Published by Arrow on 26th April 2012
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Violet Saunders is astounded when her boyfriend gets down on one knee and proposes. But at size 18-20, the thought of finding a wedding dress fills her with horror. What she needs is a miracle wedding day diet.
So when a leaflet advertising a new diet club - New You! - that drops through her letterbox, it seems like her prayers have been answered. But the club is run by the terrifying Trudie, who secretly despises her fat clients, while pretending to encourage them. Things go from bad to worse; everyone just gets fatter on the horrible New You! drink shakes. At work, Violet's half-Italian boss - a man with a lively sense of humour - looks on in amazement and finally persuades her to take a break from New You! and lunch with him at his family's delicatessen.
Inspired, she persuades her fellow dieters to form a new club, with secret weigh-ins at her house - while pretending to Trudie, of whom they are all petrified, that it is the New You! diet which is transforming them.
Fabulous Italian recipes gradually begin to work their magic, but can Violet the duckling really become Violet the swan in time for her wedding?
The Desperate Bride’s Diet Club was my works book club’s pick of the month and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I also didn’t realise how motivating this book would be especially with my own health and diet. I have to say this book is realistic and relatable all the way through, the characters are well thought out and developed. So definitely a win in that department. I think this book is such an easy and enjoyable read, and that has definitely been a theme in my reading recently!
I loved the way that this book developed and ended I think it was the perfect ending. What I think The Desperate Bride’s Diet Club does particularly well would have to be the fact that you end up really rooting for each of the characters. There’s definitely a sense of cheering them on and relishing in their successes and feeling for the moments when they were down or when they didn’t achieve all that they wanted to. It was definitely a rollercoaster of emotion when it came to the different character journies.
I think the best thing about The Desperate Bride’s Club was the change in the way that the people in the book thought about themselves and food. This has to be the most motivating part of the book, and it was probably the thing I enjoyed the most. I would love to get to the same place that they end up at. Like I said you end up rooting for the characters and the ending fulfils that for you.
I definitely loved this book and I won’t hesitate to pick up some more books by Alison Sherlock. The only reason The Desperate Bride’s Diet Club didn’t get five stars would have to be the fact that it was a little predictable and not that I would wish anything bad on any of the characters but the ending was a little neat for my liking and although satisfying I wasn’t sure if it was completely realistic.
I would definitely recommend The Desperate Bride’s Club as a fun quick read. There are some really great characters and their stories are not only entertaining but they’re also motivating and sad all at the same time. I loved how many levels there were to each of the stories. So definitely pick this book up if any of this appeals to you!
Have you read a motivating book recently? One that surprised you? Let me know in the comments!
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