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Family life - good and bad
on 22 December 2013
This book is a realistic depiction of life - the good, the bad and the ugly! The heroine is Vicky who lives in a small terraced house in London with her three young daughters and her curate husband. She is on maternity leave following the birth of her last child. She loves her husband and children but has never got over the sudden and totally unexpected deaths of both her mother and baby son some years before. The death of her son, in particular, haunts her every day. Life is, therefore, something of a struggle for Vicky. She has also not got to grips with the sudden religious conversion of her husband Steve. He was a plumber and now, after something of an epiphany, is a curate. Vicky has never really come to terms with this and does not really see herself as a curate's wife.
Vicky's already difficult life is further complicated when her older brother (whom she does not get on with) arrives suddenly at her home on Boxing day with his teenage son. He has split up from his wife and takes up residence in Vicky's already cramped home. This is not her only problem as further problems ensue, one after the other.
If the above description makes this book sound like a tale of misery, it is anything but. It is warm-hearted and humorous. Vicky may have her problems but she copes, she survives. The characterisation is excellent. All of the characters, down to the months old baby, are vividly and realistically drawn. All of the characters are flawed, just like the rest of humanity, but they are likeable and believable and the reader cannot help but empathise with them. In particular we root for Vicky - we want her to survive and prosper.
This is a lovely novel, true to life, sad at times, but warm-hearted, humorous and sometimes though-provoking. I thoroughly recommend it.