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Breaking The Chain by [Makepeace, Maggie]
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Breaking The Chain Kindle Edition

3.8 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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About the Author

Maggie Makepeace came to writing late in life, having begun her career as a zoologist. She had a number of jobs in scientific research and Wildlife Trusts, the most rewarding of which was a 3-year contract on a Scottish estuary studying the social behaviour of shelducks. For a brief time in the 70s she was a television presenter for Yorkshire TV and London Weekend, and gradually became more interested in the psychology of human behaviour, especially communication - or the lack of it - and in the way that some people attempt to control the lives of others.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1134 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader; 1 edition (28 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OY9D6E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #241,245 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Susannah B (SusieB) TOP 100 REVIEWER on 22 Nov. 2015
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When Duncan Moon, with his inhibiting stammer, asks his new girlfriend, Phoebe, if she would make him a cup of tea, he stutters over the 'm', and Phoebe, who has been longing for Duncan to ask him to marry her, jumps in before he can finish, and tells him she would be delighted to marry him. Duncan, a nice-looking, but reticent and repressed middle-aged bachelor, does not have the heart, nor indeed, the courage, to tell Phoebe she was mistaken, and before he can decide whether marriage with Phoebe is really what he wants, the pair are married and living in cottage belonging to Duncan's wealthy parents, Peter Moon QC, and his wife, Hope.  

However, although marriage with Duncan was just what Phoebe thought she wanted, she finds living with him full-time leaves a lot to be desired.  For one thing, Duncan never discusses his feelings with Phoebe, in fact he hardly speaks to her unless he has to - partly due to his stammer and partly due to the difficult relationship he has with his parents (whose marriage is a rather dysfunctional one) especially his mother, Hope, who has starved her sons of emotional nourishment and empathy, and has taught them, by example, that feelings should be suppressed. Duncan also seems to have a rather low sex drive, and if that isn't bad enough, he doesn't want children - which is difficult for Phoebe to accept, as she has a very healthy attitude towards sex and would like to start a family.

When Nancy Sedgemoor, an old friend of Peter Moon's dies and leaves Peter all her possessions, Peter decides to share the proceeds between Duncan and his other sons, and he encourages them to go to Nancy's flat to take their pick.
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I picked this book up in a second hand shop and it was brilliant. A great story I really enjoyed it. I identified so much with the girl in the book. I will now order more books from Maggie Makepeace, I loved her style of writing.
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In this novel,Makepeace tackles the difference between those who find it easy to show and share emotion and those who do not. This is a very English book, full of humour and wit, touching on class, wealth and eccentricity. She is at ease with her subject and the writing swings along, always a joy to read. I would recommend this to anybody looking for a light but important book about love and the various ways of finding it.
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Story ok and quite predictable and amusing to start. Diary secret was a damp sqib - I was expecting more e.g a question of parentage. Last few chapters totally unrelated but of the time of initial publication re contracting diseases. Strange ending where heroine is pregnant (unsure of father ) and may have contracted AIDS (unresolved in book) and has embarked on a gay relationship. Poor woman needs counselling.
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The beginning of the book is very compelling but I then got a little bit fed up with it. Fortunately just at the right moment it picked up the pace and redeemed itself and became a good read as the book then began to unfold more of the story which wasn't what I expected. Worth a read.
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Although basically a good story it took reading three quarters of the book for it to get going. I could have easily put it down during that time and not picked it up again. The writing was rather amateurish which added to the 'when is this going to go somewhere' feeling.
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loved this -- great descriptions of human inter-relations and how our expectations are all different.
Communication is the key to this well written and really enjoyable novel.
Great characterisation and totally readable and believable throughout.
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I found this story hard to really get into. The characters seemed a little boring to begin with. But then I kept reading and it got better. I just thought that it could have had a better ending.
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