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Second Honeymoon

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  2,122 ratings  ·  231 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-one ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 6th 2007 by Bloomsbury USA (first published 2006)
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Random book read from the library. It was fifth book from the right on the top shelf. The library had three shelving units of books in English language, so I had to choose only between three books. The first one was “Betting on the Muse: Poems and Stories” by Charles Bukowski. But I don’t like poems. The second one was “Villa America” by Liza Klaussmann. The last one was “Second Honeymoon” by Joanna Trollope. I chose to read the latter one, since it is shorter.

It is a story about Edie and the
Helen (Helena/Nell)
Aug 19, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Kara Hansen
3 stars. While I have always enjoyed books by Joanna Trollope, this one is not a stand out for me. We follow the lives of Russell and Edie Boyd, who have just seen the last of their three children move out of the house. Russell is keen to begin a new chapter in life with Edie where he envisions it being only the two of them. Edie, on the other hand, is feeling the pangs of her children grown up and moving on with their own lives. As the story unfolds, each of her children comes back home as they ...more
Mar 04, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trollope always nails them, characters and plots, in the best possible way. It was a treat reading this book so I indulged rather than catching up on chores. A little embroidered picture that I've had for years gave me all the permission needed. This little picture has a chicken sitting on her nest. The words above the chicken say -"A Woman's Work is Never Done". Underneath it says -"So Why Bother?" Wise words, yes?
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title is meant to be ironic. After his youngest child leaves home, the husband eagerly anticipates reconnecting with his wife, while she becomes deeply depressed, a victim of the empty nest syndrome. When the children, one by one, ask to move home for financial reasons, their mother is delighted and their reluctant father is dismayed. The experience of everyone living under the same roof again isn't a return to happier, simpler times since the three adult children now have adult-sized ...more
Sep 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 25, 2012 rated it liked it
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Dec 13, 2007 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Aug 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
May 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Second Honeymoon: Joanna Trollope
Like her ancestor before her, Joanna Trollope has a talent for nailing the pathways of the human heart and the way we live now. Edie and Russell Boyce are facing “empty nest” syndrome and Russell is bursting for quality time with his wife. He can’t wait for the last child to leave so he can have his hard won Second Honeymoon. But what about Edie? Has Russell consulted her on this ambition? No, of course not.
He reminds her that their youngest son hasn’t gone
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Selfish or sensible?

As usual with a Trollope novel, I recommend this book to anyone in love with a well-told tale.
Joanna and Anthony Trollope both like their characters. I do too because none of them conform to any simple characterization. Nobody represents anything but themselves. The story line examines how different people deal with adulthood and change. Written with her usual warmth and understanding, Trollope lets each character work out each situation in a manner uniquely his or her own
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Part of me did not like this book--BUT I couldn't put it down. I read it in 2 days. I disliked almost all of the characters at first. (little spoiler*) I mean what does anyone think of a modern day man who is so demeaned by a lovely, loving woman who makes more than he does? I wanted to smack most of them on the upside of the head and say, "grow the heck up and get over yourselves." In the end--I actually think that was the author's point. Not a fairy tale ending (good), but a satisfying one. ...more
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
From beginning to end, this was a predictable plotline. The characters in this novel were flat and unlikable. The story moves painfully slowly through transitions in the lives of a couple and their three adult children. All three end up moving back home in the course of the story. They do find their way through the changes and begin to establish their own lives again in the last few chapters.
I've enjoyed other books by this author and was disappointed by this one.
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fiction. Edie Boyd is an actress in her 50’s with a stalled career. When her youngest son moves out, she gets a terrible case of empty nest syndrome. Russell, her husband, is a theatrical agent and he begins to look forward to a second honeymoon with his wife now that the kids are gone. Unexpectedly, Edie gets a great role in a play and all the family relationships change when she is no longer available at everyone’s beck and call. A very good read.
Jun 18, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Could not finish

I never give up reading a book or very rarely write reviews however this book I found very difficult to get into so after reading 55% I have up. The story is not complicated but so boring. I can honestly say that I did not like any of the characters as they were very self centred and I just wanted to shake them all up.
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well-written novel dealing with marriage, empty nest, and launching young adults. Author shows great insight into human thought and emotion, uncovering things we've felt but have not been able to express. I especially appreciated her take on income disparity in relationships: what happens when the woman earns far more than the man? I'll be reading more by this author.
Debs Carey
Jul 11, 2018 rated it liked it
An age-old tale of empty nests, sibling relationships & rivalry, and change.

Russell hopes to get his wife back after the last of their adult children flees the nest. But Edie is in mourning, unable to adjust from her role as mother and nurturer. But life has a way of demonstrating why change needs to take place.
Wendy Stockard
Sep 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
I kept waiting for the honeymoon. I'm not a mother, so understanding the mom's pain at empty nesting was a stretch for me. The grown kids were whiney. The husband was the only character I sympathized with. Not what I expected from the title, and not one I'd read again.
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is considerably better than the last book I read by this author which I felt was woeful. This was an interesting read about family and the changing relationships between parents and grown up children. It was well written and thoughtful. I felt as Edie eventually did that her ‘children’ needed a darn good shake, to grow up and be more responsible and thoughtful. Edie learned that much as you might want to go back to a time when your children needed you you have to move forward to ...more
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pleasant and easy book to read; perfect for late nights but I didn't love Trollope's writing, or perhaps editing. It often felt like her thesaurus was working overtime and the commas were rebelling!
Sugandha Garg
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Liked it..
Bjorg Hreinsdottir
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book and I will for sure read more books by Joanna Trollope in the future.
A nice writing style but I couldn’t warm to the characters. Their issues and values seemed decades out of date. Didn’t finish.
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Edie is a really, REALLY annoying character. And I've confirmed that I don't care for Joanna Trollope's writing.
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A perfect summer read. No missing or abused children, no deep thoughts, just a funny touching book about how we make plans and God laughs.
Aug 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Bit disappointing compared with her other books. Slow, laboured and predictable.
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