Happy Families By Julie Ma

Happy Families By Julie Ma


Three generations, two secrets, one extended family . . .

Amy is thirty-four and has just given up her glittering career in the big (Welsh) city to move back in with her grandfather, returning to work in the small-town Chinese takeaway where she spent her bookish and boring childhood. Why? That’s a secret she won’t tell.

Just like the secret of why her grandfather, Ah Goong, and her father, TC Li, haven’t spoken to each other in thirty years. Weirder still, they’ve lived in the same small flat about the takeaway for the majority of those years, with Amy’s mother Joan acting as their unfortunate go-between and buffer.

Now Amy’s parents have moved, leaving her in charge of looking after the old man. But then Ah Goong collapses in the street and Amy realises time is running out if she wants to play happy families again . . .

My Thoughts:

I wanted to read something a little quirky and different and I thought this book would be the perfect read, I did enjoy the first several chapters but then I felt as though it dragged and became not as enjoyable. I found it very slow and the timelines going back and forth did not help either, it is a shame as it could of been a really good read, it had promise but for me it didn’t live up to expectations.

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