Friday, 29 April 2011

Friends, Lovers and Other Indiscretions - Fiona Neill

Synopsis - It's early 2008 and the credit crunch is starting to bite.  Sam and Laura Diamond - and their friends - are circling forty and all feeling a lot less certain about life than when they first met in their twenties.  Laura dreams of working part-time and having a third child - an appalling prospect for her husband Sam. whose secret ambition is to give up his job as a struggling scriptwriter and have a vasectomy. 

Life's no more straightforward for wild child turned corporate lawyer Janey Dart.  Having finally given up on Patrick, the love of her life, she finds herself unexpectedly pregnant and hastily married to a wealthy hedge fund manager who loathes her friends.

And Sam's oldest friend, trendy restaurant-owner Jonathan Sleet, is about to hit the big time with a TV series and cookbook, but can't control his roving eye.  So it's no surprise that back on their organic farm in Suffolk, his once glamorous wife Hannah is finding distractions of her own.

Determined to reunite the group, Jonathan brings everyone together for a holiday to celebrate his fortieth birthday.  But six friends, two decades of tangled fortunes and a complicated secret from the past make for an explosive week...

Review - This was a welcome light read after a few slightly heavier, more intellectually stimulating books.  For me, there were shades of The Big Chill (an 80's Lawrence Kasdan film) where a group of college graduates meet up ensemble for the first time in years.  This was not quite as complicated and didn't centre around the death of a group member.

Witty, funny and a good take on life.  If you've read Neil''s other book 'The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy', you will like this.

I can identify with Laura and Sam's crisis, I had my third child later on and OH was a little 'surprised' shall we say.  That was the turning point in his decision to see the doctor with the big shears!  Me, I was pleased as I did not feel complete and the icing on the cake for me is that number 3 is a girl.  Not that another boy would have made any difference, but it is nice to have a girl.

We can all see the Jonathan's, there are plenty around in the workplace, gym, neighbourhood etc.  Chick lit, yes, but for everyone.  3*

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