Edie Dickens is a shark of a divorce lawyer. She doesn’t believe in love and she scoffs at happily ever afters, however she’s agreed to be maid of honour for her oldest friend, Mel in two weeks and she still has the hen night to endure. But she has even more to endure when she’s visited by Jessica Marley’s ghost and finds out she must change her ways or end up being damned to an eternity watching other people’s happiness. Edie is visited by the Ghosts of Weddings Past, Present and Future, every Friday night until the day of the wedding. Can she learn from her mistakes in time? And did the ghosts send the hunky new lawyer, Jack Twist, to distract her?
No One Wants to Be Miss Haversham is a modern twist on a Dickensian theme, a clever medley of ‘Great Expectations’ and the ghosts from ‘Christmas Carol’. The aptly named Edie Dickens is a sharp, bitter divorce lawyer who abhors love, marriage and romance. Invited to her friend’s nuptials she undergoes a self realisation with the help of the ‘ghosts’ but the question is does she come out the other side a better person, or a sad embittered Miss Haversham stereotype?
Edie is a strong, if often unlikeable character but as the climax of the tale nears, she does become more endearing. This story’s pacing is slow at times. A shorter story would have been more readable. If you are a fan of Dickens and enjoy a contemporary take on a classic, this is for you. The ending is romantic and worth waiting for.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars