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Notes From The Cotswolds – If you’re going to pinch yourself, wear long sleeves… by Penny Parkes
2018/11/13  |  By:   |  Features  |  

Once in a while, there is a book event that completely blows your socks off, and this year that honour has to go to the stunning launch for the Honeymoon Book Club. The brain-child of inspirational Jade Beer, editor at Condé Nast Brides Magazine, this new book club is raising the stakes in glamour and scope*. Not for them a pair of comfy jeans and a bottle of Chateaux Neuf Du Multibuy on the sofa, but instead a luxurious private dinner at the Corinthia in London.

Yes, the food was heavenly and the flowers bountiful, but the absolute joy for me was the company: the wonderful Adele Parks, Sophie Kinsella, Isabelle Broom, Hannah Beckerman, Erin Kelly and Jessica Fellowes were my fabulous dinner companions, amongst others, on a long table that literally twinkled with candlelight, laughter and conversation. The atmosphere was one of poised excitement for both this new venture and to launch Jade’s beautiful new novel, Promise Me, into the world. There’s also, of course, nothing like the surreal notion of such a decadent evening on a school night (although that might have just been me!)


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LtoR:  Jade Beer, Sophie Kinsella, Penny Parkes, Adele Parks, Jessica Fellowes.

All photographs courtesy of Roberta Facchini and Brides Magazine

I’m a huge fan of book clubs – anything that gets people together, whether in person or online, sharing their love of a good book can only be a positive thing. And the notion of what to choose for that all-important honeymoon read somewhat divided the room: something to share, an old-favourite to love, a little saucy inspiration? Over the months to come Brides Magazine will be sharing some of their favourite picks, together with features from some of their favourite authors. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned from this, it’s that wedding advice isn’t just for weddings – whether it’s travel guides, foody tips, or up to the minute make-up know-how, I’m beginning to wonder why I stayed away so long. I may have been married for seventeen years, but there’s nothing like a little bridal sparkle to give you a boost.

*And if your sparkle is more likely to come from a bottle of Ambre Solaire, then hop over to the new Honeymoon Book Club pages and you can win a luxurious trip to the Caribbean for two – but you will need to pack your own books!

Much love



private-practice-9781471164026_lgRumours at the Practice, the new book by Penny Parkes, will publish in Spring 2019 and is available to pre-order in hardback and eBook now.