Tuesday, 14 December 2010
The Other Family by Joanna Trollope
Joanna Trollope likes to write about modern issues. This time it's a question of what happens when a chap doesn't marry the mother of his 3 daughters (aged about 22, 20,18 and still at home). Richie's daughters have been oversheltered - in fact, family life revolved around him and his music - and now he's dead they have to manage without him, while coming to terms with his will which leaves some precious possessions to his original family and Family 2 short of money. I felt that JT was back on form (hadn't enjoyed her last few books quite as much as I expected) and the dilemmas struck me as realistic and written from the heart. Only trouble was Chrissie, who had managed Richie's musical career, became rather tiresomely jealous and self-centred, and Margaret in Tyneside seemed too reserved to get to grips with. In the end all wobbly lips became suitably stiffened and the characters resolve to move on, all except the lovely cat who was quite happy with the status quo. Worth reading if you like JT which a lot of us do.