Review of RSVP by Helen Warner



Four women, one wedding and a day they’ll never forget …Anna’s world is rocked when she receives an invitation to her ex Toby’s nuptials – Toby was 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 forever. 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?


First of all, thank you to the very lovely Alice Murphy over at Simon & Schuster for kindly sending me a gorgeous hardback copy. It is by far, one of the most beautiful book covers I have ever seen.

Anna is the first of the four ladies who we meet and she’s still madly in love with Toby, I mean, who can blame her? He’s gorgeous! For me, Anna is one of the most relatable characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about. Her story goes back and forth from May 2010 (present day) to October 1997. Rachel is Toby’s wife to be and from the word go, I didn’t like her. She wanted to marry Toby for all the wrong reasons – to keep him from Anna! Major grrrr moment right there! Clare is best friend to Anna and completely hilarious. Finally, we have the bitch of the novel Ella who is seriously troubled.

This novel is one of the most dramatic yet romantic narratives I have ever read. There’s a lot of ups and downs for each of the characters and in all honesty, it’s amazing. Each of the four women have their own powerful, individual story to tell and it’s told with fantastic words. I did, however, favour Anna and Clare over Rachel and Ella.

Twitter: @helencwarner
Website: http://helenwarner.net/