Braving another emotional minefield, this is a novel by the author of The Choir, A Village Affair, The Rector's Wife, and A Spanish Lover.
©2009 Joanna Trollope (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
"The court official leaned closer. 'What's gone past', he said, 'is not just an advocate, any old lady advocate. What's gone past is his Honour's totty.' And what's going past is the life of Guy Stockdale, a 62-year-old judge, who has been married forever, has two sons--Simon and Alan--and three grandchildren. For the past seven years, he's also had a mistress. Merrion Palmer is intelligent, attractive, and half Guy's age, which also makes her younger than both Simon and Alan. Her dad died when she was a toddler and she's well aware that Guy is something of a father substitute. For years the role of mistress has suited her, but, suddenly, this style of relationship isn't enough for either of them. They've both had enough of sneaking around and avoiding people, so Guy has momentously made up his mind to leave his wife, Laura, and marry Merrion. Marrying the Mistress dives into the shock waves that buffet the Stockdale family after Guy leaves Laura. The novel addresses the question of how his sons are going to cope, the explosive opinions of his forthright daughter-in-law Carrie and what his teenage grandchildren make of it all. Can any of them avoid taking sides? Should they? And what about the abandoned wife, Laura, a woman apparently so long-sufferingly self-sacrificing she makes Mother Teresa look selfish? From queen of the saga Joanna Trollope comes a dexterous portrayal of the causes and effects of marital breakdown." (Amazon.com review)
I personally didn't enjoy the narrator of this title - I don't know if it was her inflection, or the writing, but I thought the characters were on the whole awful people.
I've previously really enjoyed all of the previous Trollope books - would consider another one.
Different narrator definitely.
The daughters Rachel and Emma - horrible girls, spoilt.
Just overall completely unimpressed.
"An absorbing read"
Yes, beautifully read and full of insight into family psyche
Jack - Because he was growing up and learning from his own and other people's experiences.
Yes, Brother & Sister. I felt this book was marginally more insightful.
The surprise ending and the reasons behind it.
I felt this book showed Joanna Trollope's empathy and amazing insight into the feelings experienced by people in their interactions with others, particularly as they relate to different aspects of love within a family.
The father of the family decides to marry his mistress of seven years, but he needs to divorce his wife first. The sons are torn as to how best support each parent. I found it difficult to feel pity for the wife, as although she was hard done by, she emotionally blackmailed everybody throughout; ignoring her own children and grandchildren's pain.
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