The Importance of Being Married
Gemma Townley
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The Importance of Being Married
Gemma Townley
352 pages
June 2008
rated 5 of 5 possible stars

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Gemma Townley has done it again with The Importance of Being Married, crafting such an adorable read that I could not put it down.

Jessica Wild's mother lives in a nursing home. While there, she befriends another resident named Grace Hampton - and with Jessica's monthly visits, she befriended Grace, too. After her mother's death Jessica continues to visit Grace, knowing the moment will come when Grace will ask her if she was seeing anyone. When the inevitable moment does arrive, an unprepared Jessica makes up a fake boyfriend on the spot named Anthony Milton. Although the relationship is fake, Anthony himself is very much real; in fact, Anthony is Jessica's boss. The story gets out of control as stories often do, and before you know it Jessica has told Grace that she is engaged - and eventually married to - Anthony.

Grace dies suddenly and leaves Jessica Milton a large sum of money. Wait. Jessica Milton? Oh, crap. Now, Jessica has 50 days to get Anthony to marry her so she can claim the money and the estate that Grace willed to her. Hence Project Marriage gets underway. With the help of her flatmate, Helen, her British escort friend, Ivana, and Ivana's boyfriend, Sean, can Jessica pull it off? And when it gets right down to it, does she really want it to?

Sounds like it can never happen right? Especially since Jessica does not believe in marriage in the first place, and secondly, Anthony is totally out of her league. But when he finally does propose, Jessica is left guessing if marriage without love is really worth four million pounds.

I absolutely loved The Importance of Being Married, the first in a planned trilogy whose next book I cannot wait to read - so romantic between Jessica and the guy she does fall for. I can't give too much away, but chick lit fans will definitely enjoy this book.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Megan Duncan, 2008

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