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The Soldier’s Wife

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The Soldier's Wife (Doubleday) Joanna Trollope, book reviewJoanna Trollope is one of my favourite writers and her latest novel, The Soldier’s Wife, is just as good as, if not better than, as all of her other books. This story is a keen observation and fascinating insight into what it is like to be an army wife.

Dan Riley is a major in the British army and is returning home from a six month tour serving in Afghanistan. This should be an exciting time for his wife, Alexa, but she can’t help viewing his return with a certain amount of trepidation. She has been in this position before and knows that she will need to be patient while Dan readjusts to life back home but she also knows that it will be hard.


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Daughters-in-law

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Daughters-in-law by Joanna Trollope, book reviewSince I first read one of Joanna Trollope’s books back in the early nineteen nineties, she has been one of my favourite authors and I look forward to reading her books with pure pleasure. Having just read her latest book, Daughters-in-Law, I can only describe it as a delight from beginning to end.

Joanna Trollope writes about middle class family life so well. In Daughters-in-Law, we meet Rachel and Anthony Brinkley. Rachel has raised three sons and raised them well which has meant that in return she has received their undivided love and devotion. Their home in Suffolk has always been the hub of all her sons’ lives, but now all three boys are married and Rachel’s daughters in law have minds of their own which that does not always mean fitting in with Rachel’s plans. Rachel ultimately realises that she will need to change unless she wants to risk the loving relationship that she has with her sons and grandchildren.


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Second Honeymoon

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Second Honeymoon By Joanna TrollopeSecond Honeymoon‘ is Joanna Trollope’s thirteenth novel, and like all of the others is a really good read. In my view, Joanne Trollope is a very good observer of people and their relationships, and this is at the centre of all her books. None are action packed adventure stories but all give good insights into other people’s lives. She deals with quite complex issues that affect families like divorce and second marriages and affairs. In ‘Second Honeymoon‘ she examines what happens to a family when all the children grow up and leave!

At the centre of the novel are Edie and Russell. For almost all of their married life together they have been bringing up their three children – Matthew, Rosa and Ben. Now, finally, their youngest has left to move in with his girlfriend, and for the first time in the best part of thirty years they are living just as a couple again.

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