is a sweetheart and I felt so sorry for him as the lies got deeper.
As much as I disliked Penny I didn't dislike the book though. It's as usual fun and has you giggling, it has a nice pull of suspense to keep you wanting more and gives you an overall feeling of satisfaction when you've finished. It's just a shame I didn't connect with Penny really. I enjoyed watching her realise what was important in her life, but her personality still stayed the same. Extremely selfish.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who is of course a fan of the show, but also someone who wants a relaxing, satisfying read.