The Marriage Mender by Linda Green Online

The Marriage Mender
Title : The Marriage Mender
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ISBN : 9781780875255
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 475

The only relationship she can't save is her own . . .Alison is a marriage counsellor. Her job is to help couples who fear they have reached the end of the line. But the trouble with spending your time sorting out other people's problems is that you tend to take your eye off your own. Even when her husband's ex Lydia arrives on the doorstep demanding to see her son, AlisonThe only relationship she can't save is her own . . .Alison is a marriage counsellor. Her job is to help couples who fear they have reached the end of the line. But the trouble with spending your time sorting out other people's problems is that you tend to take your eye off your own. Even when her husband's ex Lydia arrives on the doorstep demanding to see her son, Alison thinks she can handle it. But what Alison doesn't realise is that Lydia is the one person who has the ability to destroy their perfect family. And sometimes the cracks can run so deep that even a marriage mender can't repair them . . .


The Marriage Mender Reviews

  • Agi

    "The Marriage Mender" is my second Linda's book and to be honest, as soon as I've heard about this novel I had a feeling it's going to be a great read. I've read Linda's "Things I Wish I'd Known" and I was absolutely in love with this one, and I have also heard many good things about "The Mummyfesto" which I must quickly move to the top of my TBR pile. OK, long story short, I couldn't wait to read the book and as soon as it arrived on my very thankful doorstep, I started to read it, and was suck [...]

  • I read novels

    Make a date and start reading The Marriage Mender. Forget watching Eastenders for drama or for tension scenes at Christmas. The top tension drama starts right here with the book The Marriage Mender with family major problems and Christmas scenes of family chaos.Alison the step mother is a relationship counselor the marriage mender she sees the good in everyone and defends anyone and everyone including her own family.Husband Chris was left by his ex-wife Lydia when his son Josh was just six month [...]

  • Zoe

    Ah, I loved this. So incredibly well written. Alison, a marriage counsellor finds her own marriage to Chris in serious danger of falling apart when her husbands ex, Lydia turns up on their doorstep demanding to see her 16 year old son. This opens a can of worms so huge that the family struggles to repair the cracks - but can they? This was such a fantastic book. I am a huge fan of Linda Green and this has pretty much sealed it for me. A brilliant writer, a brilliant book and the most perfect end [...]

  • Zarina

    Review originally posted to my blog:pagetostagereviews/201Alison is a marriage counsellor, so you'd assume she knows what it takes to create a stable relationship. But when at the start of the novel she and her husband Chris start to go to therapy to mend their struggling marriage, questions instantly arise. What has happened for them to get to this desperate final attempt to prevent a divorce? And is there any point at all in trying to fix what has been broken? After that first chapter the cloc [...]

  • Stella Fowler

    NiceA nice easy read a bit predictable in parts but still ok. It isn't as good as her first novel while my eyes were closed but I would still recommend it

  • Claire Woyton

    Gave up on this book, which I rarely do. Just couldn't get in to the style of writing. Found it condescending and unbelievable.

  • Dee

    What happens when a marriage counsellor's marriage runs into trouble? A fascinating read of a seemingly normal family which implodes after secrets are revealed

  • Karen

    A very average book but with a good twist at the end

  • Julie Cohen

    Enjoyable, light and easy to read, with a marriage between two genuinely good people that you hope will be saved.

  • Lynda Kelly

    This wasn't a patch on While My Eyes Were Closed which was an easy 5* read for me. I waded through this one a little, is how I felt. It took me 5 days because at times I felt I could find something more interesting to do. That wouldn't have happened with the other book !There were some funny little asides in this one. It features little sections of marriage counselling issues. At the beginning they irritated me because they add nothing to the story but some of them were so funny I was enjoying t [...]

  • Lisa

    I liked this book and have rated it 4 stars but if given the option I think I'd have gone with 3.5. Well written and heart warming and tugging all rolled in. I felt for the protagonist in this story from time to time but she also annoyed me with the way she handled certain events, such as the suggestion of the return of the ex for a cosy Christmas - not likely, even with the best intensions you could see this was going to fail with such a highly strung ex! And the lack of explanation about past [...]

  • Emma

    A pleasant book about family (biological and otherwise), the mistakes of the past, and the role of counselling. As a relationship counsellor, I was impressed with the accuracy of some of the details in this book (e.g. the approach to contracting, the use supervision and the relevance of discussions about early life). On the other hand, there are definitely some things in here that no counsellor I know would ever do (e.g. saying a client can call "as a friend", and telling a client to bugger off, [...]

  • Susan Atkin

    This is not my usual genre but after reading While My Eyes Were Closed (more of a mystery) by the same author, which I thoroughly enjoyed I thought I would try it. I got in to the book quite easily and did enjoy it to a certain extent. I was happy reading about half but then to me it got a bit too farfetched. Everyone seemed to connect to everyone else and was a bit too perfect and unbelievable that this should happen. Too many coincidences for me which spoiled a good storyline and not keen on [...]

  • Liz

    Having read, and really enjoyed, my first LInda Green novel quite recently and I was keen to read another.The characters in The Marraige Mender were easy to identify with and I liked the way the story switched between Ali's personal and professional life. I had great sympathy for many of the characters at various points during the story and was surprised by the plot twists. I would have preferred a stronger ending with more impact but overall a great read!

  • Avgi Ioannou

    Box of hankies neededLinda Green has succeeded where others have failed. She has managed to weave a rich tapestry of a family with baggage. Ali and Chris have managed to create a comfortable family environment for their children when Chris’ returns to throw an emotional spanner in the works. The characters are multilayered and believable and I was invested in their story. Needed a box of hankies at the last bit. Very blurry but satisfying ending.

  • Heidi

    Lovely story, interesting yet easy to follow. Complex enough to be intriguing but not too taxing, I hate not knowing who the characters are and having to keep looking back or worse, keep notes. I had not read this author before and will be reading her again.

  • Mary Geraghty

    No surprise that #1!!This book was a lovely read. First book I read by this author and it definitely will not be the last. An emotional journey. Beautiful.🌹

  • Fiona ER Stewart

    EmotionalHad me hooked from page one, with the ending leaving me wanting to know more! It's one of those stories you'll want to read again or hope for a sequel.

  • Heather

    Decent, good writing. Chuckled quite a few times and may have teared up at one stage.

  • Sarah Barber

    Another brilliant novel by Linda GreenIt seems to me that whatever Linda Green writes about she does it with knowledge and authority.Her characters have depth and a 'real'-ness to them which is missing from so many books these days.I just can't wait to read her next book.

  • Amy Walters

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story from Linda Green. The book follows a relationship counsellor through the journey of having to attend marriage counselling herself. There are plenty of satisfying flashbacks, twists and intrigue that will grip you. I was riveted by this novel, every page had a new, juicy morsel of information, and it was a joy to read. Even better, I had no clue about where it was headed. One of my biggest turn-offs when it comes to books is predictability. There was no trace of it [...]

  • Clare Hudson

    Really enjoyed this - and despite the plot maybe being a tad ridiculous on the basis of Long Lost Family and fact being stranger than fiction - and a few very personal coincidences that I'm aware of then, yes this is a bit far fetch but, as I've already said, sometimes fact is stranger than fiction.Thoroughly enjoyed this read loved the chapter breaks with marriage scenarios dropped in. some were very trite but I'm sure also very true to life.Having said all that, I'm not sure that I'd particula [...]

  • Meeeriams Fleep

    The premise was interesting, the build-up was astronomical, but I was left with a slightly nauseated feeling in my stomach for some reason. The story should have ended long before it did; halfway through the book I thought, well this is enough, what more could there be? There was a twist at the end, which is always appreciated, and the foreshadowing of it is what kept me reading right to the last line. The characters did not resonate with me; I didn't care about them at all. They were wooden and [...]

  • Elizabeth

    I liked this book. It was an easy read from start to finish though at times a little predictable i did find myself not wanting the story to finish where it did. The book itself is set in west yorkshire and it was nice to see the names of places that i am familiar with and made it easier to imagine the scenes. Most of the book however appeared to take place in the main familys home and to say that it did you didn't tire of it. One thing i did find confusing about the book to begin with was betwee [...]

  • Rachael

    I was lucky enough to receive a copy of 'The Marriage Mender' from a recent ' giveaway and as I really enjoyed the book I will be hunting out other books from the same author, so thank you for the introduction!Overall I found this book a very enjoyable read. It tells the story of Ali, a relationship counsellor who has problems of her own when her Stepson's birth mother comes crashing back into her family. The story was a pleasant read and there was good character progression throughout the book, [...]

  • Marbeth Lynch

    A good read on how thoughts and assumptions can ruin relationshipsI was engrossed in this book, loved the writer's knack for getting to the root cause of the characters relationship problems, how our past experiences affect how we translate and react to events in our present, particularly loved the anecdotes between chapters. A great read that made me think to look at the bigger picture.

  • Amy

    I won this in a giveaway =).I enjoyed reading this novel and it did keep me interested, but I don't think there's really anything too special here and when I wasn't reading it I didn't have any particular urge to pick it back up again.If you like this sort of thing then definitely go for it but if you're on the fence, there are probably many other books that'll keep you more hooked than this one.

  • Anne

    I never read Linda Green  before  and I very much enjoyed the feeling of life in her characters. I'm sure lot of us have already met someone like Matilda.  In the beginning,  I found the plot interesting and the story riveting. However, the last 14% of the book are completely unbelievable. So, I am very disappointed that such a promising book became a soap opera ! I wonder if I 'll ever try another Linda Green 's book .

  • PurpleRain

    I loved it!!!!At first I was really apprehensive about it and I thought it was a little too long but I guess the author wanted to give us the full story.It made me cry at the end, I just couldn't help it

  • Michelle

    A really enjoyable chic lit read full of humour romance and at times a tear jerker. The characterswere likeable and homely and a perfect presentation of the modern unconventional family. I have read a gew of Linda Green novels and this is one of the best so far.