My Review of “The Perfect Marriage “by Alison Booth LOVE BOOKS GROUP TOUR

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Sally Lachlan has a secret that has haunted her for a decade, is it now time to let it go? A chance meeting with the charismatic geneticist, Anthony Blake, reawakens her desire for love and at the same time, her daughter, Charlie, shows signs of wishing to know more about her father. Both the past and the future are places Sally prefers not to think about but if she wants to move towards a new love, she will first have to come to terms with her long-ago marriage. Only then will she be able, to be honest with Charlie. And herself.


Author Alison Booth


Welcome to my fiction website. I do hope you enjoy navigating your way around it.

My novels are about Australia. Wherever you have come

from, wherever you have grown up  –  you carry that place with

you for life, whether you’re running back to it or running away from it.

My bestselling Jingera trilogy is set in southern New

South Wales – and in Sydney – and centres mainly on the small coastal township of Jingera.

The books in the trilogy – Stillwater Creek (2010),

The Indigo Sky (2011) and A Distant Land (2012)- are published by Random

House Australia and have been reprinted a number of times.

All of the titles can be ordered from good bookstores

and are also available from online booksellers in both paper and

electronic form.

I was born in Melbourne and brought up in Sydney, and

spent over two decades studying, living and working in the UK before

returning to Australia in 2002. Married with two grownup daughters, I’m a

professor at the Australian National University and an ANU Public

Policy Fellow.

Recent academic publications are listed at:

image_540228133957295My Review of “A Perfect Marriage” by Alison Booth

I enjoyed reading “A Perfect Marriage” by Alison Booth. The Genres for this novel are Fiction, Women’s Fiction and Mystery and Suspense. The timeline of the story is mostly in a ten-year period and goes back and forth to “THEN” and “NOW”. Sally Lachlan was married to an abusive husband and stayed only because she was concerned for her daughter  Charlie. There is a painful terrible secret that haunts Sally. One that she feels is necessary to protect her daughter Charlie.

The author describes her characters as complex and complicated.  Sally can’t move towards the future, because of the secrets she harbors about the past. When Sally has the chance for a relationship with a charming man, and fears Charlie is old enough to find out about the past, she has to make decisions that will  determine the future.

I appreciate that the author brings  the topic of physical and emotional abuse and how this can influence relationships and self-worth. I also like that the author brings up therapy and support for victims of abuse.

I would recommend this book to readers that enjoy Women’s Fiction with a touch of Mystery. I received this Advanced Reader Copy as part of The Love Book Group Blog for my honest review.

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