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Title: He’s Cancelled
Author: Sophie Ranald
Published: June 23rd, 2021
This is a romcom with a difference – this time it isn’t the bride to be that’s being a bridezilla but her husband-to-be’s parents and younger sister, Daisy! Forget Natalie and Archie’s plans for a quiet family wedding, with the reception at the local pub, The Ginger Cat, and instead get ready for his family planning them a nightmarish extravaganza, ignoring their wishes, making Natalie rethink the whole idea of getting married and Archie switching off from all the palaver!
When dreams turn into nightmares, a quiet, intimate wedding become anything but low key, can Natalie and Archie find a way to curb his family’s plans and stop them scuppering their own? This is every bride-to-be’s worse nightmare but is also funny! It is also one of the few books I’ve read where the COVID pandemic is part of the story. Actually, that aspect had me worried for Natalie’s beloved Grandpa who, with his chicken loving cat, has to be one of my favourite characters in the story. There’s lots of character growth in the story, especially for Daisy, who I initially disliked. I really wanted Natalie to stand up for herself and for Archie to stand up for them both, too, but he’s so laid back he’s almost horizontal at times . . . . There are characters to love and others who you grow to like more as the story progresses and the quiz questions at the start of each chapter add to the story. If you’re looking for a fun, very contemporary romcom this could be the book you’ve been dreaming of!
Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for my copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.
When he proposed, I had to pinch myself. Up until then, his most romantic gesture was buying me a 128-piece tool kit.
It’s normal to get cold feet, right? But what about a case of frozen get-me-the-heck-out-of-here feet?
When Natalie’s boyfriend gets down on one knee (even if it’s because he trips and drops the ring) it’s meant to be the start of their happy ever after. But planning a wedding to Archie feels like she’s competing in the Hunger Games…
She’s up against a mother-in-law who enforces a pre-wedding diet with portions you need a microscope for.
She’s cornered by a bridesmaid-zilla sister-in-law who forces her old wedding dress on Nat, featuring satin bows, way too much tulle and a bodice that Nat doesn’t even have the boobs for.
She fends off a best man who tries to kiss her by kneeing him in the crotch.
And she has to defeat a pushy wedding planner who insists on peacocks, doves and pink flamingos at the ceremony.
Nat would wear her battle scars with pride if Archie was by her side. But her fiancé is missing in action, refusing to help her deal with his diva family and going AWOL on the stag do. With just weeks to go, she might have to do the unthinkable… Is it too late to cancel? And if she’s not Archie’s bride-to-be then who on earth is she?
A totally addictive romantic comedy for anyone who has a phobia of bridezillas and who makes the happiest memories during Happy Hour. Fans of rom coms by Sophie Kinsella, Shari Low and Mhairi McFarlane, and TV shows like Emily in Paris will be glued to the pages of this feel-good page-turner.
Sophie Ranald is the youngest of five sisters. She was born in Zimbabwe and lived in South Africa until an acute case of itchy feet brought her to London in her mid-20s. As an editor for a customer publishing agency, Sophie developed her fiction-writing skills describing holidays to places she’d never visited. In 2011, she decided to disregard all the good advice given to aspiring novelists and attempt to write full-time. After one false start, It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister’s Boyfriend (Wouldn’t It?) seemed to write itself, and six more novels have followed. Sophie also writes for magazines and online about food, fashion, finance and fitness. She lives in south-east London with her amazing partner Hopi and their two adorable cats.