Wednesday 13 November 2013

Book Review: Jeeves and the Wedding Bells by Sebastian Faulks

Title: Jeeves and the Wedding Bells
Author: Sebastian Faulks
Publisher: Hutchinson
Publication Date: November 2013
Pages: 272
Format: E-Book - EPUB
Genre: Fiction
Source: ARC via NetGalley
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Due to a series of extenuating circumstances, Bertie Wooster, recently returned from a very pleasurable sojourn in Cannes, finds himself at the home of Sir Henry Hackwood. Bertie is, of course, familiar with the set-up at a country house. He can always rely on Jeeves, his loyal butler to have packed the correct number of trousers and is a natural at cocktail hour. But this time, it is Jeeves who can be found in the drawing room, while Bertie finds himself below stairs.

As is so often the case, love is the cause of the confusion. You see, Bertie met Georgiana, Georgiana liked Bertie, the feeling was mutual. Though he could be said to suffer from a reputation for flirtations, it looks as though this is the real deal. However, Georgiana is a ward of Sir Henry Hackwood and, in order to maintain his beloved Melbury Hall, Hackwood has already struck a deal would see Georgiana becoming Mrs Rupert Venables. Meanwhile, Peregrine ‘Woody’ Beeching is trying to regain the trust of his fiancĂ©e Amelia. But why would this necessitate Bertie having to pass himself off as a valet when he has never so much as made a cup of tea? Could it be that every loyal, self-effacing, Kant loving, Jeeves has an ulterior motive? But future happiness is not the only thing at stake: there is a frightfully important cricket match and the loaded question of who one fancies for Ascot.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

Jeeves and the Wedding Bells is a marvellous addition to the canon. Faulks captures the style and spirit of Wodehouse perfectly and it is wonderful to see Bertie up to his usual blunders under the watchful eye of Jeeves. There is plenty of humour, a fun story and well-crafted characters both old and new.

This book is a must read for fans of the Wodehouse books and is written in such a way that it could also be enjoyed by those coming to the book with no knowledge of the prior works.

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