Marrying the Mistress

Marrying the Mistress

by Joanna Trollope
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Marrying the Mistress 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Ilovemister More than 1 year ago
This book was sooo good. I could hardly wait to get home from work and continue reading. It saddened me at the end. Great read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Besides being well-written, this book told a story that rings true about the complex relationships that involve a married man, his jilted wife, his grown children, his grandchildren and the uncomfortable place his girlfriend occupies in these chaotic family entanglements.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joanna Trollope knows women! Buy'll enjoy the read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed reading this book. The characters were very genuine, and would recommend this to friends.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Resident Judge Guy Stockdale decides to end his relationship with his wife Laura after four decades of marriage. The sixtyish Guy plans to wed his mistress of seven years Merrion, who happens to be about thirty years junior to the Judge and is even younger than his children.

Obviously his wife is stunned by his announcement. However, it is his sons and their wives and his grandchildren who react by what they perceive is the family patriarch¿s callous action of thinking with the wrong body part. One particular son, Simon, finds himself being pulled in several conflicting directions. He does not know whether to emotionally support his mother or his father, but realizes he has no option but to help both of them. His wife wants him to do neither as she does not want to ¿fund¿ her in-law¿s folly. Worse yet, Simon and his children find the former mistress turned fiancee charming to the point Simon would not mind filling his father¿s shoes. The aftermath of Guy¿s proclamation is just starting to evolve and the impact it makes on his close circle of relatives is just beginning to emerge.

Joanna Trollope is known for her deep thinking look at middle class England. Her latest novel carries the author¿s trademark of complex problems encircled by conflicting emotions swirling about real people. What makes this tale work is the fact that Merrion is not a gold digger, but is a spirited nice person and the fact that Ms. Trollope does not provide gift-wrapped solutions with a bow on top. Anyone who enjoys a poignant relationship drama by one of the sub-genre¿s best will want to read MARRYING THE MISTRESS.

Harriet Klausner