Thursday, August 11, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: Marrying Up

Title: Marrying Up

Author: Wendy Holden

Publisher: Headline Fiction

RRP: $32.99

ISBN: 9780755342631

Release Date: August 2011

Pages: 384


A comedy of love, royals and rampant social climbing.

She stopped at nothing. To get everything.

Scheming social climber Alexa may be humbly born. But she's a class-hopping cruise missile aimed at the very top of the gold-digging tree. Only a title, mansion and family tiara will do. Befriending feckless aristo Florrie (three surnames plus black hole where her brain should be) means the grandest doors swing open and the prince of her dreams is in sight. But has Florrie's mother, the formidable Lady Annabel, rumbled what Alexa is up to?

Beautiful but penniless student Polly, meanwhile, is in love. Is Max, the handsome young vet she's found in a country lane, quite as ordinary as he seems?

Passionate love, eye-widening snobbery and more than naked ambition abound in this contemporary Cinderella tale - a deliciously satirical novel of the upwardly mobile.


Wendy Holden was a journalist on The Sunday Times, Tatler and The Mail on Sunday before becoming a full-time author. She has written nine novels, all Sunday Times Top Ten bestsellers. She is married and has two children. Visit her website:


In Wendy Holden’s latest novel, Marrying Up, Alexa MacDonald is chasing wealth and status the only way she knows how by finding a wealthy, eligible, preferably young and titled, bachelor to marry.

Somehow she manages to dabble in, and thoroughly muddy, the waters of the English upper class. She attempts to make her way upwards by attaching herself to Lady Florence Trevorigus-Whyske-Cleethorpe but when Florrie’s mother sees through Alexa, she hurriedly makes her exit from the world of Britain’s elite.

The character development and plot are as brilliant as the previous eight books by Holden and will delight fans and attract some new readers without a doubt.

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