Daughters-in-law

Daughters-in-law

Book - 2011
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An elegant, wry, and superbly nuanced story about a woman with three sons--and three daughters in law--who must come to terms with the new configuration of her family.

As Anthony and Rachel Brinkley welcome their third daughter-in-law to the family, they don't quite realize the profound shift that is about to take place. For different reasons, the Brinkleys' two previous daughters-in-law hadn't been able to resist Rachel's maternal control and Anthony's gentle charm and had settled into their husbands' family without rocking the boat.

But Charlotte--very young, very beautiful, and spoiled--has no intention of falling into step with the Brinkleys and wants to establish her own household. Soon Rachel's sons begin to think of their own houses as home and of their mother's house as simply the place where their parents live--a necessary and inevitable shift of loyalties that threatens Rachel's sense of herself, breaks Anthony's heart, and causes unexpected consequences in all the marriages. Then a crisis brings these changes to the surface, and everyone has to learn what family love means all over again.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, c2011
ISBN: 9781451618389
9780307357496
Branch Call Number: TROL
Characteristics: 328 p. ; 24 cm

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MillieBT
Mar 25, 2017

Couldn't get into this author

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readerpat
Mar 12, 2017

A great story about three brothers, their wives and a controlling mother. I enjoyed this book very much but why does she have to sprinkle the story with crude language ?

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ownedbydoxies
Sep 30, 2014

Such a dependably excellent writer, with really interesting, 3-dimensional characters in every book.

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modestgoddess
May 31, 2013

Joanna Trollope, where have you been all my life?! A friend recommended I try some J Trollope, and suggested starting with this one. It's wonderful and I quickly reserved everything else she's written that I could find at the library. She has such a deft touch with her prose, with her characters, with situations. I very much enjoyed how she told the overarching story from the different points of view, so that sometimes we saw one or other of the newlyweds, sometimes those who had been married longest, sometimes the middle couple, and sometimes the father or mother. She writes so very well, and the story is compelling - I had a hard time putting it down ("Oh no, it's 11:30 pm again! I'll never want to get up in the morning!"). Looking forward to reading more by this incredibly talented writer.

sharonb122 Aug 23, 2012

I enjoy Trollope's novels. She has a talent for writing about everyday events, not so uncommon problems and people not so unusual that I can imagine knowing them and giving depth and meaning.

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andreareads
Apr 13, 2012

When people fall in love, they often seem to forget that they're not just getting one new person in their life, they're getting a whole network of family and friends along with the object of their affections, and they need to find their place in it. This book is all about those connections, about the reconfigurations as a new person enters a family, and parents and children, brothers and sisters, husbands and wives all experience a shift in perspective as old patterns are seen through fresh eyes. Trollope does an excellent job of presenting the various characters without taking sides, though the characters themselves are struggling with conflicting loyalties. Although I suspect we're not going to be treated to a sequel, I'd be very interested to know what happens to these people further on in their lives.

BPLNextBestAdults Nov 15, 2011

Author Joanna Trollope hits all the right notes in this novel about the complex and often difficult relationship between daughters-in-law and mothers-in-law. Rachel Brinkley already has 2 daughters-in-law. First is Sigrid, who in her cool and calm Swedish manner has not rocked the boat. Daughter-in-law number two, Petra, was virtually adopted by her husband’s parents. Petra has no family of her own and the line between her life and her in-laws is often blurry. But now comes along Charlotte, the newest addition to the Brinkley clan. Charlotte has no intention of sharing power with her mother-in-law and sets out to challenge the matriarch. Family life is never boring and neither is this newest novel by a great contemporary British writer.

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varaidzo89
Sep 26, 2011

i could not wait to read the next page, this book is awesome.

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carol554
Jun 10, 2011

This book is great company: I'm rationing the pages.

stewaroby Apr 19, 2011

Reading a book in two days is a rarity for me at present, but I managed it with this and I enjoyed every minute of it. Trollope makes it look easy but this is so much more than an 'aga saga' - not that there's anything wrong with that. She has a real eye for the dynamics of family life, her characters are believable and sympathetice even when they are behaving badly. I just wish there were other writers out there with her skills so I could maintain the pace.

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values
Jul 27, 2015

you can change locations but you cant change your situation until you change yourself"

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andreareads
Apr 13, 2012

She had not been brought up to regard art as vocational, as central to anyone’s existence. Indeed, until she met Anthony, she’d encountered no one who thought art was anything more than a self-indulgent privilege granted to very few.

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andreareads
Apr 13, 2012

he just stood there, holding his empty wine glass, and thinking that if all you really needed was love then that was actually a very demanding and complicated recipe for human survival.

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andreareads
Apr 13, 2012

Probably we spoiled her . . . and she thrived on being spoiled except that she can’t take anything other than praise, she can’t deal with opinion that doesn’t coincide with what she wants to do anyway.

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andreareads
Apr 13, 2012

the wedding was wonderful. But marriage isn’t just more of the same. And most of all, marriage doesn’t happen in _public_. It’s not a sort of performance where you can ask the audience for help when you feel things aren’t going your way. You’ve got to sort it, together.

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andreareads
Apr 13, 2012

It’s not worth people being kind to you. They always want so much back.

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andreareads
Apr 13, 2012

How used we become, she thought, to what we have, even if it doesn’t suit us.

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varaidzo89
Sep 26, 2011

varaidzo89 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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varaidzo89
Sep 26, 2011

Rachel has always loved being at the centre of her large family. She has fiercely devoted herself to her three sons all their lives,and continues to do so even now they are all grown up. They are, of course, devoted to her – she and Anthony, their father, hold the family together at their big, beautiful, ramshackle house near the wide, bird-haunted coast of Suffolk.

But when Luke, her youngest, gets married, Rachel finds that control is slipping away. Other people seem to be becoming more important to her children than she is, and she can no longer rely on her role as undisputed matriarch. A power struggle develops which can only end in unhappiness; her three daughters-in-law want to do things their own way, and so, to her grief, do her sons...

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