RSVP, by Helen Warner

22 Feb

Format: Kindle edition, 392 pages
Published: March 1, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Back cover blurb:
Four women, one wedding and a day to remember – or rather forget …
Anna’s world is rocked when she receives an invitation to her ex Toby’s nuptials – Toby was The One, The Love of Her Life, The One That Got Away. Will attending his Big Day finally give her the sense of closure she so desperately craves? Or will it only re-open old wounds? Clare is Anna’s best friend, the person who was there for her when she and Toby split all those years ago. But little does Clare know that Toby’s wedding day will also change her own life for ever. Ella is a classic femme fatale. She loves men and leaves them without a backward glance. But the one person who’s never fallen for her charms is Toby. As he prepares to get hitched, is it too late for a last-ditch attempt to win his heart? Finally, Rachel is the blushing bride-to-be. This should be the happiest day of her life. So how come she feels nothing but a terrible sense of foreboding?
My review:
This started out great, but by the end I was so annoyed with the main characters, Toby and Anna, that my enjoyment of this book had gone way down. All the characters – but these two in particular – whined, moaned and were so self-absorbed in the second half of this book it’s a wonder any of them found any happiness. Toby was one of the weakest male leads I have ever read, just doing whatever the woman in his life told him to do. I know a few men like that, which I guess made him realistic, but I prefer my fictional leading men to be alphas rather than omegas.
The ending was extremely obvious – so much so I wanted to slap Anna for being so dense – but it came slightly too early for my liking because we never found out what happened with Clare or Ella. I can only assume their endings were happy, but again I’m not sure if they deserved them after the way they behaved.

The first half of the book was excellent, though, and I enjoyed the interwoven points of view as the story was told in flashbacks. It’s just a shame all the momentum was lost once the wedding day – from which the title comes – finally arrived.

My rating: 3/5

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