EXCERPT: Polly turned to my form. It was only a matter of time before she found out now. I waited, watching her face for the sign. To be fair, she didn’t even flinch.
‘Ah, Alison, I see you’re a counsellor yourself. What sort of areas do you cover?’
I hesitated. Aware how utterly ridiculous it was going to sound. I thought of what Matilda always said when people asked her what her mother did. She called me a ‘marriage mender’. Said I kept people’s mummies and daddies together when they were arguing a lot. My stomach tightened as I wondered what on earth she would think if she could see her marriage-mender mummy right now.
‘Relationships,’ I said to Polly, trying to keep my voice as low and as even as possible. ‘I’m a relationship counsellor.’
The silence hung heavily in the air. Chris put his head in his hands.
I smiled weakly. ‘It is rather ridiculous, isn’t it?’
‘Not at all,’ said Polly. ‘I’m divorced. I’d say that’s more ridiculous.’
ABOUT ‘THE MARRIAGE MENDER’: The only relationship she can’t save is her own . . .
Alison is a marriage counsellor. Her job is to help couples who fear they have reached the end of the line. But the trouble with spending your time sorting out other people’s problems is that you tend to take your eye off your own. Even when her husband’s ex Lydia arrives on the doorstep demanding to see her son, Alison thinks she can handle it. But what Alison doesn’t realise is that Lydia is the one person who has the ability to destroy their perfect family. And sometimes the cracks can run so deep that even a marriage mender can’t repair them . . .
MY THOUGHTS: I read this in one sitting, and I loved every word. The Marriage Mender is beautifully written, it’s characters so very real that it is impossible not to care about them. I felt like I was right there with them as their family life fell apart after Lydia inserts herself back in Chris’ and Josh’s lives while Alison scurries about trying to keep everyone happy and hold everything together.
Dramatic humour abounds. I laughed. I cried. I gasped, both in horror and in astonishment. I threw up my hands in exasperation. I air punched in triumph, and groaned in despair. The Marriage Mender is a very emotive read.
All the way through I was rooting for Chris and Alison’s relationship. I wanted it to work out. They obviously love one another, deeply, passionately. But is that enough?
Complicated family relationships. Humour. Lies. Secrets. A delicious combination with enough twists to keep my mind spinning.
The Marriage Mender is not predictable. The outcome is up in the air until the very final page. A compelling and entertaining read, and one I wholeheartedly recommend.
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THE AUTHOR: Linda Green wrote her first novella at age nine. Unfortunately the pony-based, time-travel thriller genre never took off. She did, however, go on to become an award-winning journalist and has written for the Guardian, the Independent on Sunday and The Big Issue. Linda lives in West Yorkshire, is married to a sports photographer for a national newspaper and has a six-year-old son.
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Quercus Books via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Marriage Mender by Linda Green for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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