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  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (1 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780883250
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780883250
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Linda MacDonald was born and brought up in Cockermouth, Cumbria. She has a degree in psychology and a PGCE in biology and science. She is a former teacher of psychology at a sixth form college and lives in Beckenham, Kent. Her first novel, Meeting Lydia, was published by Matador in 2011.

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I downloaded the book after a recommendation on Twitter. One false start a while ago although picked it up a second time as I was fed up with the recent ‘police detective….body in a canal’ books I’d been reading. Totally outside my normally reading window but I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The story's about relationships and friendships, several individual stories all connected in a bigger narrative. I liked the way it was written and the everyday language used (none of the needless verbiage some authors use describing what a character is having for breakfast). Despair, hope, deceit and infidelity it's all there and I found I ended up with a certain affinity with all the characters. Read it all in a little over 2 days NB review written by a 50++ male, so there you go fellas!
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I read Meeting Lydia Review Here a little while ago so I was delighted when Linda asked if I would be interested in A Meeting of a Different Kind. This is a stand alone follow on but to get full enjoyment I suggest reading them in order.

This time we peek into the lives of Edward and Felicity, Marianne and Johnny along with Taryn. All older characters with a wealth of life experience between them.

Edward, staid and set in his ways, a lover of routine is rather put out when his wife of twenty years decides she will spend her mothers’ inheritance to finally follow her dream of owning a small-holding, orchard and restaurant. After raising four children she feels it’s her turn for some independence. Edward feels rejected and un-involved in all her plans.

Marianne had a rough patch in her marriage to Johnny the previous year, she has known Edward since school days and they have a platonic email relationship. After the last book which covered the turmoil of Marianne I was relieved this time to find she has settled down a lot and seems more stable emotionally.

Taryn is a rather bizarre friend of Marianne .. the total opposite in personality, a bit of a ‘man eater’ but they compliment each other and are extremely close.

The whole story examines the thoughts, feelings, actions of these people. How each individual’s actions impact on the others. A fascinating glimpse into the world of ordinary middle aged folk living a normal life but with a few thoughtless comments or decisions they have the ability to rock each other’s sheer existence.

I felt connected to all these people in varying ways .. Edward means well but I would find him extremely irritating because he is so determined to do the right thing all the time.
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Edward Harvey's life has been normal, stable, predictable and safe for over 20 years. And this is just how he likes it. He has a beautiful wife, four children and a lovely home with some land. He has a job he loves as a lecturer and his wife Felicity has been the anchor of his family, raising the children and running the home. This has allowed Edward to do pretty much all he wanted career wise. However, recently Edward has noticed some cracks appearing on his somewhat docile lifestyle. Felicity looks different. She's acting different and their relationship appears to be cooling.

When Felicity's mother dies and leaves her a small fortune, Felicity realises that this is the perfect opportunity to follow her own dreams and aspirations. When she first met Edward she had talked about her dream of opening her own restaurant. Now, with the available funds, it seems she can now do this. Edward however feels left out and a little resentful that Felicity is making plans without him and, it appears to Edward, planning a future without him. Edward seeks solace in the email friendship he has struck up with an old school friend Marianne. She appears to understand him better than his own wife and offers much needed reassurances. But, is Edward looking for a little bit more than friendship?

Marianne, has survived a difficult year within her own marriage and also enjoys her email exchanges with Edward. However, her friend Taryn is very interested in the dynamics of this friendship and becomes a little jealous over their friendship. Perhaps she should meet this Edward person herself and make up her own mind about him. She doesn't like the fact that Marianne has something she doesn't! Taryn is a feisty, outwardly confident and animated character.
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This is the stand-alone sequel to Meeting Lydia which I haven't read but that certainly didn't affect my enjoyment of this book in the slightest. However, there were some mentions of a difficult time in Marianne's past and I admit that I would now like to read Meeting Lydia just to get more details about what actually went on during that time.

To begin with I thought that Edward and Felicity had the perfect life with everything they could possibly wish for but it soon became clear that this wasn't the case. I loved Felicity's ideas for the restaurant, I was nodding my head in agreement when she described the lack of places to eat when you have specific dietary requirements. I would have liked to have known a bit more about her because quite often I found myself wondering what was going through her mind.

Taryn exploded onto the scene with some choice words and a flying scrabble box, this certainly made me sit up and take notice of her - I knew then that I would find her interesting. As she described her difficult childhood, I felt that this explained her lifestyle and some of her manipulative actions even if I didn't agree with it.

Marianne was an intriguing character, I really enjoyed her emails to Edward especially some of the crazier ones - I could definitely relate to her random thought processes!

The writing was fantastic, the author beautifully captured the essence of each relationship/friendship and the further I read the more connected I felt to the characters and their lives. Sometimes the subject of infidelity can make me feel uncomfortable but with these characters I just didn't feel that way - it was written so that it felt purposeful instead of just hurtful (if that makes any kind of sense).
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