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"What a mess, she thought now . . . what a bloody, unholy mess the whole family has got itself into."
It’s been 25 years since Gus and Monica left England to start a new life in Spain, building a vineyard and wine business from the ground up. However, when Gus suffers a stroke and their idyllic Mediterranean life is thrown into upheaval, it’s left to their three grown-up children in London to step in . . . Sebastian is busy running his company with his wife, Anna, who’s never quite seen eye-to-eye with her mother-in-law. Katie, a successful solicitor in the city, is distracted by the problems with her long-term partner, Nic, and the secretive lives of their three daughters. And Jake, ever the easy-going optimist, is determined to convince his new wife, Bella, that moving to Spain with their 18-month-old would be a good idea. As the children descend on the vineyard, it becomes clear that each has their own idea of how best to handle their mum and dad, as well as the family business. But as long-simmering resentments rise to the surface and tensions reach breaking point, can the family ties prove strong enough to keep them together?
About the Author
Joanna Trollope is the author of more than 20 previous highly acclaimed and bestselling novels, including City of Friends, An Unsuitable Match, Girl from the South, Marrying the Mistress, and The Other Family. She has chaired the Whitbread and Orange Awards.
"Trollope writes about family relationships with intelligence and clear-eyed sympathy." —Times
"The Roman poet Horace once said that the exceptional writer was one who could wield ordinary words so skillfully that, in his hands, the ordinary was made new. But for the fact that Horace said it more than two thousand years ago, he might have been speaking of Joanna Trollope. Here is a writer who marshals simple prose and constructs stories around everyday people, but in her hands the humdrum is made strikingly fresh." —Washington Post Book World on City of Friends
"The matchless Joanna Trollope works both sides of the Atlantic in her novel Girl from the South . . . [Her] pitch-perfect ear and measured insights make for an elegant read. —O: The Oprah Magazine on Girl from the South
"The complexity of familial relationships breathes realism and intensity into this novel."—Publishers Weekly on An Unsuitable Match
"Engrossing." —Southern Living Online on An Unsuitable Match
"Nobody writes about family tensions better than Joanna Trollope." —Good Housekeeping on Balancing Act
"Rewarding.” —Publishers Weekly
"Is the new Sense & Sensibility worth reading? The answer is unequivocally yes." —Washington Post on Sense & Sensibility
"This will more than satisfy Trollope fans as well as most Austen devotees; a sprightly mix of the old and new." —Library Journal on Sense & Sensibility
"Plays out the siblings’ different romantic survival strategies to great effect." —Marie Claire on Sense & Sensibility