#FridayFreebie : Better Luck Next Time – Kate Hilton

Better Luck Next Time

Kate Hilton

Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781760878085

RRP $29.99

Description:

A generational family comedy for fans of EligibleThis Is Where I Leave YouHeartburn and television’s This Is Us

It isn’t easy being related to a feminist icon, especially when she’s celebrating the greatest moment of her storied career.

Just ask the daughters of Lydia Hennessey, who could have it all if only they’d stop self-destructing. Mariana, the eldest, is on the verge of throwing away a distinguished reputation in journalism, along with her marriage. Nina, the middle daughter, has returned from a medical mission overseas as a changed woman but won’t discuss it with anyone. And Beata, the youngest, has a hostile teenaged son who just discovered the existence of a father who didn’t know about him either. Meanwhile, their cousin Zoe is making divorce look like a death match, while her brother, Zack, is grappling with the fallout from his popular television dramedy, which is based far too closely on Lydia herself.

It might be easier to find their paths if they could step out of Lydia’s shadow—but the biggest women’s march in history is underway, and Lydia and her family are at the centre of it.

Over the course of an eventful year, the Hennessey children contend with the big struggles of midlife: aging parents, raging teens, crumbling marriages and bodies, new loves and the choice between playing it safe or taking life-altering risks. And as they inch toward a new definition of happiness, they might even persuade their parents—and themselves—that they’re all grown up.

 

**Giveaway ** I have 2 copies of this engaging, sometimes hilarious, honest and entertaining read to give away.  Its easy – in the comments tell me the name of the eldest daughter. I will randomly select and then email 2 winners – entries close 26th June 2020   **This giveaway is for Australian residents only**

 

 

 

Post Script: Us – David Nicholls

A moving story with characters you will connect with.

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Us

David Nicholls

Hodder & Stoughton

Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780340887003

 

Description:

‘I was looking forward to us growing old together. Me and you, growing old and dying together.’

 

‘Douglas, who in their right mind would look forward to that?’

 

Douglas Petersen understands his wife’s need to ‘rediscover herself’ now that their son is leaving home.

 

He just thought they’d be doing their rediscovering together.

 

So when Connie announces that she will be leaving, too, he resolves to make their last family holiday into the trip of a lifetime: one that will draw the three of them closer, and win the respect of his son. One that will make Connie fall in love with him all over again.

 

The hotels are booked, the tickets bought, the itinerary planned and printed.

 

What could possibly go wrong?

 

My View:

This is a narrative that can be easily and enjoyably read for the pleasure of the journey itself; of discovering the characters and their failings and their triumphs as they journey through life’s ups and downs. David Nicholls has a wonderful ability to write stream of consciousness prose and great characters and realistic dialogue.

 

Give this narrative a little more thought and head space and you will discover many revelations regarding relationships, family, children, love and death and building bridges. For me though the stand out message was about gratefulness. Being grateful that someone finds you attractive and wants to spend time with you is not the best way begin any emotional transaction or indeed build any type of relationship on. It is certainly not the basis for marriage regardless of how much one party loves the other. Douglas has low self-confidence and cannot believe that someone like Connie could enjoy his company, love him and agree to marry him. Lesson number two; if you don’t love yourself how can you expect anyone else too? Douglas always tries to please and placate (as you can probably tell I find myself disliking Connie and her cavalier attitude; great work David Nicholls is making me believe in these characters, for the empathy I felt, for the insightful relationship guidance you provide on this journey). And I liked that you conclude the narrative with a glimmer of optimism for the future.

 

This is a great read, one that I think will particularly suit book clubs who will find many issues, many behaviours, conversations and attitudes to discuss and debate.