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Published by Transworld Publishers Genres: Women’s Fiction
Source: the publisher
Mr & Mrs Max Irving request the company of:
Mrs Fran Friedman, mourning her empty nest, her lost baby, the galloping years, and a disastrous haircut.
Mr Saul Friedman, runner of marathons, avoider of conflicts and increasingly distant husband
The two Misses Friedman, Pip and Katy, one pining over the man she can’t have, the other trying to shake off the man she no longer wants.
At the marriage of their son James Irving, forbidden object of inappropriate and troubling desire
For thirty-six hours of secrets and lies, painted-on-smiles and potential ruin. And drinks, plenty of drinks.
There’s nothing like a wedding for stirring up the past. As Fran negotiates her way from Saturday morning to Sunday evening she is forced to confront things she’s long thought buried, sending shockwaves through her family, and to make decisions about the future that will have far-reaching consequences for them all.
This was a difficult one for me to review. I began Someone Else’s Wedding with a great sense of anticipation – the blurb had an air of something very interesting for me. Even though this book falls into the women’s contemporary fiction genre as opposed to my usual romance, the hint of drama had me intrigued.
However, I came away from this book with an overwhelming feeling of ambivalence towards the story.
So, here are my thoughts on Someone Else’s Wedding by Tamar Cohen:
I’ll start off by saying Tamar Cohen has a fine voice, and is an excellent writer. However, I think what it was that didn’t quite deliver the experience I was looking for was the story itself.
While I enjoy stories that hint at the secrets of the past lurking beneath the surface, I found myself guessing a little too early on what the connection between Fran and Jamie was. While I hadn’t been expecting the final revelation, I also didn’t see how that bombshell was sufficiently addressed or resolved.
There were some interesting parallels between the lives of mother and daughter, and I thought they were done well. But I found the overall vibe of Someone Else’s Wedding to be a little disjointing, and Fran’s internal dialogue and angst became somewhat testing on occasion.
I’m rating this book a 3 because, even though my enjoyment of it was not up there, I can appreciate that it was well-written and I suspect that if it had been crafted by less-skilled hands, I may not have finished it.