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Jun 08

Review: Roadside Sisters by Wendy Harmer

I received this book for free from ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Roadside Sisters by Wendy HarmerRoadside Sisters by Wendy Harmer
Published by Allen & Unwin on January 2010
Genres: contemporary, fiction, romance & chicklit
Pages: 336
Source: ARC received from publisher
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Nina, Meredith and Annie have been friends for a long, long time. Elegant Meredith, motherly Nina and the determinedly single Annie are as unlikely companions as you could find. But like a matched set of 1950's kitchen canisters of Flour, Sugar and Tea, they always seem to end up together. Now each is facing the various trials of middle age: divorces, less than satisfactory marriages, teenage kids, careers going nowhere. When a tropical wedding beckons in Byron Bay, 2000 km from their homes in suburban Melbourne, they make the alcohol-fuelled decision to drive a monster mobile home up the coast for the trip of a lifetime. Fights and friendship, tears and laughter - not to mention the possibility of finding Mr. Right along the way - this trip might tear them apart or it might just save their lives.

This is a fun, light-hearted, amusing novel. I did find that I could predict the outcome of the story from quite early on, but I found Harmer’s humour and entertaining descriptions of people and events more than offset any predictability.

The mobile home plastered with a life-style Elvis Presley decal, the campground adventures and the accident in the mangroves were hightlights in a story that kept me smiling all the way from beginning to end.

While I enjoyed some of the more thoughtful elements of the book as well as the humour, I probably preferred Harmer’s YA novel I Lost My Mobile at the Mall. Still, I did enjoy reading this book and would be happy to pick up another novel by Wendy Harmer if it happened across my path.

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