Name: From Notting Hill With Four Weddings… Actually
Author: Ali McNamara
Number of Pages: 448 (Paperback)
Published: 23rd October 2014 by Sphere
Genre: Womens fiction, Chick Lit
Set in the world of all your favorite rom-coms, a gorgeously romantic new novel by the author of “From Notting Hill with Love . . . Actually” Movie addict Scarlett O’Brien is finally living the jet-setting life she’s dreamed of, but it all hangs by a shiny, golden thread. Flying between London and New York, running two businesses, and planning her wedding to handsome fiance Sean along with her best friends Oscar and Maddie–life couldn’t be better. Then Scarlett meets paparazzi darling Gabriella Romero, and life suddenly becomes even more extravagant and glamourous. But as she begins to experience the other side of being rich and famous, it’s not only Scarlett’s perfect wedding that’s put in jeopardy, but her whole world. – from Goodreads
This is the third novel in the Notting Hill series, featuring Scarlett O’Brien, and I enjoyed it equally as much as the rest of the books in this series.
It is a light-hearted romantic comedy with engaging, likeable (or detestable – Alex, I’m looking at you) characters, cameo appearances from various A List celebs (Kylie singing at Oscar’s wedding party – love it!) and these elements make it ideal escapism, as does the jet-setting life Scarlett leads as she divides her time between London and New York.
Scarlett makes an endearing leading lady, and Oscar is a great best friend, outrageous by nature, but always there for Scarlett. I enjoyed the new character Gabi, who asks Scarlett to become her life coach, and the return of old favourites, Sean, Max and Peter, who appeared in the previous novel during Scarlett’s time in New York.
Various locations feature throughout the novel, from Gretna Green to New York, and there’s also a Shakespeare themed wedding at the Globe theatre in London. It all sounds so picturesque and is so well created you could almost imagine yourself alongside Scarlett and co. in the big city of New York, especially during the closing stages of the story.
Weddings are a main feature of this story, with Oscar marrying the love of his life (I really liked the theme of their wedding), and Scarlett trying to plan her perfect marriage to Sean but unable to settle on a location, a dress, or any details at all, whilst also being faced with resistance and unhelpfulness from the supposed Best Man, who may not be all he first appears to be.
The finale was heart-warming and delightful, and I loved it; it felt like a real adventure seeing these characters through to their finale. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of reading about Scarlett’s adventures in life, and would certainly welcome another book in this series.