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[Slice of Life] Fall In Love With All The Characters, And They’re Diverse Too The Sunday Lunch Club by Juliet Ashton

I stayed up till 3 on a workday because I couldn’t unglue myself from my Kindle screen. Off this book. Then I proceeded to tell the whole soap-opera like plot of The Sunday Lunch Club to my boyfriend right before breakfast. In a roughly panicked, nearly screamy tone. With loads of hand flapping.

This was supposed to be a feel good book!


Whoops, that might have contained mild spoilers. But you might have guessed that this book:

a) is very diverse
b) kept me on the edge
c) had lots of lovely characters
d) ARGHTJSKHSGJS!!!!!!1111


Is that enough for you to want to read it?

If not, then let me try again.

I Don’t Know Who You’d Have To Be To Not Be Able To Relate To The Sunday Lunch Club

…That said, although guys might be able to relate to this book as well, I think it’s meant more for women. Anyway, but! It’s got gay dads. It’s got adoptees. It’s got trans people. It’s got straight people. It’s got foreigners. It’s got PoC. And aside from all the minority (or majority) groups, it’s got all sorts of twists to life you could think of! Yes, they’re all very worrying. I was at the edge of my seat.

Speaking Of Which, You Can’t NOT Root For The Characters

Anna’s choices are clearly not top-notch. Sam’s a mumbler grumbler. Maeve’s a pseudo hippie, but only when it’s convenient. Neil is a married gay man who is secretly pretty much just a straight sexist traditionalist, except he likes guys (and the sexist bit is infuriating, but exceptionally well written!) And, so what? They’ve all got their flaws – but in the end that just makes you love them more. I couldn’t help but be attached to all of them. It’s not easy to have a HUGE cast of characters and make the reader fall in love with all of them and feel connected. That’s a feat.

…Especially Dinkie. Gosh, I was so worried about that fragile, wonderful grandma.

It’s Got Food In The Background, Always

I seriously find no need to say anything more..?

As You Can Already Tell, It’s Not Sprinkled With Rose Petals

I can’t place this book. It’s basically just a slice of life? A little of the good, a little of the bad? There’s a bit of romance, although it’s not about that. There’s tragedy, although it’s not about that either. And there are lunches, although obviously it’s not about that. I haven’t read a book this well balanced for a while! Strangely, The Sunday Lunch Club both does and doesn’t have a plot! It reads like real life.

It’s a story about second chances and forgiveness

Actually, The Sunday Lunch Club is a story about much more than that, but it’s also about just letting go of your mistakes and letting yourself be you, and life be life. The resolutions to all of the hangups the characters have are beautiful, but not sugary or over the top. They’re just true to life and honest. I would even say realistic, with just a touch of over-the-top-ness – for comedic effect.


It’s not that I didn’t have any problems with this book whatsoever – there were a few things I wasn’t happy about (like, okay. Would a Spanish person really forget he needs to speak English and insert random Spanish words? Have you ever seen me do that in my language? We foreigners don’t do this. It’s ridiculous.) But these things were so insignificant, compared to the novel as a whole, its honesty, sincerity and raw feeling, that I feel that they don’t really matter all that much. On the whole, this novel has been a wild emotional ride, and I’d love to take another one like that! (When I get enough sleep, I mean. Because I it won’t keep me up anymore…)

I thank Simon and Schuster UK for giving me a copy of the book in exchange to my honest opinion. Receiving the book for free does not affect my opinion. You can buy the book here at Book Depository and buying using this link supports the blog.

Have you read The Sunday Lunch Club or any similar books? Anything to recommend me? I would love to stay up more weeknights over a great book!

I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

14 thoughts on “[Slice of Life] Fall In Love With All The Characters, And They’re Diverse Too The Sunday Lunch Club by Juliet Ashton

  1. I can 100% imagine your morning with Ebil. XD I’ve definitely done stuff like that before (re: Illuminae) to poor, poor, David. In fact, I stayed up late last night reading When Dimple Met Rishi. Only until 1:30am, though. You win. 😉

    This is quite an intriguing book. I 100% want to read about the gay-sexist-traditionalist character! While I adore your review– I still don’t know what the *plot* is. Care to give a high level synopsis? I’m too lazy to Goodreads it. 😉 <3
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    1. I know right – me too! I shy away from all women’s/love/romance/chicklit books xD BUT THIS ONE. This one made me think that maybe I’m not right in doing so?
      Anyway, I can recommend this one with all of my heart, I absolutely loved it and it’s SO worth it 🙂

  2. Mkay, i must say i wasn’t interested in this book before. Didn’t know what it was about, based on the cover i thought it must be some romancey stuff or other… But now i’m kinda intrigued.

    As for that language thing… we do that with my friends sometimes. But as a joke. Like put random spanish words every now and then (neither of us are spanish), or say something in french (one of us is french) 😀 in the middle of the sentence.

  3. I definitely love the sound of this book and I think I would love this. Thanks for the rec!
    I like such stories where you don’t have to think much and simply can enjoy the flow. And yes, those little things doesn’t matter really when the overall picture is so good 🙂
    I wished that buy link was not that of Book Depository 😛 Otherwise I would have hit that button. BD doesn’t ship here, I don’t know why, considering India is such a vast country.
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  4. This sounds fantastic, Evelina! And about the language thing… there are days – especially when I’m very tired – and speaking in a language I might not speak every day where I suddenly insert a word from another language. So inserting a Spanish word here and there wouldn’t upset me at all 😀
    Great review!
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