Daughters-in-LaweBook - 2011
As Anthony and Rachel Brinkley welcome their third daughter-in-law to the family, they don't quite realize the profound shift that is about to take place. For different reasons, the Brinkleys' two previous daughters-in-law hadn't been able to resist Rachel's maternal control and Anthony's gentle charm and had settled into their husbands' family without rocking the boat.
But Charlotte--very young, very beautiful, and spoiled--has no intention of falling into step with the Brinkleys and wants to establish her own household. Soon Rachel's sons begin to think of their own houses as home and of their mother's house as simply the place where their parents live--a necessary and inevitable shift of loyalties that threatens Rachel's sense of herself, breaks Anthony's heart, and causes unexpected consequences in all the marriages. Then a crisis brings these changes to the surface, and everyone has to learn what family love means all over again.
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you can change locations but you cant change your situation until you change yourself"
She had not been brought up to regard art as vocational, as central to anyone’s existence. Indeed, until she met Anthony, she’d encountered no one who thought art was anything more than a self-indulgent privilege granted to very few.
he just stood there, holding his empty wine glass, and thinking that if all you really needed was love then that was actually a very demanding and complicated recipe for human survival.
Probably we spoiled her . . . and she thrived on being spoiled except that she can’t take anything other than praise, she can’t deal with opinion that doesn’t coincide with what she wants to do anyway.
the wedding was wonderful. But marriage isn’t just more of the same. And most of all, marriage doesn’t happen in _public_. It’s not a sort of performance where you can ask the audience for help when you feel things aren’t going your way. You’ve got to sort it, together.
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Rachel has always loved being at the centre of her large family. She has fiercely devoted herself to her three sons all their lives,and continues to do so even now they are all grown up. They are, of course, devoted to her – she and Anthony, their father, hold the family together at their big, beautiful, ramshackle house near the wide, bird-haunted coast of Suffolk.
But when Luke, her youngest, gets married, Rachel finds that control is slipping away. Other people seem to be becoming more important to her children than she is, and she can no longer rely on her role as undisputed matriarch. A power struggle develops which can only end in unhappiness; her three daughters-in-law want to do things their own way, and so, to her grief, do her sons...
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