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The Sunday Lunch Club by Juliet Ashton #BookReview

Image result for Juliet Ashton Sunday Lunch ClubEvery few Sundays, Anna and her extended family and friends get together for lunch. They talk, they laugh, they bicker, they eat too much. Sometimes the important stuff is left unsaid, other times it’s said in the wrong way.

Sitting between her ex-husband and her new lover, Anna is coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy at the age of forty. Also at the table are her ageing grandmother, her promiscuous sister, her flamboyantly gay brother and a memory too terrible to contemplate.

Until, that is, a letter arrives from the person Anna scarred all those years ago. Can Anna reconcile her painful past with her uncertain future?

Juliet Ashton weaves a story of love, friendship and community that will move you to laughter and to tears. Think Cold Feet meets David Nicholls, with a dash of the joy of Jill Mansell added for good measure.

 

My Review

Love this comfort food, warm, hug-gable novel!

I’ve long been a fan of Juliet’s books, and this didn’t disappoint! I literally melted into the story & felt like I was at the dining room table with the whole Piper family plus partners, friends and occasional strays. Anna was a relatable & warm character, who I instantly wanted to know more about. I liked the face that she wasn’t perfect, questioned good things and made wrong decisions, while ultimately just trying her best.

Her crazy family & the Sunday Lunch Club were argumentative, slightly unhinged & in-short adorable! The narrative moves forward, with each chapter describing another Sunday lunch & it’s a very clever plot device that leaves you feeling ravenous by the end. Definitely have snacks on hand while reading this book.

This heart warming read that will leave you with a spring in your step.

About the Author 

Image result for JUliet Ashton about the author Juliet Ashton was born in Fulham and still lives in London. She writes under a variety of names, including her real name, Bernadette Strachan, and as Claire Sandy. She is married and has one daughter.

She enjoys writing almost as much as she loves reading. She say “books are constant friends; no fall-outs about borrowed shoes, no lusting after the same man.”

Her house is a haven of creativity, as she writes and  her husband Matthew composes music for theatre and TV. They have two dogs who are completely different and there may be some Irish in her, although you’d never know!

Find out more at http://www.berniestrachan.com

Follow her on twitter @julietstories 

Pre-order your own copy of The Sunday Lunch Club here.

Big thanks to SJ at Simon & Schuster & Juliet for sending me an advance review copy 🙂

Thanks so much for reading!

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