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Product details

  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Indepenpress Publishing Ltd (21 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780037546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780037547
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,499,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After Emma, a successful career woman, steals the husband of her younger sister Ann, a comfortable stay-at-home mother, they are estranged for many years. Reunited again at his funeral and carried away by the emotion of the moment, they impulsively decide to go away together. Unable to agree on a destination, they eventually compromise on a cruise. But intermixed with thrilling new experiences, unfamiliar destinations and the amusing antics of some of their fellow passengers, Ann and Emma find it difficult to heal their wounds. On board the disconnected, and at times surreal world of a cruise ship, there are accusations and revelations amid the tears and laughter as they take tentative steps towards a greater understanding of each other and closure on the past. A heart-warming tale of two sisters' journey towards reconciliation and forgiveness.

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I won't go into the plot of this book as Elizabeth Hart has already described it, but here is my reaction...

The book has you howling with laughter one minute at the utter insanity of the ocean cruise micro-culture, then weeping tears at the repeated misunderstandings and disagreements the sisters experience as they painfully pick their ways through their old relationship and try to find a new one.

It's a wonderful story because it explores sibling rivalry in a way that few other books I've read can even touch. Being an only child I can only guess at what that can feel like: Roberta paints the picture in a way that's powerful and sensitive at the same time, which helps me understand how sibling rivalry could have affected me.

And although I have always fancied going on a cruise when I retire, "Slippers In The Oven" really has made me think again. But I enjoyed every minute of reading the book and thoroughly recommend it...
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Not my usual fayre at all but the subject matter of cruises took my interest, as a friend was about to go on one for the first time. Blimey, I had no idea! I felt like I'd been on an epic journey too by the time it finished. Aarons tells a good yarn and clearly understands sibling rivalries. I wonder how many people will take this with them when they next sail away? Or maybe they should read it before embarking. Either way, much enjoyed (and taken on board, as it were)!
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I read Roberta Aarons' debut novel so was really looking forward to Slippers in the Oven - I was certainly not disappointed! A very different book from the first, but written with the same literary skill. The author manages to create incredible, colourful characters, making them very clear in the reader's imagination. The relationship between sisters in the book is what keeps you interested - hooked in fact. Anyone with siblings will recognise some of the more subtle themes that can be present in sibling relationships. Cleverly written, a brilliant read...but I am not sure I will be stepping on board a cruise ship anytime soon!
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I bought this book having read and enjoyed the author's debut 'My Grandfather's False Teeth'.
This is a very different sort of novel, focusing on the relationship of two sisters who have loved and lost the same husband.
Emma, a successful but emotionally unfulfilled career woman has 'stolen' Ann's husband, Henry. Ann, whose life had revolved around her family is, understandably, resentful of her big sister.
After Henry's funeral they decide to go on holiday together to mend their wounds.
The colourful setting of a cruise liner provides a backdrop for the healing process that unfolds.
We meet eccentric fellow passengers, visit exotic locations and visually devour the sumptuous fare available on board a liner while our protagonists confront their demons and each other.
This is a touching story that will resonate with anyone who's experienced sibling rivalry and the over-riding feeling of sisterly love.
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