From the back cover:
“Two years ago Rebecca Miles won the lottery and ended her marriage to her overbearing and unpleasant husband Daniel. She had every intention of putting the past behind her and starting again, but it turned out to be so much more difficult than she had imagined. Then Daniel announces he is getting married again and as Rebecca broods over how he has found it so easy to move on her daughter phones with good news – she’s getting married too! Determined not to be left behind Rebecca throws caution to the wind and finally meets someone who can give her the new start she so desperately wants. Now her ex-husband is back in her life, the future Mrs Miles wants to be her best friend, she has her daughter’s wedding to plan and a ramshackle old wedding venue to renovate to its former perfection in just a few months. There are challenges, surprises, love and heartbreak ahead but at the end of a long, hot summer, will there be any weddings?”
What did I think?
I was thrilled to review Did I Mention I’d Won the Lottery? as part of its blog book tour, and having enjoyed it so much I promptly added the sequel Did I Mention I Was Getting Married? to my reading list.
Told in the same warm and engaging writing, Did I Mention I Was Getting Married picks up a short time after the concluding words of its prequel. Rebecca, Bec, is moving on with her life, enjoying her new home, being close once more to her friends and running Parklands, a thriving residential care home. When her ex-husband and daughter announce in quick succession that they are getting married, she feels as though the pace of her life is perhaps not fast enough. Encouraged by her determination to find a better balance and maybe even a special someone, her friends set out to help. Through conversations, unexpected visitors and a rather large property purchase, Bec marches forwards with the familiarity of an old friend. Trials await and of course there is plenty of humour along the way.
The conclusions of this story were, for me, a little disappointing, but only because I had been rooting for another pairing of characters! Butterfield’s writing once more cannot be faulted though, very well written with excellent characterisation the novel is nicely drawn to a close.
This is another charming and hugely entertaining book from Butterfield – I would recommend!
About the author:
Julie Butterfield belongs to the rather large group of ‘always wanted to write’ authors who finally found the time to sit down and put pen to paper – or rather fingers to keyboard and wrote Did I Mention I Won the Lottery? It should be pointed out this is a complete work of fiction and she did not in fact receive millions in her bank account and forget to mention it her husband – even though he still asks her every day if she has anything to tell him!
Julie Butterfield’s other books include Google Your Husband Back and Eve’s Christmas. Julie tells me that she is working on a third installment for the Did I Mention…? series, and also has a new release planned for June called Agony Auntics. I won’t spoil anything by giving clues here, but I will say that I’m looking forward to this one too – it sounds very funny!
Like this review? Take a look at Lucy Mathers Goes Back To Work from the same author.
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