Wednesday, 29 August 2012
I made this: BookElf at 10:09 am
I have no idea where I acquired Iris and Ruby from, but it is definitely second hand and doesn't has a price in the front cover so I'm guessing either a book swap, or PovAid. Wherever it is from, it's been on my shelf for yonks and I've nearly read it a few times, before passing over to something else.
The book is also lovely in showing how families can drift apart,. but how sometimes that isn't a bad thing. Ruby's mother and Iris' daughter Lesley has her own journey that reflects that of many middle aged women-not wanting to let go of their children, unable to contemplate a life of their own without working towards the needs of others, be it a child or a man. I liked Lesley an awful lot and her subtle shift from frantic career mother and doting wife to strong independent person who will wear whatever damn trousers she chooses, was one of my favourite parts of the book.
All is all, I am so pleased I read this book. I've read another Rosie Thomas since then, and passed this one on to my G-Ma. If you like romance, dual narratives, comfy writing and a bit of drama, you need to get into her books. She is a fascinating person herself as well, which always helps!