I am delighted to be sharing my thoughts today on “A Perfect Marriage” by Alison Booth. Published by RedDoor Publishing and available in paperback and eBook formats from 22nd March. My thanks to Kelly at Love Books Group for my spot on the tour.
Powerful storytelling with a deliciously dark centre…
Sally Lachlan has a secret that has haunted her for a decade, although perhaps it is time to let it go. A chance meeting with the charismatic geneticist, Anthony Blake, reawakens her desire for love and at the same time, her daughter, Charlie, shows signs of wishing to know more about her father. Both the past and the future are places Sally prefers not to think about.
But if she wants to move towards a new love, she will first have to come to terms with her long-ago marriage.
Only then will she be able to be honest with Charlie. And herself.
Sally has never really dealt with her feelings of past events properly. She finds herself in a position where she needs to tell her daughter, Charlie some truths, but Sally herself needs to deal with these herself first. She is reluctant as she wants to keep Charlie safe and protect her and as the story unfolds we find out the reasons why.
This is set out as a time slip story. The “now” keeps the reader moving forward in the present. The “then” gradually moves backwards through events in Sally’s life. So essentially starting at the end and finishing at the beginning. This is a book where I kind of expected certain things to happen and was proven to be wrong, I love it when an author surprises you and takes you down a slightly unexpected route.
Sally is a well educated woman, a perfectionist in her work and this transcends into the character the Alison has built for Sally, she has played on this “perfect” idea and developed it so that it makes a very logical and natural part of Sally’s character. It worked very well for me as it added an emphasis and a believable aspect for the reasons behind why Sally has acted as she did.
This story moves quickly through alternating chapters and show lives, memories and importantly reasons why things have happened. I know I am being very vague on the describing the plot too much, but I do not want to give anything away to those who have not yet had the opportunity to read this book. The cast is not large, and it doesn’t need be, it fits in with Sally’s personal story, she is not trusting of people so there are not a lot of people in her life, just immediate family and a very good and loyal friend, there are also work colleagues that do pop in and out but that is all. This limited cast worked very well within the context of the story.
This is a book I would definitely recommend to readers who like to read women’s fiction and general fiction. There is a psychological aspect as the author described the dynamics within this family.
About the Author:
Alison Booth was born in born in Melbourne, brought up in Sydney and worked for many years in the UK. She is author of The Jingera Trilogy the first of which, Stillwater Creek, was Highly Commended in the 2011 ACT Book of the Year Award, and was also published in French (two editions) and in Reader’s Digest Select Editions in Asia and in Europe. Her subsequent novels were The Indigo Sky and A Distant Land.
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