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Thursday, August 5, 2021

A Family Affair by Julie Houston

The writing was in the style of Joanna Trollope, an author I've always enjoyed. Set in a Yorkshire village, the family of Italian origin has set up a pickles and preserves and jam industry famous all over, branched out even to America and now needs a new infusion of blood. Frankie after having disappeared to Sicily for years after a disastrous love affair now finds herself back home in a niche in the family business, butting heads with her brother Luca who seems resentful of the welcome given to his sister and with a grandfather who does not like innovation and a father who is willing to go along as everything runs peacefully. Frankie wants to contribute her bit to the business, not just be a figurehead in the directorate and she gets down to it right away. An American brought in to contribute does not help either and her former lover appearing on the scene makes her want to put her running shoes on. Her aunt whose retirement from the business, was the reason she came in is also very much part of the story. It is very much a family saga covering three generations, going back and forth because it was the decisions of decades past that is now affecting the grand children of today. Nothing can be changed or rectified, whether mistakes or not but all are determined to go forward. Descriptive of Yorkshire and its inhabitants (something I know little of) was part of the charm of this story. Characterization was varied and added so much interest. Sent by Aria & Aries for an unbiased review, courtesy of Netgalley.

4 comments:

Mary (Bookfan) said...

I don't think I've read Joanna Trollope so I can't compare but I think A Family Affair by Julie Houston sounds really good. Thanks for sharing.

shelleyrae @ book'd out said...

Sounds good, thanks for sharing

Harvee said...

I always enjoy reading about lives that are interesting. Glad you liked the book!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

This sounds interesting.