The Old Romantic
Obsessed with death and planning his own funeral, Ken is determined to die in the bosom of his family. But it isn't that easy; his family don't want to know him.
His oldest son Nick left home over twenty years ago and reinvented himself. At forty, he has returned home to Kent, and found happiness with his girlfriend Astrid and her twelve-year-old daughter Laura, and he doe
The Old Romantic is set in Eng ...more
All sorts of betrayals, he'd thought sadly, remembering his brother's face, all sorts of betrayals to get ahead. An elder brother is always on the make.
He looks so sweet, her one-man storm in a teacup.
She lived in terror of someone breaking in and messing up her cushions.
In bed with her or talking to her, he felt two things he'd never felt before: exposed and grateful. / There were all sorts of things about love he didn't know before her: the emergency of wanting to be honest which, it se ...more
The plot is about a long-estranged British family overcoming their differences. I set the book aside a couple of times, and when I was about halfway through I was mercifully saved by the library due date. I was never quite clear ...more
Ken is a c ...more
After meeting with his angry father, Nick is forced to examine his past and present. Who is he? How can he be related to Ken? What does he need to do in order to not end up like his father?
Though it’s mostly quiet and kind of depressing, Nick’s journey leads readers to a happy and warm place and leaves us with hope and ...more
But I digress. It did take me awhile to get into the story. I felt that some loose ends were left at the end. I enjoyed t ...more
It is the story of a very disfunctional family - the father wants to die, the mother is an ex and the boys (adults) have their own problems.
I was surpised how much I liked the story and plan to read other Louise Dean books.