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An unexpected line in a will leads to complications and new beginnings in Trollope's eminently readable latest (after Friday Nights). The novel opens outside London with the sudden death of Richie Rossiter, a once-popular pianist whose star has been on the wane for some time. Chrissie, Richie's partner for the past 23 years, is shocked to learn that Richie has left his piano and his early musical estate to his other family—Margaret, the wife he never divorced, and their son, Scott, now an aimless bachelor. Soon after, Chrissie's youngest daughter, Amy, becomes fascinated with her father's original family and his humble roots, leading to a tentative friendship with her half-brother that may result in new opportunities for both of Richie's families. At times, the grieving characters—particularly Chrissie—seem excessively distraught about trivial matters, but Trollope's keen ear for dialogue and her pointed development of secondary characters keep the novel on the safe side of overwrought, while the hopeful if too tidy conclusion highlights the sometimes surprising possibilities that can emerge in the wake of grief. (Apr.)
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When popular crooner Richie Rossiter dies, his longtime partner, Chrissie, is left bereft and angered that she never got Richie to divorce his first wife and marry her, providing security for her and their three daughters. In addition, money becomes a serious issue since she was his manager. Then she learns that Richie amended his will to leave a treasured piano and the rights to songs he wrote early in his career to his first wife, Margaret, and their son, Scott. Chrissie, who refused to ever fully acknowledge Richie’s first family, is left to wonder whether he actually loved her, while Margaret finds herself enormously relieved to discover that she was remembered. The prolific Trollope skillfully engineers a heartwarming story of renewal and hope as she brings the two families closer together. Scott reaches out to Chrissie’s youngest child, providing her with both comfort and a link to her dad’s childhood in Newcastle. Hurt feelings and issues of abandonment vie with the impulse to forge ahead and to heal in this intelligent and moving novel of modern family life. --Joanne WilkinsonSee all Editorial Reviews
Why doesn't this man have an insurance policy??? His 'wife' is in charge of his affairs and since she knew he wasn't married, why no life insurance? Read morePublished 7 days ago by queenie
Good. Helpful for understanding more about marriages and feelings
and how things often can wind up for good people.
I usually enjoy reading trollope's novels but most of the characters in this book--except for amy, scott, and margaret--are so shallow, selfish, and self-absorbed that it was... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Molly
This book dealt with death, divorce, anger, resentment, but yet had hope in the mix. It also dealt with the legalities of a partner being left with nothing because there was no... Read morePublished 1 month ago by jp
An enjoyable and satisfying book. One to take your time to linger with the characters and follow the author's pace.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The story line was good, however, the writing was so-so. This book had little excitement and seemed to drag on and on. It was not a book that you had trouble putting down.Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
I liked the idea of this book, but had a very hard time getting into it as the story really dragged.Published 4 months ago by Betsy H