When the last of your children has flown the nest, will there be time for a second honeymoon?
Ben is, at last, leaving home. At twenty-two, he's the youngest of the family. His mother, Edie, an actress, is distraught. His father, Russell, a theatrical agent, is rather hoping to get his wife back. His brother, Matthew, is struggling in a relationship in which he achieves and earns less than his girlfriend. And his sister, Rosa, is wrestling with debt and the end of a turbulent love affair. Meet the Boyd family and the empty nest, twenty-first-century style.
From the Back Cover
‘Trollope has perfectly caught the angst of the empty nest...the ebb and flow of relationships is brilliantly handled’ Observer
Ben is, at last, leaving home. At twenty-two, he’s the youngest of the family. His mother, Edie, is distraught. Her husband, on the other hand, is rather hoping to get his wife back, after decades of family life. Ben’s brother is struggling in a relationship in which he achieves and earns less than his girlfriend. His sister is wrestling with debts and the end of a turbulent love affair.
As the children’s lives become more complicated, they retreat to the simplicities of their childhood. But can you ever go home again?
Meet the Boyd family and the empty nest, twenty-first-century style.
‘One of the finest chroniclers of the way we live now’ Independent on Sunday
‘Poignant prose...her novels have always contained the unexpected, but lately they've gained a grittiness which suits the everyday subject matter that lies at the heart of her writing’
Update July 2016.
I was delighted to return home and find this had already been journaled before i had chance to officially release.
I took this on holiday as I wanted some light reading.
Although I did enjoy this very quick read I did find it rather dated! Published in 2006 and contemporary fiction so no surprise really, I should have read it years ago!
Apologies for delay in posting this review!
I am a long time fan of Joanna Trollope. Have been reading her novels since her first 'The Choir' was published in 1989 and always found her novels to be light and entertaining, 'Aga Sagas' used to be the popular term for them. In fact it is a few years since I last read one though I still have a few reclining on my bookshelves, so I took a couple with me on my recent travels and then released them via Bookcrossing afterwards. Although the term 'Aga Saga' is not heard much nowadays it does still seem to describe her writing about contemporary relationships. Actually 'Second Honeymoon' felt very dated to me, but that was my own fault for not reading when it was first published! I might then have found the problems Edie Boyd had struggling with empty nest syndrome a more appealing read.