The Sunday Lunch Club is a cosy warm book, perfect for the weekend. Every Sunday Anna’s family have lunch together. It’s a tradition, since their parents left the town they used to live in and moved away. After that happened Anna and her siblings see each other once per week and enjoy the time together. Sometimes they laugh, sometimes cry but what keeps them together is the love they share and the understanding that family always comes first.
Every few Sundays, Anna and her extended family and friends get together for lunch. They talk, they laugh, they bicker, they eat too much. Sometimes the important stuff is left unsaid, other times it’s said in the wrong way.
Sitting between her ex-husband and her new lover, Anna is coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy at the age of forty. Also at the table are her ageing grandmother, her promiscuous sister, her flamboyantly gay brother and a memory too terrible to contemplate.
Until, that is, a letter arrives from the person Anna scarred all those years ago. Can Anna reconcile her painful past with her uncertain future?
The main character in the book is Anna who is between her ex-husband and new boyfriend and who had just received a secret letter from someone who she left behind years ago. Anna’s older brother with his Spanish husband who recently adopted a baby. Her little sister who is a single mother and she is going from one relationship to another without real success and then her youngest brother who is always keeping his life a secret and rarely shares much with the others. Not to miss their beloved grandma who is keeping a dark secret about her marriage. There are a lot more but I don’t want to spoil anything for you.
I find it interesting how each chapter of the book begins with the lunch menu of the week and the name of the host for the day. The meals describe the characters so well that soon enough, only by reading the name of the dishes you can easily guess who will be making Sunday lunch.