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Brides-to-be pay much heed to the advice and recommendations from Condé Nast Brides magazine so when it comes to its editor-in-chief Jade Beer’s two novels, ‘The Almost Wife’ and ‘What I Didn’t Say’ you can also be assured she knows of what she writes as she turns her hand to fiction.

Having received a rousing response to the launch of our new series of Guest Author Evenings this autumn, we are much looking forward to welcoming Jade Beer as the first featured speaker of 2019 in early February when she will be at the hotel to chat about her two recently-launched books.

In her debut novel, ‘The Almost Wife’, Jade Beer tells the stories of Dolly, Jessie and Emily as all three prepare for their wedding days. However, only two will make it up the aisle and only one will marry. Perfect strangers at the beginning of the story, their paths will cross thanks to Helen, the owner of the most exquisite bridal boutique on earth – a woman with her own painful secrets to hide.

The story in her follow-up novel, ‘What I Didn’t Say’ draws on a bundle of letters that a dying mother has written for her teenage daughter Jenny to guide her in growing up to be a confident and successful young woman. Each letter has been written with a significant turning point in mind: the first date, first broken heart, graduation day… and one for when Jenny meets the love of her life. When an unexpected meeting has Jenny mistaken for somebody she’s not, she learns that sometimes pretending is the easiest way to tell the truth and that loving someone can mean letting them go…

With ‘The Almost Wife’ launched back in June and ‘What I Didn’t Say’ having made its appearance in October, Jade will be chatting about both books, how she came to write them and how she juggles her work as a glossy magazine editor alongside being a novelist.

Jade Beer has worked across the national press, women’s glossies, weeklies and digital channels for more than 20 years. As Editor-in-Chief, she has been at the helm of Brides Magazine for the past seven years and is rightly considered an expert in the world of wedding planning. She also contributes to the likes of The Sunday Times ‘Style’, The Mail On Sunday‘s ‘YOU’, Tatler’s Weddings Guide, Glamour and Stella magazines. She splits her time between London and the Cotswolds where she lives with her husband and two daughters.

Guests for Jade Beer’s talk are invited for 6.30pm on Tuesday 5th February 2019. Tickets to attend must be reserved in advance and are priced at £15 per person to include a glass of fizz and canapés. After the talk, there will be a book signing and sales session for ‘The Almost Wife’ and ‘What I Didn’t Say’ (not included in ticket price).

For further information and/or to make a reservation for Tuesday 5th February 2019, please contact the hotel’s sales office on 020 7935 8131 (Ext. 705) or e-mail

Future Guest Author evenings
More such events will be announced shortly so do check Durrants’ Diary Dates on for details of the line-up into 2019.

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