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Lies and Weddings

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Having loved Crazy rich Asians I was not disappointed!
A forceful mother trying to pull all the strings, boy next door romance, crazy cast of characters and a mystery buried in the past this was a great book!

Thanks so much to NetGalley and the publisher for my copy to review!

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Loved the story, characters and plot. So many twists and plots changes. But I found it really frustrating to read with all the footnotes. They were really intrusive. Especially in an eBook where they appear in random parts of the page!

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Sorry not for me this one, wasnโ€™t a fan of the gossipy plot and the snarky footnotes on most pages.
Think fans of reality tv will love this though!

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This was an enjoyable and entertaining read, mixing together Lords and Ladies with new money, flashy Americans and at the heart a well mannered "normal" Dr Eden and her dad Thomas. The characters were fun, with those you'd love and those you love to hate, and can't believe what comes out of their mouths next.

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Love love love it! I grew up in Asia and while so much of the book sounds outlandish, it isnt! It made me laugh and it made me think and it made me read more off his books! Do not miss this one!

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Rufus Gresham, also known as Viscount St. Ives, is in love with the girl next door. But his mother not only disapproves, but actively plots to keep the two away from each other and ensure Rufus ends up in the arms of somebody else, preferably a princess but she would settle for someone with masses of wealth.

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โŸก Contemporary romcom
โŸก Childhood best friends to lovers
โŸก A parody of wealth and class
โŸก Racial undertones

I loved this! The intrigue! The gossip! The SCANDALS. In classic Crazy-Rich-Asians style, Kevin Kwan delivers a funny, smart, and absolutely unputdownable contemporary romcom that features a fascinating and self-absorbed family at its center.

The story was honestly completely propulsive in its execution. I seriously could not put this book down. The sheer excitement and wide-eyed enjoyment I felt reading this story is parallel only to my experience of reading this author before. Kwan couples grandiose with wholesome humour; the extravagant with the extremely funny, in a blend that is utterly delightful. I read this in a single sitting and Iโ€™m craving more! I think this is my sign to schedule in a CRA reread.

But this book is more than its contemporary romcom vibes. Itโ€™s also really clever in its thematic explorations of class, wealth and race. I was particularly taken with the exploration of race that examined internalised and passive racism towards the Chinese characters, mainly through the characters of Eden and Arabella. Wealth also played a huge part and in this book, I found that wealth determined class, whereas in CRA, titles determined class and wealth was something to be sneered at if it wasnโ€™t coming from old traditional family funds. Iโ€™m glad the author found a new way to include and explore wealth in this book.

I would sincerely love for there to be future books in this same strand of Kwanโ€™s authorial brand.

Iโ€™m not the biggest fan of footnotes, particularly if Iโ€™m reading an e-copy, and this book has tons of them. Thankfully they were all pretty funny or provided better context but for me theyโ€™re also distracting and takes me away from the main flow of the story.

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The successor to Olivia Goldsmith's blend of frothy fare, Kevin Kwan delivers another vapid yet entertaining slice of high-society soap opera that plumbs the annals of English country life.

The characters are flat - from the snobbish lady of the manor to her ludicrously stereotypical kids to the girl next door with a heart of gold - the plots are outlandish and for such normally steamy fare, Lies and Weddings is decidedly unerotic (save for one bar encounter so wincingly bad it may make the Bad Sex Writing shortlist).

Despite all this, it is entertaining and pacy enough as a future beach read, leaning into its Shirley Conran-esque camp full tilt. Kwan never seems to be able to resolve his conflict over the so-called moneyed elite - can you mock a class of shallow folks and yet still venerate their lifestyles? - but in a book full of volcanoes, gurus, mysterious pasts, shrooms trips, and enough absurdly expensive fashion to sink a cruise liner, maybe just camp is just fine.

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Fans of Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asian's won't be disappointed with his latest offering - this was an extremely fun read from start to finish! I was slightly nervous after not being so enthusiastic about Kwan's previous release 'Sex and vanity' but to my mind this was a return to form.

The Gresham family estate is in danger, and the Countess of Greshamsbury thinks the solution lies in marriage - marriage between her son, the future Earl and any suitably wealthy heiress, but he has other ideas and is heart is already spoken for, so when disaster strikes at another family wedding, best laid plans go awry and capers ensue!

Set between Hawaii, Los Angeles and England, this is an intelligent, fun and snarky peek into the lives of the ultra rich, with a cast of characters to love and hate, and in my opinion, perfect summer reading.*

*The footnotes are a joy as well!

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A fantastic summer read, to escape into!

Kevin Kwon knows how to write an entertaining story and this will not disappoint!

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Thank you to NetGalley, Random House UK and Cornerstone for sending me an advance copy of the E book of Lies and Weddings for review consideration. All opinions are my own.

Just in time for the season, the perfect juicy summer read has arrived! Lies and Weddings is a delight.Kevin Kwans has created a fabulous collection of well-rounded characters in this wonderful, fast-paced, glamorous novel.

The story begins with a shocking event back in the nineties, but then immediately jumps to the present day. There we meet Rufus Leung Gresham, heir to the Greshambury fortune (or perhaps more accurately, lack thereof) who finds himself unwillingly forced into the search for a wife by his fortune hunting mother. This is further complicated by the fact that he is struggling with his feelings for the girl next door.

Lies and Weddings has a strong plot with lots of twists and turns, moving between 1995, the present day and the years in between en route to a surprising and satisfying conclusion. Highly recommended.

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Loved it, everything you'd expect from a Kevin Kwan and more. Will give more complete feedback asap, currently unable for personal reasons

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This book was wild! The Gresham family are the sort who will buy a house in the Bahamas just because it was easier than trying to make a reservation at a resort. They're rich, rich. Except due to the crazy spending it turns out they're not in fact rich, rich. But soon to be insolvent. The ensuing affairs of Rufus' mum trying to set him up with all a manner of billionaires all whilst he's making puppy dog eyes at his childhood best friend is everything.
I do admit the start was a bit of a slow burner for me. There was a slot of characters being introduced and the time jump to past and present didn't help. But once I was through that it was such a fun read.
I did guess as to the ending as it wasn't the most high class mystery but the book promised lies and weddings and it did 100% deliver on them.
I'm looking forward to reading more of this author when I get the chance and would absolutely read this book again!
Favourite Quote - "In all my years living in England, I've never once set foot in an Accessorize!"
"That's because you're a snob. There's a very nice one on High Street Ken."
Favourite Character - Martha

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Kevin Kwan's books are always a cause for celebration - glitzy, glamorous, and jet-setting, a peek behind the curtain into rareified worlds. They have always been such treats to read - and Lies and Weddings is no different!

In Lies and Weddings, a forbidden affair 'erupts volcanically' against the backdrop of a tropical destination wedding. As always, the ridiculously rich are ridiculously fun, and Kwan brings just the right amount of humanity to insane situations. A fun-filled summer read that I'll definitely be recommending!

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Reading this book was like coming home. Even though I by no means live an extravagant life as close to the characters in Kwan's books (I wish), I had missed that 'Crazy Rich Asians' escapism and this just brought it all right back. 'Lies and Weddings' spared no expenses when it came to high drama and lush backdrops. It made my heart flutter the way it jumped from locations to location (I wish I could go to all the place!) Less to the degree of craziness of CRA, I thought this book had a tasteful amount of extravagance. It kept me on my toes and I really couldn't put this book down. What I also loved about this book is that it has a real light and shade to it. It touched upon things such as racism and bankruptcy rather than heading down the full-on glamour route. I thought that was a nice element to the story line. And of course, who could forget the sweet little sprinkle of romance there.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a fun and exciting kind of adventure and I would definitely recommend it for that little bit of escapism.

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An entertaining and dramatic read, reminiscent of Kwan at his best. The perfect beach or travel read it moves along at a pace and is full of chaos, humour and all sorts of extravagant narrative. (Copy received from Netgalley in return for an honest review).

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It begins with a killing. But hold on, Kevin โ€˜Crazy Rich Asiansโ€™ Kwan hasnโ€™t lost it, he proceeds to slay in his latest novel of the lives and loves of the super rich.

Eden Tong, a capable NHS doctor, lives with her father in the shadow (actually in the garden) of their lifelong friends the aristocratic Greshams. Led by bumbling Brit Lord Greshamsbury and his formidable wife Lady Arabella (nรฉe Leung), all seems fine until their only son and heir announces his undying love for the non-U Eden. The family goes into meltdown after a volcano disrupts their daughterโ€™s massive wedding and ruins Lady Arabellaโ€™s showcase Hawaiian resort. Things truly fall apart as family secrets, bad actors, penury and loss of status threaten an end to the ancient house of Gresham.

Like a display case in Tiffanyโ€™s, the dramatis personae are opulent and sparkling. Kevin Kwan doesnโ€™t short the reader on details, offering educational pedigrees for each character so that we, too, can get our snob on. Each carries a chance for redemption but it hurts so good to revel in the bad. (I imagined uber-matriarch Lady Gresham in a pointy black hat clutching a poisoned apple when she appeared). The book has lots of old money and new money, but everyoneโ€™s got money. Even the weird Guru character turns out to be landed gentry of the DAR type. Thereโ€™s lots of delicious name-dropping too so take notes for googling later. The mystery of that killing is woven in like a golden strand from a Persian rug.

โ€˜Lies and weddingsโ€™ is a glorious slice of escapism for our paper plate lives. A peek into the problems of the super-rich (they do it so you donโ€™t have to) is immense fun. The cast is diverse and their perils are cathartic. Kevin Kwan has also included a subtext of eco-responsibility that keeps the story relevant with a moral undertone amid the excess. I found this to be the best thing I read over Spring break. The fantasy of wealth and greed was balanced against the trials and tribulations that are all too human and recognisable.

Thanks to NetGalleyUK and Random House, Cornerstone for the eARC.

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I'm a huge fan of the Crazy Rich Asians series and have been looking forward to reading Kevin's new novel. I saved it for a long train journey and am so glad I did, because it was brilliant and full of his trademark humour and amusing characters. I loved how global this book was, taking us to Hawaii, Devon and Venice. If you love Crazy Rich Asians, you'll love this, and I'd say it's worth saving it to read until you're on holiday. Sheer bliss.

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I was so happy when I saw Kevin Kwan's new book because I loved Crazy Rich Asians and I missed that world full of luxury and drama but love as well and this book definitely didn't disappoint because it's full of exactly these three things luxury at its maximum and the drama in the family and out of it but it doesn't lack the love either I mean the word weddings (I know not all weddings happen because people love each other) is in the title. I was happy to see that some of the characters could communicate their feelings and weren't afraid of expressing themselves when it was about love or family.

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Thank you to Netgalley for letting me read my first Kevin Kwan novel. The story is full of drama and keeps you wondering whats going to happen next. The characters are mainly likeable with the exception of Arabella. Hoping for a next installment.

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I love 'Crazy Rich Asians' and so was excited to read Kevin Kwan's new novel 'Lies and Weddings.' The Gresham family, more specifically the matriarch of the family, Arabella, is desperate to stay relevant and overcome their deep money problems. The solution? Marry each of the children off to someone rich and relevant themselves, starting with a huge wedding on Hawaii (who cares if there is an active volcano - just good backdrop). Heir to the family title, Rufus, has been in love with the normal girl next door since they were children. Will he get his happy ending?

This book was funny and bonkers in the best way. We travel the globe with these characters from wedding to wedding and extravagance to extravagance. (I am not sure why I didn't think of getting married on a *spoiler* hot air balloon!). I love the juicy layers Kwan weaves in this story with twists and turns, secret relationships and flashbacks to the past. There are a myriad of characters to follow and remember their connections, both past and present, but the soap opera like pay-off is totally worth it. A great return to form for Kwan and worth the read! 4 stars.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher who provided an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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