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Sometimes, Happy Ever After is where the real trouble begins… Chelsea Donnolly wasn’t supposed to amount to anything. But if there’s one thing the bad girl from the estate liked better than trouble, it was a challenge. So, to the amusement of her best friends Evie, Mollie and Ruby – and the disbelief of her teachers – this bad girl turned good. These days, Chelsea is the kin Sometimes, Happy Ever After is where the real trouble begins… Chelsea Donnolly wasn’t supposed to amount to anything. But if there’s one thing the bad girl from the estate liked better than trouble, it was a challenge. So, to the amusement of her best friends Evie, Mollie and Ruby – and the disbelief of her teachers – this bad girl turned good. These days, Chelsea is the kind of girl people are proud to know – and, after a surprise trip to Venice, she has a ring on her finger to prove it. But to get there, she’s had to learn to keep her deepest secrets from everyone – even her fiancé. And when wedding preparations threaten to blow her cover, Chelsea can’t help but wonder: in her battle to the top, might she have left the best parts of herself behind?


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Sometimes, Happy Ever After is where the real trouble begins… Chelsea Donnolly wasn’t supposed to amount to anything. But if there’s one thing the bad girl from the estate liked better than trouble, it was a challenge. So, to the amusement of her best friends Evie, Mollie and Ruby – and the disbelief of her teachers – this bad girl turned good. These days, Chelsea is the kin Sometimes, Happy Ever After is where the real trouble begins… Chelsea Donnolly wasn’t supposed to amount to anything. But if there’s one thing the bad girl from the estate liked better than trouble, it was a challenge. So, to the amusement of her best friends Evie, Mollie and Ruby – and the disbelief of her teachers – this bad girl turned good. These days, Chelsea is the kind of girl people are proud to know – and, after a surprise trip to Venice, she has a ring on her finger to prove it. But to get there, she’s had to learn to keep her deepest secrets from everyone – even her fiancé. And when wedding preparations threaten to blow her cover, Chelsea can’t help but wonder: in her battle to the top, might she have left the best parts of herself behind?

30 review for Nice Day for a White Wedding

  1. 5 out of 5

    Liina

    The book follows Chelsea, who grew up on an estate, her childhood was not very pleasant and her one and only dream was to get away. Years later, when she left, she changed her last name and the only people she really misses are her brothers. She built a new life and has kept her past in secret. Her past is a secret even to her boyfriend. When her boyfriend Kit's surprise trip to Venice is topped with another surprise-he proposes to Chelsea. Getting engaged means finally meeting the family. Will The book follows Chelsea, who grew up on an estate, her childhood was not very pleasant and her one and only dream was to get away. Years later, when she left, she changed her last name and the only people she really misses are her brothers. She built a new life and has kept her past in secret. Her past is a secret even to her boyfriend. When her boyfriend Kit's surprise trip to Venice is topped with another surprise-he proposes to Chelsea. Getting engaged means finally meeting the family. Will Chelsea's biggest secrets come out? Kit's family is not very welcoming, they instantly treat her like she's an outsider and don't belong into the high class family. The only people Chelsea likes are Kit's sister and the team of chefs. It's a real challenge to put up with such family. Can love conquer the obstacles? It's the first book that I've read from the series as well as the first book by the author. It's the second book in the series, but it didn't affect my reading enjoyment, but to learn more about the story and characters I'd like to read the first book as well. I'm glad I've found another great author, really looking forward to the next book in the series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Originally published at Desert Island Book Reviews Nice Day for a White Wedding is about Chelsea Donovan, a former bad girl who grew up in a slum, but who is now a successful Oxford graduate and business executive. She's always hidden her past from her boyfriend Kit, but once they get engaged, all of her secrets are at risk of being exposed. With two predictably unpredictable families and tensions running high, Chelsea's and Kit's engagement is off to a rocky start. Will they end up together, or Originally published at Desert Island Book Reviews Nice Day for a White Wedding is about Chelsea Donovan, a former bad girl who grew up in a slum, but who is now a successful Oxford graduate and business executive. She's always hidden her past from her boyfriend Kit, but once they get engaged, all of her secrets are at risk of being exposed. With two predictably unpredictable families and tensions running high, Chelsea's and Kit's engagement is off to a rocky start. Will they end up together, or will they decide their differences are too many to overcome? That's the question at the heart of this book, the second in the author's "The House on Camden Square" series. I haven't read the first book, but I might go back and read it now, just to see how the larger narrative plays out. I felt that this book worked perfectly fine as a standalone, and I enjoyed reading it, even though it did make me inexplicably emotional. (Seriously, no idea why I reacted to every relationship setback so strongly, but I doubt it will make most people so crazy.) Chelsea is an easy character to relate to, at least for me. She started off her life poor and worked hard to do better for herself. She ends up at Oxford out of sheer force of will and by the time we meet her in this book, she's a high-ranking executive at her company. She's independent and unapologetic for her success, and even though she doesn't make her past a part of her current narrative, she still supports her family in more ways than one. Her loyalty to them, despite her embarrassment, is touching, and I loved that she cared so much about her brothers. Kit, on the other hand, I think she might be better off without. He's nice and perfect for her when they're alone, yes, but honestly, it didn't take much for him to slip into a persona more appropriate for a spoiled rich boy. Instead of asking Chelsea about her past or involving her in their decisions, he leapt to conclusions and made accusations, and he committed them both to events without asking how she felt. That really bothered me. Chelsea made herself into a strong, independent woman, but when she was around Kit, she was reduced to an accessory by his side most of the time. Their romance didn't work for me. This book wasn't a romance, though. It's about two people, their families, and their relationship, and how secrets and lies can affect them. It didn't matter that Chelsea and Kit didn't have what I would consider an ideal relationship because what they did have seemed real. At each major point during their relationship in the book, I really felt terrible for Chelsea (but really never for Kit). I really cared what happened to these characters and their not-so-perfect relationship. I'm going to have to read more of the books in this series to see how everything turns out (and to see how the other main characters fare, too). The supporting cast was interesting, too. Chelsea's and Kit's families were both full of interesting and quirky characters, but I especially enjoyed the household staff at Kit's family's home in Italy. Each of the characters (but especially Alistair and Alfie) were so full of personality and just downright fun. I think they were standouts for sure. I didn't really get the significance of Ruby and why she matters so much to this story that isn't really about her, but that could be because I haven't read the first book in the series, so I won't pass judgment on that. I thought it was an interesting way to see into Chelsea's past, but I didn't always understand why those segments came when they did, or what they had to do with the main story, really. I didn't mind them, but they weren't all that important to me, either, for the most part. I gave this book four stars because I liked the realness of the relationship and I enjoyed reading it from the start to the end. I can't say whether the lifestyle of the ultra-rich was portrayed accurately, but I enjoyed seeing two people from completely different backgrounds come together. I might have given it three stars because of Kit's completely crazy split personality if I hadn't felt such a strong pull to the story, but as I did, I'm giving it four. This was a super quick read and my first by this author. I think I'll read more by A.L. Michael in the future. *ARC from Carina UK via NetGalley

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ingstje

    Chelsea Donovan is happy, yes she really made a life for herself and now she just landed a promotion at work. She actually grew up in a rundown estate but drastically changed her ways and she’s basically the success story of a bad girl turned good, getting the grades for the university of her choice and escaping the small town of Badgeley which was her plan all along. Now she has a successful job and a boyfriend who loves her. Kit is wonderful and he surprises her with tickets to Venice. Once th Chelsea Donovan is happy, yes she really made a life for herself and now she just landed a promotion at work. She actually grew up in a rundown estate but drastically changed her ways and she’s basically the success story of a bad girl turned good, getting the grades for the university of her choice and escaping the small town of Badgeley which was her plan all along. Now she has a successful job and a boyfriend who loves her. Kit is wonderful and he surprises her with tickets to Venice. Once there, out of the blue, he shows her a beautiful ring with three set stones (the past, present and future) and asks her to marry him. She says yes, not knowing that life will only get more complicated. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen the movie Monster-in-Law, but this is exactly what followed. While they are in Italy, Kit wants to introduce her to his parents who are holidaying in Malcesine. Just a few days and then they will have the rest of their vacation to travel around Italy, wherever she wants to go. Or so was the plan. The contrast between Chelsea’s background and Kit’s life could not have been bigger. His parents even have staff. It’s no wonder that Chelsea feels more comfortable with them than with his parents. But then his mother Jemima doesn’t make it a big secret either that she doesn’t find Chelsea an appropriate wife for her son. There’s the omnipresent ex that pops up too of course thanks to her. His parents do everything possible to break them up, even revealing her past that she has so carefully hidden, to Kit. This book contained happiness and lots of wonderful drama and even though it was a joy to read, the story is certainly not only happy happy joy joy. After the initial happiness of the proposal there is a lot going wrong and it’s a big question if the differences between them are surmountable or not. I was really feeling for Chelsea throughout the story. I disliked his parents from the start and then I also started to dislike Kit because he was not taking Chelsea’s side like he was supposed to. On the contrary, he and Chelsea started to argue a lot and he was so influenced by his parents I really wanted to shake him. The guy she fell in love with seemed to have vanished and even I was wondering if she’d not be better off without him. Their differences in social class create so many problems and I felt like it wasn’t at all a certainty that this was going to be a happy ending. I didn’t really see a way out of this situation but I was happy where the author took this story and the actual outcome. Nice Day for a White Wedding is already the second book in The House on Camden Square series but can be read as a standalone and was a very engaging story. I received a free copy of this novel through Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Joanne Robertson

    Although this is the second book in The House on Camden Square series it absolutely can be read as a standalone novel but to be honest WHY WOULD YOU?! Ruby Tuesday was the first in the series of books that have played with my emotions and made my mascara run and I would love it if you started with that one so you can meet the friends and get some more background on them. And then if you enjoy Ruby Tuesday you will HAVE to read Nice Day for a White Wedding as I think it is…..EVEN BETTER! A.L. Mic Although this is the second book in The House on Camden Square series it absolutely can be read as a standalone novel but to be honest WHY WOULD YOU?! Ruby Tuesday was the first in the series of books that have played with my emotions and made my mascara run and I would love it if you started with that one so you can meet the friends and get some more background on them. And then if you enjoy Ruby Tuesday you will HAVE to read Nice Day for a White Wedding as I think it is…..EVEN BETTER! A.L. Michael can really write the most amazing and emotional scenes for her characters that just feel so realistic. I don’t know how she gets under my skin but she does it in such a way that you don’t even realise she’s doing it until you look up from your book and hours have past!! I absolutely adored this book from start to finish! The series is based around four old friends who had lost touch but after the events of the first book they are back in each other’s lives. But this second book concentrates on Chelsea although Mollie and Evie do pop in and out and so does Ruby in flashbacks to their teenage years. Chelsea is living a very different life to the one lived as a child and she has the most amazing boyfriend Kit who seems like her perfect “happy ever after”. And a surprise proposal means that the fairy tale wedding is on its way…or is it? And that’s what kept me turning the pages of this book, it wasn’t the fluffy romantic comedy  I was expecting…it was so much more. There was real depth to Chelsea’s character which seems bizarre when you realise how far she has actually reinvented herself! The scenes where Chelsea meets Kits family were just so well balanced between humorous observations and bittersweet revelations that I just devoured every little vignette. I wanted to punch Jemima and I am not an aggressive person! I just love Andi Michael for making me live every emotion alongside her characters-I felt as if I was amongst friends and when I finished I missed them. I just want to Face Time them to find out how they are!! Book 3 can’t come quickly enough for me. One of the easiest 5* reviews I have ever given. Loved it!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Simona

    *Book provided by the author in exchange for an honest review* Nice Day for a White Wedding is the second book of Andi’s The House on Camden Square series. I haven’t read the first book of the series, but that was ok. I think it just took me longer to get into the book, because I had to get to know the characters first. I didn’t have the whole picture, which made it a bit harder and I think it’s probably a different reading experience if you have read the first book. Chelsea is in a really good pl *Book provided by the author in exchange for an honest review* Nice Day for a White Wedding is the second book of Andi’s The House on Camden Square series. I haven’t read the first book of the series, but that was ok. I think it just took me longer to get into the book, because I had to get to know the characters first. I didn’t have the whole picture, which made it a bit harder and I think it’s probably a different reading experience if you have read the first book. Chelsea is in a really good place at the beginning of this book and couldn’t be happier when her boyfriend Kit proposes to her. That’s when trouble starts. They go to see his parents and that’s the moment, when she meets his family for the first time. Chelsea turned her life around, but the secrets about her past are about to be revealed, also to Kit. His mother, who is a b****, and father don’t approve of her at all and make everything possible to break them apart. Part of this mission is revealing her past. A lot of things happen that make the book interesting and exciting, but for Chelsea they are the opposite. Kit and her start arguing a lot and everything goes wrong. This book is full of ups and downs and I actually felt really bad for Chelsea and I couldn’t really believe that Kit would listen to his parents. In the end the storyline made more sense though. There are also some flashbacks in this book and I really liked them. It gives the story a little break and still connects it all. This book is full of humour, heart and passion! An enjoyable read full exciting moments!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    Nice Day for a White Wedding is the second book in the House on Camden Square series, and this time tells the story of Chelsea and her boyfriend Kit. I really loved what I’d read from both these characters in the first book of the series and Chelsea’s past was already something I was intrigued by so this book ticked quite a few boxes for me. Nice Day for a White Wedding realistically draws upon the ways many people feel about their past and their upbringing and how no matter how hard you try to Nice Day for a White Wedding is the second book in the House on Camden Square series, and this time tells the story of Chelsea and her boyfriend Kit. I really loved what I’d read from both these characters in the first book of the series and Chelsea’s past was already something I was intrigued by so this book ticked quite a few boxes for me. Nice Day for a White Wedding realistically draws upon the ways many people feel about their past and their upbringing and how no matter how hard you try to avoid thinking and talking about it, secrets from the past never stay hidden for long. I found Goodbye Ruby Tuesday took me a little time to get into and it was the same here with this book, but the thing I love about A.L. Michael’s books is that her characters are so vibrant and interesting, they never fail to engross me in her stories and turn her novels into one-sitting kind of reads. Here, at the beginning of the book Kit and Chelsea feel really happy and content with each other. In fact, Kit has very romantic plans in place for the two of them but unfortunately that means Chelsea meeting his parents for the first time, and everything goes severely downhill for them from then on. The life Kit’s family have makes Chelsea feel very uncomfortable and I could understand why. His mum, Jemima, was an absolute nightmare, probably close to the worst potential mother-in-law you could imagine. She was nasty and judgemental and took any opportunity to criticise Chelsea and interfere in her relationship. The whole family lived a very expensive lifestyle and it was so different to everything Chelsea knew. I could really feel for Chelsea and her struggle throughout their visit to Kit’s family, and I’m not sure there were any better ways to cope with it than she did. Kit’s family weren’t all bad though, and I really loved his younger sister and the way she handled everything. Alistair, though, who worked for Kit’s family was my absolute favourite. Nice Day for a White Wedding’s conflict revolved around Kit and Chelsea discovering how little they knew about each other’s lives. Whilst this was true, I loved how A.L. Michael explored both their lives and the things from their pasts. Getting to know both characters had me hooked and there were surprising things to learn about both of them. I think because we’d already seen how good they could be together that this made me root for them even more, and even when they both did questionable things, I still found myself wanting to bang their heads together and find their happy ending! The further I got into this book, the more I loved it. One of my favourite parts was the flashbacks to Chelsea’s youth, and the time she spent with Ruby Tuesday. In both books of this series, I love how we really get to know Ruby even though she’s no longer alive – her character is just as big a part of the series as Chelsea, Evie and Mollie. Briefly seeing some of the characters reunited from the previous book was a highlight for me too as The House on Camden Square series is blessed with great characters. Nice Day for a White Wedding is a very entertaining read full of the highs and lows of family life – and it is a story I really didn’t want to put down, or see come to an end, but then again I did love that ending!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Bibby

    I have been following A.L. MIchael's writing career since she published 'The Last Word' and she has become an author I turn to when I need some feisty, female driven fiction to lift me up. I've ended up rationing her books for this reason!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sue Preece

    Excellent follow up read to Ruby Tuesday. Enjoyed finding out more about the girls and their stories. On to the third book ! ☺

  9. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    Guys, A.L. Michael has very quickly become one of my favourite authors this year. I absolutely loved the other two books of hers I’ve read (If You Don’t Know Me By Now and the first The House on Camden Square book Goodbye Ruby Tuesday). I still have a few of her other books to read (yay for me!) and she’s one of those authors whose stories you can just slip into. I very rarely get caught up in third-person books, there can sometimes be a detachment there, but both A.L. Michael & Victoria Dahl wr Guys, A.L. Michael has very quickly become one of my favourite authors this year. I absolutely loved the other two books of hers I’ve read (If You Don’t Know Me By Now and the first The House on Camden Square book Goodbye Ruby Tuesday). I still have a few of her other books to read (yay for me!) and she’s one of those authors whose stories you can just slip into. I very rarely get caught up in third-person books, there can sometimes be a detachment there, but both A.L. Michael & Victoria Dahl write third-person as if it’s first-person, which is probably weird to say, but that’s how I see it. I was really stoked to read Chelsea’s story, because she kind of comes across as a snob (which is kind of ironic considering her background) but she has a good heart and that translates really well in Nice Day For A White Wedding. While Goodbye Ruby Tuesday seemed to focus on all of the girls – Evie, Mollie & Chelsea, Nice Day For A White Wedding takes place, for the most part in Italy, so we don’t see that much of Evie or Mollie, which is a shame, but we do see them and that was enough for me. Instead it was like a clash of the backgrounds as Chelsea goes to meet Kit’s parents, in Italy, after Kit proposes. Sounds like a fabulous idea, am I right?!?! As it turns out, Kit is Richie Rich rich, and Chelsea obviously isn’t good enough for his annoying mother Jemima, who really was a horrible human being. The whole classes clash thing really winds me up, because with the greatest of respect to Kit’s mother (who deserves none of my respect, frankly) it is literally none of her business a) who Kit marries or b) what Chelsea’s background is. People who look down on other people are my pet hate, especially since Chelsea clawed her way up to become who she is now, and that deserves a massive round of applause and respect. Not everyone has an idyllic childhood, or wants to share that with everyone. Y’know, that’s Chelsea’s right. The flashbacks to Chelsea’s life on the estate were really insightful, they really let you see why Chelsea decided to leave it all behind, and it also intensified my absolute desire to read Ruby Tuesday’s story because she literally guided these girls as teenagers, and her story needs to be told. I firmly, firmly believe that and I hope that I am not the only one. I also really loved the Italian setting. It sounded mostly blissful (as long as Jemima wasn’t in ear shot, making her mouth go) and I really liked Chelsea and Kit together. Until Jemima stuck her oar in (where it wasn’t wanted) they were a solid pair, and it was sad to me that Jemima couldn’t see that, and that she was too focused on herself. I loved Chelsea. On the estate and off it. This is a lass who has pulled herself from her rough background to become someone who is well respected in her field, who has great friends and a great boyfriend and she was a great role model. Sure, she could have handled her family better, but sometimes when it comes to your family, you do silly things or you leave it all behind. That’s how life goes sometimes. There really was nothing wrong with this book. Except for the name alliterations that hampered the first book, as this time around we have Chelsea, Christopher, Celia, Celeste, Carly and Claudia. Thankfully there was only ever three in a scene at one time, otherwise I would have been lost. Nice Day For A White Wedding was brilliant. I love being with these girls, I love reading about Ruby Tuesday, and I’m so excited for Be My Baby, and also kind of sad, because that’s the final book in this trilogy. A.L. Michael is such a fantastic storyteller. I could read her books all day long, without ever getting bored. If you like really good romantic comedies you need to read this trilogy (or the first two books as book three isn’t out yet). It’s gold standard rom-com.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Agi

    "Nice Day for a White Wedding" is a second book in The House on Camden Square series, and even though I haven't read the first book, I didn't have any problems to get directly into the heart of this story - I'd say it could easily be read as a standalone book. There were some flashbacks into the past but to be honest they only roused my curiosity what happened then, so I'll be for sure reading "Goodbye Ruby Tuesday" sooner rather than later. The story follows Chelsea. It very quickly becomes cle "Nice Day for a White Wedding" is a second book in The House on Camden Square series, and even though I haven't read the first book, I didn't have any problems to get directly into the heart of this story - I'd say it could easily be read as a standalone book. There were some flashbacks into the past but to be honest they only roused my curiosity what happened then, so I'll be for sure reading "Goodbye Ruby Tuesday" sooner rather than later. The story follows Chelsea. It very quickly becomes clear that she's broken free from a very bad background and has made a success out of her life. She's escaped the estate and now lives in London, has a great job and a successful boyfriend, and she wants very much to forget about her past - so much that she keeps it a secret whenever she can, even from her boyfriend. However, it is not only the estate that she's left but her two younger brothers who need her, so will she be able to keep her past always a secret? Especially as Kit, her boyfriend, has just proposed and it's time to get to know the families... With this end in view the two travel to Lake Garda to meet Kit's family and it is so clear from the very beginning that there is a huge difference between their backgrounds and life styles and the question is, will this engagement, that was off to such a rocky start, survive? I didn't have problems to warm to Chelsea. Sure, she was stubborn but she had her reasons and I really admired her for the fact that she was consequent and when she had a goal she worked toward achieving it. Thanks to the flashbacks into the past we quickly learn what it was that made Chelsea to be like she was and what happened to make her change her mind. She worked hard for what she has now and it was really not a wonder to me that she wanted to keep her independence for herself. Even though her mother was not the easiest person and didn't make it light for her daughter, Chelsea still supported her family, not only financially, and seeing how much she cared of her brothers was really touching. On the other hand, I wasn't so sure about Kit. At the beginning he seemed OK, but then it is amazing how some people and different surrounding can change a person, no? I really wasn't sure which face of his is the real one, and probably this was my biggest problem with him, because I wasn't sure if I can trust him. As long as Chelsea and Kit were alone together, everything was perfect, it only changed when the lovely (NOT) Jemima entered the scenes. This relationship seemed so real and so genuine, and then they went to Lake Garda and well, it wasn't like this anymore. And I partly blamed Kit for this. But it was interesting to make the relationship between Chelsea and Kit so different because of their backgrounds. It was not only bed of roses, it was full of problems, especially when Kit's family, and his dragon mother, entered the scenes. But it made a difference from all the other bookish romances and it was not so straightforward, which only added tons of meaning to the story, and it sounded really realistic. It is a story about family bonds, asking if blood is really thicker than water. A story about growing up and seeing what's important and what's not. Story about differences and how to overcome them. It was a funny read with many poignant moments, touching upon some important issues. It shows how secrets and lies can affect our lives. Judging on a title I've expected a light - hearted romance, however this book is much more emotional and there is much more depth to it than I expected. It moved at a good pace and there were some beautiful settings, which only made the book even more enjoyable and vivid. Copy provided by the publisher in return for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I received an electronic copy of this book for free from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book. It was the second in a series by A.L. Michael. I loved the first one and loved this one too. I really enjoyed learning more about Chelsea. This was a cute, feel-good book. I look forward to reading the third in the series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rachel (Rae)

    I really enjoyed reading Goodbye Ruby Tuesday which is the first book in The House on Camden Square series. So I was wondering if the next book in the series would be just as good. So what did I think... My attention was caught straight away and I felt as if no time had passed since reading Goodbye Ruby Tuesday, it was like revisiting old friends. I have to admit in the first book it took me a while to take to Chelsea. I felt more of a connection to Mollie and Evie out of the three friends but th I really enjoyed reading Goodbye Ruby Tuesday which is the first book in The House on Camden Square series. So I was wondering if the next book in the series would be just as good. So what did I think... My attention was caught straight away and I felt as if no time had passed since reading Goodbye Ruby Tuesday, it was like revisiting old friends. I have to admit in the first book it took me a while to take to Chelsea. I felt more of a connection to Mollie and Evie out of the three friends but that all changed when l I started reading her story. This time I connected with Chelsea pretty much from the start especially as the book delves into her past. Kit is another great character and their relationship is well written. As they have issues relating to their pasts I was worried about if they were totally suited. However when they are together they really are perfect for each other. I had my fingers crossed for a happy ending for them. The friendship between the three girls is one of the best things about this series. However because Chelsea is in Italy you don't get the face to face conversations. Although when they do get to talk I loved their interactions. Some of my favourite parts of this book are actually the flashbacks to Ruby and Chelsea's friendship. I loved the snippets of their friendship and I thought they brought something really special to the story. The story moved at a good pace and the first time I picked the book up I must have read for an hour without even realising. I became immersed in the story and enjoyed spending time with Chelsea. Especially discovering all about her past and how far she has come. Overall: Even though this book is part of a series it could be easily read as a standalone. Although it is such a fun series that I would definitely recommend reading Goodbye Ruby Tuesday too. The House on Camden Square series just gets better and better! I loved Chelsea and her feisty personality and I can't wait to read the last in the series and find out what will happen to Mollie. Nice Day for a White Wedding has great friendships, romance and lots of charm! Five stars from me! Thank you to Neverland Blog Tours, A. L. Michael, Carina UK & Netgalley for my copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Nice Day for a White Wedding was the first A.L. Michael book I ever read, but after speeding through this warm, witty and feel-good romp, it certainly won’t be my last! Growing up on a council estate, Chelsea Donnolly’s prospects were pretty bleak. Like most of her peers, Chelsea was meant to end up saddled with a dead beat husband and eking out an existence working in a dead end job while trying to stay out of trouble with the law. But Chelsea has always liked to defy expectations. Much to every Nice Day for a White Wedding was the first A.L. Michael book I ever read, but after speeding through this warm, witty and feel-good romp, it certainly won’t be my last! Growing up on a council estate, Chelsea Donnolly’s prospects were pretty bleak. Like most of her peers, Chelsea was meant to end up saddled with a dead beat husband and eking out an existence working in a dead end job while trying to stay out of trouble with the law. But Chelsea has always liked to defy expectations. Much to everyone’s surprise, amusement and disbelief, Chelsea had worked as hard as she could to shake off the shackles of her humdrum life on a grotty estate for the bright lights of the metropolis. Now a city girl through and through, Chelsea has made a life for herself in London. She has a great job, a killer designer wardrobe and a gorgeous boyfriend who adores her. Chelsea is living the life she has always dreamed of and she is adamant that nothing and nobody is going to stand in her way of her perfect life – until her boyfriend proposes on a magical trip to Venice… Chelsea knows she should be thrilled. After all, her boyfriend Kit looks like he’s just stepped out of one of her romantic fantasies. But Chelsea has been a little bit economical with the truth and has never told Kit about her past or about her family. What is she going to do? Is she going to throw caution to the wind and tell Kit the truth about her past? Or is she going to carry on living a lie? Will Kit – and his ghastly snobbish family – accept Chelsea for who she really is? Or will Chelsea’s dishonesty end up costing her everything? A fast-paced read packed with humour and heart, A.L. Michael’s Nice Day for a White Wedding is a terrific tale that I gobbled up in a single sitting. With a fantastic heroine you will root for, a great cast of supporting characters and plenty of laughs, pathos and emotional moments to keep you on the edge of your seat, Nice Day for a White Wedding is the perfect book to lose yourself into on a lazy afternoon! A fabulous story about finding the courage to be yourself, taking a chance on love and unexpected blessings, Nice Day for a White Wedding is not to be missed!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Claire Mc Partlin

    ​Another fabulous book in this series, I really enjoyed the first one but think I loved this one even more, even though Chelsea wasn't my favourite character from the previous book. As before, the story is about four friends from school, who all lived on a really rough estate, who had dreams of getting out and making it big in their various ways. This book is about Chelsea and her partner Kit. Chelsea had a really hard life growing up. Her Mum is a horrible person and doesn't care about any of her ​Another fabulous book in this series, I really enjoyed the first one but think I loved this one even more, even though Chelsea wasn't my favourite character from the previous book. As before, the story is about four friends from school, who all lived on a really rough estate, who had dreams of getting out and making it big in their various ways. This book is about Chelsea and her partner Kit. Chelsea had a really hard life growing up. Her Mum is a horrible person and doesn't care about any of her children. Chelsea decided she was going to make something of herself so studied really hard and got into Oxford, changed her surname slightly, so she wasn't linked in any way to her jailbird Dad, and made a really good life for herself. Her partner Kit didn't know about a lot of her past life, initially, as she kept it really quiet and didn't want anyone to know. Of course Kit then proposed and families got involved and lots of misunderstandings and hurt feelings occurred. Kit's family were just as much a nightmare as Chelsea's but at complete opposite ends of the spectrum money-wise - Kit's family had 'staff' and mega-bucks and Chelsea's family hardly had two pennies to rub together, but they were all (well mostly) rude, inconsiderate people. Kit's Mother was an absolute dragon, to put it politely, and quite how Chelsea made the effort with her for as long as she did I have no idea, I certainly wouldn't have! Kit also wasn't the best person he could be when around his family, and I went from really liking him to really disliking him at times, but he redeemed himself eventually so I forgave him! I am really enjoying this series, it's more than chick-lit as there's some not very nice family dramas going on at times, but you can't help but like the girls and admire them for turning out the way they did when the odds were definitely stacked against them. I can't wait for the next book in the series and luckily I only have to wait until November, wonderful!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Gilbey

    Nice Day For A White Wedding is the newest book in The House on Camden Square series, and a wonderful second book for the series. It can easily be read as a standalone, and this time features Chelsea as the starring character. Chelsea is Badgley's success story - girl from the estate, made good, she escaped the town and now works in London in a successful job, but keeps her past hidden from everyone including her long term boyfriend. However when Kit, surprises her with a trip to Venice, and fol Nice Day For A White Wedding is the newest book in The House on Camden Square series, and a wonderful second book for the series. It can easily be read as a standalone, and this time features Chelsea as the starring character. Chelsea is Badgley's success story - girl from the estate, made good, she escaped the town and now works in London in a successful job, but keeps her past hidden from everyone including her long term boyfriend. However when Kit, surprises her with a trip to Venice, and follows it up with a proposal, things slowly come to a head, as Chelsea and Kit travel to Lake Garda to meet Kit's parents. It is very clear just what a huge difference there is between them, but will Chelsea survive, and will she ever reveal her hidden past. Like Chelsea, I took a pretty much instant dislike to the majority of Kit's family. They are rich and snobbish, and look down on Chelsea from the start, and the mother Jemima is the worst...although as the book progresses it could be a tie between the two mother's as Chelsea's Carly seems awful in a different way. Ruby Tuesday who was a key focus for the first book, is still at the heart of this story, and we get regular flashbacks to Ruby and Chelsea's childhood to key points that shows you just why Chelsea is the way she is now. The other girls for their childhood quartet, Evie and Mollie are still present, but not in a particularly large way for the majority of the story, relegated a bit more towards support characters, but they are Chelsea's support system, and their presence is comforting when required. Nice Day For A White Wedding may not be the book I would have expected from the title, but in fact its even better, and far more real. It is a brilliantly engaging story, that is for a large part set to an Italian back drop, and really highlights social class differences that can still exist in England. I'm already looking forward to the next book in this series. Thank you to Netgalley and Carina for this review copy. This was my honest opinion,

  16. 4 out of 5

    Clair

    Nice Day for a White Wedding is the second instalment in The House on Camden Square series, this time focusing on Chelsea Donovan, aka Chelsea Donnolly from the estate – Badgeley’s success story, bad girl turned Oxford graduate. You can find my review of the first instalment, Goodbye Ruby Tuesday here. Whilst this could arguably be read as a standalone, please don’t as you won’t appreciate what the girls have already been through together both 10 years ago and now, or really understand why Chelse Nice Day for a White Wedding is the second instalment in The House on Camden Square series, this time focusing on Chelsea Donovan, aka Chelsea Donnolly from the estate – Badgeley’s success story, bad girl turned Oxford graduate. You can find my review of the first instalment, Goodbye Ruby Tuesday here. Whilst this could arguably be read as a standalone, please don’t as you won’t appreciate what the girls have already been through together both 10 years ago and now, or really understand why Chelsea is now Donovan than Donnelly. The first book really sets the foundation for this series and the little recaps in this book just made me chuckle at memories I felt like I had already formed with the girls. Chelsea is an extremely driven and successful career woman and she also has a wonderful boyfriend in Kit. They get on fabulously and know each other inside out, well that is until they start talking about the families. Kit comes from a wealthy family and, as such, Chelsea is keen to leave her family skeletons in the closet with the door firmly locked (a gangster stepdad, jailbird dad and unloving, benefits driven mother will do that to you!). That all changes when Kit whisks Chelsea away to Venice and proposes….and then an impromptu trip to Italy to meet the future in-laws. Set to a Italian backdrop is Chelsea’s battle with herself believing that she is a successful woman and deserves a life with a successful lawyer like Kit as well as proving the same to Kit’s hideous mother who thrives off social hierarchy. A.L. Michael’s characteristic narrative comes through with the quick jokes and sarcastic comments – some of which made me laugh out loud! I read this in one sitting straight after Goodbye Ruby Tuesday and now really disappointed that I’ve got wait for book 3, Be My Baby, which is due to be released in November – if not, I’d probably have moved straight onto this one too!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I really enjoyed this book. It was quite a light read and even though it is book 2 in a series I didn’t actually notice. I like this because it means that the story can be enjoyed as a standalone or as the series. Without reading the first book I can’t say whether I will have missed details and information but I don’t feel like I did on the whole. It was an easy story to grasp and I think Chelsea is quite a relatable character for a lot of people. The way of her childhood being unhappy and wanti I really enjoyed this book. It was quite a light read and even though it is book 2 in a series I didn’t actually notice. I like this because it means that the story can be enjoyed as a standalone or as the series. Without reading the first book I can’t say whether I will have missed details and information but I don’t feel like I did on the whole. It was an easy story to grasp and I think Chelsea is quite a relatable character for a lot of people. The way of her childhood being unhappy and wanting more for herself and being able to see the journey through flashbacks of how she got to where she has in life. I think from the minute she is introduced you just click with her and hope she does well and achieves what she wants. Chelsea leads 2 lives almost one with her fiancé and the other when she visits her family and you get to see where she came from. It shows the difference in lifestyles of where she comes from and to and I think this will be very real and relatable for some people. I liked reading about Chelsea’s brother and the relationship they had. I wasn’t sure if the ending would be what it was and was so happy that it turned out the way it did. I loved the whole dysfunctional families on both sides Chelsea and her fiancé and how realistic it is. Everyone has some kind of the issues that are shown in this book and it’s lovely to see them being addressed and brought to life in a thorough enjoyable and easy read. It makes the situations light and easy to read without taking away the seriousness of the storyline. I couldn’t put this book down it was wonderful I didn’t want it to finish so I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series! This is the first book I have read by this author but I will definitely be reading more. I think this will definitely be a series that I will be pre-ordering as the new books are released and keeping up to date with.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)

    All reviews can be found on my blog at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com This is one series of books that I have been extremely excited about, unfortunately though, the author has had me pestering her wondering when I would be able to read more! It is also bittersweet as the next book is the last one in the series, sniff sniff. That said, what better way to turn your frown upside down, than with a wedding. Right? As Billy Idol says ‘it’s a nice day, for a white wedding’! In this book we follo All reviews can be found on my blog at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com This is one series of books that I have been extremely excited about, unfortunately though, the author has had me pestering her wondering when I would be able to read more! It is also bittersweet as the next book is the last one in the series, sniff sniff. That said, what better way to turn your frown upside down, than with a wedding. Right? As Billy Idol says ‘it’s a nice day, for a white wedding’! In this book we follow Chelsea’s life whilst running into a few familiar names too. Those who know Chelsea well, know that she has a past, one that she thought she had broken away from as she grew up. It doesn’t quite work like that though, especially when there is a possibility of a wedding! What did I like about this book? Seeing as it was yet another drama filled novel with bolshy characters and gritty storylines, what is there NOT to like? There was always something to sink your teeth into, regardless of what page you looked on. If the gritty storyline didn’t keep you hooked, a lot of the characters decided to show a different side to them, very interesting to say the least! A.L.Michael’s trademark humour ran throughout the book like cookie monster down the biscuit aisle; very quickly and everywhere! I definitely had the giggles more than once while I was reading the book, the humour was just so matter of fact, I couldn’t help but laugh! Despite the very humorous edge to the book, I did feel as though there was a hidden message. No doubt a lot of us are ashamed of our pasts, but I am quite sure that once you have read this book, you might think of it a different way! Another brilliant book from A.L.Michael, whilst I don’t want the series to end, I am so looking forward to reading the next book in the series! I received a complimentary copy of the book in return for my honest thoughts.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Angel Hatfield

    Chelsea was a former bad girl from the estate [ which was like a slum] she got her self into Harvard and she know is a business executive. But Chelsea keeps her past hidden. Chelsea’s mother Carly was not a nice person at all and she did not care about her kids. Chelsea’s father is an ex- con and in and out of jail right now he is out. Chelsea changed her last name so she wouldn’t be linked with her father. Chelsea keeps her past from everyone including her boyfriend who she has been with for a Chelsea was a former bad girl from the estate [ which was like a slum] she got her self into Harvard and she know is a business executive. But Chelsea keeps her past hidden. Chelsea’s mother Carly was not a nice person at all and she did not care about her kids. Chelsea’s father is an ex- con and in and out of jail right now he is out. Chelsea changed her last name so she wouldn’t be linked with her father. Chelsea keeps her past from everyone including her boyfriend who she has been with for a long time- Kit. Kit takes Chelsea to Venice and proposes to her and she accepts. Now it is time to meet Lit’s parents. Kit’s mother- Jemima is a snob and alot like Carly only she is very wealthy. Kit changes when around his parents and is not the same as when he is alone with Chelsea. This was a great story and I really liked it. This was very real to me as in alot of ways it could have been me. I was poor growing up but now have my Masters degree and work in a hospital. I loved how Chelsea toke the challenge to change her life and became very successful. There was humor in this story I liked and choked a couple of times. I wonder if Chelsea and Kit will make it as his is different around his family and I don’t know if Chelsea will like him always making the decisions without talking to her. I loved the twists and turns in this story and I highly recommend. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Grass monster

    This is book 2 in The House on Camden Square series. I enjoyed the first book, Goodbye Ruby Tuesday but i have to say i enjoyed this one even more. Here we focus on Chelsea Donovan, once a bad girl who grew up on an estate, with a useless mother who only cared about herself and a father who is in and out of prison. Chelsea cared deeply about her brothers and has always felt bad for leaving them behind. After changing her surname and wanting more from life she is now a business executive. She doe This is book 2 in The House on Camden Square series. I enjoyed the first book, Goodbye Ruby Tuesday but i have to say i enjoyed this one even more. Here we focus on Chelsea Donovan, once a bad girl who grew up on an estate, with a useless mother who only cared about herself and a father who is in and out of prison. Chelsea cared deeply about her brothers and has always felt bad for leaving them behind. After changing her surname and wanting more from life she is now a business executive. She doesnt talk about her past with people and hasnt even let her boyfriend Kit, in on her childhood and past. When Kit proposes in Venice, Chelsea knows its time to meet his family. Will her past be exposed or can she keep it all hidden?. Kit's family arnt very nice and Chelsea gets to see a different side to her now fiance when he is around them. A. L. Michael certainly pulls this off once again, being even better than the first one!. I was completly drawn into this story, so much so i finished it in a day. I loved hearing about Chelsea and her life and loved how we saw flashbacks of her and Ruby's younger years. Ruby is still very much a focal point in this book. The other characters are involved but not as much, im guessing each book to come will concentrate on each character from book 1. This works really well and will have you laughing, smiling and gasping all in one. Excellent mixture of fun, humor, love, friendships and holding on to the one you love.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Adele

    This is only the second book I've read by A.L. Michael and I've come to appreciate what a joy and delight they are. Once again I feel inspired, optimistic and happy after reading this book. Nice Day for a White Wedding is book 2 in The Camden Square series. I would encourage readers to read book 1 first as you get to appreciate how the characters got to where they are now. This story focuses on Chelsea's life, we time hop back to when she was a teenager living on the rundown estate, her friendship This is only the second book I've read by A.L. Michael and I've come to appreciate what a joy and delight they are. Once again I feel inspired, optimistic and happy after reading this book. Nice Day for a White Wedding is book 2 in The Camden Square series. I would encourage readers to read book 1 first as you get to appreciate how the characters got to where they are now. This story focuses on Chelsea's life, we time hop back to when she was a teenager living on the rundown estate, her friendship with the enigmatic Ruby, her unconventional childhood and the traumatic ordeal she had to endure. Chelsea's character appears outwardly as quite strong willed, she was very determined to better herself despite her upbringing. Chelsea has tried very hard to hide the negative side of her past but unfortunately it rears it's ugly head at the worse time possible. New friendships are formed and old ones are feeling the strain of the past fighting with the present. This story was uplifting, colourful, full of glamour and beautiful people and locations. A story that played with your emotions bringing highs and lows with a gorgeous romantic feeling at the forefront.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Maryline M's Bookshelf

    This review was first published at M's Bookshelf - http://mssbookshelf.blogspot.com From the outset, it's clear that there's more to Chelsea Donnolly than meets the eye. She's a contradiction that's both impressive, and could almost give you a headache - imagine how she feels! Bad girl gone good? If only it was as simple as that. Everything about her childhood and teenage years and environment screams "give up". But she didn't. Not only does she fight for what she wants, she's strong, sassy and in This review was first published at M's Bookshelf - http://mssbookshelf.blogspot.com From the outset, it's clear that there's more to Chelsea Donnolly than meets the eye. She's a contradiction that's both impressive, and could almost give you a headache - imagine how she feels! Bad girl gone good? If only it was as simple as that. Everything about her childhood and teenage years and environment screams "give up". But she didn't. Not only does she fight for what she wants, she's strong, sassy and independent. I love a good confident main character! She managed with her MIL in 4 days what I haven't achieved in over 4 years. Nice Day for a White Wedding has a gorgeous mix of topics and is not 'just' a fluffy story about an engagement. It raises the question if your background and family make you, or your choices? It shows the importance of friendships and being able to trust someone with you - the whole you. It has a holiday feel to it an a "monster in law". It's funny and sad, romantic and calls you down to earth all at ones. [It can be read as a stand alone novel (like I read it), but I for one I'm excited to read more in this series.]

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    This is a much more serious book than the cover implies= and that's a good thing. Chelsea pulled herself away from her roots, went to Oxford, and developed a real career but never ever let go of caring for her little brothers. Kit initially seems terrific but then Chelsea meets his family and, well, all their differences are exacerbated by one of the evilest mother-in=laws-to-be in recent memory. Liked the way Michael rolled her back story out slowly; I didn't even realize there was a book one u This is a much more serious book than the cover implies= and that's a good thing. Chelsea pulled herself away from her roots, went to Oxford, and developed a real career but never ever let go of caring for her little brothers. Kit initially seems terrific but then Chelsea meets his family and, well, all their differences are exacerbated by one of the evilest mother-in=laws-to-be in recent memory. Liked the way Michael rolled her back story out slowly; I didn't even realize there was a book one until I sat down to do this review. This is a well written, funny, and serious book that's well worth your time. Kit, well, there's more to him than there appears and same is true for Tatty. Thanks to netgalley for introducing me to this author. Highly recommend if you enjoy British chicklit grounded in reality. Two thumbs up!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for this copy. Looking at the reviews I'm probably the only person who didn't enjoy this book. I hadn't read the first one, so perhaps this is why I didn't connect with any of the characters. I thought it was going to be a feel good chick lit book, but it wasn't. There is quite a lot of bad language in it, and it feels like quite a dark book. I didn't really like the writing, for me it didn't flow very well. Chelsea comes across in parts as a shy meek thi Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for this copy. Looking at the reviews I'm probably the only person who didn't enjoy this book. I hadn't read the first one, so perhaps this is why I didn't connect with any of the characters. I thought it was going to be a feel good chick lit book, but it wasn't. There is quite a lot of bad language in it, and it feels like quite a dark book. I didn't really like the writing, for me it didn't flow very well. Chelsea comes across in parts as a shy meek thing then in the next part she's swearing like a trooper! There was also a lot of 'shrugging' in the book - he shrugged, she shrugged.....there must be other ways of putting it! Sorry, but just didn't enjoy it. Two stars.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Katlyn Duncan

    'Nice Day for a White Wedding' was a great read! I loved A.L. Michael's writing style, it flowed beautifully and kept me engaged in the story the whole time. I really loved the strength Michael created in Chelsea, evoking such emotion from me when she was in the presence of Kit's awful family. I love when an author can make me hate characters and it made the drama in the story quite real. Also, the setting was quite beautiful as well. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more i 'Nice Day for a White Wedding' was a great read! I loved A.L. Michael's writing style, it flowed beautifully and kept me engaged in the story the whole time. I really loved the strength Michael created in Chelsea, evoking such emotion from me when she was in the presence of Kit's awful family. I love when an author can make me hate characters and it made the drama in the story quite real. Also, the setting was quite beautiful as well. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more in this series!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Diane cheeseworth

    Cannot get enough of this series its like meeting up with old friends When I read that there was a sequel to goodbye ruby Tuesday I couldn't wait to read it.It was so lovely to catch up with all the girls again. The storyline was so different from what I was expecting. I loved getting to know more about chelsea and kit and Celia and Tyler although this Is a series it could be read as a stand alone book. Can't wait for the next one.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Gillian

    Review I absolutely loved this book. It had me laughing and crying all at the same time. I am so looking forward to the next book in the series, which hopefully won't be too long coming out.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gena DeBardelaben

    eARC: Netgalley Great book! So much more than just a simple romance. Can't wait to read more about these great characters.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Anne Hayes

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mrs Julie Thorogood

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