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The Trouble with Rose

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  209 ratings  ·  34 reviews
‘A fresh and hilarious debut about family in all its brilliant, messy glory… You’ll laugh, you’ll cry’ Sunday Times bestseller Dawn O’Porter

‘Witty and heartfelt’ HEAT

Rilla is getting married. Except she isn't. She's running away – from her confused fiancé Simon, her big mad family, and the memories nipping at her heels.

Her sister Rose would know what to do in such times of
Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 16th 2019 by HarperCollins
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This is the brilliant debut by Amita Murray set in London featuring 25 year old Rilla. It begins with her wedding to Simon, and something is clearly not right with Rilla as she becomes the runaway bride who is arrested by the police for shoplifting. As an Asian woman, Rilla comes with a huge extended family, packed with quirky and eccentric characters, such as her Uncle Jat, Auntie Pinky, Auntie Promilla and so on. This is no small thing as everyone feels they have a say on everything in Rilla's ...more
Karen Whittard
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What I really liked about The trouble with Rose was how refeshingly different it was to most books out there in the market today.

I have to say that this is the first book that I have read by Amita Murray but it certainly won’t be the last.

I haven’t come across a book before where the main character is Indian and includes so much information into the Indian culture, their family lives, their beliefs, their systems for doing things like marriage ect. Which was what I felt was a refreshing change
Paula Sealey
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a gem of a book! I read this most of the way though with either a giant grin on my face due to the wonderful humour, or with a knot in my throat thanks to the reveals in the plot. I can't remember reading a book like this for a while now, with such a different and intelligent storyline. I loved every single character! Rose is a standout, unsure of herself and desperately seeking answers to a mystery that has plagued her since childhood. I equally loved Simon, Federico and Jharna though, who ...more
Cressida McLaughlin
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A really lovely, funny but emotional read, with a family mystery at its heart. It is beautifully written with great characters, and it strikes you right in the heart. I loved it.
Kirsty Oughton
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a rollercoaster read ‘The Trouble with Rose’ is! I realised once I started reading this story that it’s not my normal kind of read but I’ve been wanting to branch out so I carried on reading and I’m so happy I did. Beyond thrilled that this is the book to take me out of my comfort zone.

We meet Rilla who is in the middle of doing her MA, she’s dealing with her overbearing family (otherwise known as the GIF!) and if that wasn’t enough she is about to get married to Simon but ends up getting
Rachel Gilbey
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love reading about characters from different heritages than my own, as they are always really interesting, and so I was delighted to hear very early on about Rilla's GIF.

Ok, so the geek in me had to think as every time I saw GIF written instantly thought of the graphic file type for small animations, but in Rilla's case she means her Greater Indian Family.

There are masses of well meaning, interfering aunts, making any family get together rather amusing especially to an outsider.

The next thi
Ritu Bhathal
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love a good book with a great dollop of culture, my own culture, in it.
And this debut, filled with the fun of being a British Indian, complete with the obligatory GIF (Great Indian Family) was fantastic!
I love that there were elements of the story I could relate to, nodding my head, smiling manically or giggling to myself, with my son sat beside me wondering whether his mother was finally losing it...
That being said, there was a lot that wasn't ordinary about the story too.
We follow Rilla, a
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-releases, 2019

Rilla is about to get married to Simon but shortly before the wedding ceremony she's arrested for shoplifting. Yes. Her own and Simon's family manage to get her out of prison but Rilla isn't happy, she can't settle, she's consumed with guilt about her sister Rose who has disappeared 16 years ago. Talking about Rose is forbidden in Rilla's family but she can't find peace until she knows what has happened. She needs to find her sister.

Personally I had huge problems with the main character. She ca
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I have read so many great reviews about The Trouble with Rose and was so looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately I was not able to finish this book - I found it very confusing from the start. I didn't gel with Rilla, the main character and I found the storyline very complex and puzzling. It is the first book in a very long time that I did not enjoy and therefore did not finish.

This review is based on a NetGalley ARC provided in exchange for an honest, unbiased opinion.
Linda Hill
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rilla is about to marry Simon, but events may not go according to plan.

I have a confession. I wasn’t especially interested in reading The Trouble With Rose and the only reason I did read it was because it was quite physically light and I needed to reduce the weight of books in my suitcase on a recent holiday! This ridiculous attitude just goes to show how wrong a person can be. I absolutely loved Amita Murray’s funny, touching narrative with a family mystery at its centre.

The Trouble With Rose i
Jane Hunt
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
A charming story of culture, family, forgiveness and love, written with wonderful vivid imagery, and an insightful balance of humour and poignancy.

Rilla is in trouble, something that has plagued her throughout her young life. It’s as if she doesn’t believe she has a right to be happy, loved and successful. Her wedding day is the perfect example of this. She hides her insecurity and vulnerability behind a rebellious mask, always making fun of herself and her family. Failing at life, she finally c
Lynn Brown
Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I've got mixed feelings about this book. It all begins with the bride being arrested on her wedding day which just didn't sit right with me at all. We don't even get to find out why she's been arrested until quite a long way into the book either. It was a loose end niggling at me all through the story.

Rilla is the central character and I just didn't understand her one bit. She is part of a very large Indian family and she is frustrated by them. It seemed to me that they should be the ones frustr
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An impressive debut and insightful comedy-drama

My thanks to HarperCollins U.K. for a digital edition via NetGalley of ‘The Trouble with Rose’ by Amita Murray in exchange for an honest review. I have since purchased its ebook edition. It was published in paperback in May 2019. My apologies for the late feedback.

Set in London, the narrator of this quirky novel is Rilla, a twenty-five year old woman who tells us: “In the normal course of things, on the afternoon of her wedding, a bride is not behi
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved this book!! This book definitely made me laugh and cry. I couldn't wait to find out what happened to Rose. When everything was finally revealed, it wasn't what I expected. So many emotions. I loved Rilla. She never got over the loss of Rose and never even knew what happened to her. Rilla was even forbidden to talk about her sister. The GIF (Great Indian Family) was crazy. I loved them and hated them at the same time. Their good outweighed the bad. They definitely added humor to every situa ...more
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I started this book and was not sure in the beginning how it would go as I felt it was quite slow to get started but that only lasted a couple of chapters and then I was hooked. I appreciate with so many characters in a book, they have to be introduced. I know from friends how Asian families work when there is trouble in the mix and how they pull together and this was so evident in this story – I loved the dynamics of the family and can imagine the Great Indian Family getting involved in every ...more
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Let me first explain how I rate the books I read. A large proportion of my rating comes from how I FEEL about a book; whether it kept my interest, did I enjoy reading it, did it evoke an emotion from me.

Details such as world building, writing style, pacing, complex characters, plot etc contribute too and the story was done well with a lot of these points. However those elements are secondary when it comes to my ratings.

Unfortunately I didn't enjoy this book. I really disliked the main characte
Apr 26, 2019 rated it liked it
It was a very slow start. I nearly stopped reading it. In fact, the beginning encourages you to believe that this book is your average chick lit. But it's not. It's very introspective. There's a family secret that is slowly revealed and when I say slowly, I mean sloooowly. Rilla, the main character, is quite unlikeable for most of the book. I also found her inability to write an MA dissertation not quite believable. The way her research is discribed it sounds a lot more like a PhD. Had it been a ...more
Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a well-written exploration of a family secret and Rilla's attempt to discover what happened to her sister Rose, and in doing so, resolve her emotional blockage and really start to live her life. Her immediate and extended family were a joy to read about; there are eccentric aunts, domineering uncles, and phone-obsessed cousins.
So, why the three-star rating?
I found the pacing very, very, very slow after the first few chapters. I started to skim read and actually found it a chore to
Pauline Knox
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rilla and Rose, two young sisters sharing everything, until one day they weren’t sharing anything, one day there were no sisters, there was only Rilla...and what a delightful mess she turned into...
This is a story about family, the good, the bad and the just plain weird that exists in some form in all families. Filled with humour and humility, the storytelling centres around the chaotic life of Rilla and through the storytelling she shares with us the ups and downs of life as a not-so-well-adjus
Karen Kingston
Apr 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for a preview copy in return for a honest review.

This was a book that started well, the opening chapters were very entertaining. However I personally then found that the middle section of the book dragged for me - I ended up taking a break from this to read something different.

However I was interested to find out what happened so returned to book yesterday and finished it today. I was pleased to solve the mystery in the story but personally didn't find this 'the most hilar
"The Trouble with Rose" is a fantastic début by Amita Murray.

The author's character creation was sublime, especially Rose, who was so unsure of herself and really stood out for me. It was wonderfully compelling as well as being, funny, witty and highly entertaining.

All in all, "The Trouble with Rose" was an extremely worthwhile and fulfilling read and I am curious to see what Amita Murray does next.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel at my own request from the publisher via Net
Rose Norman
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly emotional

Having seen the headline and read the other reviews of this book I was totally unprepared for the emotional punch it landed, right in the abdomen. I found the main character one I wanted to wrap in as many protective layers as possible and hoped it'd all get resolved. I read half last night and my heart was breaking for her, the other half tonight and I'm still with her now I've finished the book. Definitely keeping an eye out for more Tom Amita Murray
Vivien Brown
Jun 13, 2019 rated it liked it
This book has its amusing moments as well as its poignant ones but there was something about the final explanation about Rose's long ago disappearance that just didn't work for me. A family so open and loud and in your face somehow kept that one sad secret. It's also set in a world a long way from mine. The big Indian family, the Asian words, the extracts from Rilla's MA notes, just didn't mean anything to me. Well written, well structured, but only three stars for me.
Jan 27, 2020 rated it liked it
I struggled wit h The Troubles with Rose. I found Rilla to be a terribly frustrating main character - entitled, passive aggressive and self-centered mannerisms throughout the book with minimal care for her impact on others.
Her GIF, and the wider supporting characters, absolutely made up for it though. They were all brilliantly developed and brought some fantastic comedic relief at well timed moments throughout.
Bettina Hunt
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found this very funny at first, a lot of things that the main character Rilla was experiencing, especially family related, resonated with me.

The book switched half way through and it became a lot more serious. The story had me turning the pages, I needed to know what had happened to Rose.
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this. Full of great characters, and written so beautifully that I was sad when the book ended.

Will be looking out for more from this writer.

Thank you to NetGalley and to the publisher for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Unappealing. Weak plot. Unlikeable central character. Unconvincing writing. No emotional conviction.
lana broome
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly beautiful and memorable book

Wonderful! A great read for all who have felt the jealousies and tantrums but also the love of a special sister.
Dave Holwill
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliantly constructed characters, with an ending you will keep trying to guess and almost certainly get wrong. Loved it.
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an odd book with a few twists, but it engaged me, especially the 2nd half.
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Amita has worked as a dancer, arts writer, fashion editor, seller of Christmas flowers, PR assistant for supercomputers, counsellor for a jobs website and hen party host. She teaches creative writing and yoga at various universities, but she is generally easier to live with when she's writing stuff.

Even when she tries to write serious stuff, it tends to come out a bit funny, so she tries not to wr

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