Katy Birchall | The Wedding Season

The Book: 

The Wedding Season by Katy Birchall
Published May 3rd 2022 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Date read: April 18, 2022

The Characters: 


Rating: 4 out of 5.

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The Plot (from Goodreads):

Freya Scott is getting married. Her wedding to Matthew, her long-term boyfriend, is the first of eight in her calendar this year, and as someone who prides herself on being meticulously organized, Freya is intent on making it the perfect day to remember.

But when Matthew calls things off hours before they walk down the aisle, Freya’s entire life plan goes up in smoke. Humiliated and heartbroken, the last thing she wants is to attend a summer of other peoples’ nuptials on her own.

Fortunately, her friends have an idea: together they devise a series of outrageous challenges for Freya to complete at each event, designed to distract her from Matthew and what might have been. From getting stuck in an old church bathroom and needing to be rescued by the vicar to making out with a barman at a French chateau, Freya realizes that despite herself, she might just be having fun.

By the time the final wedding arrives, she will discover that the road to a happy ending sometimes has unexpected detours, that “I do” is only the beginning––and that perhaps her own love story isn’t over just yet.

The Review: 

I enjoyed The Secret Bridesmaid, so I was really looking forward to this next installment from Katy Birchall. The Wedding Season ended up being an unexpected favorite of the month! I wasn’t expecting how funny this book would be.

I adored Freya’s relationship with her two best friends and with her father and brother. The side characters really made this book for me, even Freya’s other friends.

I will say that it starts off a bit slow, so if you’re about 30% in and wondering when she’s going to stop wallowing, I encourage you to keep going. Once Freya and her friends make the Wedding Season Survival Plan is when it starts to get good. The reader follows Freya to seven weddings in the weeks following her breakup, and her friends have come up with increasingly ridiculous tasks for her to accomplish in order to help her forget about her ex.

My only complaint is that I would have liked more romance. It is important to note that this isn’t really a romance as the cover makes it seem. It’s more character growth, friendship fiction, and women’s fiction. I wouldn’t read this one leading up to your wedding, but if you’re looking for a great story about friendship, certainly pick up The Wedding Season.

Audio Review: I really liked this narrator, and thought her bubbly voice was the perfect match for Freya’s personality. I would certainly listen to more productions from her. This audiobook was an easy listen, so I was able to turn up the speed to get to more of Freya’s shenanigans sooner!

QOTD: What’s your best (or worst) wedding story?

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