Review of Don’t Tell The Groom by Anna Bell


Penny has big dreams for her wedding day. She wants an unforgettable celebration, perfect down to the last detail, and has been saving for ages to make her dream a reality. When Mark finally pops the question, it’s the best moment of her life.

Until Penny checks her wedding fund and is horrified to discover that something has gone terribly wrong. There’s far less money there than she’d thought… and it’s all her fault. She can’t tell Mark the truth about what she’s done, he knows nothing about how much time she spends gambling online. Her only choice is to seek help for her addiction and get married on a drastically smaller budget.

Working under the pretense of surprising Mark with her plans on their big day, operation Don’t Tell The Groom rolls into action, with surprising, hilarious and often moving results.


After planning my own wedding on a shoe string budget, it made me realise that marriage is very important. I needed Penny to budget and the gambling idea was inspired by a friend of a friends addiction.


Thank you to Quercus publication house for kindly sending me a copy of this witty novel. You guys really do spoil me. This was my 100th read of 2013 and I’ve heard a lot of book bloggers talk about it for quite some time, so I couldn’t wait to read.

Penny is a typical woman – she wants her dream wedding. But there’s an issue, she’s lost ten thousands pounds of their wedding fund on Bingo!

The narrative was at an easy pace and it was witty in quite a lot of places. Penny seems to be the life and soul of the marriage yet she can also be quite quiet when it comes to strangers – can’t we all? But with Penny, it was interesting to see how she’d wiggle her way into managing to arrange a wedding on a budget and it wasn’t easy.

I did, however, think that Penny and her fiancé lacked chemistry. She was too busy running round like a headless chicken and towards the end, I wasn’t sure whether I wanted Mark to turn up or not. I was quite surprised by the outcome of the ending and I’ll certainly be reading the upcoming sequel, Don’t Tell The Boss. 

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