A Friend of the Family

I enjoy reading Lisa Jewell; this novel is one of her very early ones (2003), and it is easy to see how far she has come. Bernie and Gerry are in their 60’s, with three sons: Tony, Sean and Ned. The two oldest are successful, but the youngest, Ned, has returned home after three years in Australia to escape a girlfriend he has fallen out of “like” with, and needs to find a job at 27. The three sons all have their ups and downs, but thanks to Gervase, a friend of Bernie and Gerry who is somewhat psychic, they are eventually successful in sorting out their lives. The plot moves very slowly, and while the ending was satisfying, I would not recommend it. Try one of her later novels, if you’re looking for a good read.

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