The Wedding War written by Liz Talley. Talley shines through her southern roots by setting the novel in her hometown which heavily gets influenced throughout. This rings throughout many of the characters like Emma and her taste in wedding or Melanie’s prefered ways of celebrating over Tennyson’s ideas. The most enagaging part about the storyline is how Talley moulds the rivalry around other themes that (may or may not have) personally impacted her life. She writes a tragic twist into the mix of quick witted comedy, the importance of marraiges and their conflicts with so many other values dear to each character. The one that sticks with the reader is friendship and forgiveness. Talley approaches everything is an easy read, clear structured and entertaining manner.
The love of this book has been sparked by the conflict between her two much loved characters, Melanie Layton and Tennyson O’Rourke, who were inseperable BFFs through school until the harsh reality of a family and career drove them apart. The two are drawn together by the engagement of their children and face a series of bumps along the road. Melanie and Tennyson are very much different characters set in their own ways having set on different paths leading them to the point that Talley brings us back to – the build up of the wedding. She has created a histerical and quick witted relationship who are constantly bickering as if they are the married couple. Their arguing has caused so much friction at the worst possible times forcing Melanie’s daughter, Emma, to be abrupt with them in the middle of a shop. The cringy moments make you stunned that Talley went there with the two characters. The fact that some of the predicatable senarios actually came up in the book has you in stitches.
Code Hot Pink meant one thing – She had to rendezvous(The Wedding War by Liz Talley)
The overall book is concluded as a suprise! When looking at the illustrations and bio, it appeared to be something read before. Admittingly, there was major assumptions that shouldn’t have been made. The ending of the story is incredibly heart breaking but also heart warming. It is a talent to have created the two characters and given the readers a hidden background than asked for. There are questions raised at the back of the book which struck most to mind throughout. One asked, “Does Melanie and Tennyson show wealth to hide their emotions?” Frankly, yes. It was evident from the beginning that they had wealth and this wasn’t a strugle. Andrew highlights this well when lecturing his mother about the fight she had with Melanie, one of many. This does become more of a factor at the end of the book but it also shows how messy Melanie’s situation can become. What bothers you more is the fact that Melanie was in complete denial about her feelings towards everything that had came at her throughout the book but Emma’s last words of reflection shows that she needed her best friend after all. As Talley tried to teach you, don’t try to jump to conclusions so quickly unless you know the facts and try to remember what you need most in your life. The book does stay with you as a wonderful read and it was very suprising. It has humour, drama, tragedy and growth throughout which ticks all the boxes for any reader. If you don’t add this to your holiday read list then you are missing out.