Book Review: The Third Wife by Lisa Jewell

  

Adrian lived a perfect life. Two ex-wives, one wife and a five children. All living in perfect harmony. Everybody loves each other. Maya’s Adrian’s wife babysits for Adrian’s ex-wife Caroline. They even go on holiday together. Life is as perfect as could be.

Perfect until Adrian’s wife died. She stumbles onto the path of a bus, drunk. Was it suicide or was it an accident. Either way, it changed Adrian’s life in a way he had never imagined possible. Forced to confront the reality that he had hid himself from, Adrian now needs to introspect and think.

We come across Adrian’s ‘The Third Wife’, only after her death. As the story unfolds, we get to hear Maya’s story as well as Adrian, his ex-wives and children. An interesting take of a blended family. A family that looks perfect on the surface but digging a little reveals secrets of all sorts. The book does a great job analysing the impacts of a broken family on all the members involved. Even the seemingly fine ones, may have deep secrets hidden. I particularly liked the characters. Each of the characters were vividly portrayed. One may or may not like them, but they felt real, like people around us. I couldn’t stand Adrian, but could understand him and his motivations. The story could be happening around us, may be there are families just like these. I really enjoy books like these where characters have shades of grey, who may not be likable and yet you want to know what happened to them and why.

I haven’t enjoyed all of Lisa Jewell’s books, but this one worked for me. It was an interesting read. I’m not entirely sure of the ending. I’m not sure if I completely bought it, however, it was as good as an ending as any. A 3.5/5 read for me. One that I would still recommend, for the story and the treatment of the story.

Have you read this book? If so, how did you find it?

Thank you, Netgalley and the publishers for the review copy of this book.

About the Author
Lisa Jewell (born 19th July 1968, Middlesex, London) is a popular British author of chick lit fiction. Her books include Ralph’s Party, Thirtynothing and most recently 31 Dream Street. She lives in Swiss Cottage, London with her husband Jascha and daughters Amelie Mae (born 2003) and Evie Scarlett (born 2007).

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Book Review: The Making of Us by Lisa Jewell

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This was a book that I picked up months ago, at Daughter’s school summer fair. It sat there in my contingency book section, to be picked up when I’ve run out of all other books. I came across it when I was busy tidying and rearranging the book shelf, and decided to read it. It’s almost time for the next summer fair, can’t keep a book waiting for that long!

In a hospice in Bury St Edmunds, a man called Daniel is slowly fading away. His friend Maggie sits with him every day; she holds his hand and she listens to the story of his life, to his regrets and to his secrets. And then he tells her about the children he has never met and never will. He talks of them wistfully. His legacy, he calls them.

Lydia is a successful business woman, wealthy but is still overcoming the effects of a difficult childhood. She wants to put it all behind her, and move on but despite all her success, she is lonely and struggling to live a normal life, with normal interactions with people.

Dean, is a young man, who has just been burdened with a tremendous responsibility. He is struggling to come to terms with it, when something else comes his way.

Robyn is a young woman, at university studying medicine, following the footsteps of her birth father, who is a doctor. She is living a life she thinks is destined for her, after all, isn’t she completely different from the rest of her family? And that sounded right as well, given that she only part belonged to her family.

Lydia, Dean and Robyn are all in phases of their life when things aren’t very clear or they have confusions that seem to take over their lives. How is the dying man connected to these three? You will have to read it to find out.

It was a very different read. A story-line of the sort that I’ve not come across so far. It’s a tale of self discovery along with some going back to roots. Some of it a bit too far-fetched to believe, to be honest, but a different sort of book. One I would recommend, just because it’s got a different perspective to the one we normally come across.

I would rate it 3.5/5.

Also, on a different note, I really liked the cover, it implied what the story was about. It is another thing that it didn’t register with me until I had read the book, but having read the book, I have to say, it makes complete sense.

About the Author
Lisa Jewell is a popular British author of chick lit fiction. Her books include Ralph’s Party, Thirtynothing and most recently 31 Dream Street. She lives in Swiss Cottage, London with her husband and daughters.

This book is available from Amazon(UK).

The Truth About Melody Browne by Lisa Jewell

Another book that I picked up purely by instinct. I think this is the first book by the author that I have read so far.

Melody Browne is a  single mother with a 17 year old son. She lives in Covent Garden in a council estate and works as  a Kitchen Assistant(a fancy term for dinner lady). She goes out on a date(after years) with a lovely man she met on a bus. It takes her a lot of courage to go on a date at all. They go to a hypnotist’s show, from where her life goes a little crazy. She has flashes of memory which she does not recognize. She does not remember anything before the age of 9. He oldest memory is at the age of nine, when she is rescued from a burning house, with her parents and one painting. She does not have any recollection of her life before that. But after her experience at the hypnotist, she starts getting flashes of memory.

She starts finding out things from her past and it leads her to the missing pieces of her memory. I can’t say much more without relating the whole story. It is a fascinating read. A very quick read, fast paced, keeps your interest throughout, and leaves you thinking of how easily fate could change life in an instant…

I would recommend it for a quick read. Some thing light and interesting and at the same time captivating. 3/5