Jenny Colgan is Scottish born and bred, but currently lives and works in London, where, for the last few years, she has worked as a stand up comedienne in Notting Hill and the West End, writing her own material.
Planted firmly in Bridget Jones territory, Colgan's first novel takes off with the kind of manic energy and sharply vulgar humor that only a Brit-sitcom can, before settling down into the typical fare that comprises contemporary girl-fic. Londoners Mel and Fran, both 20-something, are horrified to learn that the third member of their childhood trio, AmandaÄan uppity, shallow brat who's burned them one too many timesÄhas landed Fraser McConald, a Scottish lord, as her fianc‚. Compounding their annoyance is the fact that back in their university days, Mel, who serves as narrator, had a huge crush on Fraser. Mel is also reeling because her loutish, aspiring rock-star beau, Alex, who left her 10 months ago to find himself in America, has returned to her doorstep in full force. Further complicating matters is Nicholas, a clueless, eight feet tall accountant whose advances she sometimes succumbs to when very drunk. Fraser's charming brother, Angus, rightly suspects that Amanda only wants Fraser for the Town & Country cachet of his crumbling castle, and he enlists the aid of Mel and Fran to sabotage the nuptials. In any romantic comedy, it's a given that the lead heroine will get a man; the question here is which man? With several possibilities, readers may be surprised at the outcome; some may be disappointed. The writing is clever enough, and Mel and Fran's antics are entertaining, even if their self-involvement tips over into cruelty at times. But for those who expect more substance, even in a comedy, the only momentous theme availableÄthat it's preferable, if at all possible, to marry for love rather than convenienceÄis hardly weighty. (Feb. 1) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
PRAISE FOR JENNY COLGAN: 'Funny, magical and moving' Time Out 'A sharp, witty love story' Observer 'Colgan is on top form with her latest outrageous romp' Cosmopolitan 'Jenny Colgan is one of the leaders of the pack ... Fast-paced, funny, poignant and well observed' Daily Mail 'Wonderful, warm and resonant' Hello 'Sharp, well-observed and hilarious' New Statesman