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Kiss and keep quiet about it
on 17 February 2016
Having read and enjoyed Fiona Walker's earlier books, I was looking forward to the long awaited sequel to Well Groomed and French Relations, Writing in a similar vein and social milieu as Jilly Cooper, Ms Walker's books are always going to invite comparison, and not always positive ones, and I'm afraid I found this to be the case here.
Puns and plays on words fall off the page in abundance, to the extent you forget where the plot is actually going. The caddish husband, whose behaviour is excused because he just really loves his wife, and her love for him redeems him. The loyal wife, who bears the brunt of his odious behaviour, but puts up with it because she understands him, and once he realises that, everything will just be perfect. The endearing drunk. People who can't see what's under their noses, love-wise - but of course we can. It's a formula that has gone slightly stale.
The storyline was particularly weak, and the central characters disappointing. Tash has become even more of a doormat, wet and frankly irritating, while Hugo has turned into even more of a chauvinist pig - I was sorry to see the characters resurrected in the end. Hopefully they have been put to bed for good.