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Usually an incisive writer I didn't find a single character, or the way they behaved, likeable. The characters were entitled and behaved in a predictable way.
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Rose has been on her own for seven years since her husband left her for another woman. When at the age of 63 she meets the tender, super-loving Tyler, she feels entirely loved for the first time. Tyler adores Rose, to him she’s the most wonderful woman ever. He buys her an amethyst engagement ring and extravagant bouquets of flowers, wants them to buy a cottage in the country, raise hens and live happily ever after. So what’s the problem?
The ‘children’ – all grown up with lives and relationships of their own - are up in arms. “Oh Mum, we’re worried for you, you must see a solicitor, Oh Mum, sell the house? OUR house?? What about the money?” And so it goes on. Trollope is brilliant at emotional nuance and relationships. I find her characters’ endless meals at home, restaurants and coffee bars with their details of wildly expensive ingredients flown in from across the world available only in West London, and the litany of bottles of wine and cocktails served out at any hour which can be afforded only by the wealthy, tedious and irritating. But Rose’s position, excited and truly adored for the only time in her life and so wanting her children just to wish her happiness, is deftly created and subtly developed.
I can’t comment on how the situation unfolds without spoiling the story but enough to say that Trollope’s ability to create the ramifications of family problems caused by a mother who has always dedicated herself to her children’s well-being seizing the chance of happiness, for once just for herself, is masterly.
The voice of Samantha Bond the narrator is a bit too cosy for me, but she’s excellent at making the dialogue – of which there’s a great deal – totally realistic and absorbing.
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I normally love Joanna Trollope books but very disappointed with this one. Did not understand the undertones going on which lead to this strange story. Not helped I might add by Samantha Bonds strange accents.