The Girl's Guide to Getting Hitched by Sophie Hart

Title - The Girl's Guide to Getting Hitched
Author - Sophie Hart
Publication Date - July 17th 2015
Publisher - Bookouture
Format - Kindle Edition (Provided via NetGalley)
Pages - 312

Rule number one: Keep calm and marry on...

When new mum and events planner Julia Crawford is given the opportunity to plan three weddings, she jumps at the chance. What could possibly go wrong? ...

Forget Bridezilla, Aimee's future mother-in-law is the stuff of nightmares - hell bent on taking over the wedding entirely. Worse still, her fiance, Jon, seems oblivious. Aimee's starting to wonder if she and her groom-to-be are right for each other after all...

Body shy Debbie is on a mission. She's determined to shed a lot of pounds before the big day. As the wedding inches closer, will the new Debbie lose sight of what's really important?

Gill loves Mike and their blended family of five kids to bits, but with a house full of teenage hormones and her eldest, Kelly, struggling with so much change, Gill is feeling the pressure...

As the women bond over cake and a cuppa, can they each resolve their wedding woes before the big day?


I absolutely adored The Girl's Guide to Getting Hitched by Sophie Hart, so much so that I found myself dragging out the very last few pages just so I could make this utterly charming story last as long as I possibly could. The first novel I read by Sophie Hart was back in 2014, The Beginner's Guide to the Birds and the Bees, which I also enjoyed, but I loved Sophie's latest novel SO-MUCH-MORE.

The author first introduces us to events-planner Julia Crawford, who is also a recently-appointed mummy and happily-married to husband Nick. As the plot begins to get under-way, we become aware of the fact that Julia hasn't been working for a while, instead staying at home to take care of her adorable, gurgling son Jack and making sure Nick's dinner is on the table when he returns home from work, but Julia is beginning to get twitchy. As much as she adores Jack and Nick, she's beginning to wonder whether she has any other purpose in the world besides being a mother and a wife, and she realises just how much she misses her job and the busy thrill of bringing each event that she handles to life. It's not a case of being unsatisfied at home, it's the need to feel that she is still useful outside of those boundaries, that she still has her old flair that got her into her career in the first place. I felt too, that it was time Julia got back to her feet. It was clear she was feeling down and a bit useless, and from the descriptions of the past events she'd taken care of, it was clear as day that she truly adored what she'd been doing for a living. Lavish parties and beautiful weddings, flustered brides and floral arrangements, there was a time when Julia handled it all. And then, just when we think that she's just wishful thinking while she feeds baby Jack on the sofa, Julia receives an email, a very exciting email which is asking for her help with a no-limit-on-budget wedding that seems to arrive at exactly the right time. What I loved most about Julia was that she was very level-headed and managed to remain calm when everybody else around her was flapping like a frightened bird. I loved that the impression I had of Julia was a do-it-all mother, balancing family and work effortlessly, but as the author continues to unravel the riveting plot, we quickly become aware that this is not the case. Julia may seem like she's doing a fantastic job of juggling the aspects of life, but it's a different story beneath the surface.

Sophie Hart also introduces her readers to three fantastically unique and special brides who are beginning to get prepared for their big day. We have Aimee, who is about to marry into a very wealthy family, but with a mother-in-law so completely doting on her only son, things are getting out of hand and Aimee begins to feel like she's losing control of her wedding to a woman who wants it all for her son. We also meet Debbie, who's on a mission to get to a size ten before her own big day arrives, and we're also introduced to the lovely Gill, who lives in an incredibly chaotic household alongside her fiancé's children from his previous relationship. Sophie Hart allowed us an insight into each of these women's lives as the novel progressed and it was really was fantastic. I loved how they were all so different from each other, some surrounded by family and noise, others by interfering mother-in-laws and ridiculous wealth, and I found it super exciting to watch as Julia crossed paths with each of them. I particularly enjoyed how Sophie chose to introduce us to Aimee when Julia visits for the very first time, even I was taken aback when I realised who she was!

As for the plot itself, it was superb. Each chapter change had me faced with something new, different circumstances for each bride and the problems that they had to face in the lead-up to their big day, whether that be naughty children or confidence issues. It really was brilliant and I couldn't put it down. I felt so incredibly close to Julia, Aimee, Debbie and Gill, adoring each of their lives separately, and loving it even more when they came together as a whole. I was completely caught-up in their lives, even more so when Julia's own life began to show cracks in its at-first-perfect surface.

This was such a fun, superbly enjoyable novel from Sophie Hart, which doesn't only focus on some pretty hectic wedding preparations, but addresses a whole myriad of issues too. With Debbie, Sophie allows us to get truly deep with her low confidence and self-esteem, not forgetting her journey of weight-loss with the support of Stevie, Debbie's fiancé, and her friends. When we're with Gill, we're faced with the chaos of her family life, as she tries to ensure that her children, as well as her step-children and husband-to-be are happy not only in themselves, but with their new circumstances too. And when Sophie takes us to Aimee, we begin to discover that wealth and charm really isn't all it's cracked up to be. If asked, I don't think I'd be able to choose a favourite between these women, as each of them were absolutely fantastic with a riveting story all of their own to provide the reader with. It was completely absorbing and I just want more, more, more from Sophie Hart. Honestly, I'm so impressed!

Becca's Books is awarding The Girl's Guide to Getting Hitched by Sophie Hart with FIVE GORGEOUS CUPCAKES! This was not only amusing, but heartfelt too, with such a wonderful cast of characters who each swept me up into their lives and refused to let go. I'll be honest and tell you that I'm going to miss these four women very much, and I adored that we saw Annie again too, from Sophie's previous novel! I would recommend this novel to anyone and everyone who loves a book packed with friendship and support, and one that leaves you basking in a glorious afterglow of happiness once you're finished.

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