Not only did I bring the silliest possible novels to read on my honeymoon, I brought the silliest possible wedding-themed novels to read on my honeymoon. You might be asking yourself, “Why would Kate want to read about weddings after all the stress of her own”, and if so, you’ve answered your own question. Key word: AFTER. My wedding was perfect but is now blissfully, thankfully over, so reading about other and fictitious weddings adds absolutely zero stress to my life!
Wedding Night could quite possibly be Sophie Kinsella‘s least annoying novel in terms of character stupidity. While reading it I did not feel the usual anger and frustration at any of the main characters, just pure amusement (but, again, I was on my honeymoon and done with wedding planning, so there were happy feelings all around.) Lottie (short for Charlotte) Graveney is ready for her long-time boyfriend Richard to pop the question over a fancy romantic dinner one night. She’s gotten herself all worked up over it, so of course poor Richard has no idea and is nowhere near thinking of marriage. The two break up and Lottie is beside herself with grief and frustration — perfect timing for her first love, Ben Parr, to reach out and ask her out to dinner.
Ben and Lottie were a hot item during their summer abroad in Greece when they were all of 18 years old, and the second they lay eyes on each other it’s like no time has passed at all. Ben claims to have been in love with Lottie for the last 15 years and proposes to her not two hours into their dinner. Lottie, still reeling from her breakup with Richard, gets caught up in the excitement and decides to accept Ben’s proposal. She tends to do very drastic — read: stupid — things after big breakups, but this one takes the cake, and her big sister Fliss (short for Felicity — British nicknames are different than ours, eh?) must now think of a way to stop Lottie from ruining her life. Again.
Fliss teams up with Ben’s friend and business partner Lorcan to stop the marriage, but then they run off together and Lottie and Ben secretly go to the courthouse and get married. They immediately leave for their honeymoon in Greece, back to where it all started, so Fliss and Lorcan must find a way to stop them from consummating the marriage so that they can get it annulled and pretend it never happened. Fliss tries to accomplish this by calling in a favor at the hotel in Greece (conveniently, she happens to be a top travel magazine editor) and has the concierge staff do everything in their power to prevent Lottie and Ben from being alone together — giving them twin beds instead of a king, having a harp player join them for breakfast, getting them drunk and stuffing their faces with food. (This part was particularly enjoyable for me to read because while the staff on our honeymoon wasn’t preventing us from doing any consummating, they were definitely hospitable to the extreme.) In an unexpected turn of events, Richard realizes his mistake and that he really does want to marry Lottie, so he joins Fliss and Lorcan in the annulment mission.
For a while I wasn’t sure which guy to root for, or I wasn’t sure which direction Kinsella would take it, until it comes out that Ben was with another girl the summer they spent together in Greece. Then I was all about Richard, and luckily **SPOILER ALERT**, so was Lottie. The last few chapters were filled with silly little twists and turns and ridiculous drama, but all in all I couldn’t have designed a better honeymoon book than this one if I tried.