This book is pretty much my favorite thing that is going on right now. What is so exciting is that The Girl’s Guide to Getting Hitched by Sophie Hart comes out in TWO DAYS, which means you can go get a copy and enjoy all of the awesomeness yourself.
I love books about female’s empowering other females, and through out this novel, that is exactly what is happening. Julia, who has a six month old little boy, is sort of pushed back into the work force after three people want her to plan their weddings. Of course she is freaking out, because of the fears she is feeling leaving her son at home. She gets back into the work force, though, when her reluctance turns into excitement.
All of the other women in this book have fantastic views on life and love. There is Gill, who is trying to mold her blended family into a perfect picture, but it seems that every time she can, her teenage daughter pushes against what she is trying to create. Gill’s soon to be husband tries his best to include Gill’s children, but it seems like it is never enough for her eldest daughter. Also, Debbie, who I may say is my favorite character, is trying to lose weight, but she may also not be seeing the things that she saw when she first got engaged. This one was really powerful to me, because there have been times in my life where I felt that I had to lose weight, or lose a part of myself, to make other people happy. We as women, mothers, daughters and friends need to remember that it’s not always about what other people think, it’s about how we see ourselves, and also the relationships that we have despite our differences. Okay, I’ll step off my soap box now…next is the lovely Aimee, who has the monster-in-law from hell, she wants everything about the wedding to go her way, and her son (Aimee’s soon to be hubby) is following his mom along like a little puppy dog. Eventually, Aimee sees that it’s possible she doesn’t want to marry this momma’s boy after all.
Like I said before, I love novels where women care for each other, and take care of each other. The relationships and the bonds in this book are amazing, and I also love that they aren’t friends or close in the beginning, so you can see the journey that these women taken right from the first page.
This novel gets a 5 out of 5 stars for me, not only because it’s hilarious, but also because it is one of the types of comfy novels that I love to read. I got this book from Net Galley, and I am so happy that I did. One of the reasons why I am so excited that I got to read this book, and that I get to share with you is that I got to interview Sophie Hart! This has to be one of the coolest things I have ever done, so with out further ado, here is the Q&A:
Kerrie: I could see a little bit of myself in each one of the characters, which one would you say that you are the most like?
Sophie: Ooh, that’s a tough question to start with! By process of elimination, I’d have to say I’m probably most like Julia. I always have lots going on so am constantly juggling, and at the same time trying not to neglect my fiancé. I can get a bit grumpy as Julia does but, like her, I can also organise a great party!
K: Were there inspirations from real life events that happened to inspire the novel? (Side note: I realize this question is redundant now).
S: Not initially – when I was first writing the novel I was relying on my friends’ experiences of getting married. But then about halfway through writing my boyfriend proposed, and I suddenly became completely fascinated by everything to do with weddings! And I have to admit that the Debbie photo shoot idea was inspired by a lovely lady called Zoe that I got to know through Twitter and Facebook, who’d done the same thing when she lost weight.
K: I love that this is a warm-hearted read, it makes me feel all warm and cozy inside (Side note: This is why I have a blog called comfy reading..teehee), are those the types of books that you like to read? Or do you go for other genres too?
S: Ah, thank you! I do switch around with genres – there are definitely times when I’m in the mood for something very easy to read, light-hearted and warm (especially on the commute home after a long day). I also enjoy the more glamorous end of chick-lit, with authors like Victoria Fox and Anna-lou Weatherley. And I’ve been reading more psychological thrillers as they’re so popular – for me, Gone Girl completely lived up to the hype. (Side note: I love Gone Girl too!!)
K: Who would you get to play the characters in your book, if you could choose your dream cast?
S: This is a fun game! Okay, if we’re talking pure Hollywood casting, Julia would be someone straightforward and down-to-earth, like Emily Blunt or Jennifer Garner. Rebel Wilson would make a hilarious Debbie! Melissa McCarthy would be perfect as the no-nonsense Gill. And Aimee would need to be played by someone girly and sweet, like Amanda Seyfried. I need some hot men in there too, so let’s go for a younger Colin Firth as Nick and Theo James as Jon. (Side note: I dig this cast list, and I would love to see Rebel Wilson and Melissa McCarthy together).
K: Have you ever tried Zumba, like the characters in the book?
S: No, I haven’t actually! I’ve been meaning to try a class for ages, but instead I bought a Zumba game for the Kinect. I’m not very good though, as I’m too impatient to learn the moves properly. I think I’m more of an old-fashioned aerobics gal – I love a good legs, bums and tums class!
K: What is a typical day in your life?
S: I work full time, and I have quite a long commute, so if I’m in the middle of writing a book then I’ll write on the train – my iPad mini with Logitech keyboard has transformed my life! If I’m between books then I’ll read, which feels like a real treat. During lunch breaks I’ll be tweeting or editing or answering a Q&A like this! Back at home in the evening, I’m not a big fan of cooking, so I love eating out or grabbing a takeaway. I also watch all kinds of rubbish on telly – for the last few months I’ve been obsessed with all wedding-related programmes for obvious reasons. (Side note: I would love to know what her full time job is, wouldn’t you?)
K: Your novel is getting released in just a couple of days, in three words, explain how you feel.
S: Excited. But. Nervous.
K: Do you have a new novel in the works? Will there be a sequel to The Girl’s Guide to Getting Hitched?
S: No plans at the moment – I’m concentrating on getting this one out into the world first. I really don’t know to be honest. It will depend on how well this one does, and whether I have any good ideas!
And that was the end of the interview! I had so much fun with that, and I want to thank Sophie Hart and her team for setting that up, it was pretty exciting for me to interview an author. Now that i have learned more about Sophie and her novels, I decided to check out Amazon and stock up on all her other novels on my Kindle. She’s also written The Girl’s Guide to Falling in Love, which sounds like it will be another light hearted chick-lit type of novel! Also she has written, The Naughty Girl’s Book Club, which sounds like a steamy one that I can’t wait to get my hands on!
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