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Second Honeymoon

3.34  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,465 Ratings  ·  187 Reviews
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-on ...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published December 13th 2008 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (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 book
Mar 13, 2011 Shane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 15, 2012 Em rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
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
Sep 03, 2010 Xanthe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jane Odgers
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Dec 13, 2007 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 27, 2013 Minnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 20, 2010 Shelagh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 16, 2012 Linda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 21, 2015 Marli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was beautifully written and I did enjoy it. *Spoiler Alert* The main character annoyed me a bit by not appreciating or welcoming her husband's attention and affection. I know it is a right of passage to have your last child leave home and I too have defined myself by being a mother and caretaker. I have welcomed my children back into our home after they were grown and gone. I am very lucky to have a husband who is the perfect companion and friend as well as lover that I never experienc ...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
Oct 11, 2015 Komal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought paperback version of this book as the blurb and cover intrigued me. As mentioned by other reviewers, it is a quiet read about a middle-aged lady, dealing with the empty-nest syndrome. The novel depicts what happens when the kids come back home and how the mother and father deal with it.

The writing style relies heavily on long descriptions and I was yawning after a while, but I kept reading as I wanted to know what happens to the characters and how will they come out of their troubles.
Feb 28, 2016 Cynyth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jean Claudia (Bookish Poetess)
"Nothing stands still, does it, and I suppose, if it did, we'd stop breathing. It's not change that's so painful, it's just getting used to it."

At first, I don't have the courage to read this book because it might bore me. And it did. But as the story goes by, I find it difficult to put it down.

This book is about family, relationship, friendship and life. This is, in fact, more to happen in real life. It's quite realistic. And just like what Joanna said, nothing stands still. We can't go back to
Constance McKee
This book is a domestic drama, character-driven and not plot-driven. The issues explored relate to the compromises people make (or don't) for those they love. A related theme is that of independence vs. dependence on others, particularly as it relates to twenty-somethings and their quest to establish themselves separate from their families of origin. It also touches on mid-life needs: how do we find our way after those we love have moved on (or failed us). All interesting and important topics, a ...more
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
Jun 26, 2016 Joy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is exactly what I would expect from Joanna Trollope. A family tale about people a little bit posher than me (they eat 'supper' !) and how they deal with life. It is centred around Edie, a woman of a similar age to myself, and her grown up children. I found her more likeable as the story progressed. Well drawn characters, very believable for the most part (apart from Edie's behaviour at the very beginning, when she is so bereft that her last child had flown the nest - I did feel that Trollop ...more
Kirsty Darbyshire
Dec 07, 2010 Kirsty Darbyshire rated it liked it
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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

Laura de Leon
Sep 26, 2009 Laura de Leon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Apr 15, 2007 Phyl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-read
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
Jun 08, 2013 Kerry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 30, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 15, 2007 M rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 11, 2007 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I do enjoy Joanna Trollope's quiet novels about a certain strata of British life. Her characters are distinctly British, but also universal. I don't expect Literature, but most of them are engaging and speak to modern life in a peculiarly immediate way. Nothing much happens, but then again, the books are not character driven, either. They feel like synopses of other people's lives to me, as told to me by a good friend over coffee, and I'm happy to "listen" to each one...
Aug 12, 2015 Phredric rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm generally a fan of Joanne Trollope but this did not absorb me in the way most of her other books do. Read it all the way through because Trollope's portrayal of the characters and the way she handles the multiple narratives is excellent (as usual). Trouble was some of the main characters were not that likeable: Edie was self indulgent in the extreme; Matt's issues with his high-earning girlfriend were beyond stupid. On the other hand I liked Russell and Vivi.
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
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
Katerina Koblentsky
I have always been a bit sniffy about this kind of domestic novel, but after a rough ride with Sebastian Faulk's Engelby, I needed a little lightening up. This did the job, I liked the characters and the plot was sufficiently interesting to provide some mild escapism before my head hit the pillow. It made a nice change to read about some nice normal people with no psychopathic tendencies!
I got right up to page 243 and didn't pick it up again. I picked up a different book and got into that without thinking of how Second Honeymoon ended. I felt sad for the main characters, Mum and Dad sure seemed to have different ideas about parenting. Maybe it's because I have adult children at home so I don't need to read about others problems, as I already have enough here!! lol
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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
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