Mum and Dad by Joanna Trollope
ebook, 388 pages
Expected publication: May 1st 2020 by Independent Publishers Group & Macmillan
About the Book:
It's been twenty-five years since Gus and Monica left England to start a new life in Spain, building a vineyard and wine business from the ground up. But when Gus suffers a stroke and their idyllic Mediterranean life is thrown into upheaval, it's left to their three grown-up children in London to step in. Sebastian is busy running his company with his wife, Anna, who's never quite seen eye-to-eye with her mother-in-law. Katie, a successful London solicitor, is distracted by the problems with her long-term partner, Nic, and the secretive lives of their three daughters. And Jake, ever the easy-going optimist, is determined to convince his new wife, Bella, that moving to Spain with their eighteen-month-old would be a good idea. As the children descend on the vineyard, it becomes clear that each has their own idea of how best to handle their mum and dad, as well as the family business. But as long-simmering resentments rise to the surface and tensions reach breaking point, can the family ties prove strong enough to keep them together?
Mum and Dad is a beautiful and intelligently written generational saga set in rural Spain. The writing is fantastic with description that I can only explain as gently comprehensive. The book just flows in a way that feels comforting, despite the tense moments in the narrative. I loved the characters Joanna Trollope created so very much. They were incredibly full-bodied and just felt so tangible. Even characters I hated were still characters that she filled with such great description and personality that they felt incredibly real. Mum and Dad by Joanna Trollope was hauntingly beautiful and emotionally fraught. It shows such great talent in the author and presents a story that feels so amazingly real and tangible. It is family fiction at its finest and shows amazing ingenuity and uniqueness in its construction and execution. Very much worth the read.
Thank you NetGalley, Independent Publishers Group, Macmillan and Joanna Trollope for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.