Becoming a grandmother at thirty-eight may not be ideal, but Stella Hill can cope – just about – because in two weeks’ time she’s getting married to the love of her life. She’s waited over twenty years to finally get her man; Paul Smart is her destiny, her soul mate. But when Stella finds out she’s pregnant – a pregnancy that’s unplanned and unexpected, not to mention inconvenient – she takes it in her stride. Marriage, baby, new adventures on the horizon. It’s not a problem. At least, not for her.
Just how do you break the news of a baby on the eve of your wedding? And what can you do if your plans turn out to be wildly different from the plans of the one you love? As Stella’s dream wedding turns into a nightmare, she learns that sometimes the people we love don’t react the way we thought they would. And maybe sometimes love means letting go.
The Family Trap is the stand-alone sequel to Kindle bestselling Can’t Live Without.
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My Thoughts and Reactions:
Charming, delightfully witty, human in every aspect, story could be anyone’s. Joanne Phillips brings to the page characters who are believable, easily hurt, and above all, real. Dialogue among her characters is as if you are standing quietly by listening in on each conversation.
What woman actually wants to become a grandma and find out immediately afterwards she is pregnant by the man she is soon to marry? Not I was the first thought in my mind, and then I began to think as Stella would think. It could happen. She could want it to happen. What could she do now but attempt to learn her betrothed’s true feelings about more children? After all, he’s just met his daughter from a previous relationship for the first time. Perhaps not the best way to begin a marriage.
But Phillips threads through her story emotions and experiences of each of her characters and allows the reader to see the humanity of each one at play in attempting to work out each of their current problems associated with changing lifestyles. If only real life were so cooperative.
I read The Family Trap on a recent train trip, and it is such a comfortably written book about such ordinary people who fascinated throughout the story. A book I hated to see end.
If you’re looking for the perfect summer read, pick up The Family Trap.
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Meet Joanne Phillips:
A little about me: I’m a writer seeking to connect with readers and other writers. I live in Shropshire, England with my husband and five-year-old daughter. My genre is commercial women’s fiction – chick lit for some – and my first novel Can’t Live Without is now for sale on Amazon Kindle and in paperback.
I’ve been published in Writers’ Forum and Freelance Market News, ghostwritten lots of non-fiction books, and had some success with online articles and ghost-blogging. One of my short stories won a Turner Maxwell prize in 2008, and I was recently longlisted for the Fish Flash Fiction Prize and shortlisted for the Grace Dieu Writers’ Circle short story competition and the Chapter One Novel competition. I’m studying for an MA in Creative Writing with the Manchester Metropolitan University, and to make a living I work as an indexer, a job I absolutely love. I have two new novels in the pipeline – a follow-up to Can’t Live Without – The Family Trap, due on 14th February 2013 – and a chick-lit/crime crossover novel which is due out in the summer.