Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Sunday Lunch Club by Juliet Ashton | Book Review

Publication Date: April 19, 2018

Reading Group: Definitely tailored for ages 30+, but I still enjoyed it

Synopses: The first rule of Sunday Lunch Club is … don't make any afternoon plans.
Every few Sundays, Anna and her extended family and friends get together for lunch. They talk, they laugh, they bicker, they eat too much. Sometimes the important stuff is left unsaid, other times it's said in the wrong way. 
Sitting between her ex-husband and her new lover, Anna is coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy at the age of forty. Also at the table are her ageing grandmother, her promiscuous sister, her flamboyantly gay brother and a memory too terrible to contemplate.
Until, that is, a letter arrives from the person Anna scarred all those years ago. Can Anna reconcile her painful past with her uncertain future?
Juliet Ashton weaves a story of love, friendship and community that will move you to laughter and to tears. Think Cold Feet meets David Nicholls, with a dash of the joy of Jill Mansell added for good measure.

Cover: I find this cover to be classy and simple.  It's exactly what you think a Sunday Lunch table should look like and yet we all know that lunches with the family are more chaos than flowers.  It's what we want not what we get.

My Review: This book is aimed at a little higher of an age group than my 21-year-old self, but I really enjoyed it.  It's all about a family dynamic that will make you say, 'Oh that is so my sister and me!' and also, 'Thank God my family doesn't have all these issues!'.  Your family is supposed to be there for you no matter what, but when 'no matter what' includes an unexpected pregnancy, an unconnected father, a messy love life, a questioning identity, and some family secrets coming to light, it will certainly cause patience and loyalty to be tested.  I enjoyed reading this book because it didn't feel like I was reading about people in their forties, but people in their twenties.  This book reiterates that there is no time limit on family drama and I don't know if it's a good or bad thing, but it was a great story.  It a tale of about as 'modern' as a family you could get, but there are members of the family who don't completely understand what it all means, proving that families constantly need to learn about and from one another.  This book will hit shelves this spring so make sure to keep your eye out for it! Or, if you're already interested, make sure to pre-order from your favorite bookselling site! 

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