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Summary

The first rule of Sunday Lunch Club is...don't make any afternoon plans.  

Every few Sundays, Anna and her extended family and friends get together for lunch. They talk, they laugh, they bicker, they eat too much. Sometimes the important stuff is left unsaid, other times it's said in the wrong way.   

Sitting between her ex-husband and her new lover, Anna is coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy at the age of 40. Also at the table are her ageing grandmother, her promiscuous sister, her flamboyantly gay brother and a memory too terrible to contemplate.  

Until, that is, a letter arrives from the person Anna scarred all those years ago. Can Anna reconcile her painful past with her uncertain future?  

Juliet Ashton weaves a story of love, friendship and community that will move you to laughter and to tears. Think Cold Feet meets David Nicholls, with a dash of the joy of Jill Mansell added for good measure.

©2018 Juliet Ashton (P)2018 Simon & Schuster UK

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I just loved this book

This book kept me going up and down to the Lakes to see my sick mother. It was absolutely brilliant. I completely identified with those characters. I’m so sorry it’s finished!

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Great book

Absolutely loved this book from start to finnish.loved all the characters and the family.very enyoyable

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Very predictable, but unresolved plot lines

Everyone in the book is lovely, their lives are mildly troubling, etc etc. I tuned out of some parts because they were so dull. Only interesting story was that of the siblings' parents, but this plotline wasn't followed particularly.

Sorry not for me

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  • Shanier
  • 20-09-18

What a story!

I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful tale of the Piper family. As the story went on, I felt a part of each Sunday lunch, each triumph and each tiff. I loved they way they protected one another from pain or the onset of, but were still able to be truth tellers. Each character held their own, carrying a strong presence throughout the entire read. It was a relief to see a happy ending at every angle of Anna's life. The love that Neil and Santi had for each other, although it took a minute for Neil to find the love within himself, for himself. The free spirited Mayve brought laughter and sometimes warm sentiment towards the results of her life's choices, then Finally, peace for Josh/Thea and Dinky being the matriarch that she was.
I'm so glad I chose this read, as I listened constantly for an entire day. A good day it was.

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  • Tim Pierce
  • 30-08-18

Reminds me of going to grandma’s house

This was a little slow getting started, but the author did a nice job of developing all the characters. In the end it reminded me of how we would go to grandma’s house every Sunday. Our family wasn’t so diverse; but we would gather & share our love.

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  • holly lassiter
  • 30-05-18

Glad I took a chance on this one!

Great character development, especially for a book with so many different and diverse characters. I felt the story line was relevant for the times and while I saw some of what was coming there were still many surprises! I thought the narrator did a great job as well.