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The house is empty, but are our hearts?
The Empty Nesters - Nina Bell
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The Empty Nesters - Nina Bell
Advantages: Plot, characters, writing style
Disadvantages: None for me
I bought this book a few months ago as part of The Works' 3 for £5 deal. As I ended up spending £25 or £30 I have been slowly working my way through the pile!
What first attracted me to this book was the plot. The story focuses around a group of parents who are left at a bit of a loose end after their children go off to university. The plot sounded interesting to me and something different to your usual chick lit which often focuses around younger women looking for love.
The book begins by introducing us to Clover. She is in her 50s and is mother to Ben and Holly. Holly has just finished sixth form and Ben has been off on a gap year and finished last year. Therefore they are both heading off to university this year. Clover is proud of her children and also proud of herself and her husband George for making it to this point. However, she is a little wary of the future as she will miss her babies.
Laura is mother to Jamie who is the same age as Holly. He is off to Gwent to study law, something that Laura is very proud of. However, she is a very protective mother and therefore is worried about her life after Jamie has left. She and Jamie's father are married and still together but the relationship is over. Tim had an affair some years back and since then they have just been together out of convenience.
The best friends are both worried about their future and feel that they are at a crossroads in their lives with no idea which way they want to go. What will they do now their children have flown the nest?
It is difficult not to immediately warm to Clover. She is a lovely character who is a wonderful mother and would do anything for anyone. She reminded me very much of one of Trisha Ashley's main characters and was a typical mother hen, caring for those around her.
Laura on the other hand took a bit more effort to love. From the opening of the book she seemed very short and snappy with her husband and was very overbearing when it came to Jamie, to an extent where she was smothering him. However, Laura is very upset that Tim betrayed her and cannot forget it so this does explain some of her behaviour.
The pair have another friend Alice who is quite the opposite of Clover. She is a successful businesswoman who works very hard to produce turnovers in their millions. She is always jetting off around the world leaving little time for her daughter, Lola. I found it quite easy to dislike Alice and she certainly didn't fit in with the other mothers.
The book focuses primarily on Clover and Laura and how they cope with no longer having children to care for and be there for. Each chapter tends to begin by changing which person we are viewing. I liked this because if putting the book down it was very easy to pick up when I began reading again.
I believed that the plot flowed very well and it was interesting. Initially I was a little concerned it might be a little slow now the women saw their lives as relatively empty however I found there was always plenty going on and as soon as I got about a quarter of the way through the book I was anxious to keep reading to learn about what would happen next.
I found the writing style very laid back and informal. It really felt as though I was there with the women viewing their every move. The style actually made me feel really relaxed and after reading a few chapters I felt noticeably refreshed.
I thought the book was the perfect length and I felt that everything was looked at in a good amount of detail but was not overly informative. The ending was done very well and with one mystery I was guessing right up until the end.
The books author is Nina Bell.
It was published in 2011.
It has 384 pages.
Currently both kindle and paperback can be found on amazon for around £5.
I really enjoyed this book. The plot was interesting and attention grabbing and I loved settling down with it for half an hour. Recommended for all fans of fiction.
Summary: Fantastic read, wholeheartedly recommended