Today it’s back to Mandie who has a guest review of Tracy Bloom’s Dinner Party as part of the blog tour. Thanks to Kim Nash for inviting us to join in and to Bookouture for providing the advance copy for review. Here is what the book is all about.
About the Book
Never has an unexpected guest caused such chaos!
Three couples take it in turns to host a monthly dinner party.
Beth, Sarah and Marie have been friends forever. Now they are grown up, with busy lives, busy husbands, busy kids… but they still find time to meet up over dinner once a month. A cosy, comfortable gathering of happy couples – or so they thought.
Until one night, someone brings along a last-minute guest whose wife has just left him.
Simon is standing on the doorstep in floods of tears. While the women do their best to console him, their husbands feel the need to mark their territory.
And as Simon becomes more involved with the group, his presence changes everything these three couples thought they knew about each other, leading to a final dinner party that no-one will ever forget.
From Amazon chart bestseller Tracy Bloom, Dinner Party is a funny and moving read that will make you see your marriage and friendships in a whole new light… and make you think twice about inviting your best mates round for dinner. Perfect for fans of Marian Keyes, Nick Spalding and Gill Sims.
Dinner Party centres on three friends and their husbands who meet on a monthly basis for a get together. Everything has been going smoothly until one of the group invites a new person without any notice. This change in the dynamic highlights the cracks in their lives and their friendships changing things forever.
Beth, Sarah and Marie have been friends since school and over the years their lives have taken different paths. The monthly dinner parties were started as an attempt to stay close to each other. Through the book you can see how different these women have become. Beth is a nurse who seems to lack self-confidence after a colleague called her cuddly, Sarah had been an important fashion buyer in London who gave it all up and moved back to the place she grew up after falling in love with her brothers friend, but despite looking like she had everything she was bored with her life and Marie worked in a fashion shop but thinks she looks the bees knees and always vying to be the centre of attention.
The husbands Chris, Duncan and Tony have absolutely nothing in common with each other but I guess it is a testament to how they feel about their wives that they are willing to endure the monthly gatherings to please them. When Simon is introduced to the group it begins to get interesting and they all start to show their true colours either by fawning all over him or resenting his presence.
I will admit that I took a total dislike to Tony out of the whole group. I am not sure if it was down to the fact that he left his first wife for Sarah, or the fact that he is a wealthy and successful architect but his possessiveness over her his attitude to others just left me cold. I could really feel for Sarah as she wrestled with telling him she had secured a part time job as she was not sure what his reaction would be. Although Beth’s husband Chris comes across as a bit absent minded you can see that he has a good heart by the way he tries to help Simon through his marriage breakdown and as the story progresses you find out that he totally adores his wife.
Having chuckled my way through No One Has Sex on Christmas Day I was looking forward to reading the Dinner Party. Once again I found myself chuckling at some of the situations that occurred at each new dinner party. I am certainly thankful that none of my friends have ever entertained such an idea as I would be scrambling to find ways to avoid them. Although you just know that things will not necessarily end well I was not expecting them to end the way they did. For fans of Tracy Bloom this is definitely one to add to your TBR pile.
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