The Surprise Party by Sue Welfare
(I notice the pic shows A instead of The but it is The)
Published by Avon (30 Mar 2011)
ISBN : 978-1847561183
Available for overseas readers from the UK online bookstore that ships worldwide free :)
When feuding sisters Suzie and Liz come together to organise a 40th Anniversary party for their parents, they struggle to keep their own personal dramas in check.
Suzie is trying to keep her marriage afloat whilst Liz is keen to retain her Queen Bee status. Their mother and aunt are at loggerheads and Suzie's duaghters are experiencing the angst of adolescence.
As the champagne flows and the drama unfolds, it quickly becomes clear that this is a party that no-one will ever forget - but will there be a happy family left standing?
Families - who'd have them?
The funny read takes place on the day of The Surprise Party and follows the preparations for the party and the entangled lives of many of the guests are revealed. The party is not the only Surprise!
It quickly becomes apparent that this family has many secrets and coming together for a family 'do' is not going to be smooth running. As with any family there are relatives coming from far and wide, all with their own colourful character, charm and ways. All the ingredients for a get together of people who would usually avoid each other.
I could identify with this scenario of expecting a family gathering to just run itself without a hitch. Don't think that has ever been achieved.
For all the preparation and manouvering to ensure the event goes to plan, Suzie and Liz, sisters, who tolerate each other to host this party, just cannot achieve the impossible as the surprises just keep coming, right to the very end.
I really enjoyed being a guest at this Surprise Party which had enough action to keep Suzie and Liz in the gossip coloumns for a month or two.
Great story, great characters, and would suit Chick-lit, romance, and over 40's chick-lit fans.
5 out of 5 for me!
Thank you to the publishers for sending me a copy of this book for review. I did not receive any payment for my honest review. This did not influence my review in any way.