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The Wedding Diary by Margaret James

The Wedding Diary

Romantic Fiction   Relationship Stories   
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Selected by Sarah Broadhurst

From the author of a successful historical romance trilogy, this is a charming, funny and delightful read about silver linings and second chances.

A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher...

'The Wedding Diary is a departure from Margaret James’ gritty trilogy about a family living and fighting through two world wars. Margaret makes the transition to a contemporary novel flawlessly. Her heroine Cat works for an architectural salvage firm in Walthamstow. Her friends seem shallow and unsupportive and she's fallen for a rather manipulative man. The book is funny in parts and never shies away from how delicate love and relationships can be. The characters are recognisable as people you know or conversations you overhear on the tube and Cat's nemesis, the formidable public relations powerhouse Fanny Gregory (the fairy godmother), is absolutely hilarious. When Cat finds someone with whom the love and lust is reciprocal, it's hardly plain sailing and their happiness must be hard won against tough old enemies like fear, doubt, suspicion and Fanny Gregory.'
Luke Roberts, Publicity, Choc Lit

Choc Lit, the publisher of this novel, was the 2012 Publisher of the Year as voted for by the Festival of Romance.

If you like Margaret James you might also like to read books by Trisha Ashley, Milly Johnson and Lucy Diamond.

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The Wedding Diary by Margaret James

Where's a Fairy Godmother when you need one? If you won a fairy-tale wedding in a luxury hotel, you'd be delighted - right? But what if you didn't have anyone to marry? Cat Aston did have a fiance, but now it looks like her Prince Charming has done a runner. Adam Lawley was left devastated when his girlfriend turned down his heartfelt proposal. He's made a vow never to fall in love again. So - when Cat and Adam meet, they shouldn't even consider falling in love. After all, they're both broken hearted. But for some reason they can't stop thinking about each other. Is this their second chance for happiness, or are some things just too good to be true?

About the Author

Margaret James

Margaret James was born and brought up in Hereford. She studied English at London University, and has written many short stories, articles and serials for magazines. She is the author of fifteen published novels. This is Margaret’s third Choc Lit novel. Her first The Silver Locket, received a glowing review from the Daily Mail and reached the Top 20 Small Publishers Fiction List in November 2010.

It was also selected as a Valentine pick at Lovereading in February 2011 and a Reviewers’ Choice Award for 2010 at Single Titles. The Golden Chain also hit the Top 20 Small Publishers Fiction List in May 2011.

Margaret is a long standing contributor to Writing Magazine for which she writes the Fiction Focus column and an author interview for each issue. She's also a creative writing tutor for the London School of Journalism.

An active member of the Romantic Novelists' Association, she contributed to the 50th anniversary anthology Loves Me, Loves Me Not. Margaret's short story is The Service of My Lady.

Below is a Q&A with this author.

Who’s your favourite author?
Jane Austen – nobody does it like Jane.

Who is your favourite literary character?
Catherine Morland, the heroine of Northanger Abbey. She’s intensely romantic and imaginative. She’s just as naïve as I was at her age, but she’s also funny, brave and charming. The hero Henry Tilney is a very lucky man.

What’s the first book you remember reading?
Winnie the Pooh.

How would you describe your novel?
It’s a contemporary romantic comedy starring a feisty Cinderella, a gorgeous Prince Charming and a terrifying Fairy Godmother who seriously frightened me.

What gave you the inspiration for the story?
I saw a competition to win a fabulous dream wedding and thought - what would you do if you won the competition, but you didn’t have anyone to marry?

Where and how do you write?
At home straight on to screen, but also on public transport. I did a lot of travelling while I was writing The Wedding Diary. I wrote most of the first draft in notebooks and on my laptop while I was on trains.

Who do you base your characters on?
They’re all inventions. They walk into my head and say write about me. I don’t know where they come from and I find this quite spooky.

What would you rescue from your house if it was on fire?
I’m not very attached to material things, and I hate clutter, so I don’t think I would be worried about losing any objects. As long as the living, breathing inhabitants got out, I’d be happy.

What three things would you take if you were to be stranded on a desert island?
Frying pan, box of matches, hammock!

Did you always want to be an author- if not, what did you want to be when you were little?
I wanted to be an archaeologist and I studied Anglo-Saxon Archaeology at university, but I’ve always enjoyed telling stories. As an only child for some years (my sister didn’t come along until I was seven) I had many imaginary friends. As a novelist, I guess I still do!

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2nd May 2013


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