Sandy Gent is a British-born author who now calls Australia home. She is a keen advocate of seeing writing success as a journey that requires the smelling of roses at all times, and she is currently writing her fourth novel.
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Wedding Day is a romantic suspense novel written by Sandy Gent. The Old Upton Manor Hotel is overflowing with wedding guests. While event manager Lucinda Young has coped in the past with three weddings on the same weekend, this weekend's five weddings prove to be challenging indeed. To make matters worse, the excitement of her planned naughty moment with an older guest is shattered when she finds the man dead in his hotel room. The man's wife, Sylvia, had taken just too much from her overbearing and obnoxious husband and had crushed his head in with a heavy object. Her brother, Thomas, who's there with his wife, knows instinctively that something is wrong and is prepared to do or say anything to protect his sister. Detective Inspector Gareth Wainwright will have his hands full trying to get to the truth.
Sandy Gent's romantic suspense novel, Wedding Day, is a delightful blend of police procedural, suspense, and romantic comedy. The one lone curmudgeon of the tale, the late Norman Moss, is safely dead and out of the way quite early on in the story, clearing the way for a clever and entertaining comedy of manners as the beleaguered Gareth Wainwright copes with way too many interviewees and an attractive and oddly sympathetic widow. There's a lot going on in this story, as one would expect with five weddings and a murder, but any confusion I may have experienced at first dissipated quickly. Gent's story is disarming and fun, and the timing of her plot is inspired. Wedding Day is one of those oddball novels that just happens to include a murder and be a feel-good story all at the same time, which is no mean achievement in my books. It's highly recommended.