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Daughters-in-Law by Joanna Trollope
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Jun 06, 11

Read in June, 2011

I'm between a 3 and a 4 on this novel by Joanna Trollope. Looking at others' reviews, I see that many readers had a response similar to mine. Trollope, in describing the lives of four families, pushes the reader to consider her own life and the lives of those she knows well. Her topic, that of the different family cultures which clash when a young couple marries, is universal but less often addressed than infidelity, boredom, 'growing apart,' and the other pitfalls of marriage. Certainly I spent part of the time I had this novel in my hands indulging in forty-year old memories and considering the lives of my daughter and my daughter-in-law. I'd give the novel a 4 if the character Petra had been more believable to me. She is the catalyst for much that happens here, but I didn't understand her well enough to sympathize with her situation. Despite that possible flaw, I recommend this one to all of you.
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message 1: by Bobbi (new)

Bobbi Woods The author's last name sound like she should be writing hot and heavy romance novels! You are right, this topic of family culture and family dynamics with people who marry into a family is a very interesting one, as I have lived it as well. I will definitely check this one out!


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