Book review

Publication Day #SundayLunchClub by Juliet Ashton #bookreview @simonschustere @julietstories

Family, Love and Acceptance is what #TheSudayLunchClub is all about. It is a sensitive yet warm story, so if family is your kryptonite Go Buy a Copy Today. Happy Reading.

Book

Title – The Sunday Lunch Club

Author – Juliet Ashton

Publisher – Simon & Schuster UK

Published – April 2018

Set in – England

Rating – 5/5

Story

As on GOODREADS

The first rule of Sunday Lunch Club is … don’t make any afternoon plans.

Every 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 thoughts

The Sunday Lunch Club is a story of siblings whose personalities make me think of and refer to them as a diverse family. It not only covers quite a few sensitive topics but also successful brings out the warmth of a dysfunctional family.

The story is told via the siblings, their partners with the family’s matriarch making an appearance every now and then. Every week over Sunday Lunch we get to know about Anna and her siblings. On the face of it, they look like a modern family but as time or shall we say weekly lunches pass by we see the dysfunction, the past hurt and years of secrets raring their heads subtly but strongly.

As each week its time for Lunch it is also time for something new or old about the siblings being revealed. I was upset, angry, scared, bored, disappointed, hopeful and happy right along with the characters.

I am happy how the author has addressed some topics with a light touch without making it feel like she was just mentioning them for the sake of it. It is a brave move and well put across in a family setting and not making it stand out like a sore thumb.

What makes this a good, fulfilling read for me is the warmth of the siblings, their acceptance and unconditional love for each other. It screams of how a family should be despite and in spite of all the inherent dysfunctions. It is brave, heartbreaking, full of love and madness just like a bunch of siblings with varied personalities.

Juliet’s stories engross you and make you see yourself in a light we usually take for granted, that of the basic, everyday decency and humanity. Every time I read one of her stories I end up loving it. I hope you will too.

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

Reviewed by Bharti

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