The Other Family

The Other Family

Joanna Trollope / Jun 17, 2019

The Other Family When Richie Rossiter once a famous pianist dies unexpectedly Chrissie knows that she must now tell the truth to their three daughters their parents were never married Yet there is one shock to come

  • Title: The Other Family
  • Author: Joanna Trollope
  • ISBN: 9781439129838
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Richie Rossiter, once a famous pianist, dies unexpectedly, Chrissie knows that she must now tell the truth to their three daughters their parents were never married Yet there is one shock to come when Richie s will is read It seems he never forgot the wife and son he left behind years ago Margaret, who lives a quiet life of routine and work, and Scott, who nevWhen Richie Rossiter, once a famous pianist, dies unexpectedly, Chrissie knows that she must now tell the truth to their three daughters their parents were never married Yet there is one shock to come when Richie s will is read It seems he never forgot the wife and son he left behind years ago Margaret, who lives a quiet life of routine and work, and Scott, who never knew his famous father Now two families are left to confront their losses and each other, and none of them will ever be the same Witty, intelligent, and insightful, The Other Family is a story of modern family life from one of our most beloved authors of domestic fiction.

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      • Joanna Trollope

        Joanna Trollope Potter Curteis aka Caroline Harvey Joanna Trollope was born on 9 December 1943 in her grandfather s rectory in Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, England, daughter of Rosemary Hodson and Arthur George Cecil Trollope She is the eldest of three siblings She is a fifth generation niece of the Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope and is a cousin of the writer and broadcaster James Trollope She was educated at Reigate County School for Girls followed by St Hugh s College, Oxford On 14 May 1966, she married the banker David Roger William Potter, they had two daughters, Antonia and Louise, and on 1983 they divorced In 1985, she remarried to the television dramatist Ian Curteis, and became the stepmother of two stepsons they divorced in 2001 Today, she is a grandmother and lives on her own in London.From 1965 to 1967, she worked at the Foreign Office From 1967 to 1979, she was employed in a number of teaching posts before she became a writer full time in 1980 Her novel Parson Harding s Daughter won in 1980 the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists Association.


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    1. I keep forgetting that I hate Trollope. I guess the literary last name keeps fooling me. This had her usual somewhat superficial and often irritating characters and flimsy plotline, not to mention her SUPER annoying syntax. "I think," she said, "that I'll have dinner now." "What," she asked," is the point?" Agh. This book is about a woman and her three daughters after her rock star husband dies. Except he is not her husband, he never actually married her, and he had a first (and only) wife and a [...]


    2. I love Joanna Trollope's work. This novel was a quietly compelling read with some impish authorial touches -- taking the cat's point of view for a couple of pages, for instance.SPOILER ALERTI don't know if it's fair for me to be disappointed that one of the main characters never really comes to grips with her own flaws and those of the man she loved. I simply can't imagine being so out of touch with reality that I would come on to a man I knew was married, set up house with him, have three kids [...]


    3. Until last year, I had never read any books by Joanna Trollope, though I had heard of her. I found those books I did read to be interesting, and worth the time. When my husband brought home the Advanced Reader's Edition of this one, I decided to give it a go.When the book opens, the family of Richie Rossiter - a well-known composer and pianist, and a teen favorite of an earlier time - has just died, and his family has just received the news. Chrissie, his wife, and his three daughters are numb a [...]


    4. First of all I need to point out that very few people in my family are divorced so I am not sure if this book is an accurate depiction of that situation or not. I simply don't know. My hubbys family is the same way. So I truly have no idea if this is accurate or not.I felt zero sympathy for Chrissie and her self-absorbed and foolish oldest two daughters. Chrissie has no reason to "hate" Margaret and Scott and yet she does. Why? What have they done to her and her family? Nothing. In all those yea [...]


    5. I love Joanna Trollope, always have, though some of her novels more than others. I thought for a while that this one was going to fall into the "not as much" category until about half-way in. It's the story of the two families a father/husband leaves behind when he dies. The first wife and son (now grown) and the second wife (though they never actually married) and their three mostly grown daughters. Because of an unexpected will, the two families must deal with each other about inheritance issu [...]


    6. I didn't really like this book. I have read many o fJoanna Trollope's previous books and I have enjoyed them less and less over time. I am not sure if her books have changed or my tastes have changed. I suspect it's more likely that my tastes have changed. I find that I am less interested in domestic books than I used to be. Having said that, I am always happy to read a well written book with a good plot and good characters. In this case, I found that I could not relate to the characters' emotio [...]


    7. Oh, this book was TERRIBLE! The writing was hard to follow, there were so many paragraphs that I just skipped because they had nothing to do with the rest of the story, the characters were all very unlikable, the storyline was ridiculous. These women were heinous! The only semi-interesting part of the book was the very end when Amy visits Scott and then that is so abruptly over and it gets awful again. I don't even want to keep writing this review or go into any detail because I don't want to th [...]


    8. This book almost got put into the "could not finish" category. I think the only reason I finished is because it's the 100th book I've read this year (feels like it should be more!) I figured I should actually read it. The set-up is interesting enough, three daughters realize after their father dies that their parents were never really married at all. Aside from that, I am unable to locate any positives. First of all, I could not get a hold of the writing style. It wasn't full of errors or too co [...]


    9. Richie Rossiter is a famous singer-songwriter and pianist based in England who has millions of loyal fans all over the world. To those fans, Richie is living the type of life they could only dream of; he is an extremely lucky man. What the world at large could never imagine was that Richie Rossiter is actually living a secret life.In his late forties, Richie abandoned his first wife Margaret and their young son Scott in Newcastle - in northeast England - for a young woman who believed that she c [...]


    10. I love Joanna Trollope's contemporary novels. Trollope is, together with Susan Howatch, one of the two current authors whose stories and writing style always thrill me. Why? Because Trollope explores human behavious and emotions in a way that is so accurate, so faithful, so discerning, that I, the reader, feel I am being carried along by the current of a river of emotional intelligence to a destination of light and freedom. She tools down through words and behaviour until suddenly we reach the e [...]


    11. Joanna's recent novels have been 'issue books' and 'The Other Family' focuses on a particularly modern dilemma -the plight of a bereaved family whose parents have not married. Richie was a successful musician, but his unexpected death leaves his long-term partner and their three daughters facing financial disaster. Their plight is exacerbated by learning that he has left his beloved piano and all his music royalties to his 'other family', his actual wife and her son. Yet the sense of loss and be [...]


    12. Does giving love to someone take it away from someone else? The two families in this novel (each "other" to the other) struggle with this. Pianist Richie Rossiter dies suddenly leaving his two families--his never-divorced-from wife and son and his "wife" and three daughters--to confront each other for the first time. Like children squabbling over a toy, they refuse to share Rossiter's love even as he is buried. The youngest daughter, Amy tries to convince her mother and self-centered sisters tha [...]


    13. I agree with the person who said the characters were unlikeable. I found that especially to be true of Chrissie, the second "wife." I mean, who was SHE to hate Richie's real wife and son? Like it was their fault he left them for her? I found it hard to be sympathetic toward her as she was a homewrecker.And I really, really LIKE Joanna Trollope's work, but I'm starting to think her best work is behind her. I wasn't crazy about her last book either.


    14. This book made NO SENSE!!! The second family is ANGRY at the first family for existing? The second "wife" was aware of what she created by interfering with a family in progressIf anyone had the right to be angry or resentful it should be the first family. But they were far more gracious in light of how things wentI did like the dynamic between the son and the youngest daughter though. I would have liked the book better if the premise weren't so ridiculous.


    15. This book has a great idea, but it just didn't "go anywhere". Chrissie's husband, Richie, is a famous pianist who dies unexpectedly. Chrissie must now tell her three daughters that she and their father were never married, that he never divorced his wife and that he has a son with her. When the will is read, Richie leaves one thing each to his actual wife and son, and this causes a lot of stress in everyone's lives. Yet it never seems to get interesting, at least not for me.


    16. It was okay, but I did not understand the second family. They were angry at the first family for existing when in fact it should have been the other way around. I did not feel any sympathy for Chrissie or her two older girls. I totally thought their anger was illogical.


    17. So so! I was interested enough in the characters to finish the book but really only Amy, Scott and Margaret were in any way sympathetic or believable. Also the story never delved into how or why Ritchie left his original family and why he never stayed in touch with them especially his son.



    18. My best friend and I went to a used bookstore, randomly selected a novel off the shelves, and vowed to read said novel no matter what. I was hoping to randomly end up with the critically acclaimed romance story 'Howdy Ma'am,' as I am an aspiring cowboy and pursuing an associates degree in spur lore, but I ended up with this book instead. It wasn't the worst, and it was a quick read, but the character development was practically non existent and I always deduct intangible points when a story does [...]


    19. Joanna Trollope is my guilty secret. Chick Lit is not really my thing, but perhaps because her novels seem to have a more mature perspective than many in that genre, I generally enjoy them. Having said that, I usually forget the plot straight away - they don't make a lasting impression. The Other Family was no different to others I've read in that respect. Most of the characters were irritating - all wrapped up in the recently deceased Richie - and unable to get a grip and get on with things. I [...]


    20. Absolutely awful. I would advise anyone reading this book to put it down and walk away. Do not waste your time.At the beginning of the book, we learn that Richie has suffered a heart attack, and his "wife" and daughters are left to deal with the aftermath. From the beginning, this second family is absolutely brutal, with (sometimes) the exception of Amy. All they do is yell at each other, and have an incredibly irrational hatred towards their fathers first family (whom Richie had abandoned, yet [...]


    21. Awful book didn't actually finish it all as it was eating away at my soul!!I stopped paying attention about half way through. What I did read is time in my life I will not get back.The characters had no redeemable qualities whatsoever. For a start the main character Chrissie is moaning about the forgotten family getting a measly piano when the father never even saw his family and left everything else to her anyway!! I could in no way relate to these characters apart from maybe Amy who at least t [...]


    22. I liked this book, about how after the sudden death of a man who has two seperate families who have never had anything to do with each other--start to as a result of his will. He leaves the thing that means the most to him to his estranged wife, which upsets his mistress and mother of three of his children--when her youngest daughter suddenly becomes interested in her half brother, and who her father was, where he came from, and his musical roots, she is viewed as a traitor by her mother--but it [...]


    23. I listened to this as an audio book. The story was read by a very adept voice actor, who managed to switch up Estuary and Northern accents along with male, female, young and old alike, without seeming to have a problem. Joanna Trollope has a writing style which lends itself well to audio.As usual, Joanna Trollope has created a cast of believable characters, and over the course of a snapshot in their lives, manages to show their good points as well as their weaknesses. I would recommend to anyone [...]


    24. Interesting study on what happens among the survivors of a man who had two distinct families, both of whom had reasons to resent/fear the other. As usual, Trollope makes it easy for us to get to know each player in this story, their individual motivations and feelingseven Dawson the cat. I will admit that for most of the story I thought Chrissie was exceedingly immature and insensitive, and thus, unlikable as a character.


    25. This is one of those books where in five years if someone asked if you had read it, you would squint and frown and after reading the blurb say"Yeah, I think so. Sounds familiar." Wasn't terrible, although some of the characters needed to be slapped, but wasn't memorable. (I've read two other books by this author, one I really liked and the other I found sort of tiresome. So I'm still on the fence about her)


    26. Joanna Trollope writes superior chick lit; one wonders if she would find that a compliment or an insult. :-) This one didn't grab me right away, but by the middle I was thinking about the characters when I wasn't reading the book, which is always good, and it had a satisfying ending, which is totally necessary for this reader. Not quite a full 4 stars, but more than 3.5.


    27. I have been reading Joanna Trollope’s book for many years and tend to prefer her early one. However, despite some very mixed reviews, I really enjoyed this one and, rare for me, really didn’t want it to end. I particularly liked the parts set in Newcastle as it is one of my favourite cities. The characters were well drawn and I liked the growing friendship between half siblings Scott and Amy.


    28. Joanna Trollope is one of my comfort food authors, but I didn't enjoy this one as much as I have her others. There's an endless squabble about a disputed piano -- I was ready to smash the thing to bits with a sledgehammer -- and most of the main characters are either stuffy or spoiled.


    29. Eh. I have a really hard time liking books when I don't find any of the characters sympathetic. They all seemed so passive, and I just kept wanting to yell at them, and I don't find that enjoyable reading. Things started to pick up towards the end, but I just had a hard time with this one.


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