Friday, 22 March 2013

Guest Book Review: Elizabeth Waite - Three Brides for Three Brothers

Reviewed by Ceri Kehoe

John, Rick and Derrick Underwood are the most handsome trio of brothers in town and it takes three exceptional women to convince them to settle down.

For Jodie, marrying John seemed exciting and romantic at the time but the reality of life is proving too much. Jodie loves her husband but she doesn't know how much more she can take of his dishonest ways.

Rick's marriage to Laraine is filled with love and adventure; their life is blissful - until one day it delivers a cruel blow. Everything begins to unravel and Laraine isn't sure she's strong enough to survive.

Dee is smitten with her husband, Derrick. He does all he can to provide for her so when he's sent away to sea, she knows she will be all right. But suddenly she stops hearing from Derrick - where is he?

From the 1950s all the way through to the 1980s, Three Brides For Three Brothers is a nostalgic story of love and loyalty during the most testing of times.

Three brides, Delia known as Dee, Judith known as Jodie and Laraine. Three brothers, John, Derrick and Richard.

Dee gets to know Jodie through their job in a haridressing salon where Dee is a Saturday girl. While Dee is babysitting one night so Jodie can go out with husband John, his brother Derrick calls in and before long Dee is smitten
After getting to know each other a little bit, Derrick goes back to sea and Dee doesn't hear from him for over a year! All the brothers are seafarers.

In the meantime, Laraine has met and married the other brother Richard after a whirlwind romance.

What follows is a story that focus's on the girls relationships with each other and the ups and downs they have with being married to the brothers.

John is a bit of a cad and only cares about himself but all Jodie cares is their children and earning enough money to give their sons a nice upbringing.

This wasn't a bad book, it delved quite deeply into how the characters coped with certain situations.

The pace of the book ambled along quite nicely until three quarters of the way through when there was a few twists followed by some conclusions. After such a slow start to the book I felt the ending was a bit rushed and the twists could have been brought forward to liven the book up a bit.

The charaters were all believable although some things that the brother's mum, Marian did were a bit far fetched so it slightly spoilt it for me.

I wasn't too fussy on the title of the book either, when people found out what I was reading I had a few quips as in "Oh, seven brides for seven brothers is it". For some reason I found that very irksome!

I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.

I'd like to thank Frances at Little Brown for sending us a copy of this book to review.

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