The Garden Party

The Garden Party

Sarah Challis / Feb 24, 2020

The Garden Party The perfect family celebration requires the perfect familyAlice Dunlop knows the best things in life are free But the approach of her th wedding anniversary and th birthday surely warrants a prope

  • Title: The Garden Party
  • Author: Sarah Challis
  • ISBN: 9780755356775
  • Page: 218
  • Format: Paperback
  • The perfect family celebration requires the perfect familyAlice Dunlop knows the best things in life are free But the approach of her 40th wedding anniversary and 60th birthday surely warrants a proper celebration With visions of a glorious family gathering complete with a marquee, champagne and beautiful sunshine, Alice has big plans for the big day Her husband DaviThe perfect family celebration requires the perfect familyAlice Dunlop knows the best things in life are free But the approach of her 40th wedding anniversary and 60th birthday surely warrants a proper celebration With visions of a glorious family gathering complete with a marquee, champagne and beautiful sunshine, Alice has big plans for the big day Her husband David isn t so enthused He seems to have lost his lust for life since retiring from his job And he s not the only one who isn t in the mood to celebrate Each of Alice and David s four grown up children has their own problems to contend with and things aren t going as smoothly as any of them had hoped As Alice focuses on preparations for the party, her family begins to unravel around her Even her husband s sudden rise from apathy isn t as great a blessing as it first appears It s only a matter of time before Alice s special day is at risk of disaster

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      • Sarah Challis

        Sarah Challis, whose father is the distinguished cinematographer, Christopher Challis, travelled widely with film units as a child She has since lived in Scotland and California but is now happily settled in a Dorset village with three rescued dogs and three chickens She is married with four sons.fantasticfiction c s


    643 Comments


    1. This book changes between a lot of characters: Alice and David and also some of their children, in-laws, grandchildren and friends. But with exception of Alice and Anne it wasn't very confusing, and it was mostly only confusing with Alice and Anne because of their similar names (I can be rubbish with names).The book is about the life of all these characters, the tension and dilemma of family life, and the search of true happiness. Often in books you only know what the main character is thinking [...]


    2. Een roman over een vrouw die graag het perfecte gezin heeft. Ze is 40 jaar getrouwd, heeft 4 kinderen en die zijn allemaal uitgevlogen. Natuurlijk loopt het niet zoals ze het allemaal heeft bedacht. Iedereen bouwt tenslotte zijn eigen leven en maakt zijn eigen keuzes. Alice wil een feest geven. Ter gelegenheid van hun 40 jarig trouwen, de pensionering van haar man en hun beider verjaardagen. Nu geven ze nooit een feest en hiermee pakt Alice aardig uit. En hoe verlopen de levens van hun 4 kindere [...]


    3. I listened to this audio book in the car and it was just right for that. Nice and easy dramatic entertainment. It tells the story of Alice and David, married for 40 years, and their children and their families. David and Alice had a traditional life - 4 kids, Alice stayed at home to look after them. Their kids live in a different world now, dealing with various challenges of step-families, new babies, exes, single parenting, and how women deal with the pressure to stay at home with children or g [...]


    4. I was given this book to read by a friend, so let me start by saying that looking at the cover, I could tell that it was something I wouldn't normally have picked up on my own. Still, I decided to give it a chance. It's one of those books that your mom/mother-in-law would love to read during the summer. Like "Eat, Pray, Love" or something. Incredibly boring narrative about a retired couple's upcoming anniversary celebration. I was never so glad to get out of that hospital bed and walk into freed [...]


    5. Was best aardig om te lezen, maar neigt soms wel naar wat tuttig. Denk ook dat de vertaling wat humor heeft laten verdwijnen door soms te letterlijk te vertalen. Er worden verschillende hedendaagse relatieperikelen aangestipt, maar nergens wordt de tijd of de ruimte genomen om de verhaallijnen goed uit te werken. De huwelijksproblemen tussen David en Alice zijn bijvoorbeeld in theorie interessant, maar worden niet uitgediept, waardoor het geheel wat oppervlakkig blijft.


    6. I really enjoyed this gentle read. The characters were so convincing & well fleshed out. I really wanted to find out what happened to them & the way it was all weaved together worked really well.Ok it's not great literature, but it is well written with some good descriptive sections. Excellent for stepping out of reality & becoming engrossed in convincing descriptions of a cross section of lives.Want to read more by this author.


    7. This was a warm tale of family life. I did find that the book took forever to get to the crux of the story and then was finished in about two chapters, it did feel a bit hurried towards the end. However, it made me think about my own relationships, both with my partner and with my family and that is what I got most from reading this, some insight into how some of the relationships I am a part of need some care and attention.


    8. I have to say I enjoyed it. A bit on the slow side and it jumps around quite a bit but I stuck with it and I was glad I did. No family is perfect and although Alice thinks she has that perfect family its falling down around her. Will they all find happiness?ad it to find out! If you want an easy going read - perfect for a holiday read, train journey or just to take your mind off eveything else but won't tax the brain then this is the book.


    9. I would have given this 3.5 if possible as although well written, I did not like it as much as some of the authors previous books. I found several of the characters either unlikeable or just annoying, so this spoilt my enjoyment of the book a little.


    10. 2,5*Not bad writing, but quite slow to begin with. The story tells views from a lot of different characters that change even within chapters. Some of their problems seem to be a bit of the same and are suddenly solved getting to the end, which concluded it somewhat hastily.


    11. Een perfect tuinfeest kan alleen met een perfecte familie is het motto van dit boek. Maar de familie is verre van perfect en dat maakt ze zeer menselijk. Het duurt even voor je alle relaties doorhebt, maar gaandeweg hou je ze goed uit elkaar. Een lekker leesboek!


    12. A pleasant read I can only describe as "quiet." A soft plot with various family dramas, that ultimately lands with a strong message of the importance of family. Not a thrilling book, but just the kind of book you want to cuddle with on a sick day in front of a roaring fireplace.


    13. An easy read and likeable characters, the trials and tribulation of organising a family party and then secrets coming out all over the place and easy, comfortable read - nothing challenging about it but quite like it.


    14. Although I felt rather let down by the ending of lonely desert I decided to give Sarah challis another chance and this time her story was amazing from start to finish. Everyone deserves a second chance in more ways than one.


    15. An easy light read but the characters in the plot are constantly jumping from one to another in a rather confused manner.



    16. Jag kände att jag var lite fel målgupp här, sen tog den sig efter att tag. Den skildrar en massa olika karaktärer och vi kan väl säga att vissa är mer intressanta än andra.


    17. It was ok but a typical family saga story that had the typical happy ending'Easy to read on the bus and pick up the story again




    18. A very Joanna Trollope type of book. While Alice is planning a big party to celebrate her anniversary, it appears that her marriage and family is falling apart. I really enjoyed it.





    19. Not a bad read. Interesting look at the interrelationships between family members and in particular between spouses.



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