Wendy Holden – Laura Lake and the Hipster Weddings

She’ll need a triple-barrelled name for the castle one. She’ll need a gallon of glitter for the woodland one. She’ll need a lobster-shaped hat for the Shoreditch one.

Laura Lake longs to be a journalist. Instead she’s an unpaid intern at a glossy magazine – sleeping in the fashion cupboard and living on canapés. But she’s just got her first big break: infiltrate three society weddings and write a juicy exposé.

Security will be tighter than a bodycon dress, but how hard can it be? Cue disappearing brides, demanding socialites – and a jealous office enemy who will do anything to bring her down…

Laura Lake

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I’d heard good things about Wendy Holden’s books so I was excited to receive an ARC of Laura Lake and the Hipster Weddings from Netgalley and Head of Zeus (fabulous publisher name btw). I happily downloaded it on to my kindle and settled down in my normal book reading position – pillow fort, cup of tea, fairy lights etc etc. A few chapters later I’d wandered around the kitchen, made another cup of tea and asked my boyfriend however many pointless questions I could think of. I just could not get in to it.

We start the story off with Laura Lake in France where she lives with her 93 year-old grandmother. She gets offered an intern position and after what seems like a very long time she finally arrives in London – this is when I started to find it slightly more interesting. From this point I’m not sure what was real or what my chocolate induced state made me think was happening – it was mental! Wendy has such a fantastic imagination to come up with that plot. I found bits of it entertaining, but rolled my eyes at other parts. The humour was obvious and a little slapstick, but there were some very funny parts.

Something I found quite annoying was this hint of a storyline about Laura’s father – it continued the whole way through the book but we never actually get to find anything out. This is going to be part of a series though so I’m sure that something else will come out in the next one. I guess I’m not too sure what I thought of this overall – I won’t say that I didn’t enjoy it, but I wouldn’t read it again. It’s got an average of 3.6 stars on Goodreads but it’s only available on kindle at the moment, with the hardback and paperback available later this year. I’ll be keeping an eye on the other reviews that it gets out of interest!

Thank you to Netgalley and Head of Zeus for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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