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A Village Affair by Joanna Trollope
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Nov 20, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: borrowed, 2009, family-saga
Recommended to Rachel by: Grandad
Read in January, 2009

** spoiler alert ** When I read the synopsis for this book I thought "Well, it sounds like she's going to become a lesbian, but if it sounds like that from the blurb, surely it'll turn out to be something different, right?" But I was wrong. It was exactly what I thought it was going to be. And despite the clues in the blurb, there weren't any clues in the story. It was just WHAM, hey, maybe the solution to my problems is having an affair with a woman? It was clear to me that the actual problem in the main character's life was that she'd married someone who she wasn't in love with. She even admitted that. So her relationship with Clo just seemed really unrealistic, and there wasn't a lead up to it at all. Both of them were quite selfish, too. It was really hard to enjoy reading this book when two of the main characters were so unlikeable, and most of the rest were just...bleh. Nothing much in this book interested me. The characters were all unappealing and I thought that the plot was pretty unconvincing. Plus, Joanna Trollope writes in a very depressing way. My grandad still maintains that he loves her work, but my mum backed me up and agreed that she found her books depressing too. So I'm glad I'm not the only one. Overall, this book was readable, but I don't think I'll be reading another one of hers. 4/10

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