52 and 53: Spare Brides and Third Wife

Spare Brides was what I thought the Unknown Bridesmaid was. Actually I didn’t really enjoy this either. It was Downtown Abbey in a book. 1920’s upper classes bemoaning the fact that there are no men and how that affects their over indulged lives. Without much thought of the millions of dead on the battlefields and the survivors scarred with nightmares that will never leave them. I read it but failed to warm to any of the characters. It just seemed wrong. What about the real families left with no Daddy? The daughters who wouldn’t marry and how did they survive in a new world with the vote but not real equality?

The third wife I did enjoy. Lisa Jewell does create some compelling characters. Though that said didn’t warm to the main character who was a self obsessed middle aged man mourning his third wife who it then transpired had wanted to leave him. There are a few mysteries though that keep you reading. Who is the mysterious stalker? Is she to be the fourth wife? And who was sending the vicious emails?

Books 52 & 53 I am at the mid point of the holiday was in the mood for a lighter read. One I enjoyed the other not. But that’s what reading is about. Not one book suits all.


About fionadranesblog

40 plus mum of two married with a mad cocker spaniel. Along with two colleagues run Bright Light Marketing a rural marketing agency who specialise in getting rural businesss noticed. www.brightlightmarketing.co.uk. Live in St Boswells in the wonderful Scottish Borders. Love books, walking and living life to the full here in the Scottish Borders though its sometimes a juggle!
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