What a lovely, lovely book. It’s books like The Vintage Summer Wedding by Jenny Oliver that make me want to talk about books. But they also make the whole writing a good review kind of hard because there’s nothing to complain about. 🙂
What the The Vintage Summer Wedding is about
Anna has screwed up big time. She has invited more than she can afford into a big London wedding. But when the hotel goes bankrupt and Anna loses her job, she is forced to move back to Nettleton. The village she grew up in. The village she swore she would never set foot in again. The village she had embarrassed herself in, shouting: “I’m never coming back, you losers. Up your bum.” The village where every body makes fun of her. The village that holds all the childhood memories she wishes to forget.
As the story goes on, we witness Anna change from not very likable, arrogant, a bit selfish and visibly lost and broken woman into someone people can look up to an love. The road isn’t a smooth one, but I was incredibly happy when Anna finally found her own voice and with it found happiness.
What I thought about The Vintage Summer Wedding
I loved it! It’s as simple as that. Over the last couple of months, I have read (too) many Jenny Oliver books. But this one would have to be one of my favourites so far.
What I loved most about the story is the fact that it’s the woman who’s a bit of a dickhead (excuse my language) and not the guy. Usually when you have a book start out with a couple about to get married, it is the guy who messes everything up. But The Vintage Summer Wedding has turned it all around. Anna does so many despicable things that I admire Seb for his patience and understanding. He does screw up too, obviously, but if I had to blame someone, I would probably blame Anna. Ups. 🙂 But I mean, women can be quite vile creatures, can’t they? And I would include myself here as well. 🙂
Another thing that I loved about the book is that it is set in a small village. There’s something about village life that just draws me in. Every. Single. Time. As the story evolves, Anna gets more and more involved and at the end of the book she is 100% part of community life.
And then there’s Hermione. What a character and what a friend. She might be shagging Anna’s father and giving terrible relationship advice, but she seems like a very fun woman to be around. I think I would definitely invite her to my bookish character diner. It certainly won’t be boring!
Last, but by no means least, Seb deserves a bit of blogging space as well. He is down to earth, funny, compassionate, romantic and flawed. When he stuck his “add” under Anna’s car’s windscreen wipers, I awed a little. What a cute thing to do. I mean, have you read it?
Man-cave-dwelling hero seeks stunning heroine for love, passion and possible marriage. I am a hugely intelligent, handsome, loyal lonely heart with GSOH and very impressive Assassin’s Creed score on PS4 (in some cultures this ranks high on the list of desirable attributes). Sometimes makes mistakes and occasionally poor at admitting when he is wrong, but hand in the bathroom, garden and recently prone to bouts of shockingly impressive machismo. WLTM girl of my dreams. If interested, please join me for dinner. My current residence is just to the left of Primrose Cottage.
[for man-cave read shed]
[for mistakes read life-changing fuck-ups for which he will never be sorry enough]
[for impressive machismo read you ain’t seen nothing yet!]
Swoon-worthy, isn’t it?
And since Jenny Oliver has written the whole thing: well done! I love her writing. Always. It’s so easy to follow and draws you in. But I feel like she has out-done herself in The Vintage Summer Wedding.
Would I recommend The Vintage Summer Wedding?
There is no but here.
Go and buy it already!
Go! What are you still doing here?!
Other books from Jenny Oliver
- The Summer House by the Sea
- The Sunshine and Biscotti Club
- The Cherry Pie Island series
- The Parisian Christmas Bake Off
- The Little Christmas Kitchen
The last two I have yet to read. But I certainly will. The Little Christmas Kitchen is already in my TBR pile beside my bed and The Parisian Christmas Bake Off (featuring two characters from The Vintage Summer Wedding) is making it’s way over to me as we speak. Thank you Amazon. 🙂