If anyone ever asks my favourite book genre, I always say thriller. Becasue it is. Often I go on binges where I just buy/read thrillers. But every so often, I am reminded of the other great books out in the world and my obsession changes for a bit. No doubt romantic chick-lit is next up after reading this wonderful book.
The Little Wedding Island by Jaimie Admans is told by Bonnie Haskett, a journalist for a bridal magazine who loves everything wedding related and still believes in true love. Bonnie even has a deposit down on her dream wedding dress – not having a fiancée being a minor setback. Bonnie is sent to Edelweiss Island, known as ‘The Little Wedding Island’, to write a story about the chapel there. It is rumoured that couples who marry in the chapel never divorce. Thing is, the locals aren’t open to reporters so Bonnie must pretend to be a bride in order to get the inside scoop. Who is her partner in crime? No other than her arch rival, journalist Rohan Carter.
This is one of the sweetest books I have read in a long time. Admittedly, when I began reading I knew the story would have a somewhat cheesy element to it and the plotline predictable. I still stand by that but by the time I was 50% through, I didn’t care anymore. The Little Wedding Island warmed me in all the right places. At times, I honestly felt like I was falling in love for the first time again. It was light-hearted and girly and everything I wanted from this type of book.
I think my favourite aspect of the book was Bonnie. I just couldn’t help but like her. Besides being a hopeless romantic, she was kind and warm and just like the majority of us, looking for love. Rohan was such a great character too. Even if he was set up to be the opposite of Bonnie (anti-love, anti-weddings), it was clear from the start that there was much more to him. His character was revealed chapter by chapter and in the end, I was won over by his charm – much like the residents of Edelweiss Island.
One last thing I loved about this book was the writing style of the author. The sense of humour was great, especially in Rohan, and made the book more than a love story. However, it was the descriptive passages about the island that got me hook, line and sinker. Is there anywhere in this world as beautiful a place to get married than Edelweiss Island? If so, hit me up in the comments.
Overall, such a great book although I can recognise it might not be for everyone. You will either be a Bonnie and fall head over heels with The Little Wedding Island, or a Rohan and find the whole thing a bit cheesy (even if you adore it deep down). Me? I’m a Bonnie, no doubt about that!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.