Published: 28th August 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
When Billy asked his best mate Ed to be his best man, Ed knew he would have to make a speech and he was dreading it. But he also knew how important it was to Billy – and to his soul mate and wife-to-be, Amelia. So Ed is determined to do them proud. But little does he know that it will be the most important speech he will ever make, and his toast – ‘To Billy and Amelia – together forever’ – will mean more than he ever thought.
Billy and Amelia are madly in love with one another and now, the Best Man Ed is about to give his speech. The entire short story is based around the speech yet it has the ability to carry the readers to a nightclub, the woods, school and even Thailand. It’s very clear that the Groom and the Best Man are the very best of friends, despite us only hearing from Ed. However, we also hear from members of the wedding party through Ed’s thoughts – the vicar, the parents and the Maid of Honour.
I was really enjoying this short story and when I thought it couldn’t get any better, it did. A highly unexpected twist happens towards the end of the speech and for a moment, I had to flick back on my Kindle and reread. I couldn’t believe it. It’s not the typical wedding speech but it’s the most powerful one I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.
Isabelle’s writing style is extremely beautiful and transports the readers to different places. I really enjoyed this short story and I would most definitely read Isabelle’s work again.