15 June 2009

Book Review: A Crowded Marriage by Catherine Alliott

Catherine Alliott - A Crowded MarriageReview by Dot

I've never really taken the time to pick up a Catherine Alliott book for some reason, however this one found it's way into my basket and I'm extremely glad that it did. The story revolves round Imogen Cameron, her husband Alex and their son Rufus. The Camerons are experiencing financial troubles so they have to leave their house and life in London and accept Eleanor Latimer's offer of a rent-free cottage on her large country estate. The problem is that Eleanor is Alex's glamorous ex and Imogen already has her suspicions.

So they relocate to the country and settle into Shepherd's Cottage which comes complete with sheep, chickens and cows that Imogen is expected to look after. Life becomes very busy, Rufus has to be settled into a new school; Imogen has many encounters with the bossy but handsome vet and Alex and Eleanor seem to be spending far too much time together. Although Imogen had not welcomed the move to the country she does find that she is able to re-invigorate her painting career and begins to think that she could become very happy in the country. There are many twists and turns in the story as the situation finally comes to a head. I did not expect the ending at all which was a nice surprise really as books in this genre can sometimes be a little predictable.

A Crowded Marriage made me laugh out loud on several occasions and I think that Catherine Alliot creates extremely witty dialogue between her lovely characters. I will definitely be reading another Catherine Alliot book, I just hope the rest are as good as this one!

Rating 4/5


  1. Great review! I wish I could share my thoughts on Alliot's books, but I'm afraid I haven't read any yet, even though I already have three on my bookshelf and another on the way. Definitely planning to read them someday as they seem to have a lot of potential, plus the covers are cute, which is always a plus. :)

  2. Well...I can say that I liked it more than The Real Thing, but it's not one of my favourites ;)

  3. I think read book “The Old Girl Network” when I was 18 (or may be older). It wasn't great. At the time I thought it was really funny and incredibly romantic. But back then most books were about secretaries who fell in love with their boss. As I got older I found all her books to be clich├ęd rubbish