Thursday, 9 March 2017

An unsuitable marriage - Colette Dartford

Olivia always thought she had the perfect family life. A loving husband in Geoffrey, a thoughtful and intelligent son in Edward and a beautiful home in the Somerset countryside.

But all that changed when Geoffrey's business went under. Now penniless and homeless, Geoffrey is living with his recently widowed mother, whilst Olivia has been forced to take a job as housemistress at her son's elite boarding school.

Soon the cracks in the relationship start to show. And, increasingly desperate, Geoffrey makes a mistake. One that could have consequences for the whole family . . .

My thoughts:
This is about a marriage that is falling apart, and with that their world.

Geoffrey lost his business. The people in the village does not exactly say hi to him anymore, and he has to live with his mother. Olivia moved in at her son's boarding school for free room and pay. She is the one that seems to be doing better. She is trying to move on, to make something of their new life. While he is stuck in the rut of living at home doing nothing.

So yes of course their marriage took a hit from that, and from them living apart. But honestly, were they even good for each other? Sure they loved each other, but did they marry for the right reason? No. That does make it harder to keep up when things get tough.

The story is also about her new life at the school, trying to keep up with everything, and the drama that teenage boys can make.

And they make mistakes. Olivia, Geoffrey, their son. But then everyone makes mistakes, but some mistakes are not really mistakes.

Oh and the grandma, ugh, I can totally understand why Olivia chose to live at the school instead. Trust me.

Conclusion;
A good book that shows the cracks in real life. I liked how it all ended.

Cover
Very spring looking

Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: March 9th 2017 by Zaffre
Fiction /women's fic
for review


32 comments:

  1. This sounds like a rough read, but very realistic. I'm curious to see how things work out for these two.

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  2. This sounds too realistic and dramatic for me right now. Glad you liked the ending.

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  3. I like a book that shows some real like type struggles.

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  4. I can't tell from that cover if this is historical or contemporary. I do like the plot, but it is hard to sympathize with characters when you aren't even sure why they're together in the first place.

    Nice review. :)

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    1. She does wear jeans

      I get that they love each other, but are they still in love

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  5. A marriage falling apart? This is the opposite of anything I want to read!

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  6. man this sounds emotional and might be hard for me to read

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    1. I would not call it emotional. It's just life

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  7. I don't know that this would be up my alley but I can appreciate when an author is willing to show real life. It is hard to deal with.

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    1. It's not a romance. It's fiction. It's not sad. Just reality

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  8. Huh...I wonder how she got to stay at her son's boarding school for free room and pay

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    1. Because she works there. She works from morning to evening. Weekends. Taking care of them all

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  9. A marriage in crisis story can be really good or very frustrating. Nice to hear you liked how it all turned out! :)

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    1. I never felt like I got frustrated with them. Some marriages are meant to be rocky

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  10. They always make the grandmas/mother-in-laws so evil :P

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. Not everything is a dance on roses, there are those thorns too

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  12. Sounds like such a cute read <3
    Haniya
    booknauthors.blogspot.com

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  13. These type of books make me sad.

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    1. Oh I was never sad. it was better this way

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  14. oh I do love the cover here, and the story sounds wonderful!! Glad you liked it.

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