Book Review: From Notting Hill with Four Weddings…Actually, by Ali McNamara

Indulge in all your favourite rom-coms at once with this warm, fun tale of what happens when you really live the glitz and the glamour.

From notting hill

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, planning her wedding to handsome fiancé, Sean, with best friends Oscar and Maddie – life couldn’t be better.

But then Scarlett meets paparazzi darling, Gabriella Romero, and life suddenly becomes even more extravagant and glamorous. As she begins to experience the other side to being rich and famous, it’s not only Scarlett’s perfect wedding that’s put in jeopardy, but her whole world.


Firstly, I’d like to thank the publisher for providing me with a review copy via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

I am a long time fan of Ali McNamara and the From Notting Hill books, so to say I was excited when I saw a new one was coming out, would be a slight understatement. I made some sort of un-definable jump and squeal and jabbed and my mouse to hit that request button.

For me, the books in this series are solid gold Chick Lit, and the new installment was no different.

Scarlett has grown up a hell of a lot since the first book, and accordingly she faces much more complex problems in this book.

Okay, some things are a bit far-fetched. The celebrity schmoozing, the ease with which she seems to run two companies (on either sides of the Atlantic, no less) and have a lot of time to do all the other things we encounter in the book – maybe she has 26 hours in a day, I don’t know. But, it’s fiction, it’s fun, so it’s a bit of a just roll with it type situation. As long as you don’t let yourself get too hung up on the logistics – which you really shouldn’t, we are talking about Chick Lit here – then it’s a lovely and easy, fun read. (And I’m not saying there’s plot holes or anything like that, not at all, just a little far fetched sometimes.)

The normal cast of loveable characters are back as well as some new ones. I was so happy to see Oscar again – I’ve missed him in all his fabulous glory. I love all the characters in these books and the new additions were equally great. She also makes me yearn for New York, the descriptions and settings sound so fabulous.

I thought it was a brilliant book, with a lot of fun and with the standard feel-good factor I’ve come to love from Ali’s books. A definite must for the chick lit lover.

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Release date: 23 October 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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