Wednesday 6 May 2020

#BlogTour The Carer by Deborah Moggach

Today it's my turn on the BlogTour The Carer by Deborah Moggach.
About the Author
Deborah Moggach, OBE is an English novelist and an award-winning screenwriter. She has written nineteen novels, including The Ex-Wives, Tulip Fever, These Foolish Thing, Heartbreak Hotel and Something to Hide. She lives in London.

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About the book
From the bestselling author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Tulip Fever, a deliciously funny, poignant and wry novel, full of surprising twists and turns: James is getting on a bit and needs full-time help. So Phoebe and Robert, his middle-aged offspring, employ Mandy, who seems willing to take him off their hands. But as James regales his family with tales of Mandy’s virtues, their shopping trips and the shared pleasure of their journeys to garden centres, Phoebe and Robert sense something is amiss.

Then something extraordinary happens which throws everything into new relief, changing all the stories of their childhood - and the father - that they thought they knew so well.

The aspect I particularly loved about this story was the caretaking of an elderly parent, something I think the majority of us can relate to. If you have to make the choice between becoming the carer or getting a carer there are multiple hurdles to overcome. If you are the carer you know that eventually you will have to cross boundaries of intimacy, which will change your relationship forever.

If a stranger gets that role then you have to put your parent in that same position of having to share things or need help in areas they have up till that point always been able to do themselves. You need an incredible amount of trust.

Mandy, the carer, seems like the perfect solution until her relationship appears too friendly, and James is acting like a completely different man. How can the man who neglected them be so close to a stranger? Phoebe and Robert might come off as middle-aged children behaving like jealous brats at times, but at the core the issues of trust and concern are very much alive and well.

It's an emotional story of family, relationships - love isn't always experienced or perceived the way we expect it be. This family is no exception to that rule.

Moggach plucks the veils from the often hidden complex family dynamics and serves them up for readers with a portion of humility and honesty. We only know what a person is willing to show us and share with us. Our parents are often the biggest secrets we will ever encounter.

Buy The Carer at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Tinder Press: 14 May 2020. Buy at Amazon com.

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