This is the story of three half siblings, Lydia, Dean and Robyn , all coming from the same sperm donor, all born at different times to different parents and different environments. And they are all facing difficult changes. Lydia is still wearing the scars from her traumatic childhood and although she is wealthy and successful – a self-made millionaire, her life is lonely and disjointed. Dean is a young man, burdened with unexpected responsibility, whose life is going nowhere. And Robyn wants to be a doctor, just like her father – a French man she’s never met.
This is chick-lit at its purest. While the novel is dealing with a serious matter – the tracing of origins, a search of meaning and the loss of hope, it only skims over the surface of feelings and thoughts and none of the characters (with the exception of Lydia) are fully fleshed out to my liking. The story jumps from character to character and in the end to Daniel, their dying father, who wants to meet them before he dies.
When the three siblings meet, they have ample time to watch their ‘real’ father die of the most lingering played out death (the entire novel). Sorry about the spoiler here but, don’t fret – Lifetime will have the movie rights any day and you’ll see it some Tuesday afternoon when you’re home from work with a cold!
About the author:
Lisa Jewell was born and raised in north London, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. Her first novel, Ralph’s Party , was the bestselling debut of 1999. She is also the author of Thirtynothing, One-Hit Wonder, Vince & Joy, A Friend of the Family, 31 Dream Street, The Truth About Melody Browne and After the Party , all of which have been Sunday Times bestsellers. http://www.lisa-jewell.co.uk