The Other Family
- Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
- Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 18-02-10
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
She even had a sparkling ring - but it was not a wedding ring, and did not bring with it the security of marriage. That belonged to Margaret, back in Newcastle where Richie had started off as a musician, before he became famous. Margaret and her son Scott never saw Richie, and had never met the three girls. They were his other family, not mentioned but always there in Chrissie’s mind as an obstacle to her complete happiness.
And then, suddenly and shockingly, Richie was no longer there, and Chrissie and the girls had to learn to manage without him. The presence of the other family became, all at once, impossible to ignore – not least because they were involved in Richie’s will. Old resentments, feelings of abandonment and loss, had to jostle with the practicalities of money and property...
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By Kirstine on 02-05-10
A sensitive exploration of bereavement
To those who know her books this is typical Joanna Trollope territory: the exploration of family dynamics under stress, in this case, the anguish and anger caused by the death of a partner complicated by the fact that he has a wife and son from an earlier relationship. The author deftly evokes the feelings of the children of the two partnerships the man has had and the antagonism between the two mothers of his children. Fenella Woolgar does a splendid job of narration and to my ears caught the various regional accents to a tee. I'd categorize this book has having more appeal to women with a special resonance to those of us who are second wives.
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