Saturday, May 23, 2015
Just a Family Affair by Veronica Henry
The Liddiard family are well known in the Gloucestershire village of Honeycote - and now there is to be a big wedding. But will everything go according to plan? Lucy Liddiard knows her husband is no saint, but isn't prepared for his latest confession.
Bride-to-be Mandy has no idea what joining the Liddiards really means. And local girl Mayday, wild child, rebel and free spirit, is thinking the unthinkable - with unimaginable consequences.
Just a Family Affair is a glorious, all-consuming story about finding out the truth, finding a husband, or perhaps just finding yourself.
The only way I can think of to describe this book is that it's a rather modern version of Downton Abbey but with a bit less sizz.
Set in a small English village, Just a Family Affair focused on the Liddiard family with Lucy Liddiard being the mother and a rather saintly one, father Mickey being the devilish rascal who is rather good at letting others take the rap for his mistakes. Then you have the rather serious son, Patrick who covers for his dad about to marry sweet girl next door who is without much personality Mandy. However, wild girl, Mandy who is rather chummy with Patrick who has all the great personality might be trying to stir things up or maybe she's not?
And then there's Kay who is suddenly a widow and now returning to Honeycote village to claim what's right for her beloved daughter and not forgetting father of the bride, Keith who is having secrets of his own just as much as mother of the bide, Sarah, who is being rather unfair in her attempt to win back Keith?
Is that not 'Downton Abbey-ish' enough for you?