We are introduced to the narrator Janice in the midst of her sister Caroline’s marriage crisis, as her brother in law Henry announces he is leaving Caroline to move in with a younger woman. The other woman turns out to be Martha, the teacher of one of the couple’s daughters. Janice herself is divorced but still holds a fondness for her ex, Alec. Adding to the mix are friendly neighbours Craig and Lesley, and Henry and Caroline’s daughters Paris and Mercedes.
Most of the story happens in Henry and Caroline’s house,
as the small group of characters react to the news of the breakup and they find out there’s lots more going on than anybody realised.
I was laughing out loud as I was reading, and had to share excerpts with my partner. A particularly funny bit was a conversation about sex in front of the children when euphemisms had to be used, all with gardening references: cultivating, hose, seed – you get the idea!
I enjoy the TV series House husbands, and this novel had the same sort of feel –witty writing, fun characters with believable scenarios and just a touch of farce.
Title: Our tiny, useless hearts
Author: Toni Jordan
Also available as an eBook in the Overdrive digital library.
Reviewed by Kathy N, Collections Development
Kathy N can’t sleep unless she has read a bit before turning the light off. As well as most fiction, she enjoys craft and lifestyle books to get project ideas for her rural home. She spends most of her working day buying books for Auckland Libraries.