#BlogTour ~ Nice Day For A White Wedding by A.L. Michael #Giveaway #GuestPost

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Sometimes, Happy Ever After is where the real trouble begins…

Chelsea Donnolly wasn’t supposed to amount to anything. But if there’s one thing the bad girl from the estate liked better than trouble, it was a challenge. So, to the amusement of her best friends Evie, Mollie and Ruby – and the disbelief of her teachers – this bad girl turned good.

These days, Chelsea is the kind of girl people are proud to know – and, after a surprise trip to Venice, she has a ring on her finger to prove it. But to get there, she’s had to learn to keep her deepest secrets from everyone – even her fiancé. And when wedding preparations threaten to blow her cover, Chelsea can’t help but wonder: in her battle to the top, might she have left the best parts of herself behind?

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About the Author

A.L. Michael is hurtling towards the end of her twenties a little too quickly. She is the author of ‘Wine Dark, Sea Blue’, ‘The Last Word’, ‘My So Called (Love) Life’, ‘Driving Home for Christmas’, and ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now’, based upon her experiences as a London barista.
Her new three book series, The House on Camden Square, starts with ‘Goodbye Ruby Tuesday’ and focuses on three friends as they try to open an arts centre in Camden, in memory of their rock star friend.

She is a Creative Therapeutic Facilitator, currently researching the power of creative writing to be helpful in recovering from eating disorders, and likes running writing workshops that link together the body and the mind. When she’s not writing, she likes yoga, trying to bake healthy treats and was a hipster before hipsters were hipster. Well, she likes Chai lattes and owns a Mac.

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Identity and Love in Nice Day for a White Wedding 

It’s often been said you can’t allow yourself to be loved unless you love yourself first. Chelsea Donovon could find this to be true. She’s got the lovely job, the wonderful boyfriend and she lives in London, away from her horrible mum and complicated family. She’s successfully left behind the drama (teenage best friend became a music superstar who then died) the deadbeat prison-bound father (changed her surname) and the difficult siblings (Ty will work at the chippy all his life, and that’s okay). 

Except, you don’t really leave behind who you are, and whilst’ Chelsea’s been making a good job of it, going to Oxford and starting a new life in London, the past always gets you in the end. Firstly, it arrives in the form of the friends she had at sixteen, who she’d lost touch with, but reconnected with after their superstar friend Ruby Tuesday’s death. Then her lovely boyfriend Kit proposed, and suggested she finally meet his family. 

Chelsea knew they’d be rich and posh and obnoxious – there was a reason Kit disconnected from his family the same way she had from hers, but she really underestimated the money and the privilege. And every step she makes is criticised, until the only people who are on her side, that she can actually connect with, are the staff Kit’s parents employ.  

So here’s the question of the novel: do people ever truly change? Can you love someone without knowing where they come from? Can you forgive someone’s history if you’ve fallen in love with the new version of them? These are the questions Nice Day for a White Wedding deals with. It’s always been something that fascinates me – what makes us who we are, and at what point do we accept it instead of trying to change it? 

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