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I have enjoyed many of Carole Mathews books and That Loving Feeling is one of them.
That Loving Feeling brings us the married couple Juliet who is a Librarian and Rick who is a floor fitter. Their 25th anniversary is fast approaching but they feel as if the spark in their relationship has gone. The book starts off with the couple on slightly rocky ground but as the book goes on more twists and turns occur which throws a spanner in works for their relationship.
To make things harder for the couple they have their two crown up children still living with them who are nothing but trouble, and Juliet's mother has just left her husband and so has now moved in with Juliet and is acting like one of their children wanting a baby and a boob job!
Will the two of them be able to overcome the recent turn of events and save their marriage of 25 years or could they both fall into the arms of other lovers??
There were a real mix of characters in this book some of whom I really liked and warmed to such as Juliet with her warm, friendly manner. There were also those characters that I could not get to like even as the book went along such as Juliet and Ricks children and also their neighbour over the road. I felt quite sorry for the character Rick as he seemed to do so much wrong which was causing big problems for their relationship but none of which he done on purpose. It seems he adores his wife and wants to do whatever he can to make the relationship right again but he keeps making mistakes and making things much worse.
I enjoyed this book as much as the rest of them. I have to say I felt a little overwhelmed with the amount of content in this book, it felt like every chapter had another explosive storyline, a little like to many ideas for one book. The book is written from Juliet and Ricks point of view which rotates each chapter which I found this easy to follow and was quite nice to see both sides of the story.
What I also enjoyed with this book was although there were serious scenarios this was broken up with light humour mainly from Juliet's mother Rita she was a very humours character and you never know what she is going to do next, she seemed to have found the child inside her!!
A good point I must make about this book is that unlike most chick-lit books I read this book is not predictable I think this is what kept me hooked reading this book was the suspense.
I would recommend this book to any Carole Mathews fans, and also anyone looking for a fresh chick lit offer that seems to be able to offer a lot of enjoyable content in her books.
I when I first read the summary of That Loving Feeling I did wonder if I would be able to relate to this book (As I'm 28 years old and the main character is in her 40's). That Loving Feeling is all about family, love (obviously) and missed opportunities. Carole Matthews has changed the front covers of her book, and they have more distinctive style. The front cover of That Loving Feeling is blue and has a colourful explosion of fireworks.
Juliet Joyce is 45 years old and has been married to Rick for 25 years. Juliet and Rick have two children in their early twenties called Chloe and Tom. Both children take advantage of their parents, especially Chloe, who treats her mother like a cash machine. Their son Tom brings different girls home and his friend Gabe walks around the house naked. Juliet's mother Rita lives with them and is seventy going on twenty-one. Rita is constantly looking for a man, she contemplates internet dating and having a boob job. When Rita finally meets a man she brings him home for the night. Juliet's finds out that her father is gay when he introduces her to his new boyfriend. With all of this going on, Juliet feels like her marriage is stuck in a rut and so does Rick.
When Steven Aubrey (the man who jilted her on their wedding day twenty-six years ago) comes back into her life, Juliet begins to wonder if the grass is greener on the other side. Steven Aubrey is everything that Rick isn't and lives a more privileged (financially) lifestyle. Juliet and Rick are strapped for cash as they married young after finding out that Juliet was pregnant with Tom. Unfortunately for Rick he ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time, and the situations he finds himself in are printed in the local newspaper. These situations include a sex shop, lottery ticket and lap-dancing club.
That Loving Feeling is a laugh out read and if you're a fan of Jill Mansell you'll love Carole Matthews.
Another great book by Carole Matthews!!
This book is based on Juliet Joyce & her husband of 25 years, Rick.
Alls not well in their marriage but their hectic life won't be helping - they have two grown up children; Tom & Chloe - neither work & treat their parents home like a hotel.
Juliets mum leaves her husband (Frank) & moves in with Juliet & Rick making the house pretty crowed.
Frank isn't overly sad to see his wife leave & decides out of the blue he's gay.
Read the book to follow Rick getting himself into some right pickles!! I won't give anything away but he ends up on the front page of the newspaper a couple of times!! Very funny!!
Then one day Juliets ex-fiance Steven Aubrey (he left her on their wedding day with no reason!) turns up to see her - their feelings for each other are still there but will Juliet act on her feelings?
You'll have to read the book to find out.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! :)
That Loving Feeling is another novel from Carole Matthews. It centres around Rick and Juliet Joyce, a couple who have been married for 25 years, with two grown-up children, and for whom the spark has gone out of the marriage. To complicate matters, Juliet's ex and the man who jilted her on her wedding day, Stephen Aubrey, is back in town and wants to see her. We also have a string of family problems throughout the novel, from a granny who wants a boob job, a sexually confused son and Ricky being arressted for dogging, whilst actually having just nodded off in his car.
Like most of her novels, there are some quirky characters and some amusing, but frankly unbelievable events throughout.
The novel is mostly from Juliet's perspective, but also from Rick's too, which I thought was good and interesting to see how both of them viewed events.
I enjoyed the quirkiness of the other characters - like Juliet's 70-year-old mum, who is having a very late teenage rebellion. I quite liked all the characters. I'm not sure it is totally believable for so many things to happen to one family in the space of a few months - without giving too much away - hardly a day goes by without some kind of random event or minor disaster.
It is an enjoyable romp though and easy to read, I read it over the course of a couple of afternoons in the garden. I have read quite a few Carole Matthew's novels and some are better than others, this one is probably somewhere in the middle. It's good, but it didn't have me gripped.
I think this is because of the relationships between Juliet and both Rick and Stephen - you never get the true feeling that she is properly in love with either of them, which meant it was difficult to root for either of the relationships. I was actually more into the relationship between Juliet's Dad and his partner - I thought that was rather sweet.
The ending takes place after an event (I won't say what) which is again a tad unbelievable - not becasuse it couldn't happen, but because everything seemed to happen to this family!
I enjoy the author's style of writing and her eccentric characters, but her best novels are the ones which also have you rooting for the main characters and this one didnt quite do it for me. Certainly worth a read though and perfect for the beach. I would like to give it three and a half stars, but as I can't, I'll be generous and give it four.
I am a big fan of Carole Matthews and always look forward to reading a different book from her. "That Loving Feeling" sees us meet Juliet and Rick. They have been married for nearly 25 years and have two grown up children.
Juliet is a librarian and Rick a carpet fitter. They are your typical suburban family who don't have loads of money, but have a good stable family behind them. Or so you'd think!
Juliet's Mum has just moved in with them after leaving her Dad, and at seventy years old Juliet can't believe the way she is behaving. There always seems to be a new dream that is too young for her such as having a boob job with her savings, or going to strip clubs etc.
The two children who are both late teens / early twenties have their own problems. Tom can't seem to get a job and is quite happy sponging off his parents, whilst not being able to quite decide whether he is gay or straight.
Chloe is home from University for the summer and manages to have mood swings worse than a two year old would have tantrums. After crashing her Mum's car, and being spotted by her Dad in a lap dancing club, she announces she is pregnant! You can't get much more information overload from a character than that.
All Juliet would like is a nice quiet life it seems after struggling to bring up the children, surely it's her time to relax now? It would appear not, as her ex boyfriend who deserted her on their wedding day arrives back into town and keeps visiting her. Juliet can't quite decide what feelings she has for him but she knows that she gets peace and quiet when with him, rather than the hassle from home.
We see the book being told through Juliet which is very clear to follow, despite going off onto tangents of the other characters quite often.
Rick comes across as quite a boring character in the beginning, but he is given his share of disasters and adventures. After being arrested for falling asleep in a car park and accused of being a pervert, he is then almost arrested outside an Ann Summer's shop after spilling his coffee on his trousers. Juliet manages to find him fast asleep in their neighbour's bed after "having a massage", and he manages to win the lottery with the wrong ticket!
There is too much happening in this book to be able to read it and relax with. I think Matthews could have made at least five different novels from all the information floating around. It could have been designed to come across as humorous for the reader, but for me it was information overload. I really didn't think we needed a different drama on each page. It took all my will power to read right through to the end which was a shame, as he books are usually so good.
The characters in this book are brilliant! As soon as you start reading, you'll be completely sucked in.
After being married for twenty five years, Juliet and Rick have decided that the spark has gone out. Which is convenient, as Juliet's mum and dad have just split up, with her dad announcing that he is gay, and her mum deciding she wants to live with Joyce and Rick. Nightmare enough? Then add two very spoilt children, and you've just about got the family situation!
As the story progresses, Rick and Juliets marriage is getting steadily worse. Rick is a lovely character, who seems to find himself in the funniest situations! He is really genuine and likeable, and laugh out loud funny most of the time. Juliet, on the other hand, is a nice character, but her decisions are sometimes unfounded. She isn't as innocent as Rick, and I often found myself disliking her and feeling sorry for Rick.
The children, Chloe and Tom, don't really add to the story. Tom is trying to discover if he is gay, and Chloe has crashed Juliet's car. Both are spoilt, and painfully annoying. Juliets mum, Rita, is very witty and entertaining, and her dad is hilarious.
Overall, the book was a good read. Matthews writes well, and makes the characters entertaining. Her style of first person/third person is probably the only reason I liked Juliet. My one small annoyance is her misspelling of Jodi Picoult's name, which I thought was a little inconsiderate.
Juliet and Rick Joyce have been married for 25 years but they feel as if the spark is burning out. Not only that but Juliet's mother and father have just separated and her mother has decided she wants to live with the Joyce's; Juliet & Rick's two children are beyond spoilt; and Juliet's father has announced he's gay. Throw in Steven Aubrey, the man who jilted Juliet at the altar 26 years ago, and there's bound to be trouble.
As with all of Carole's books the writing alternates between first person to third person and, as always, it makes the transition with relative ease. It's told in the first person by Juliet and is told from the viewpoint of Rick once it switches into third-person. It works perfectly and we easily see Juliet & Rick's life from both perspectives.
Juliet and Rick's relationship gets steadily rockier through-out the book when each and every drama throws itself in the face of the pair. The book was like reading the script to an episode of EastEnders, it was that full of drama and twists. It also had it's laugh-out-loud moments, particularly where Rick was concerned. The situations he managed to get himself into were incredibly amusing and yet, at the same time, so incredibly innocent.
Juliet was our main character and while I enjoyed hearing her inner-most thoughts I also wanted to strangle her multiple times. Yes, Rick got himself into some sticky situations but as I said earlier, they were perfectly innocent but what Juliet was doing was the complete opposite of innocent and it just didn't sit well with me. Yet I still lived Juliet, that's how good Carole's writing is. No I don't agree with her moral compass but she was still a nice character at heart and in the end, she made the right decision.
I loved Rick, he was amusing and yet came across quite naive too. Going out to look at the stars but getting arrested for dogging is one of the examples. Through-out the book I kept wishing he wouldn't get himself into any more trouble and just laughed as he pluged himself into yet more trouble.
I couldn't warm to Chloe and Tom, Juliet & Rick's kids, but I loved Juliet's mother and father. I thought Juliet's mother, Rita, was a bit bonkers but on the whole I loved her. Juliet's father was a sweet character and I was surprised when he announced he was gay - at 70! We don't see what it was like for Juliet's parents together but reading about them apart made it seem as if both parties were finally free. Back on to Chloe and Tom, I thought they were completely irresponsible as well as shockingly lazy. They didn't treat their parents with any respect and did treat the house more like a hotel. I could relate to Juliet better than I could relate to her children and I'm a teenager myself. However Chloe and Tom didn't detract to the story, they just added to the madness really.
There were a couple more minor characters, Stacey Lovejoy the Joyces' neighbour who resembles a WAG minus the footballer, Hal, Rick's annoying-at-times boss and Una, Juliet's work-friend from the library. Of course I haven't even mentioned Steven. I didn't like him. I thought Juliet let him back into her life far too scott-free considering he jilted her at the altar. I also didn't really believe anything he said either. I also found Una and Juliet's friendship was cast aside with relative ease which was a shame as I enjoyed the interaction between the pair.
The only thing that irritated me about the book was the fact Carole managed to spell Jodi Picoult's name wrong at the beginning of the book. She added an 'e' on Jodi and considering she's an author herself you'd think she'd know how it's spelt. Always a pet hate of mine, names of celebs or authors or whoever spelt wrong. Apart from that I loved the book. Carole's writing is just so easy to read that I flew through the book. I wholly recommend it.