A Spanish Lover

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Random House, 1993 - Fiction - 334 pages
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Lizzie and Frances are twins - nearly identical, tall, fair, unmistakably English - but their resemblance goes no deeper. Simply put, Lizzie is the sister who's always gotten everything right - husband, children, her own thriving business, marvelous friends - while Frances has not. People are beginning to worry about what Frances is going to do with her life, now that the twins are approaching forty. But after a lifetime of not measuring up, Frances decides to start playing by different rules. She shocks her family by taking a married lover, a Spanish Catholic who clearly will never leave his wife, and much to everyone's surprise, Lizzie's perfect life begins to crumble from the stress of it all - and from envy. A Spanish Lover combines an intoxicating love story unfolding under the Mediterranean sun with a sobering view of Britain's current economic stranglehold on a family that never dreamed that money would be a problem. It is a richly intriguing study of twins, of motherhood and marriage, or choosing not to marry, of painful domestic downsizing, and of late flowering with a vengeance.

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User Review  - Selmah Smith - Goodreads

Like most of Joanna Trollope's novels, this is a story about family relationships. Twin sisters experience their twin-ship differently and the tension impacts their extended family members. I didn't ... Read full review

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User Review  - Vionna - Goodreads

The lives of twin sisters are intertwined with Lizzie being the controlling superwoman Frances the more laid back sister. Lizzie tries to run everyone's life, and runs into many problems, whereas ... Read full review


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About the author (1993)

Writer Joanna Trollope was born in Gloucestershire. England. She graduated from Oxford University. She worked on Chinese Affairs in the Foreign Office in London for two years, and later taught. Several of her novels (The Choir, The Rector's Wife, and A Village Affair) have been adapted for television. She has also written a survey called Britannia's Daughters: Women of the British Empire, as well as historical novels under the name Caroline Harvey.

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