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A Passionate Man

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  710 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
The Logans were an enchanting and admirable couple. Archie had snatched Liza from her own engagement party to someone else, wooed her, swept her off to his father in Scotland, and finally married her. Now bedded firmly into country life-three children, Archie the village doctor, Liza a teacher, everything comfortable, funny, affectionate, --they awaited the arrival of Arch ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 1st 2000 by Berkley Trade (first published 1990)
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Kirsty Darbyshire
Jan 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
I've read Joanna Trollope's novels for years and generally think I liked the earlier ones more than the later books. When I was adding all my reading & book records to Goodreads & LibraryThing recently I was surprised to find this book popping up as unread as I thought I had read all of the earlier books at least. I expected to suddenly remember the story part of the way through and realise that I had read it before but I'm pretty certain this one was new to me. Or completely forgotten w ...more
Meredith Galman
Sep 20, 2007 rated it liked it
Trollope's specialty seems to be close readings of intricately tangled relationships. Her characters are vivid, their POVs nuanced, and their interactions telling. Unfortunately, I thought Liza got rather cheated in the infidelity department (her husband Archie gets to have an affair, she doesn't), the change of Archie from golden boy to screwup is too sudden to be convincing, and the whole resolution is unsatisfying.
Dec 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Archie Logan, who has had a very close relationship with father, goes into a depression when his father remarries after almost 40 years. At the same time, his wife Liza throws off the shackles of dominance to become a quite independent woman. The relationship has changed forever. The plot flows very well and the characters are very interesting. A good read
Lucy Spencer
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
I guess I am just not deep enough to appreciate Joanna Trollope. She does not develop her characters fully, Archie going from dominating to pitiful? When was he domineering? I didn't get that at all. Laid back and lazy, maybe, but domineering? And Liza is just a very unlikeable character who is very selfish. Too much introspection and deep thinking on these pages.....not like anyone I know in real life....especially men. Not wasting my time on Joanna Trollope anymore. I have read three of her bo ...more
Crystal Hunter
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it
J. Trollope at her usual quality. Fun, poignant characters and believable situations.
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
A nice easy read although some of Trollope's characters are a bit too nice and stereotypical (even though they are trying not to be). Not one of her best.
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: british
As with other novels of hers I have read, this one is light reading, but kept my attention. There is enough 'meat' on the characters to make it interesting to ponder, now and then. So I see her novels as a cut above romance novels.

Trollope seems to want to show Liza as a young mother being rather suddenly overtaken by Second Wave Feminism, feeling, seemingly out of nowhere, that her husband has too little respect for her as a thinking individual. Trollope gives us so little context for this
Aug 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Liza seems to be the main character. I am not sure who the "passionate man" is. MIght be her husband, Archie, who lives rather "larger than life". Archie is a doctor who cares about his patients. He cares enough to attend their funerals when he is unable to keep them from dying. He does seem to be pleased with himself and his place in the world.

Liza has some kind of awakening, when she realizes that Archie has been condescending to her all these years. She's determined to right the balance. Per
Mar 28, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Joanna Trollope fans, contemporary fiction fans
Shelves: 2009-reads
Well, here I am with another Joanna Trollope novel that I liked much more than I expected to, based on reading the blurb on the back cover which talked about the story.

This time, she deals with a seemingly happily married man, Archie Logan, who is a country doctor in England, with a lovely wife named Liza, and their three children. Archie's father, who is also a doctor, and who raised him after his mother died, decides to marry a woman he has recently met, Marina de Breton. Archie has a hard tim
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fluff
I really liked Archie and Liza, their relationship, and the problem that rears its head in the middle of their marriage. The beguiling Marina is a bit over the top, not quite on the mark as an American, and the thing between the father & son & her is maybe more Freudian than this novel is built to handle. She's a flashy symptom of a problem I found much more intriguing and compelling for its nuance, complexity, and true-to-life-ness, which is that slippery thing that plagues both Liza an ...more
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Delightful, perceptive, funny with a strange and witty bit of deception as the book delves into the life of a handsome, skilled and highly loyal country doctor, Archie, his lovely teacher wife Liza and their three hilariously unusual and funny children, Thomas, Mikey and Imogen. This book actually surprised me as I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did and I would consider reading it again just to enjoy and contemplate some of the quotes in it. In one of instances where Archie and Liza are ...more
Dennis Fischman
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
"Is that all there is?" the old song asks. That's the question that Archie has to confront after his beloved long-widowed father first marries an enthralling woman, then three weeks later, dies. It's also the question his wife, Liza, asks herself when she realizes that her husband has feelings she cannot fathom and that her own life seems humdrum and petty, if not to him, then to herself.

This is light reading, but don't be fooled: there are deep currents beneath the surface. Joanna Trollope sho
Apr 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Trollope is comfort reading for when my brain hurts - which is a lot lately. This displayed the usual balms - a lively style, social skewering, likeable characters with domestic troubles - but I felt like I was miss something.

When I was 11 or 12, I started reading adult books, and sometimes I could go right through from start to finish and miss the entire thing. Like Austen's Emma. There wasn't a word in the book that I didn't know, but I didn't understand a single word, if you see what I mean.
Terri Durling
Sep 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Set in Britain, the story of a man and his relationship with his father and wife primarily. Although written in a very old-fashioned style that isn't exactly my cup of tea, I was pleasantly surprised that I did like the book. There is a bit of a twist that was totally unexpected for me as I thought the book was pretty tame so got a bit of a surprise which I liked. I certainly would not have handled it the way his wife did but then books are like that - you get to see how other people live and re ...more
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fans of Joanna Trollope will not be disappointed. One of the earlier novels published 1990, I consider this a 'benchmark Joanna Trollope' with all the elements I love best set in a rural English village. I found this a light read with all the humour I expect from a Joanna Trollope (especially in the portrayal of the naughty little daughter) with just a pinch of rude bits. For those unfamiliar with Joanna Trollope, this is essentially a 'family drama'. What I liked best about this novel is that t ...more
Bea Alden
Apr 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, rereads
Archie Logan is a country doctor with a charming little family, and a pretty wife he adores. Archie's mother died early, and he was brought up by his father, a noted physician. He and his father are, consequently, very close; and when his father unexpectedly introduces a glamorous American woman as his fiancee, Archie is deeply disturbed. All-around emotional tangles result, described in Joanna Trollope's inimitable fashion. Absorbing tale.
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The cover, the title, the blurb - I really had no idea what to expect. Something set in the English countryside, certainly. Romance-y, perhaps. All proper-like seemed a given. An exploration of power dynamics, terrifically written with characters hell bent on dissatisfaction with their lots, wit, biting humor, and a twist that threw any "proper-like" remnants right to the wind - nope, wasn't even on the radar. But now she's on mine.
JoAnn Plante
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
It wasn't as good as some of her other books, but still a good story about togetherness, mid life crisis,and putting the pieces back together again. I love this author, because the stories and characters seem so real. I'm sure this same scenario plays out in many relationships. I gave it 4 stars, because it is well-written and the story ends well.
Louise Armstrong
Dec 03, 2011 rated it liked it
I quite enjoyed this one. The chief thing that struck me was how unhappy all the characters were. What's the point of being middle-class if it doesn't bring you happiness?

Would I be happier if I gave up striving and went back to smoking on the front doorstep?

It's described on the cover as 'bubbly and amusing'. That's not my take on it at all. Wry, perhaps, in places, but never bubbly.
Aug 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
Dr. Archie Logan and his wife Liza seem to have it all…perhaps the only slight problem between them is that Liza feels excluded from Archie’s relationship with his father Andrew, a widower. When Andrew brings Mrina deBreton home to meet Archie and Liza, Archie’s jealousy comes to the fore. Not one of her best efforts.

Mary C
Aug 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: re-reading
I finished both books I took with me on a week long business trip and found a WONDERFUL bookstore in Milwaukee Airport (sells used books, antique/out of print books). I read this originally at least 5 years ago, was delighted to have it as a companion on this trip.

Flight delays are such good chances to catch up on my reading!
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Trollope is almost always good at getting at the intricacies of people's feelings in relationships, and this novel is no exception. She can also be quite funny, especially about English village life, class differences, and people's pretensions.
Breanna Page
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Aug 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, read-2008
An excellent picture of village life, and great observations of the stresses and tensions that can arise in even the happiest of families. Emotional in places, amusing in others, and somewhat thought-provoking. Recommended.
Rachel Gaffney
Mar 03, 2009 rated it liked it
This was a nice book...simple English doctor,married...finding himself....
Jun 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
a bit different than the other later JT books that i've read. same lovely english rural setting, similar struggles of family, with a strong female character. liked it!!
Verna LaBounty
Jan 23, 2016 rated it liked it
A story of marriage and family with the emotional downs and ups that occur in the course of a relationship.
Cyndi Berve
England & Scotland, the village doctor & Liza, the teacher.
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
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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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