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Daughters-in-Law by [Trollope, Joanna]
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4.1 out of 5 stars 191 customer reviews

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'Supremely sure of her material and purpose, compassionate but never sentimental' --SUNDAY TIMES, Feb 2011

'Wonderfully observed and readable' --THE TIMES, Feb 2011

'The author's psychology, as always, is sound, the plotting secure and the pacing brisk and page-turning. Another winner' --DAILY MAIL, March 2011

'The legendary Ms Trollope triumphs yet again, with her latest slick of classy chick-lit' --HEAT, March 2011

'Sociologically and psychologically as observant as ever'
--THE SPECTATOR, March 2011

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Praise for Joanna Trollope:
"We grow attached to her characters whose weaknesses -- and triumphs -- are our own."
"-- The Gazette

""Simply reach for any novel by Joanna Trollope: To do so is to put your finger on the very pulse of Western Civilization -- its passions, its concerns, its trends."
""-- "The Globe and Mail

""A writer at the height of her powers."
""-- "Women's Journal"


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1667 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (3 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552776408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552776400
  • ASIN: B004PYDHB6
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 191 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,605 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
At her best Joanna Trollope is a captivating storyteller and here again she is at her best.

Here we are at Trollope Central: a family tale dealing with everyday life and familiar interpersonal conflicts. The subject is the reverberations in an extended family caused by the advent of three daughters-in-law in a tightly-knit family presided over by a controlling matriarch. Mum has ruled over hubbie and three sons and ensured that authority centres on her. Daughters-in-law intrude and stimulate everyone to seek individual freedom. The theme is the importance of that individual freedom.

In other hands this could be a dull and inconsequential tale. In Joanna Trollope's professional hands it becomes an enthralling story which, after the first 100 essentially scene-setting pages, grips you emotionally - often to a point just short of sentimentality - and drives you on to a nicely judged satisfying conclusion. You care about mum, dad, the three sons and three daughters-in-law and even the nicely drawn kids. You want them to achieve self-understanding and not to destroy the whole extended family structure as they do so. You are gripped by the many superbly constructed scenes that pepper the narrative. You admire the convincing dialogue. And you end by telling yourself that you have been entertained by a real pro.

This is Joanna Trollope at her best: an engaging tale, convincing characters, tightly-knit plot, clear theme, intelligent social and moral judgements and the sense you know where you are going because she knows exactly where she wants to take you - and has the skills to do it entertainingly.
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I thought this book would be of particular interest with the given topic being that of the main character and her relationships with her sons and their wives, as I for one can relate firsthand to the difficulties involved in the relationship between a daughter-in-law and a mother-in-law.
It is the first Joanna Trollope book I've read, and to be truthful I found it a bit hard going. The book jumps across the individual family members a lot, and although its well written I found it a bit hard to keep up with all the chopping and changing. I will say however, that she did capture the way the mother-in-law interferes in a "subtle" yet overbearing way, that to her sons she is merely trying to "help" with whatever is needed and basically control the situations going on around her, needing to know everything as it happens with nothing left private. Ultimately, she underlines the fact that no-one is ever good enough for her boys although you wouldn't hear her actually say it!
But when the daughters-in-law assert themselves and become the boys number one priority it is all set for change and we see a shift in loyalty from the male characters.
We also see support from the wives in the way that although their mother-in-law meddles in their lives, they try and see the good in her as they are mostly mothers themselves, and can partly understand why she is the way she is.
To summise, a good book that got better as you got further into it and an interesting read for all those out there who perhaps struggle with their own relationship with the mother-in-law!
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By Katharine Kirby TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Mar. 2011
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`Daughters-in-Law' should intuitively reach out and appeal to a hefty chunk of the novel buying demographic. Joanna Trollope knows her market, and I'm well in her sights. Settling cosily into this latest family album I realised that she could be writing about me. I began to recognise the whole scenario with a chilling presentiment. What a rich lode she has struck, writing instructively for her contemporaries, women who have had inevitably to yield authority over their closely reared sons; changing their tactics in order to fulfil secretly held family based ambitions; while busily trying to develop new wiles and strategies.

At first it seems the whole book will be about Rachel but no, this story fans out to her growing and extended family; uncovering hidden dynamics and ambitions, the steely inner strength of her collective Daughters-in-Law and the quiet good sense of her ornithological artist husband Anthony. So each generation of women readers will find something to touch and recognise in the lively Brinkley family who we get to know so quickly.

Joanna Trollope has a beguiling talent for creating perfectly written children to people her plots. For me the innocently unguarded sayings of little Mariella and the touching depictions of Kit the toddler grandson, Barney the baby were worth buying the book for alone. She gets them just right, providing light relief as well as required pathos to the story.

She also has a delicious turn of phrase - my copy of the book already has highlights and reminders marking pertinent observations that resonated rather too strongly for comfort. So I found something personally helpful and useful in them. A series of lessons to take heed of!
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I thought this was Joanna Trollope back to her best, in the same vein as Second Honeymoon or Marrying the Mistress it deals with families changing as the children and parents adapt to the children growing up and flying the nest. It is the story of a mother with three sons and their three wives and the very differing personalities particularly amongst the women.

As a daughter-in-law myself, it is very insightful and makes you question all the other in-law relationships in a family to see where yours fits!

The story is always captivating and you shift who you support continually through the book, which flows to a moving and satsfyingly realistic ending.

Highly recommend and you'll find you hurtle through this book wishing JT didn't write one only every two years!!
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