I’m a big fan of Lindsey Kelk. Like, really big (rumour has it she’s the unofficial Beyonce of chick lit). Reading back to the interview I did with her 3 years ago (which still gives me happy feels to this day), the first time I picked up one of her books was on my 19th birthday (a kind gift from my frighteningly in-sync with me dad), and it’s safe to say I haven’t looked back, or put them down since (y’know, only when First Dates is on, duh). After falling head over heels with her ‘I Heart’ series, every standalone novel of hers, along with a new heroine and a bunch of new characters to fall in love with (usually a tall, dark, shaggy haired mister), has been a real treat- meaning I was pretty excited when Always The Bridesmaid was released last month…
Now, to me- my kind of escapism doesn’t lie in a forrest filled with otherworldly kings, queens, knights and dragons (heaven knows I’m still trying to catch up with bloody GoT). It doesn’t lie in the depths of foreign, exciting lands, or even usually bygone eras. It lies within the realities of a life I’m familiar with, the Waitrose down the road, the pub on the corner and the stresses of heaps of work emails loading up (exciting, I know). So, embracing a good chick lit novel, with characters as relatable as Maddie, Sarah and (occasionally) Lauren, mean you can absolutely get stuck in. You know how they’re feeling, you can picture the difficult boss and the challenging ex boyfriend- but they live it out for you.
The thing I love most about Kelk, and particularly Always The Bridesmaid, is how real the book is. It’s not the kind of chick-lit novel that rains pink fluffy heels and is all romance and Haagen Dazs- but is fuelled by funny, flawed characters, slapstick situations (think accidental fires fuelled by Margaritas), unexpected twists and is the kind of novel you’d gladly see adapted into film by Richard Curtis, and then watch again and again (and again). It’s gripping, frustrating, hilarious, light-hearted, feel-good and ultimately laugh out loud funny- plus means I can vicariously experience all wedding situations and dilemmas through this trio of mates, without needing any questions popped or Pinterest boards made- huzzah!