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About the book
Published: 22nd August 2016 (Carina)
Sometimes, Happy Ever After is where the real trouble begins…
Chelsea Donnolly wasn’t supposed to amount to anything. But if there’s one thing the bad girl from the estate liked better than trouble, it was a challenge. So, to the amusement of her best friends Evie, Mollie and Ruby – and the disbelief of her teachers – this bad girl turned good.
These days, Chelsea is the kind of girl people are proud to know – and, after a surprise trip to Venice, she has a ring on her finger to prove it. But to get there, she’s had to learn to keep her deepest secrets from everyone – even her fiancé. And when wedding preparations threaten to blow her cover, Chelsea can’t help but wonder: in her battle to the top, might she have left the best parts of herself behind?
Nice Day for a White Wedding is the second instalment in The House on Camden Square series, this time focusing on Chelsea Donovan, aka Chelsea Donnolly from the estate – Badgeley’s success story, bad girl turned Oxford graduate. You can find my review of the first instalment, Goodbye Ruby Tuesday here.
Whilst this could arguably be read as a standalone, please don’t as you won’t appreciate what the girls have already been through together both 10 years ago and now, or really understand why Chelsea is now Donovan than Donnelly. The first book really sets the foundation for this series and the little recaps in this book just made me chuckle at memories I felt like I had already formed with the girls.
Chelsea is an extremely driven and successful career woman and she also has a wonderful boyfriend in Kit. They get on fabulously and know each other inside out, well that is until they start talking about the families. Kit comes from a wealthy family and, as such, Chelsea is keen to leave her family skeletons in the closet with the door firmly locked (a gangster stepdad, jailbird dad and unloving, benefits driven mother will do that to you!). That all changes when Kit whisks Chelsea away to Venice and proposes….and then an impromptu trip to Italy to meet the future in-laws.
Set to a Italian backdrop is Chelsea’s battle with herself believing that she is a successful woman and deserves a life with a successful lawyer like Kit as well as proving the same to Kit’s hideous mother who thrives off social hierarchy. A.L. Michael’s characteristic narrative comes through with the quick jokes and sarcastic comments – some of which made me laugh out loud!
I read this in one sitting straight after Goodbye Ruby Tuesday and now really disappointed that I’ve got wait for book 3, Be My Baby, which is due to be released in November – if not, I’d probably have moved straight onto this one too!
In honour of Nice Day for a White Wedding‘s Italian setting, A.L. Michael is putting together an Italian themed goodie bag – Prosecco, Biscotti, Cappuccino, Chocolates & MORE!. Enter via Rafflecopter for a chance to win this wonderful, personalised prize.
About A.L. Michael
A.L. Michael is hurtling towards the end of her twenties a little too quickly. She is the author of ‘Wine Dark, Sea Blue’, ‘The Last Word’, ‘My So Called (Love) Life’, ‘Driving Home for Christmas’, and her most recent novel ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now’, based upon her experiences as a London barista.
She is a Creative Therapeutic Facilitator, currently researching the power of creative writing to be helpful in recovering from eating disorders. Her new three book series, The House on Camden Square, is being released in 2016, starting with ‘Goodbye Ruby Tuesday’ released on 29th April.
When she’s not writing, she likes yoga, trying to bake healthy treats and was a hipster before hipsters were hipster. Well, she likes chai lattes and owns a Mac.