Sunday Lunch Club, by Juliet Ashton

Book Review

Book: The Sunday Lunch Club

Author: Juliet Ashton

Year: 2018

Synospis: The first rule of Sunday Lunch Club is … don’t make any afternoon plans.35888778

Every few Sundays, Anna and her extended family and friends get together for lunch. They talk, they laugh, they bicker, they eat too much. Sometimes the important stuff is left unsaid, other times it’s said in the wrong way. 

Sitting between her ex-husband and her new lover, Anna is coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy at the age of forty. Also at the table are her ageing grandmother, her promiscuous sister, her flamboyantly gay brother and a memory too terrible to contemplate.

Until, that is, a letter arrives from the person Anna scarred all those years ago. Can Anna reconcile her painful past with her uncertain future?


I realised when I starting reading this that it wasn’t the type of book that I usually read. It’s not a bad thing, but just meant that I had to get myself to focus more than usual. I had to get into the right mindset and adjust to a different pace. Once I had, I found myself liking the tone of the narration, it was very witty and simple to flow through.

The characters were all so distinguishable, because they had such loud personalities. It meant that I got used to them all quickly, and remembered their names. That’s normally a problem with me when there’s a lot of them to read about.

I think if it had been my type of book, I would have enjoyed it more. For me though, it seemed to move too slowly and not much seemed to happen. Personally, I think it would have been better if we could have seen from different perspectives, and saw events through their eyes instead. I wanted to hear more about Neil, and get into Maisie’s story.

It was a sweet story, but I found I wasn’t invested and I couldn’t get myself to read it quickly.

Rating: 2 stars



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