Warner, 23.95, Feb 2001, 275 pp.
In Woking, England, Melanie, Fran and Amanda walked to school together for years. Amanda cleverly using Mel and Fran by playing each one against the other like a Machiavellian puppeteer. The trio wished to one day be rich and famous, starring as a celeb of “Celebrity Squares”. However, after completing secondary school, the three girls go their separate ways even though Mel went to the same university as Amanda attended.
Two decades have passed since they first walked together to school. Amanda is now engaged to marry Scottish nobleman Fraser, a person that Mel secretly coveted in the university. Fraser's brother Angus thinks Amanda is a “castle” digger only wanting Fraser for his crumbling rocks. Though she has two beaus of her own, a rock musician and an accountant, Mel agrees to help Angus separate Amanda and Fraser. Mel enlists Fran to help her with her madcap adventure.
Often humorous yet as often nasty, AMANDA'S WEDDING is an amusing screwball romantic comedy reminiscent of the works of Bridget Jones and some of the Cary Grant movies (with profanities) of the 1930s. The story line is well written, centering on the ruses of Mel and Fran as narrated by the former. Readers, who enjoy a light comedy of errors will find this tale quite entertaining, but fans that want substance propping up their comedies need to pass on Jenny Colgan's whimsical novel.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner