“ Genre: Fiction / Author: Susie Boyt / Edition: New Ed / Paperback / 256 Pages / Book is published 2005-03-07 by Headline Review „
Going to the library nowadays can be a struggle as my boys are not keen on standing still so Mummy can browse for a good book. I have to grab the first thing that jumps out at me. In this case, the pink cover and pictures of a cake and a baby pram on the front cover appealed. It looked a bit like an easy reading chick lit type of book so i grabbed it. How wrong can one first impression be? Despite being described on the cover as 'both moving and delightfully comic', i found this a very difficult book to read.
It is based around a character called Marjorie Hemming, a middle aged marriage guidance counsellor, with a very rose tinted view of marriage after being widowed at a very young age and being left to raise her young baby daughter alone.
The book doesn't flow well to me. Some scenes are set in her counselling sessions, some are with her daughter, some with a friend, others are her alone. Sometimes we are in the present and at other times we are in the past when she was courting her husband to be or a new widow.
As an added confusion, Marjorie looks like a famous soap star, and so some scenes see her pretending to be the actress she resembles when fans approach her in public.
I persevered with this book to the end, but i found it to be very rambling and self indulgent. I couldn't really identify with any of the characters in any way, and found i couldn't really care less what happened to them.
Maybe i have missed the point entirely in this book. I guess it is meant to be about a woman whose life is unravelling around her, so it might almost be expected that she might act in an unrealistic way.
I didn't enjoy this very much at all, and i am not inspired at all to search out any other novels by this author.