Title: An Unsuitable Match
Author: Joanna Trollope
Published: February 27th 2018
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Chick Lit, Romance
Rating: 3 stars
Dealing with one’s own emotions is one thing. Facing a parent’s roller-coaster of a love life is quite another…
Rose Woodrowe is getting married to Tyler Masson – a wonderful, sensitive man who is head-over-heels in love with her. The only problem? This isn’t the first time for either of them, and their five grown-up children have strong opinions on the matter…
Who to listen to? Who to please? Rose and Tyler are determined to get it right this time, but in trying to make everyone happy, can they ever be happy themselves?
British author Joanna Trollope has just released her twenty first novel, An Unsuitable Match. This number one bestselling author tackles the difficult ground of second chance love for a mature aged couple. Within this readable relationship focussed story, Trollope raises issues of love, trust, betrayal and emotion, all in the one involving novel.
At the heart of Joanna Trollope’s latest novel, An Unsuitable Match, is Rose Woodrowe. After connecting with Tyler Masson, a charming man who is everything she could ever wish for in a partner, the two decide to marry. This second chance romance hits a number of stumbling blocks. The first problem being the couple’s five offspring, who despite being adults leading their own lives, have plenty to oppose. With echoes of the past haunting this couple, such as divorce, trust, childhood grievances and financial concerns, Rose and Tyler must settle these problems before launching into their own happy ever after.
It amazed me when I was sent An Unsuitable Match for review that I have never read a novel before by Joanna Trollope. Trollope is a highly acclaimed and established author and after reading her latest book, I can see her appeal.
An Unsuitable Match examines a common and relatable situation. In this novel, the central couple in question, Rose and Tyler, are faced with more than their fair share of problems in cementing their new found love. Despite Rose and Tyler representing a couple in their sixties, I am confident many readers, of all ages, will be able to relate to their predicament. Trollope presents their relationship with a sense of insight and realism which will be sure to draw readers in.
Trollope has a confident approach to her characters that populate this novel. The major and minor players in this novel are well rounded and their personality traits are very clear. I found that I was crossing all fingers in the hope that Rose and Tyler could overcome the problems impacting on their new relationship and find future happiness. Their children on the other hand were highly unlikeable, often immature and their rather overly opinionated reactions to situations really got under my skin. The book was saved by the main couple and Rose’s sister Prue, who was one of the only characters I liked in this book!
An Unsuitable Match is paced at a meandering rate. Trollope throws in plenty of plot problematics to keep things interesting. Trollope gives the reader a thoughtful glimpse into a mature age relationship defined by issues of ageing, divorce, property, financial concerns and high family emotions. I appreciated how the final turn of events had hints of realism. Trollope’s style of writing also came across as very sincere.
A heartfelt exploration into the contentious issues involved when a couple in their sixties remarries, An Unsuitable Match offers an introspective spin on relationships between families and lovers. Keen followers of women’s fiction and chick lit will be sure to lap up the latest book by Joanna Trollope.
An Unsuitable Match by Joanna Trollope was published on February 27th 2018 by Pan Macmillan. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.
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*I wish to thank Pan Macmillan for providing me with a free copy of this book for review purposes.