Marrying the Mistress Paperback – 24 Jan 2000
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The court official leaned closer.
"What's gone past", he said 'is not just an advocate, any old lady advocate. What's gone past is his Honour's totty".
And what's going past is the life of Guy Stockdale, a 62-year-old judge, who has been married forever, has two sons--Simon and Alan--and three grandchildren. For the past seven years, he has also had a mistress; Merrion Palmer is intelligent, attractive and half Guy's age, which also makes her younger than both Simon and Alan. Her dad died when she was a toddler and she is well aware that Guy is something of a father substitute. For years the role of mistress has suited her but then, suddenly, this style of relationship isn't enough for either of them. They have both had enough of sneaking around and avoiding people, so Guy has momentously made up his mind to leave his wife Laura and marry Merrion.
Marrying the Mistress dives into the shock-waves that buffet the Stockdale family after Guy leaves Laura. The novel addresses the question of how his sons are going to cope, the explosive opinions of his forthright daughter-in-law Carrie and what his teenage grandchildren make of it all. Can any of them avoid taking sides? Should they? And what about the abandoned wife Laura, a woman apparently so long-sufferingly self-sacrificing she makes Mother Teresa look selfish?
From queen of the aga saga Joanna Trollope comes a dexterous portrayal of the causes and effects of marital breakdown: the stresses, the battle of wills, the bitterness and personal growth, the renegotiation of relationships--and an exposure of the depths to which the moral high ground can sink. --Lisa Gee
"Particularly rich and satisfying" (Mail on Sunday)
"Clever, clever, clever... probes right to the heart of a typically modern dilemma" (Daily Mail)
"A swift and riveting read" (The Times)
"This is Trollope at her best" (Woman & Home) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Whilst the affair between Guy and Merrion was kept secret, all appeared quite comfortable in his family, at least on the surface, but once Guy decides to come clean and marry his mistress, the family dynamics shift dramatically forcing other subtly hidden problems to emerge and demand attention.
Likewise, Merrion has her issues, and her already difficult and complicated realtionship with her mother undergoes a thorough shake up.
One of the main strengths of this book is the author's ability to create wholly believable characters. She really does tap into the complicated emotions triggered by loyalty and dependency issues, creating an interesting and satisfying story.
This is clever writing, and although the storyline is fairly easy to predict, this is largely attributable to the fact it is so easy to get to know the characters in depth. All together a good read. Not her best, but good nonetheless.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Joanna Trollope is so good at painting pictures with her words. This book kept me looking forward to picking it up each time.Published 1 month ago by Chris Sherwin
Beautifully written. She has the ability to describe people both from their physical appearance, and the complex workings of intellect and emotion without being trivial and over... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Marion Rankin
Loved it. A bit predictable but had to find out how far the characters would commit.Published 5 months ago by Pamela Gelder
A good read which kept me hooked until the end. Believable characters with whom I could identify with.Published 6 months ago by DP
Guy, a respectable judge in his early sixties, decides to leave his wife and marry his young mistress Merrion. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sue
A meaningful read, but without too many twists & turns. Liked that there was a subtle underlying message within this book.Published 14 months ago by Lisa010265