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Daughters-in-law

by Joanna Trollope

Random House Of Canada | February 7, 2012 | Trade Paperback |

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A captivating new novel from the master of domestic drama.

As the youngest of their three sons marries and Anthony and Rachel Brinkley welcome their third daughter-in-law to the family, no one quite realizes the profound shift about to take place. For their different reasons, the two previous daughters-in-law hadn''t been able to resist Rachel''s maternal clout and Anthony''s gentle charms, and had settled into Brinkley family life without rocking the boat. But Charlotte - very young, very beautiful and semi-spoiled - has no intention of sharing power with her mother-in-law, and sets out to vanquish the matriarch. Soon Rachel''s sons begin to treasonously think of their own houses as home, and of their mother''s house as simply the place where their parents live - a necessary shift of loyalties that sets off fireworks in their mother''s brain, breaks their father''s heart and causes unexpected waves in their own marriages.

A lovely, candid and hugely perceptive exploration of what happens inside every family when one generation, with its ways and habits, has to make way for the next - and everyone needs to learn what family love means all over again.


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Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: February 7, 2012

Publisher: Random House Of Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307357503

ISBN - 13: 9780307357502

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Daughters-in-law

Daughters-in-law

by Joanna Trollope

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: February 7, 2012

Publisher: Random House Of Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307357503

ISBN - 13: 9780307357502

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From the front pew, Anthony had an uninterrupted view of the back of the girl who was about to become his third daughter-in-law. The church had a wide aisle, and a broad carpeted space below the shallow chancel steps, where the four little bridesmaids had plopped themselves down in the pink silk nests of their skirts, during the address, so that there was a clear line of sight between Anthony and the bridal pair.   The bride, tightly swathed in ivory satin, seemed to Anthony to have the seductively imprisoned air of a landlocked mermaid. Her dress fitted closely – very closely – from below her shoulders to her knees and then fanned out into soft folds, and a fluid little train, which spilled carelessly down the chancel steps behind her. Anthony’s gaze travelled slowly from the crown of her pale cropped head, veiled in gauze and scattered with flowers, down to her invisible feet, and then back up again to rest on the unquestionably satisfactory curves of her waist and hips. She has, Anthony thought, a gorgeous figure, even if it is improper for her almost fatherin- law to think such a thing. Gorgeous .   He swallowed, and transferred his gaze sternly to his son. Luke, exuding that raw and possessive male pride that gives wedding days such an edge, was half turned towards his bride. There had been a touching moment five minutes before, when Charlotte’s widowed mother had reached up to fold her daughter’s veil back from her face and the tw
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A captivating new novel from the master of domestic drama.

As the youngest of their three sons marries and Anthony and Rachel Brinkley welcome their third daughter-in-law to the family, no one quite realizes the profound shift about to take place. For their different reasons, the two previous daughters-in-law hadn''t been able to resist Rachel''s maternal clout and Anthony''s gentle charms, and had settled into Brinkley family life without rocking the boat. But Charlotte - very young, very beautiful and semi-spoiled - has no intention of sharing power with her mother-in-law, and sets out to vanquish the matriarch. Soon Rachel''s sons begin to treasonously think of their own houses as home, and of their mother''s house as simply the place where their parents live - a necessary shift of loyalties that sets off fireworks in their mother''s brain, breaks their father''s heart and causes unexpected waves in their own marriages.

A lovely, candid and hugely perceptive exploration of what happens inside every family when one generation, with its ways and habits, has to make way for the next - and everyone needs to learn what family love means all over again.


From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

JOANNA TROLLOPE is the author of a number of historical and contemporary novels including The Choir, A Village Affair, A Passionate Man, The Rector''s Wife, The Men and the Girls and A Spanish Lover.


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Editorial Reviews

Praise for Joanna Trollope:
"We grow attached to her characters whose weaknesses - and triumphs - are our own."
- The Gazette

"Simply reach for any novel by Joanna Trollope: To do so is to put your finger on the very pulse of Western Civilization - its passions, its concerns, its trends."
- The Globe and Mail

"A writer at the height of her powers."
- Women''s Journal


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