The Wedding Season – Katy Birchall

Published By: Hodder and Stoughton
Pages: 400
Released On: 26/05/2022

Freya Scott is getting married. Her wedding to Matthew, her long-term boyfriend, is the first of eight in her calendar this year, and as someone who prides herself on being meticulously organised, Freya is intent on making it the perfect day to remember. But when Matthew calls things off hours before they walk down the aisle, Freya’s entire life plan goes up in smoke. Humiliated and heartbroken, the last thing she wants is to attend a summer of other peoples’ nuptials on her own.

Fortunately, her friends have an idea: together they devise a series of outrageous challenges for Freya to complete at each event, designed to distract her from Matthew and what might have been. From getting stuck in an old church bathroom and needing to be rescued by the vicar to making out with a barman at a French chateau, Freya realises that despite herself, she might just be having fun.

By the time the final wedding arrives, she’s not the same woman she was at the start of the season. And maybe her own love story isn’t over just yet.


Thanks to NetGalley and Hodder and Stoughton for the advanced copy of this title in return for an honest review.

This was a really uplifting rom-com, a bit different to the “usual” happily-ever-after type book, but it was just so joyful and positive throughout. The characters were really fun and you found yourself rooting for the protagonist right from the off.

The friendly relationships in this book trumped the romantic ones for me. There are some real friendships here, ones from school, university, work, family – they are so close and so natural that it’s really warming.

There’s such a spirit of love, laughter and happiness above all troubling times in this book. Whilst there are some sad moments, it’s very much a book full of optimism.

All the feelings were dialled up. If the characters are sad, then they’re devastated, if they’re happy, they’re overjoyed, if they’re angry then they’re raging – it is over the top, which I don’t usually like but it worked in this scenario.

This is a fun read and would perfectly suit a group of girlfriends on a summer trip or experiencing their own wedding season trauma.

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