The book I will now review - "The simple rules of love by Amanda Brookfield".
The book begins with a big family funeral, not that many of them will missed this particular "rat faced" aunty, so little so that she is barely mentioned in the first few sentences, but the point of this is the head of the brood, Pamela now see's that she is the last one left, the eldest, so surely she should be the next to go, well that's what she hopes, after losing her beloved John, married for 40 years then he just ups and dies on her, has actually left her very lonely...and of course bereft.
Then there is her wonderful family to look after, her lovely messed up and completely dysfunctional family, with Serena and Charlie whose youngest daughter Tia was killed by a hit and run driver when she was a toddler, with the rest of the brood trying to pull away and do their own thing.
Peter and Helen, the head of the family, the strong and staunch one's that have surprisingly handed over their right to Ashby house, the family mansion, to Charlie and co, giving them (hopefully) something to get their teeth into, to live for maybe.
Then finally Cassie and Elizabeth, Cassie with her forthcoming wedding to the wonderful Stephen and poor Elizabeth who has just got through her second hapless marriage and clings to her only son Roland.
But things soon change, they say what a difference a day makes, but in this case what a difference a year makes.......
I have to say this book was a bit of a surprise to me, not really wanting to read it next, but my son insisting (they take it turns picking Mummy a book!), I got stuck in and was pleasantly surprised.
The entire book surrounds the Harrison family with Pamela, (now in her eighty's), doing something completely out of the ordinary and throwing the family into turmoil, making her now the dependent, rather than the head of the family, couple this with a huge family that insists that they spend every special occasion together, there are always going to be problems!
There are the parents (Pamela's children), that are still war wounded from the many trials and tribulations of life itself, especially the poor Charlie and Serena, losing their youngest child so suddenly and dramatically, and how they are trying to claw back their lives.
Then there is the next generation, and how they are living their now unrestricted, nearly on the cusp of adulthood lives, this is particularly interesting, seeing how they are constantly rebelling against parents and in this book auntie's and uncle's too, but still coming to the conclusion set before them by understanding adults, I remember doing this myself!
The book states that this book is "one family, four seasons, everything will change....", and is written thus, starting with the funeral in December, and following the ups and downs of the family throughout the following year.
I like the fact this book is written from the third person perspective, taking one month at a time, though covering each part of the family in smaller sections within the chapter itself.
This makes the story interesting and very readable, but also incredibly detailed and involved, this has taken me a good week to complete and absorb, but was worth every minute, with me initially thinking it wouldn't be worth a read (not sure why either!), but becoming completely engrossed in the book once started, recommended!
Price wise this is available from www.amazon.co.uk for around £4.00.
Thanks for reading xx