After the Honeymoon, Janey Fraser

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Two couples, one honeymoon destination, and enough secrets to end both marriages. Perfect for fans of Jill Mansell

How can one honeymoon cause so much trouble?

Much as Emma loves Tom, she would never have got married if he hadn’t insisted. But with Tom sick for the whole week, shouldn’t she at least take advantage of the entertainment?

Winston married Melissa after a three-month whirlwind romance. As a breakfast TV fitness star, he’s anxious to keep things private. But the arrival of Melissa’s two children soon puts paid to that.

Rosie arrived at the Villa Rosa homeless and pregnant when she was just seventeen. Now, sixteen years later, she runs the place. However, the appearance of Winston throws her into confusion. He might not remember her, but she has never forgotten him.

By the end of the week, none of their lives will be the same. But how will they cope after the honeymoon is over?

Publisher: Arrow, May 2014

Reviewer:  Natalie D Kershaw

If you’re looking for a nice easy read that you can put down and pick up again easily then “After the Honeymoon” is for you. It’s the tale of three couples from very different backgrounds who find their stories all inextricably linked as they find themselves in the same place for their honeymoon. The main characters are Emma, Winston and Rosie. There are happy bits, upsetting bits and bits that make you wonder what’s going to happen. Without creating a spoiler, it’s a feel good book where everyone finds their true path in life. Fraser does manage to relate convincingly some of the ups and downs of marriage and how couples perceive each other. The chapters are short and focus on one of the couples at a time so are quick to take in. I personally found the story a little slow to begin with but as the story unfolded it did gain momentum and the short chapters allowed me to read 484 pages quite quickly. There are also little anecdotes throughout the book from real people about their honeymoons and also some history of the honeymoon and how it developed. I thought that was a nice touch.

 

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