When Jennifer emailed asking if I'd like to be part of the blog tour for her new novel, The Wedding Date, I simply couldn't say no as I loved her Christmas book last year, The Mince Pie Mix Up, in which you can check my review of, Here.
Will you…date me?
Delilah James, singleton and smoothie-addict, has six months to find a date for her oldest
friend’s wedding. Oh, and to prove to her ex, best man Ben, that she has totally moved on
since he dumped her out-of-the-blue nine months, eight days and seventeen hours ago…
So, with her two BFFs playing Cupid, Delilah launches herself into the high-tech, fast-
paced and frankly terrifying world of dating.
Luckily there’s the hot new guy at work,
Adam Sinclair, to practice her flirting on – even if, as a colleague, he’s strictly off-limits!
Yet time’s running out and date after disastrous date forces Delilah to tell a little white lie
– and invent a fake boyfriend! But will her secret crush on Adam ruin everything? Does
she even care about Ben anymore?
And is it too late to untangle her web of lies and take a
real date to the wedding…?
My Favourite Musicals - Jennifer Joyce
Delilah James, the main character from The Wedding Date, is a massive fan of musicals and would love to break out into song and dance whenever she’s in a joyous mood. Life within a musical setting can be as turbulent as in reality, with the highs of falling in love and the lows of heartbreak, but you’re usually left with a real feel-good factor by the end. Plus, you get to merrily sing along to the chirpy songs or go all-out Mariah Carey for the ballads (this is where my vivid imagination really comes into play).
What’s not to love?
There are so many fantastic musicals and I thought I’d share my favourites with you.
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Set during the second world war, Bedknobs and Broomsticks tells the story of evacuated siblings Carrie, Paul and Charlie as they’re left in the care of apprentice witch, Miss Price. When Miss Price transforms an ordinary bed into a magic, travelling bed, she and the children go on an adventure to find a spell that could help Britain win the war. Bedknobs and Broomsticks is a musical full of fun and adventure and definitely one to enjoy with the family. Also, keep your eyes peeled for a young Bruce Forsythe!
Favourite song: Portobello Road
Favourite bit: The football match between a bunch of cartoon animals
Left in an orphanage when she was a baby, Annie has never met her family. Life under the care of the cruel Miss Hannigan isn’t easy but when Annie is chosen to stay with a billionaire for two weeks she’s treated with kindness and experiences a luxurious lifestyle she has only ever dreamed of before. And by the end of her stay, she may just find the family she’s always craved.
There have been a couple of Annie remakes but my favourite is the 1982 version.
Favourite song: Little Girls
Favourite bit: Miss Hannigan getting hammered on gin while singing about hating kids
Another tale of an orphan but much grittier with crime, grime and murder, all offset with jaunty songs and heartfelt ballads, plus the adorable dog, Bullseye. Escaping the orphanage, Oliver finds himself taken under the wing of The Artful Dodger and his group of pickpocketing chums and their aging mentor, Fagin.
Favourite song: Consider Yourself
Favourite bit: When Bullseye turns on his owner, leading to his demise. You are a bad man, Bill Sikes!
Grease is a story of first love, centring around Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson who, after spending the summer together, have a surprising reunion at high school. The pair fell in love over the summer but can they maintain their relationship when they realise they are complete opposites? Full of humour and catchy tunes, Grease is a real feel-good musical that you can’t help singing along to.
Favourite song: You’re The One That I Want
Favourite bit: The dance
The Wizard of Oz
When a tornado strikes Dorothy Gales’ home, she is transported to the magical Land of Oz where she meets Glinda, the Good Witch of the North. When Dorothy’s house made its crash landing, it landed on top of the Wicked Witch of the East, squishing her to death. When her sister – the Wicked Witch of the West – appears to claim her dead sister’s ruby slippers, Glinda transfers them to Dorothy’s feet. The Wicked Witch of the West is FURIOUS and vows to avenge her sister’s death so Glinda instructs Dorothy to follow the yellow brick road, which will lead her to the Emerald City where she can ask the Wizard of Oz to help her get back home. Along the way she meets a new group of weird and wonderful friends and learns that there’s no place like home.
Favourite song: Over The Rainbow
Favourite bit: When the cowardly lion acts all tough but starts to cry when Dorothy smacks him on the nose
So those are my favourite musicals. I’d love to hear about yours!
Jennifer Joyce is a writer of romantic comedies who lives in Manchester with her husband and their two daughters. Her latest novel, The Wedding Date is out now. You can find out more about Jennifer and her books on:
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