10. The Other Family: A Novel by Joanna Trollope (2010)
Length: 329 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Started: 1 February 2016
Finished: 2 February 2016
Where did it come from? From a Library Book Sale
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 23 December 2015
Why do I have it? I like contemporary fiction and have read and enjoyed several books by this author in the past.
Richie Rossiter is a famous singer-songwriter and pianist based in England who has millions of loyal fans all over the world. To those fans, Richie is living the type of life they could only dream of; he is an extremely lucky man. What the world at large could never imagine was that Richie Rossiter is actually living a secret life.
In his late forties, Richie abandoned his first wife Margaret and their young son Scott in Newcastle – in northeast England – for a young woman who believed that she could bring him stardom in London. Not only did the young woman, Chrissie, rejuvenate Richie Rossiter’s career, they lived together for the next twenty-three years in domestic bliss – and had three lovely daughters: Tamsin, Dilly and Amy. However, the trouble with death is that it comes quicker than anyone might suspect, and leaves so many unanswered questions in its wake.
When Richie dies unexpectedly, Chrissie realizes she must finally tell her daughters the truth: that their parents were never married, and that the girls’ father had another family. However, this is only the first of many revelations that come to light with the reading of Richie’s will. It seems that he never truly forgot the family he left behind so long ago. Now two grieving families are left to confront their losses – as well as each other – and no one will ever be the same.
I must say that I absolutely loved this book. Ms. Trollope is a remarkable writer, her writing style is so poignant and insightful. Her characters are well-developed and so true to life, that I couldn’t help feeling for them all. I give this book an A+! and look forward to reading more from this author in the future.
A+! – (96-100%)
Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight