BOOK REVIEW - Darren, Andrew, and Mrs Hall by RJ Gould
Darren, Andrew and Mrs Hall
It is a June day and the rain is lashing down as Emma and Andrew move into the house of their dreams in an affluent London suburb. Two doors away, dejected Darren and Kelly are downsizing into their new home.
It doesn’t take long for the women to hit it off despite being opposites in many ways. Meanwhile Andrew, a teacher and poet, and Darren, an alarm systems installer, are at loggerheads from the word go.
When Emma and Kelly decide to take breaks away together – to a spa, a countryside retreat, the Scottish Highlands – their men feel abandoned. Their animosity grows and the loyalty to their wives is tested when Mrs Hall moves in as their in-between neighbour. But who exactly is this woman and what game is she playing?
The wives return from a stay in Scotland to discover that a lot has changed. Will their marriages be robust enough to survive?
This is my first book by this author and won’t be my last. The plot of this book had me curious and it did not disappoint. The writing style is easy to read and flows nicely. This book is engaging from start to finish and will keep you thinking about it long after the book ends.
The characters are well developed and full of depth. The writing brought each character to life and I felt like I could see the story play out in my mind’s eye. This book explores relationships through good times and bad. I enjoyed the dynamic between the couples and the wives friendship was endearing. I can see why they became fast friends.
I look forward to reading more from this author!
Overall Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Author Bio –R J Gould writes contemporary fiction about relationships using a mix of wry humour and pathos to describe the tragi-comic life journeys of his protagonists. Darren, Andrew and Mrs Hall is his eighth novel and follows The Engagement Party, Jack and Jill Went Downhill, Mid-life follies, The bench by Cromer beach, Nothing Man, Dream Café and Then and now. He has been published by Headline Accent and Lume Books and also self-publishes. Before becoming a full-time author he worked in the education and charity sectors. In addition to his addiction to telling stories, he has somewhat milder addictions to playing tennis, watching film noir cinema, completing Wordle and eating dried mango slices. He is a member of Cambridge Writers and the Romantic Novelists’ Association UK and lives in Cambridge, England.
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