Slippers in the Oven Paperback – 21 Mar 2014
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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...
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Never has the “open sea” been so gloriously claustrophobic. Funny and insightful, every aspect of the pained relationship between these troubled sisters is re-defined and... Read morePublished 23 months ago by ExPat
An easy and enjoyable read, but no less accomplished for it.
I was struck by the writer's empathy for both main protagonists, smoothly jumping between the two to... Read more
If you’re thinking of going on your first cruise then read this book first – you may change your mind. Read morePublished on 22 July 2014 by C. Wood