An Unsuitable Match
This is the authors 21st novel. And to be honest, it shows. Both in good and bad ways…let me explain.
The ending and the whole story feels a bit twee and somewhat predictable. Also, I felt the ending was, sort of, well, unsatisfactory – so much so that I just wondered if it had just been written to meet a deadline…
The characters are so well written and developed. There is a lot of empathy and sympathy for all the main players and no-one is able to be seen in a completely bad light. I like this, perhaps simply because it maintains my faith in humanity – you know, people may make some really bad decisions, but it’s not because they’re bad people.
This novel follows the journey of Rose and Tyler – a new couple, in their 60s, who decide to get married. This story is not just about them however, it’s about their adult children and the (somewhat predicable) fall out when this is announced. As you can well imagine not everyone views this news with delight. Trollope shows how at different ages and stages we tend to focus our relational energy on certain relationships at the cost of others. It’s an age old story and the decision to make the protagonists somewhat older does make for an interesting perspective.
This was an enjoyable and fast read – but wasn’t really a novel that left me wanting more, and isn’t one that I would keep on the bookcase for a re-read but would happily pass to a friend with no expectation of having it returned. A good, light holiday or plane read.
About the Author
Joanna Trollope is the author of twenty highly acclaimed and bestselling novels, including The Rector’s Wife, Marrying the Mistress and Daughters in Law. She was appointed OBE in 1996, and a trustee of the National Literacy Trust in 2012. She has chaired the Whitbread and Orange Awards, as well as being a judge of many other literature prizes; she has been part of two DCMS panels on public libraries and is patron of numerous charities, including Meningitis Now, and Chawton House Library. In 2014, she updated Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility as the opening novel in the Austen Project. An Unsuitable Match is her twenty-first novel.