Alice Jordan looks forward to moving into The Grey House, an 18th-century residence in a village full of friendly eccentrics. But the change of scenery leads to even greater changes, as she forms a sudden, fierce friendship with an independent young woman named Clodagh-a friendship that will take her husband, the villagers, and Alice herself by complete surprise.
As an aside ... I LOVED the format of my edition of the book -- a compact little hard-cover edition about 4 x 5"...more
Trollope's work generally is way above the standard of other chick-lit for me - one of the main reasons I love her is that she’s not predictable with a happy ending all the time - but on saying that, I found a Village Affair a little disappointing.
I didn’t feel the characters went anywhere near deep enough, especially Alice who I actua...more
This is the story of how she 'wakes up' and finds, most unexpectedly, what she needed. Yet she finds that what she wants most leads to great difficulties and stresses.
A controversial subject, movingly explored. Recommended.
I first read this in 1998 and didn't like it as much as I do ten years later.
1989. Unhappy people, unhappy marriage, the "affair" is between two women.
It sometimes seems like it might start being interesting, but in the end none of the characters seem to me to be of flesh and blood.
Perhaps the author's series of "romantic period sagas" [under a different name] precludes being able to write the kind of book that would seem meatier to me.
I liked it.
Joanna Trollope was born on 9 December 1943 in her grandfather's rectory in Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, England, daughter of Rosemary Hodson and Arthur George Cecil Trollope. She is the eldest of three siblings. She is a fifth-generation niece of the Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope and is a cousin of the writer and broadcaster James Trol...more