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Second Honeymoon by Joanna Trollope

Second Honeymoon (edition 2010)

by Joanna Trollope

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Title:Second Honeymoon
Authors:Joanna Trollope
Info:Vintage Canada (2010), Paperback, 416 pages
Collections:Read 2012, Read but unowned

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Second Honeymoon by Joanna Trollope



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A gentle and thought-provoking novel about a couple going through the 'empty nest' period of life. Relationship-centred, with no fast action or excitement; an enjoyable read for anyone of middle age or beyond, though probably not of much interest to younger people. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
I love reading Joanna Trollope. It's the same thrill that comes with reading a mystery novel -- you're looking for the bad guy. Except that instead of trying to figure out who committed a crime, you're trying to decide which character will end up being unforgivably vile.

--Okay, nobody's vile in this one. Ah, well. ( )
  Deborah_Markus | Aug 8, 2015 |
Not a good one. The characters were either flatly one-dimensinonal or just plain irritating. Edie, esp. the mother earth figure. Though Rosa and her ever fertile friend Kate were a close second. It was just a book about irritating people being irritating. I may rethink some of my Trollopse purchases of late. At least this was Bookcrossing and I can return it.
  amyem58 | Jul 3, 2014 |
Finding books about older women seems virtually impossible so I was glad to find this one. There are times in the book when the prose so accurately captures the feelings of being an empty nester that my heart broke a little while also rejoicing that it wasn't just me that had trouble adapting to this next stage of life. ( )
  artwench | Jan 6, 2014 |
I was curious about this book because of the author who is a direct descendent of Anthony Trollope. After having read it, I can say that the genes for good writing (though not political writing, per se) have been transmitted unto this, the ultimate living generation.

Everyone is given a second chance at life, when frustrated by their first chance at it. The question is: Will the second chance prove to work out better for them?

Devoted mum and retired actress gets a part now that she’s a woebegone empty-nester; her hubby gets a chance to have his wife all to himself – oops! The kids come home; eldest daughter loses her job, her apartment, her self-esteem, but will she recover any of those when she gets a new boyfriend? Eldest son has the perfect job and perfect girlfriend who earns more than him until she buys a flat he can’t afford to go in on, causing their separation. That girlfriend has the perfect job and the perfect flat but loses her boyfriend, then discovers she’s pregnant. Finally the devoted mum’s sister is separated from her husband, who after forays into wild oat sowing, wants to return, asking for a second chance to prove that he’s changed.

Will the frayed strands of their lives re-knit themselves again?

It’s a romp of a book, well constructed, and well written, of obvious entertainment value, but Trollope will need a second chance to write a book of lasting literary value. ( )
  Limelite | Dec 9, 2012 |
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Ben Boyd is leaving home. At twenty-two, he's the youngest of the family and the last to leave. His father Russell, a theatrical agent, is hoping to get his wife back after decades of family life. But, his mother Edie, an actress, is distraught. Now that her third and last child has left the nest, her life turns suddenly and uncomfortably silent. She begins to yearn for the maternal intimacy that now seems lost to her forever. Be careful what you wish for...

Living on your own, it seems, may not be as glamorous as it's cracked up to be. Ben's brother, Matthew, is wrestling with a relationship in which he earns less than his successful girlfriend. Their sister Rosa is wrestling with debt, and the end of a turbulent love affair. Rosa is the first of the Boyd children to think she may have to move back in with her parents—just until she can make ends meet again.

Before long, a mother-and-child reunion is in full swing: life away from the nest has proven to be unexpectedly daunting to the children, who one-by-one return home, bringing their troubles. With an unannounced new phase of parenthood suddenly stretching ahead of her, Edie finds her home more crowded than ever.
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Meet the Boyd family and the empty nest - whilst Matthew and Rosa struggle to adapt to life on their own, Ben is preparing to leave the nest for the first time. Mother Edie is distraught, but father Russell is looking forward to getting his wife back after decades of family life.… (more)

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