Wednesday, March 9, 2011

My Perfect Wedding / Sibel Hodge

Genre: Chick-lit/Romantic Comedy

Approximate word count: 85-90,000 words

Availability Kindle: YES   Nook: YES   DTB: YES


Splitting her time between the UK and North Cyprus, Sibel Hodge works as a fitness instructor and massage therapist. In addition to her novels, Hodge writes articles on health and fitness. Her other novels are Fourteen Days Later and The Fashion Police.  For more information visit the author's website.


Helen Grey is jetting off to the Mediterranean for her “pre-honeymoon” followed by “the perfect wedding.” Soon she’ll have it all, a handsome husband and an exciting new life in Cyprus. If only the world would cooperate with her plans


I found the main character, Helen, an endearing, yet at times frustrating (even infuriating) character. She’s a smart and successful woman, yet she continually makes shortsighted and obviously incorrect decisions. In addition, her luck is so terrible that even somewhat harmless thing still backfire. Helen and her fiancé haven’t made it on their plane in the first chapter before security is detaining them as suspected terrorists due to a couple practical jokes gone wrong.

The other main characters also add spice to the story. Helen’s fiancé, Kaleem, alternates between a foil for Helen’s questionable actions and a partner in crime. Kaleem’s uncle appears to be a Mediterranean Redneck, but eventually showed I’d underestimated him. Kaleem’s parents are sick in their hotel room most of the book, yet provide an ongoing joke regarding the number of condoms they’re using. We’ve got a few villains, some friends of the couple-to-be, and even some celebrities round out what would be described as an ensemble cast were this a TV show.

After the airport episode, things continue going downhill for Helen. There is mystery, suspense, a touch of terror, and plenty of chances to shake your head and laugh while saying, “Helen, what are you thinking?”

How you’ll react to My Perfect Wedding is largely dependent on your sense of humor. If you prefer something sly and subtle that sneaks up on you this might sometimes seem too over-the-top. For many of us, it’s full of laughs.

Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues

Rating: **** Four stars


Sibel Hodge said...

Thanks so much for taking the time to review My Perfect Wedding! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Al, do you have a list of eBook chick-lit? Or do you have access to release dates for chick-lit eBooks? Just checking, my fav genre and hope you can also do more of those reviews.

BooksAndPals said...

I don't have a list or any idea on release dates.

Sibel Hodge said...

Anonymous - it's nice that Al reviews chicklit. I don't think many men do! Go Al :)