The Garden Party

The Garden Party

Book - 2011
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The perfect family celebration requires the perfect family...

Alice Dunlop knows the best things in life are free. But the approach of her 40th wedding anniversary and 60th birthday surely warrants a proper celebration. With visions of a glorious family gathering complete with a marquee, champagne and beautiful sunshine, Alice has big plans for the big day. Her husband David isn't so enthused. He seems to have lost his lust for life since retiring from his job. And he's not the only one who isn't in the mood to celebrate. Each of Alice and David's four grown-up children has their own problems to contend with and things aren't going as smoothly as any of them had hoped. As Alice focuses on preparations for the party, her family begins to unravel around her. Even her husband's sudden rise from apathy isn't as great a blessing as it first appears. It's only a matter of time before Alice's special day is at risk of disaster...
Publisher: London : Headline Review, 2011
ISBN: 9780755356775
Characteristics: 438 p


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coroboreefarm Jun 17, 2017

Reading a Sarah Challis novel is like curling up with a warm blanket and a hot cup of tea. Warm, wise and moving, her writing will transport you for a few hours to the lush English countryside around London.

The Garden Party, is the story of Alice and David and their four children, wives, partners and grandchildren. Alice wants to host the perfect family party to celebrate several upcoming events; her anniversary, her birthday and her husband's retirement among them. However, as she makes her plans, her family is falling apart around her. The story of Alice's persistence in achieving her goal makes for an easy, enjoyable read.

I recommend Sarah Challis for readers of Joanna Trollope.

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