Welcome to The Cornish Confetti Agency!
When the grand finale of Lexie Harrington’s catwalk show ends with a disastrous twist on the ‘ice bucket challenge’, she was expecting her highly-strung boss to fire her on the spot. What she wasn’t expecting was to bump into her fiancé cosied up with an attractive blonde in the restaurant opposite their apartment!
Desperate to escape her heartbreak, Lexie flees to her childhood home of St Ives to hold the fort at The Cornish Confetti Agency for her best friend Freya, leader of the yummy mummy network and firm believer in ‘happily ever afters’. Little did she know that delivering a Caribbean-themed wedding in sunny Cornwall would rival the fashion industry for drama, tantrums and mysterious goings on.
Who is responsible for dousing the bridesmaid’s dress with tomato ketchup? Or hiding the bride’s beloved Jimmy Choos? Or attaching googly eyes to everything in sight?
The perfect Cornish wedding? Is there such a thing for The Cornish Confetti Agency? (Goodreads)
I have read this book twice and the last time was almost a year ago. I remember I had a very positive response towards this book back then.
With this re-read, my response is a bit different; there’s no change to the fact that I enjoyed this book overall, but I had some niggles which I didn’t find or I could have let slip the last time.
The story is fun, light-hearted with a bit of emotional spins that tug at your heartstrings. The mystery elements woven into the story added some nice flavors as well.
This is a story of a young woman learning to face the fact head-on instead of burying her head in the sand ,and ditching her preferred ostrich tactics no matter how painful it might be. The message was intertwined and reiterated now and again during her temporary stint as a wedding planner at The Cornish Confetti Agency.
Now, here’s my first niggle: I have no problem with the story itself, but I didn’t relish the way it was introduced as much. Sometimes it hit hard with an emotional punch but sometimes it just felt flat or abrupt to me.
I had a bit of problems with the executions on the wedding pranks and drama as well. Some parts just didn’t come across as natural as I’d have liked, and felt forced and contrived as if they were almost afterthoughts, merely added just to dramatize the plot, which I don’t really care for.
The same goes for the romance with Theo. I didn’t feel the spark as the story made it out to be, but once again, some parts were executed with emotions and authenticity thus made my rating rather tricky.
The ending could have been explored more. Sure, it is almost in the bag that Lexie is staying but a lot was shelved and slept on just for the sake of romance. I would like less loose-ends. I think readers deserve neat tidings.
For those reasons, I ducked a star from my previous rating.
Regardless of those niggles, this series shows potential thus I’m going to pick up the next book. It’s witty, sometimes comedic, and sweet for sure.
I’ll sleep on my judgement until I read the next book and see what comes next. For now, I’ll settle for 3 stars.