I am closing the blog tour for Laura Ziepe and ‘The Morning After the Wedding Before’ today, which will be published by HQDigital on the 10th June. I really enjoyed Laura’s previous book, ”Tis the Season to be Single’! Many thanks to HQDigitalUK for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:
Did she really say ‘I do’?!
Holly is happily single with two gorgeous kids but when she finds out her ex is moving on she jumps at the chance of attending her friend Emma’s wedding in Vegas – it’s the perfect distraction…
Kim used to be the life and soul of the party, but now there’s nothing she loves more than a quiet night at home with the family. But in Vegas her past quickly catches up with her – in a way that could make or break her marriage!
Emma is getting married! She knows it should be the happiest time of her life, but she can’t help feeling she’s marrying the wrong man. So when she wakes up on her wedding day with a ring already on her finger, she panics – who did she marry last night?
What does TWG think?
Wow, I wasn’t expecting that! Have you ever heard of the term ‘coercive control’? Not many people have. The definition of ‘coercive control’ from the Women’s Aid website states that:
‘Domestic abuse isn’t always physical. Coercive control is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.
This controlling behaviour is designed to make a person dependent by isolating them from support, exploiting them, depriving them of independence and regulating their everyday behaviour.’
With the above in mind, and the fact that this novel is predominantly lighthearted and fun, the topic of coercive control is rife via one of the main characters, Emma. Now I won’t go into detail due to spoilers, however I felt exceptionally sorry for her because, as readers, we get to see all sides of the coin as it were. We get to witness things that characters haven’t found out yet. So when this character goes through her day to day life as an Instagram influencer, it’s pretty hard not to shout and scream at the book to tell her to run. Reality hadn’t hit Emma at that point. She wasn’t aware that what her fiancé was doing, could in fact be deemed as abuse. Actually, the reality is that not many people in that situation realise that controlling, abusive behaviour is actually abuse. People automatically assume that domestic abuse needs to be physical. It doesn’t. I am talking from experience unfortunately.
Anyway, despite the in-depth topic of the storyline, ‘The Morning After the Wedding Before’ has a lot of scenarios which readers will be able to relate too, especially if they’re a parent who is struggling with their relationship with their partner, or if they’re a single mum who has done nothing except care for her children for however many years.
I was impressed by how the author managed to incorporate a lot of relatable subjects in amongst the fun and laughter of the book. At times I did feel as though the womanising of several of the characters got a bit much and didn’t really add anymore depth to the overall vibe of the book. I appreciated why those particular characters were involved in the story, don’t get me wrong, it just made me feel a little exasperated at times.
I really do recommend Laura Ziepe’s writing as she manages to make me laugh at the most random of times! I enjoyed the overall premise of the book, and like I said before, I felt that the author wrote about certain topics brilliantly and sensitively.
‘The Morning After the Wedding Before’ is the ideal poolside read both for a holiday read, and for a read by the blow up pool in the garden!