Friday, March 24, 2017

Book Review - Laura Lake and the Hipster Weddings by Wendy Holden

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Review by Suze
 
Laura Lake lives in Paris with her grandmother. Laura wants to stay there to take care of the stylish woman who always has the best advice, but when she gets an opportunity to work for a magazine in London Laura's grandmother encourages her granddaughter to go. Society is a glamour magazine and Laura's first assignment is to cover a series of society weddings. This might be her big break, which she needs to become a paid journalist instead of an unpaid intern. While nothing is as it seems and things never go according to plan Laura tries to keep her head above water. Even if that means sleeping in a fashion cupboard, having no money to buy food and competing against her arch enemy. Will Laura be able to make her dreams come true?
 
Laura Lake and the Hipster Weddings is a fantastic funny story. I loved Wendy Holden's humoristic tone of voice. Laura is smart, creative and daring. She's determined to get a paid position at the magazine she's working for. That means interacting with socialites, chasing thieves and going to the weirdest kind of weddings without being invited by the bride or groom. The competition is stiff and not sympathetic enough to play fair. There's a lot going on in Laura's life and all of it is fascinating, entertaining and eccentric. She needs to be intelligent and attentive to survive, which is something I liked very much.
 
Wendy Holden has a fabulous classy writing style. She combines it with funny remarks and witty dialogue. I immediately loved her dynamic and sparkling descriptions of her characters and the situations they find themselves in. Laura Lake is a marvelous main character. She's always in the right place at the right time and her observation skills combined with inventiveness are making sure she acts exactly when and how she should. That regularly made me grin. Laura goes from complex situation to really complex situation and I couldn't read fast enough to find out what her next adventure would be.
 
Laura Lake and the Hipster Weddings is a comic and gripping story with plenty of surprising elements. Laura Lake's enchanting personality makes it easy to like her and her story. I loved how she enters the world of glitter and glamour like she's always belonged there and was amazed by how wonderfully lighthearted and bizarre it all felt. I read the story in one sitting and enjoyed every single page. Wendy Holden's engaging writing combined with plenty of amusement made me absolutely love this book.
 
Advice
 
If you're a fan of clever humoristic stories with plenty of glitter and some glamour you will love Laura Lake and the Hipster Weddings.
 
About Wendy Holden
 
 
Wendy Holden grew up in Yorkshire, and studied English at Girton College, Cambridge. She worked in magazines for many years before joining Tatler's in 1997 as deputy editor, and later moved to the Mail on Sunday’s You magazine, which she left in 2000 to concentrate on writing. She regularly writes features for newspapers and magazines on a range of social, topical and lifestyle subjects and is also a television and radio contributor.

She has now published ten novels, Gallery Girl, Beautiful People, Bad Heir Day, Pastures Nouveaux, Fame Fatale, Azur Like It, The Wives of Bath, The School for Husbands, Filthy Rich, Farm Fatale, Gossip Hound, Simply Divine, all top 10 bestsellers.

Holden is married, and lives in England with her family.
 
 

17 comments:

  1. I'm already liking her and think I'd enjoy this fun story.

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  2. I like humoristic stories,and this sounds great! :)

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  3. I love a touch of humour! It sounds really great.

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  4. This sounds so funny. Thanks for the review.

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  5. Sounds like a fun read . Thanks for the review .

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  6. Sounds really wonderful and I do love Wendy. Thank you!

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  7. It really appeals to me!

    --Trix

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  8. Ohh, this sounds like so much fan! I'm adding it to my tbr!

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  9. This sounds funny. Thank you for the review.

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  10. I like a humorous story and this sounds like a great one to take on holiday with me. Thanks for the review.

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  11. I enjoy books with witty dialogue.

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  12. Great title, it's bound to be a fun read

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  13. This sounds like a wonderful story. I would love to read it. Thanks for the awesome review!

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  14. This sounds very good, And it's set in Paris! The cover is bright and quirky too.

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  15. I'd like to see this as a film (and I'm sure Wendy would too!).

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