Family life is complex: Mum & Dad by Joanna Trollope

Many years ago someone gave me a copy of this author’s novel, The Men and the Girls. I truly enjoyed it.  From that beginning I have gone on to read many of Ms. Trollope’s books.

In this novel, the titular parents, Monica and Gus, left their family in England to move to Spain many years ago.  They established a winery and a life there.  Gus was the dominant partner but Monica also loved things about Spain, especially watching the day begin while she sipped her tea.  This couple’s life changes dramatically when Gus has a stroke.

Gus and Monica have three adult children, Sebastian, Katie and Jake.  Each has their own partner, children and issues.  As though the lives of the three were not already complex, now they have to figure out how their love and sense of responsibility for their parents will change their lives.  There are many choices to be made as the characters evolve.

I enjoyed this book and became absorbed in the lives of the characters.  Although not a main character, one of Katie’s children self harms.  There is some helpful information about this condition in the novel.  Marta and other characters reflect the reality that life is generally filled with some better and some more challenging times.

For readers who are fans of high quality women’s fiction, this title is highly recommended.  Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review.

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