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Hoping for Hope

3.18  ·  Rating details ·  148 ratings  ·  22 reviews
It was, by anyone's standards, a watershed of a week. Or, more accurately, a week of watersheds. It had started quite promisingly with the purchase of a much sought after pair of bright red Doc Martens, but it had deteriorated alarmingly after that. Liddy Claver would not forget this particular week - ever. When Liddy visits her doctor a few days before her fiftieth birthd ...more
Paperback, 275 pages
Published September 13th 2001 by Little, Brown Book Group
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Tittirossa
May 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 10_irrilevante
Frizzante ma improbabile romanzetto su una tipa che si scopre incinta 3 giorni prima di compiere 50 anni (di un ragazzo di 25 anni, suo allievo) e contemporaneamente scopre che anche il marito la tradisce (da 5 anni vanno in bianco!).
Dopodichè succedono un po' di cose: l'adorata zia collassa e muore, lei si rompe una gamba (ma prima riesce a partorire con 5 settimane di anticipo), la figlia maggiore dà di matto perché vuole il 4° figlio, la figlia di mezzo dà di matto perché non vuole il 1° fig
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Trish at Between My Lines
3.5 stars
Emily Novelle
Jun 19, 2019 rated it liked it
3 out of 5 stars
This is the story of liddy who just before her 50tg birthday goes to the doctors thinking she is starting the menopause only to find out she is 30 weeks pregnant. This is put into extra stressful situation as the baby isn’t her husbands but the result of an affair. On the back of the book you get the impression this will be about hope and liddy trying to get her husband to accept the baby but it took ages to get to that point. Yes it’s good that there is more to the story as you
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Jess Van Dyne-Evans
I liked this - it's not many books that talk about pregnancy when the woman is older. The story was engaging and convincing. The flaw I found was in some of the characters - they were almost caricatures. The gay son, for example, is as limp-wristed and tossing-head gay as any derisive portrayal can be - the daughter-that-has-it-all-together (but not really) is charming with a distinct whiff of somethings-not-right.

The characters are predictable, the story worth reading.
Natasja
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roman
Een mooie roman over een gezin dat dreigt uit elkaar te vallen.
Ieder huis heeft zijn kruisje maar zeker in dit boek merk je dat door verkeerde of geen communicatie alles uit elkaar kan vallen.
Bev Taylor
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
liddy has met a watershed. 49 years of age she finds she is unexpectedly pregnant - 30 weeks in fact. unfortunately she knows that martin, her husband, cannot be the father

added to which she has found out he is having an affair and although she longs to tell him the situations she is stymied by events. first there is her 50th birthday, then a stay in cornwall after worries about the health of her aged aunt and then martin wanting time to think things through

she also has 3 'adult' children who
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Gladys Maina
Jul 22, 2018 rated it liked it
You can easily dismiss the book after the first few pages not knowing that it'll get interesting along the way. It's a simple and easy read and it reminded me that we all need an Aunty Cyn in our lives!
Cath Hughes
May 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Very good characters. Very different to Lucy Clarke's other books set abroad. This time it's about a typical British family.
Jan Derksen
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Een paar dagen voor haar vijftigste verjaardag gaat Liddy Claver naar haar huisarts met overgangsverschijnselen. De dokter constateert het tegenovergestelde: Liddy is al meer dan zeven maanden zwanger. Meteen weet ze dat de ongewenste zwangerschap het gevolg is van een verhouding met een van haar studenten. Hoe moet ze het haar man Martin vertellen, met wie ze al vijf jaar niet heeft gevreeën? Voor ze daartoe een goede gelegenheid vindt, ontdekt Liddy dat Martin op zijn beurt een hartstochtelij

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Leslie
Aug 20, 2013 rated it liked it
I stumbled across this book on the library shelves. The tone of the jacket summary was so funny and unexpected that I had to see it through. Just past midnight, I finally saw it through to the end.

This is a good summer story when you are looking for relatively light and amusing drama. I enjoyed watching the main story line weave between Liddy and Martin. The Claver family turned out to be more dramatic than I expected, thanks to the three adult children who are an eclectic mix of an overachievin
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Amy
Jan 20, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very bizarre. I didn't think I'd end up liking it but I did. It's about a 49 year old woman Liddy is 7 months pregnant and didn't know it. Then add in that she hasn't had sex with her husband in 5 years. She had a brief affair with a 20something and of course her husband was cheating on her as well. She already has 3 grown children and is a grandmother.
In the first half of this book I was laughing because it seemed every time I turned the page a new character was being introduced.
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Lisa
Jan 11, 2012 rated it liked it
This is exactly what it claims to be. I'm surprised by others' low ratings. A middle aged woman loses her job, discovers her husband is having an affair and that she is pregnant from her own affair. The untangling that ensues as her 3 adult children, her husband and an aunt come to terms with that chaos leads to an emotional/relationship journey that is lighter than Bohjalian or Mitchard. Clare plunges the reader into some extreme situations, but the emotions and the struggles to love well will ...more
Tasha
Jan 17, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a well written book which made for easy reading with a nice fluid style of writing. The characters were believable and likeable each adding a different dimension to an amusing yet touching story. Cyn ultimately steals the show as the cantankerous old aunt with plenty to say - vitriolic and acerbic, but ultimately oh so wise. Worth reading, the sort of book that accompanies a nice cup of tea and a biscuit.
Ilse
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
het boek heeft veel personages die allemaal goed uitgewerkt zijn, dat maakt dat het boek wat moeilijk op gang komt, omdat je al die mensen wat moet leren kennen.
maar eens je weet wie wie is, is het een aangenaam boek dat vlot wegleest, het is soms wat ver gezocht, maar dat maakt het net zo mooi om te lezen.
D.A. Cairns
Jun 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Very well told story. Multiple POV seemed a bit overdone particularly random Jake's view but Hope's cameo at the end was good. Good ending. So glad to have read a book and not been disappointed by the ending. Sharply drawn characters even if a little stronger/stereotypical than believable. Overall A surprisingly enjoyable read.
Gökçe
Oct 16, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Elinize aldıysanız hemen geri bırakın. Hiçbir şekilde önermiyorum. 1'den fazla aldığı puanlara da şaştım kaldım doğrusu. Sonunu zor getirdim. Bomboş bir kitaptı. Mantıksızdı ve okurken bir gram eğlenmedim. Ne yazık ki, başladım mı bitirme takıntım olduğu için kendimi epeyce zorlamak zorunda kaldım. Kitap bitince de ilk işim kitaplığımdan ve evimden çıkarmak oldu zaten.
Pam
Dec 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This book was well written and was very interesting. The writer did a wonderful job of trying to show all the characters feelings and thoughts on a family situtation that is becoming very common in today's world.
Jill
Sep 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Quite liked this easy to read story about a dysfunctional family trying to sort it all out.
Amy
I enjoyed this book. The story line and characters were interesting. The plot twists were a bit predictable but entertaining none the less.
Rebecca Wheeldon
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If I could give this book 6 stars then I would.
Kingfan30
Jul 26, 2011 rated it liked it
My mum passed me this book and it fits for the Lucia challenge. Not really my sort of thing, and the ending was a bit weak for me. Shows up the twists and turns of family life.
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