“From the start of the book, I was addicted. The characters are engaging. …Some twists which I really wasn’t expecting – a brilliant balance.”
White Wedding (2012)
It’s the day they’ve always dreamed about. But will it turn out to be a nightmare …?
Bel is in the midst of planning her perfect wedding when disaster strikes and everything she thought she knew is turned on its head. Can she hold it all together and, with the help of her friends, and a mysterious man she meets unexpectedly, turn disaster into triumph?
Bel’s friend, ice-cream parlour owner Violet, is engaged to Glyn, who is besotted by her although Violet fell out of love with him long ago. But however trapped she feels in the relationship, she can’t quite say the words, ‘I don’t want to marry you anymore.’ Then, just when she’s about to give up and resign herself to married life, she finds love in the most surprising of places. Will duty rule her heart or will she allow herself to be swept off her feet?
Their friend Max was planning a quick registry office do with her fiance Stuart until she sees a TV programme about traveller brides and becomes determined to have the most extravagantly glitzy wedding ever. But in all the excitement has she lost sight of what’s really important?
Does she want the wedding more than she wants the groom? And as all three friends find the dress of their dreams at the White Wedding bridal shop, its owner, the lovely Freya, guarantees that her gowns will bring them happiness – though maybe not quite in the way they expected …
I had the title for this book in my head since I was 18 and heard Billy Idol’s song. I was terrified I’d be pipped at the post. There are so many wedding books in my genre to I wanted to make sure mine stood out. Then I saw My Fat Big Gypsy Wedding on the TV and I imagined what my very-Yorkshire dad would say if I had one of those weddings. That set me off thinking about a woman who was obsessed by the idea of having a huge wedding but came from a very traditional family… and what would happen if the wedding got so much bigger than the groom.
I confess that I should never have got married when I did. I was having huge misgivings but everything had been organised and I was too scared to pull out. I would never have had my children if I had, but the feeling has always been with me that I didn’t get married for the right reasons. And for the reason I came unstuck in the end. So that influenced Violet’s fate in the book.
As for Bel… oh weddings can be a powder-keg of trouble. Writing about revenge is thrilling!!!