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The court official leaned closer.And what's going past is the life of Guy Stockdale, a 62-year-old judge, who has been married forever, has two sons--Simon and Alan--and three grandchildren. For the past seven years, he's also had a mistress. Merrion Palmer is intelligent, attractive, and half Guy's age, which also makes her younger than both Simon and Alan. Her dad died when she was a toddler and she's well aware that Guy is something of a father substitute. For years the role of mistress has suited her, but, suddenly, this style of relationship isn't enough for either of them. They've both had enough of sneaking around and avoiding people, so Guy has momentously made up his mind to leave his wife, Laura, and marry Merrion.
"What's gone past," he said, "is not just an advocate, any old lady advocate. What's gone past is his Honour's totty."
Marrying the Mistress dives into the shock waves that buffet the Stockdale family after Guy leaves Laura. The novel addresses the question of how his sons are going to cope, the explosive opinions of his forthright daughter-in-law Carrie and what his teenage grandchildren make of it all. Can any of them avoid taking sides? Should they? And what about the abandoned wife, Laura, a woman apparently so long-sufferingly self-sacrificing she makes Mother Teresa look selfish?
From queen of the saga Joanna Trollope comes a dexterous portrayal of the causes and effects of marital breakdown: the stresses, the battle of wills, the bitterness and personal growth, the renegotiation of relationships--and an exposure of the depths to which the moral high ground can sink.--Lisa Gee --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The book showed signs of water damage in that there were moldy spots on the upper ends of the dust cover and on the spine of the book itself. Otherwise the book was fine.Published on April 11 2012 by firstname.lastname@example.org
Well, I enjoyed this. It's my first Joanna Trollope book and I thought she did a great job of showing the story from many points of view. A quick, easy and enjoyable read.Published on Sept. 15 2003 by "simaddict"
I kept waiting for the development of the relationship between Guy Stockdale and Merrion Palmer once the news of their passionate 7 year affair became public knowledge. Read morePublished on Oct. 30 2001 by margot
If you are a Joanna Trollope fan, this will seem as if she simply phoned it in. Maybe this novel suffers in comparison to the others because the characters here aren't as fully... Read morePublished on Aug. 9 2001
Marrying the Mistress was a disappointing read. Trollope gives family life good detail, but neglects to portray any sympathetic characters. Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2000 by Faireheart
I loved "The Spanish Lover" and that inspired me to read more of her books. Unfortunetly, I was disappointed in this one. Read morePublished on Sept. 24 2000 by Suzanne Elizabeth Anderson
I found this book to be a bit slow in places, I couldn't quite get into the characters until about half way through. Read morePublished on Sept. 22 2000 by Mary Stanley
This is the first book by Joanna Trollope that I've read and I really enjoyed it. Her characters are so well written and so true to life. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2000 by C. L. Scheer
Loved this book! By the time I was done, I felt as though I knew these characters intimately. This was the first time I had read one of her books and I am going to definately... Read morePublished on July 24 2000