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I am about half way through this book having found it at the library a few weeks ago and taken it out on a complete whim. I knew virtually nothing about the author before starting although I do remember TV adaptations of both Love for Lydia and The Darling Buds of May many years ago. The language used is very descriptive and as it is set in a small country town is quite charming to read in places although it is a far from happy book.

 

The story basically surrounds a very unhappily married couple, their own lives and the lives of those thier marriage touches. Constance, the main character, is a very sensual girl although painfully shy and unsure of herself who really by accident finds herself married to a much older man in Melford Turner. He, thanks to past experiences, is all but frigid with no understanding of his young wife or the workings of her mind. In such circumstances a happy marriage was always unlikely!

 

I found the book very slow going to start with and even considered giving up at one stage. However, now that I have a little more time to devote to the book and have had a little run at it the book is gathering pace and I am beginning to find myself drawn to the main characters. As the story is progressing other smaller stories are also unfolding thus enabling the book overall to hold my interest. I shall finish the book now but am not sure that I will bother with another by the same writer.

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I finished this book this morning and, as I suspected, it got no happier. It described a great deal of hand wringing by most of the characters and did not seem to contain one happy well adjusted character at all. Although I could sympathise with many of the characters including the main ones and at times became almost interested in their varying stories by the end of the book I felt my attention wandering again. I would hesitate to recommend the book although it does have its good points and I thought was pretty well written. I just felt that it took itself a little too seriously throughout. Not an author I intend reading again.

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