Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Tuesday Titles 150..

Unsuitable Match
An Unsuitable Match: Joanna Trollope

It's been a while since a book not only jumped the queue, but that I finished a book within a day of it plopping through the letterbox. But when this arrived with me last week, I was taken in by the cover (who says never judge a book by it's cover?!) and description and I packed it into my bag for my spa day last week.

I read it within the day, just falling into the story in that way that sometimes happens.

An Unsuitable Match, by number one bestselling author Joanna Trollope, is an a uplifting story of love, family and second chances.
‘Why on earth, after all you’ve been through, all you’ve survived, all you’ve achieved, why do you want to get married?’
Rose Woodrowe has just got engaged to Tyler Masson – a wonderful, sensitive man who is head-over-heels in love with her. The only problem? This isn’t the first time for either of them, and their five grown-up children have strong opinions on the matter . . .
Like Rose’s daughter, Laura, who remembers her parents’ painful divorce and doesn’t want to see her mother hurt again. Or the twins, Emmy and Nat, who simply don’t trust the man their mother has fallen for. Then there’s Tyler’s children: Seth, too busy with his San Francisco sourdough bakery to get to know his father’s new partner; and Mallory, the aspiring actress, who is still wrestling with the issues of her own childhood.
Who to listen to? Who to please? Rose and Tyler are determined to get it right this time, but in trying to make everyone happy, can they ever be happy themselves?
I really loved the way our two main characters, Rose and Tyler, who have found each other again after more than forty years since their lives went in separate directions, have a little emotional baggage with their relationship this time around.
The book really explores the situation (which judging by the attention it gets in media outlets and across social media, is getting more and more common) of two families being brought together for a second marriage, and how their various children (and ex-partners) might react to that. I loved the consideration that grown-up children might have to be consulted in the potential remarriage of one of their parents and I felt that some of the characters really were quite selfish (particularly the twins), although one might argue they were just being practical. A real divider of opinion.
As ever, Trollope explores modern family relationships and puts her own unique spin on the story; there's something that little bit more gritty about her writing than a lot of the others in the chick-lit category, I think. I'd certainly recommend this. The book comes out on 27th February 2018.

*Thank you to Pan Macmillan for sending me an ARC to review.

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