Every Thursday, Alyce, At Home With Books, hosts this meme in which we explore our shelves (and memories) to find those books that have been favorites.
Today I found a book by Beth Gutcheon, another favorite author of mine, and today’s selection is Domestic Pleasures.
On Amazon, we can read this blurb:
If Rosamunde Pilcher lived in 1980s Manhattan, she might come up with a romantic novel like this one. A large cast of characters is involved in various sorts of relationships; at the center are illustrator Martha Forbes and lawyer Charlie Leveque. Following the death of her ex-husband, Raymond, in a plane crash, Martha is dismayed to learn that Charlie, the lawyer who handled Raymond’s hostile divorce proceedings, is now in charge of the estate. Although the two have little in common–except broken marriages and one teenager apiece–they’re forced to work together. Gradually, the superficial barriers between them fall and they find themselves in love–and beset by other problems. Gutcheon’s gift for witty dialogue and her canny observations propel the generously proportioned story. A particular strength is her sharp depiction of the teens and their relationship. Gutcheon ( Still Missing ) perfectly captures the milieu of upper-middle-class Manhattan, and the result is a vivid, entertaining novel. BOMC alternate; first serial to Ladies’ Home Journal; movie rights to Pathe.
Why I Chose This Book:
Gutcheon’s books have a way of peeling back the superficial layers of daily life and showing us the details that make a moment real and recognizable. As in the book Still Missing, which I’ve read—and watched on DVD (Without a Trace) numerous times— Domestic Pleasures is a portrayal of family life in crisis. After all, anyone can flourish in the best of times, but how we push through the obstacles reveals our strength.
This story is one that I’ve enjoyed reading over and over, although I haven’t read it in awhile. I like the way the characters struggle and overcome their problems; they could be friends of mine, they seem so true-to-life.
What favorites did you discover today? I hope you’ll stop by and share.