Young Wives' Tales Kindle Edition
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I hated this book. I thought it would be a good combination of the three, a total package but it just made me cry a lot. I felt very sorry for Rose and I admired her grace but ended just losing a lot of respect for her, I hated Lucy, Connie and Peter. John isn't worth mentioning.
Lucy was just completely unlikeable, I could not understand the attraction between her and Pete though considering how nice hes supposed to be but how selfishly hes acted, maybe I can. There is nothing he did right in this book. Its one thing to fall in love, divorce and remarry. Its another thing to carry on an affair with a wife's friend, leave your wife to raise the kids virtually on her own then constantly inflict your new wife's presence on her.
Rose kinds deserves this treatment, she made it so easy for him. Its one thing to maintain the peace, its another to be a pathetic weakling. They just shitted on her throughout the story and it was okay because everyone liked her. And I was not convinced about the dissolution of her and Pete's marriage. They weren't really in love is not an excuse. They seemed like they had a good marriage but Pete met someone else that he loved more. That does not invalidate their love.
Lucy is just a selfish, manipulative, insecure, mercenary little bitch. Her obsession with Rose which should have made her complex and vulnerable just made her intensely unlikeable. Her deliberate railroading of Rose and Pete's marriage aside, her lack of real friend and her unhappiness with Pete all point to something seriously lacking in her character. She was the most disappointing of all because she should have been the most complex.
Connie, another unnecessary and smug character, nuff said.
B0ok just ruined my day.
We follow Rose, Lucy & John over a series of months from each character's POV. Rose, ex-wife to Peter and mother of their twin sons, Sebastian and Henry, is struggling six years on, having a life outside of said children and out of the shadow of the ruins of her marriage. Lucy, current wife and ex-mistress to Peter and mother of their daughter (named Auriol and I swear all I could think of was how unfortunate a name it was because it just reminded me or "aureole"). And finally there's John, who's narrative POV purpose wasn't quite clear to me initially but it seems he serves to give counter point to Rose and Lucy by imparting the story of Connie (friend to both Rose and Lucy) and also to give us an entry and insight to Craig (the headmaster at the childrens' school). There's so much to tell but I won't spoil here, as it's well worth the read but I will say that I was impressed with the way the story of Rose and even more, Lucy unfolded. I really didn't know which way things were going to go with Connie but I was hoping she'd not fall into past mistakes. The case seems never to have been made to me about what made Peter so desirable or sought after and that's saying something as the book is about the two women who've loved him. I don't think he was worth nearly amount of angst and hand-wringing Rose and Lucy expended. Luckily, he's a means to an end to tell the story of these women and how they come to terms with the past, present and hopes for their futures. I liked Rose most as a person and sympathized with her plight but I found Lucy the more interesting character and found I was always happy when her chapters turned up. I didn't exactly care for her being helped out of the mess she made at work because I wanted to see her be the big city brassy broad and handle her business, not be reduced to having a man solve it for her. That was somewhat unsatisfying but I don't hold too high a strike against the overall story for it.
Be aware, the Kindle edition does have some typos and I think the publisher may want to go back over this one. There are between 7-10 instances of "I'm" being printed as "Pm". It's simple enough to figure it out in context but it's an error nonetheless. There are three others toward the end of the book that were just blatantly misspelled & took me out of the story flow to ascertain what was actually intended but I didn't highlight them to note them here. Overall, I very much enjoyed this story and would recommend it. Also, I look forward to reading more from Parks.