What they Say: The aunties are back, fiercer than ever and ready to handle any catastrophe–even the mafia–in this delightful and hilarious sequel by Jesse Q. Sutanto, author of Dial A for Aunties.
Meddy Chan has been to countless weddings, but she never imagined how her own would turn out. Now the day has arrived, and she can’t wait to marry her college sweetheart, Nathan. Instead of having Ma and the aunts cater to her wedding, Meddy wants them to enjoy the day as guests. As a compromise, they find the perfect wedding vendors: a Chinese-Indonesian family-run company just like theirs. Meddy is hesitant at first, but she hits it off right away with the wedding photographer, Staphanie, who reminds Meddy of herself, down to the unfortunately misspelled name.
Meddy realizes that is where their similarities end, however, when she overhears Staphanie talking about taking out a target. Horrified, Meddy can’t believe Staphanie and her family aren’t just like her own, they are The Family–actual mafia, and they’re using Meddy’s wedding as a chance to conduct shady business. Her aunties and mother won’t let Meddy’s wedding ceremony become a murder scene–over their dead bodies–and will do whatever it takes to save her special day, even if it means taking on the mafia.
The Review: In the same ‘grab you and won’t let go’ vein, I feel the need to pull your attention over to this, Four Aunties and A Wedding’ by Jesse Sutanto (nice Segway eh?;). This was a book sitting in chart regularly and coming up to the counter with people gushing that their friends had told them it was the best ever, and, as I did whenever a romcom or thriller came to be sold, I wanted to grab it to read the back, because it totally does look like my cup of tea and also my nice cool juice or fizzy drink too (it’s hot, I can’t be talking about tea!!)
This book was so my thing, in fact I can’t even begin to tell you how much. It is the story of Meddy, who apparently we met in the first book (which I wish I’d read just because it sounds as good but not reading it on the whole didn’t impact this one for me), who is getting married.
You might think that this is a rom com with some form of madcap thread running through it, but actually there’s crime and mystery and mafia in here too!!!!
I loved everything about this book, I loved the clash of cultures, the sudden surprises where you thought ‘hold on, what?!’, the characters, all of them, with a great balancing act done, oh, and as well as that not just the setting, but the crisp realness to all of it as it played out like a movie in my head. Fab book and can’t recommend enough for escapism perfection. So recommended! Thanks so much to Netgalley and the publisher for the book in return for an honest review.