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Second Honeymoon

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Now that her third and last child has left the nest, Edie Boyd's 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…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...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 6th 2007 by Bloomsbury USA (first published 2006)
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Helen (Helena/Nell)
This is not my sort of book. Would I read something that said on the back cover ‘Meet the Boyd family and the empty nest – twenty-first century style’? I don’t even like full nests all that much.

However, it was free – after a manner of speaking. The purchase of a copy of the Sunday Herald (£2.50, no mean sum for a newspaper), secured a choice of paper-back novels, and I took this one. And I was on holiday. Really I didn’t intend to read it at all. I’m just not one to pass up a copy of a free boo...more
Shane
I picked up this novel because of its very relevant theme (to me) of young people of today moving back to live with their empty nester parents—30% of those between 24-35 years of age, is mentioned within the pages of the book. To my generation who “went west” as young people and never returned to the family nest but created our own nests instead, this is a social tragedy that is often overlooked because one does not know where the cause lies: globalization and the lowering of entry level wages,...more
Smitha
None like Joanna Trollope for depicting the life of ordinary British people entangled in relationships. I just love her books. I started with "The Rector's Wife", which was good, but her subsequent books were even better, notably "Daughters in law" - the best of her books I have read so far. This book does not reach up to the level of DIL in my humble opinion, but still is an interesting read. The main theme is an old married couple, whose 3 grown up children have left their nests to set up home...more
Xanthe
None of the reviewers I read mentioned The Ghosts by Ibsen. Since the play and her success as an actor liberates Edie - it's worth reading either a synopsis or all of the play - as it adds to the fabric of the story.

It's Ibsen, so it's all sturm and drang and dark, dark, dark.

Joanna's novel is not dark and it is contemporary in its family's strands and reweaving.

But there's a reason why Trollope uses an Ibsen play - in such contrast to what is really a rather sunny look at family life. At first...more
Jane Odgers
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Beth
I think this is supposed to be a domestic comedy. Edie, mother of three and wife of Russell, has managed throughout the years of her children's growing up not only to be an exemplary mum (never uptight about laundry on the floor) but also to continue her acting career (not very believable but then this is fiction). Now her last child has left and she is devastated since her REAL purpose in life gone. With a lot of moaning and chest-beating, Edie finally drags herself to an audition and is immedi...more
Minnie
OK, so let me confess, I'm a dyed in the wool Trollope fan and this book lived up to my great expectations. Mz Trollope does not write earth shattering sagas but rather quiet stories of everyday people facing a crises of some sort. She deftly sketches ordinary people going about their usually ordinary life and she does it in a way that gets you involved. You want to continue reading, to find out what happens, how they resolve issues and perhaps even live happily ever after. She creates character...more
Shelagh
Yet another Joanna Trollope book I have enjoyed immensely this summer. She's so right on the nail when dealing with a family now making that transition from a full house to the empty nest. Or so they suppose. But what happens if these grown children run into some of life's very typical problems with relationships, career, unemployment, and so on? They want to come back home of course. Just for a while, just to get over the hump, etc. But changes have already happened in what was once indisputabl...more
Linda
Not my usual fare in book but a cheap purchase through Amazon's Kindle Daily Deal. The main character is Edie, whose last child has left home and Edie is also an actress in plays. Her husband Russell is looking forward to this new phase in their marriage but Edie is saddened about her newly empty house. Also highlighted in the book are Edie and Russell's three adult children who have job and relationship problems. I was rather bored with this book and the prose was too light and the story line t...more
Rachel Gorham
I read this a long time ago. I remember liking it well enough -- I think it was my first Trollope book and I was delighted with her skill in writing about people who felt very real to me. Notable, though, is the fact that the opening pages of this book, with the mother facing her empty nest for the first time, were the impetus that finally got me to stop just *thinking* about going back to school and made me actually *go*. There, I thought, in a relatively short number of years, will be me, and...more
Malfana
I'm really torn about this book. I liked it. It's true there's not many action. It's more about sharing few weeks in the life of a family when they are all at crossroads. And I was really ok with it. I didn't get bored at all.

The main issue I had with this book is that I've found some of the characters not really loveable. Mostly the parents. The mother, Edie, while I get how hard it is for her to see her last son leaves the nest, is kinda annoying and not really nice. She's not nice to her husb...more
Kirsty Darbyshire

Joanna Trollope's one of those authors I enjoy whilst finding their books a bit much sometimes. In her case it's usually because I find the characters a bit too posh to be feel real to me. But I usually end up enjoying things. I liked this more than I remembered enjoying the last couple of her books.

Here we have a couple who have just waved their youngest child off and have the empty nest to deal with. Edie, mother of the family wants the children back, whilst, Russell, father of the family, wan

...more
Laura de Leon
This was an enjoyable and thought provoking read.

This book is about a woman whose youngest child has finally left home. Edie has defined herself as a mother for so long that she has no desire to be anything else. Her husband has his vision of how life will be now, and is eager for her to conform to his view.

Edie half-heartedly auditions for a role in a production of an Ibsen play, and (to her great surprise) gets the part. Just as she is rediscovering the actress in herself, who she had put in t...more
Phyl
I think one can safely say that nothing much ever "happens" in Joanna Trollope's novels about modern-day people. (I haven't read any of her historical novels.) And yet, I absolutely love them, and gobble up a new one enthusiastically whenever I find it.

This book is no different. It deals with the issues around the "empty nest," when a couple's third and last child finally leaves home. There are all sorts of threads dealing with motherhood and fatherhood, and what it means to be an adult, and whe...more
Kerry
I should have anticipated that Second Honeymoon wasn’t a book for me, having read the blurb and come to the realisation that it was largely focused on a couple, close to retirement, dealing with the fact that all their children had left home.

But my mum, having raved about it, convinced me to read it, and I at least came to some understanding of how she might be feeling about both my brother and I having left, and indeed also, how I might feel about my home, am I ever to go back.

That aside, how...more
Kathaileen
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M
I think that part of what makes Trollope so popular is actually something I find quite irritating, which is her syntax, but despite this, I found the book sort of charming and surprisingly thought provoking. It's initially really annoying, in that a mother has watched her last son leave the house and she totally falls apart (obviously I'm like, get a grip woman, enjoy your freedom and appreciate the fact that your kids are independent) but it raises some interesting issues:
1 - What do you become...more
Carol
Jul 11, 2007 Carol rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Baby Boomers, empty nesters, midlife crisis dwelling
Another great Joanna Trollope novel, filled with a great sense of place (Greater London), memorable characters and a relevant story. This novel tackles midlife crisis-hood through a middle class British family. Mom and Dad, married 25-plus years have been thrust into empty nest syndrome after the baby of the family leaves home. While the husband is anxious to explore their new life as a couple, the Mom misses her full house, although she is able to branch out and revive her acting career, which...more
Lynecia
I liked Joanna Trollope's book about a British family dealing with the "empty-nestedness" that comes when the last of the children move out on their own.

Edie, mother of 3, practically falls to pieces, when Ben, her youngest child, packs up and moves in with his girlfriend, Naomi. Her poor husband Russell isn't pleased at his wife's unwilligness to let go; he's thrilled they have the house to themselves again and is looking forward to "just being married" again.
Russell encourages Edie to go bac...more
Dot
This would not be my favourite of Joanna Trollope's books. Ostensibly it is about the 'empty nest syndome,
but perhaps has more to do with the ability of young adults trying to make their way in their careers and
emotional lives whle living in present day London. I can;t find much sympathy for women who bewail the fact
that their youngest child has moved out and this is how the book starts as one of the main characters, Edie,
seems unable to cope with the reality that her children are now success...more
Dana
This was a good book! I am reading every book Trollope has written. This was not my favorite, but that doesn't mean it wasn't enjoyable or thought provoking. Trollope's greatest attribute is her ability to create realist characters to whom we can all relate. In this novel from 2006, the main character is a middle aged mother, a community theatre actress, married for decades to a very nice man. They raised 3 now grown children together, 2 boys and a girl. Their nest is empty, but not for long! As...more
Cecilia
Oct 11, 2007 Cecilia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: women's fiction readers
Shelves: favorites
Never having read Trollope before, I wasn’t sure what to think…the paragraph on the front cover flap provided me with almost no information. Almost immediately though, I was hooked. I can’t say this is the best book I’ve read ever but it is a strong, well-written read with good characters and reasonable, believable situations. Set in London, this is basically the story of a family going a few rough patches. The book starts off with the last child leaving the “nest,” and towards the end of the st...more
Abuela Linda
I almost gave it 4 stars, as I was compelled to finish the book to see if any character actually improved. One felt at the end that the sadness that pervaded the book would continue. One of the themes which I relate to is how difficult it is for adult children to accept that their mother is something other than a mother and has a life and identity to herself. In fact, it was rather difficult for the mother also to accept this new role. The story focuses on what happens when lives of adult childr...more
Linda
When their third and last child moved out of their house, Edie Boyd is distraught and unable to cope, while her husband, Russell, is looking forward to a renewal of their marriage and a second honeymoon. Their daughter Rosa loses her job and discovers that her ex-boyfriend has run up a huge debt on her credit card. Soon Rosa’s brothers, Matthew and Ben, also find reasons why they want to move back home. Edie is an actress, and wins a role in Ibsen’s “Ghosts”. Lazlo, another member of the cast,...more
Sara Smith
What happens when one person in a marriage is ready to move to the next chapter of life while their partner is still mourning what they have lost? Confusion, arguing, loneliness. A tale of what happens when the kids move out and then move back in.
Joy
About 85 pages in I have given up on reading this book. I only bought it (for 50 cents at a used book sale) because I was amused by a book written by someone named Trollope. I figure either she had the sense of humor to choose that as a pen name or it was really her name and she didn't have the sense to choose something more sensible to use as a pen name.
Anyhow, I gave up for two reasons. One, after reading 85 pages I found that there was nothing happening in the book that made me want to keep...more
Monika
I am a fan of Joanna Trollope's realism in her fiction. Her characters and surroundings seem very alive, unpretentious and real to me. Second Honeymoon gave me a peek into the future when my baby boy is grown up and independent of me and how that might make me feel. Because at some point, the focus of your life shifts back to yourself, your relationship with your mate, and it can be a daunting prospect, if you've placed all your purpose in life in caring for your kids. This story made me feel re...more
Shauna
This book is an absolute foreshadowing of what my life will be like when I become an empty-nester!
Sharon
Honestly, I thought all these people needed to get a life and take responsibility for themselves. But I guess that truly can be the dynamic between children and parents. Given my opinion, I found this a difficult book to read. But read it, I did. All ends satisfactorily.

I have just finished this book, again, it seems. Obviously didn't leave a lasting impression as I didn't realize until I went to put it in goodreads that I'd already read it. A family read, all about the foibles and selfishness o...more
C.J. Hill
A very easy read with interesting characters and familiar modern-day family problems.
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