The Wedding Party 

Reviewed By  Nan van Dissel       October 20, 2022


Author  Cathy Kelly.

Distributor:       Booktopia/Amazon 
Publisher:         Hachette Australia. Imprint Orion.
Release Date:   August 2022  


For the first time in 15 years the four Robicheaux daughters are back together preparing for the remarriage of their parents.  Years ago, their parents’ marriage had resulted in divorce when their father’s gambling became worse, drinking escalated and their mother had stopped tolerating this behaviour. Have things really changed?  Is this the right time to play happy families again?

Meg and Stu, parents of Indy, Eden, Savannah, and Rory, have decided decades after they first met to remarry. For the first time in years the sisters are returning to their childhood home, the grand Hotel Sorrento; the chosen wedding venue.

Each daughter has a closely held secret, which is at risk of being revealed as they work together to return the hotel back to a semblance of its former glory.  Will Rory’s book, which is loosely based on her formative years and her perception of the members of the Robicheaux family, reveal more than the sisters would like? 

Best-selling author, Cathy Kelly has woven the complex family narrative of “The Wedding Party” through the unique characters of the four daughters and their mother, Meg. 

Some readers may find the following aspects of the story disturbing; the topics of emotional abuse, abortion and addition although portrayed well in the context of the story can still cause distress.