“ Genre: Fiction / Author: Francesca Clementis / Paperback / 320 Pages / Book is published 2004-10-28 by Piatkus Books „
I thought I would do a review on something that wasn't Christmas themed or received as a present, so of course I have fallen back on my trusted book club and the latest addition.
The book I will now review is - "A perfect divorce, by Francesca Clements".
The basic premise for the story is this -
Jenny and Mark have been a couple since they were 15 years old. It has taken them a further fifteen years to finally take the plunge and get married. After 10 months of bliss, and crappy video's, which is a passion of theirs Jenny finds that her biological clock has started ticking. The problem is Jenny is now 38, and has never really discussed this particular topic with Mark before, so to her surprise Mark is devastated at this particular piece of information, hence the title of the book!
This is when the story becomes incredibly poignant and at times hysterically funny!
Jenny and Mark still act and feel as though they are a married couple, with the exception that they now sleep in separate beds and rooms, after Mark moves out though everything, for want of a better word, turns to shit!
The couple, or I should say, ex-couples close knit circle of friends, all seemingly happily married, or in Maria's case, quite happily bouncing any 20 year old around her boudoir, but that is a different story!, there relationships all suddenly seem to go into meltdown, all through events and secrets that have been unearthed by the friends and all regarding Jenny and Mark.
This book is such a refreshing read and is obviously part of the "chick-lit" list. This book gives you the warts and all story of divorce, even an amicable separation can turn nasty a times and this story demonstrates this fact, the trouble is though, you know that the main couple are meant to be together so you tend to second guess the next part of the book, sometimes successfully, and sometimes not, which can be frustrating when you know yourself which way the story should have gone, which was not necessarily the way the author choose!
This book was one of the many little gems I have managed to get for 20p from my local library sale, I bought it in fact for my friend who was going through a divorce at the time, so I felt she could do with the lighter side of the situation, which I can only hope she understood when receiving it, I have not been in that situation myself, and pray god I never am either!
Well she never beat me with it and she even praised it so I knew it was a good 'un, and I wasn't wrong!
This book is currently available new and used on Amazon - New - £6.99, plus P&P
Used - 99p, plus P&P
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There is a pretty good sale on at present so you may get a few bargains to boot!
Thanks for reading x