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Book Review: Four Aunties And a Wedding by Jesse Sutanto

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I received an E-ARC from NetGalley and the publishers (HQ) in exchange for an honest review.

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Blurb

It’s supposed to be the perfect day…
After getting away with literal murder, Meddy can’t wait to settle down and marry the love of her life, Nathan. She’s found the dress, got the dream venue at Christ Church College, Oxford, plus having a destination wedding comes with the added bonus of not having to invite her very large extended family.

…But is it even a wedding if nobody gets killed?
Although when her meddling aunties get involved, Meddy knows her wedding is going to be anything but quiet. Even though there’s no dead body hidden in the freezer this time, for better or worse, it’s certainly going to be a day she’s never going to forget…

My Thoughts

After reading (and really enjoying) Dial A For Aunties , it was only right I tried my luck and requested the sequel on NetGalley. When I got accepted for an E-Arc, I was excited and – I’m happy to report – this one did not disappoint.

Much like its predecessor, Four Aunties and a Wedding follows Meddy – a girl who, like many of us, is trying to figure life out. And, also like many of us, she’s got some mad family members to contend with. I loved her character in the first book and this love only grew in the second, as we are able to see just how much she loves Nathan and her family (and how these two loves are in constant conflict). It’s nice to see a character who loves so fiercely and I really felt I had a window into the author’s experiences with this one, which made the reading experience all the more enjoyable.

It’s wedding season (again) but, this time, it’s Meddy’s. Of course, despite my lacklustre dating history meaning I won’t be heading down the aisle any time soon (not that I want to, let me add!), I know weddings don’t play out without a hitch and this is definitely the case with Meddy’s..and then some! Much like the previous book, there was foul play at foot (which I figured out a lot earlier than in Dial A For Aunties, annoyingly!) which made for a wild and entertaining read.

I think the strength of this book is not in the mystery element (although that part is good, let me just say) but in how relationships are communicated. Meddy’s family are wild and unpredictable but — some way or another —- they feel relatable. I really felt for Meddy as she grappled with fitting in with Nathan’s family and pleasing her own but I’m glad — no spoilers — she came to a good resolution. It just proved family are unpredictable, a bit messy but you can’t help but love them. Now, I just need to find out how to join the Chans….

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