The World is a Wedding
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Sarah Broadhurst's view...
September 2013 Book of the Month.
Follow-up to The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price has Wilfred, from a small town in Wales, now on his second marriage. This new tale does stand-alone but you really will appreciate it more if you read the first. Wife number one, Grace, has fled to London where she is totally bewildered. Wife number two, Flora, still pines her lost love killed in the Great War (we are in the 1920s) and Wilfred is still trying to get things right. This is old-worldly stuff, a very human story full of believable people – utterly charming.
The Lovereading view...
Sequel to the charming, gentle and quirky debut The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price. Rural Wales 1926. After Wilfred’s marriage to Grace has been annulled he finds new love with Flora Myfanwy but Grace continues to dog his thoughts even as he prepares to be a father. The debut was a real word of mouth success, featured on Lovereading of course! And we hear a TV adaptation of it is planned.
To enjoy this fully we strongly recommend you read The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price first.
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
- Nicola Foster -'This is a charming, insightful book about love, family and hidden secrets, recounted in the gentle tradition of Alexander McCall Smith. I would recommend it for any reader who appreciates an entertaining character-driven story.' Read full review >
- Shelley Fallows - 'This is a book to enjoy and read at your leisure. It is delightful, engaging and full of charm.' Read full review >
- Rachel Bridgeman - 'A lovely, light hearted , nostalgic tale sent in Wales in the 1920's. Not an obvious hero, Wilfred Price, purveyor of fine funerals continues to navigate the mysteries of being married.' Read full review >
- Linda Hill - 'Quirky, moving and a gentle 'Everyman' story for the modern age...I think Wendy Jones could well become a star of modern fiction.' Read full review >
- Angela Hunt - 'I think that this is one of the best books I've read this year, such a beautifully written story about a gentle man in a gentle period of time...I cannot recommend this book highly enough, you HAVE to read it!' Read full review >
- Edel Waugh - 'This story is very engrossing and I could not put it down. Characters from the first book appear again and it is great to see them back again...or at least some of them...' Read full review >
- Sarah Harper - 'This gentle tale centers around Wilfred Price; an extremely likeable character, doing his best to settle into married life with his new bride. A very enjoyable read!' Read full review >
- Kath Thornton - What a delightful, charming read about the life of Wilfred Price...I hadn’t read the first book in this series but it didn’t in any way detract from my enjoyment of this one.' Read full review >
- Barbara Goldie - 'A quirky book with a quirky title, not having read the first book in the series I didn’t know really what to expect , but this is a really clever read from
- Wendy Jones - 'I wasn’t disappointed.' Read full review >
- Suzanne Marsh - 'The World is a Wedding is a quirky and a nice light entertaining read.' Read full review >
- Phylippa Smithson - 'What a very different yet clever story. We follow the lives of two individuals who had once been tied as a result of marriage but who had gone their separate ways which in the 1920’s would not have been the ‘done’ thing to do.' Read full review >
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The World is a Wedding by Wendy Jones
It's 1926 and Wilfred Price, purveyor of superior funerals, is newly married to the beautiful Flora Myfanwy. His brief and painful marriage to Grace is in the past. He's busy with funerals - and preparing for fatherhood by reading a philosophy book and opening a paint and wallpaper business. As much as he loves Flora, he senses her distance from him - are marriage and fatherhood going to be very different from how Wilfred imagined? Grace has fled to from Narberth to London, where she is working as a chambermaid at the luxurious Ritz Hotel. But Grace has a secret, one that can't be hidden forever, and binds her to her old life in west Wales. Despite Wilfred's earnest effort to embrace the future, he is beginning to wonder if the past has too powerful a hold on him. Praise for The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price: Light, compassionate drama about a small, very tightly bound, ancient corner of the world. (The Guardian). Wilfred's sentimental education is wrought so delightfully and affectionately. (Sunday Times). A delightful story of great charm, very quirky and original. (Jacqueline Wilson).
About the Author
Publication date5th September 2013
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PublisherCorsair an imprint of Constable and Robinson
CategoriesModern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
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