- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Quercus (28 Aug. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1780875258
- ISBN-13: 978-1780875255
- Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 3.1 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Marriage Mender Paperback – 28 Aug 2014
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Linda Green is bloody brilliant! (Amanda Prowse, #1 bestselling author)
Marvellous writing and a story that will resonate with anyone who's had to deal with a nightmare ex make for a highly enjoyable read (Sun)
Be prepared for a roller-coaster ride of emotions . . . with a great set of characters and an incredibly intense build up, this is an engrossing story from start to finish (Novelicious)
A warm book about love and family (Sunday Mirror)
Utterly riveting (Closer)
'A warm and wonderful story that will have you smiling, sobbing and cheering' Milly Johnson. (Milly Johnson)
'Utterly riveting' Closer. (Closer)
'Warm, well-written, thought-provoking - reminds us of the power we have to effect change in the world' Dorothy Koomson. (Dorothy Koomson)
'Smart, witty writing' Elle. (Elle)
'Heart-warming and inspiring - a great read!' Katie Fforde. (Katie Fforde)
'Marvellous writing and a story that will resonate with anyone who's had to deal with a nightmare ex make for a highly enjoyable read' Sun. (Sun)
'Mixed with hilarious anecdotes ... a warm book about love and family' Sunday Mirror. (Sunday Mirror)
From the #1 bestselling author of While My Eyes Were Closed comes a grippingly emotional novel about how far we can trust those closest to us. 'Linda Green is bloody brilliant!' Amanda ProwseSee all Product Description
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After that first chapter the clock rewinds and we become acquainted with the Bentley family before everything started to fall apart. They seem to be blissfully happy together and are raising two great kids; Josh, Chris' son from a previous relationship, and Matilda. Josh may not be Ali's biological son, but she has been taking care of him since he was just a little boy and for all intents and purposes she is his mother.
So when on Josh' sixteenth birthday his biological mother suddenly makes an appearance, it immediately throws their carefree lives into tumult. And it's not a one-time disruption either; her visit sets into motion the unravelling of secrets so powerful that their loving family unit is rapidly pulled apart. Alison, always aiming to please everyone around her, is desperate to keep her family together, but is she fighting a losing battle?
I've been anticipating this book ever since I first heard about it as I found Linda Green's previous novel, The Mummyfesto, hugely inspirational and I was excited to read more by her hand. The Marriage Mender was a very different kind of story but not any less excellent. Gripping from the moment I started reading, I was unable to stop reading this compelling read until I had turned the final page.
Ali was a wonderful main character and I cared for her deeply.Read more ›
”The Marriage Mender” is a story about – surprise, surprise! – a marriage mender. Alison’s job is to help other couples, to make them understand each other better, to help them to solve their problems, to help them to find they love again. She is married to Chris and they have a daughter, a nine – year – old Matilda, very resolute girl with a tendency to ask wrong questions at the wrong time. They are also raising Josh, Chris’s son from his first relationship. Everything looks brilliant, till the day when Chris’s ex Lydia re-appears and wants to renew contact with Josh, who she walked out on when he was a baby. Chris can’t forget her for this, and doesn’t want anything to do with her but right now it’s about Josh. Is Lydia going to mess up the family’s life? Did she change? Are her intentions really innocent?
Alison. I would say she is really good at her job and I also warmed to her and to her calm, quiet way. I liked her but there were moments that I felt really desperate with her and I wanted to shake her and yell at her, woman, stop being so understanding! Stop speaking all the time as if you were in your office, stop being the peacemaker for a while, make a mistake, say something wrong, and stop calling people „love” all the time!Read more ›
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The book kept me interested but it was quite annoying that it wasn't clear who the person writing diary like through the book actually was ,too many unanswered questions ,couldn't... Read morePublished 4 hours ago by avril gallagher
First book I have read of Linda green and it will not be the last. It's real, funny, emotional and touching. There is something in this book for all of us to feel a connectionPublished 2 days ago by Jane e
Loved the characters. The story was very well told. Everyone has their problems and it is amazing whilst helping out others how a professional counsellor remains controlled,... Read morePublished 4 days ago by juggie
Was a bit of a depressing read I should have guessed really and the ending was flat. Linda Green is a great writer but I expected morePublished 6 days ago by Lizzie Court
Really heart warming story with interesting and likeable characters. A few tears were shed! Really enjoyed this:-)
Would recommend it.
This was a nice enjoyable read. It was easy to picture the characters and the storyline unfolding. I would recommend this.Published 11 days ago by Nicky
Really nice read, full of twists, laugh out loud at some of the comments from other people in counselling.
Emotional, yet humorous tale of how a family cope with the upheaval of an unexpected and unwelcome visitor. Wonderfully written and thoroughly enjoyable!Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed this Linda Green novel. I wanted to keep on reading, it kept me gripped until the end.Published 23 days ago by Santorini