• The Sunday Lunch Club

  • By: Juliet Ashton
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (150 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The first rule of Sunday Lunch Club is...don't make any afternoon plans.  

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 40. 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?  

Juliet Ashton weaves a story of love, friendship and community that will move you to laughter and to tears. Think Cold Feet meets David Nicholls, with a dash of the joy of Jill Mansell added for good measure.

©2018 Juliet Ashton (P)2018 Simon & Schuster UK

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fun and chirpy

a predictable book. well acted by the narrator. mild and entertaining. lots of modern themes crammed between the covers

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Yaya sisterhood meets modern family British style

I enjoyed this book for many reasons. I liked Anna a lot. I really enjoyed the narrator. and I felt like all the family characters were well-developed. I wanted to be invited to one of their Sunday brunches.

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It takes a lot to make a family

A heartwarming story of the live between siblings.
Beautifully narrated by Karen Cass, however if you’re going to read Yiddish words, please know how to pronounce them. If the story hadn’t been half as good I would have given it all up for that reason. Like fingernails on a blackboard. There is no CH in chutzpah.

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What a story!

I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful tale of the Piper family. As the story went on, I felt a part of each Sunday lunch, each triumph and each tiff. I loved they way they protected one another from pain or the onset of, but were still able to be truth tellers. Each character held their own, carrying a strong presence throughout the entire read. It was a relief to see a happy ending at every angle of Anna's life. The love that Neil and Santi had for each other, although it took a minute for Neil to find the love within himself, for himself. The free spirited Mayve brought laughter and sometimes warm sentiment towards the results of her life's choices, then Finally, peace for Josh/Thea and Dinky being the matriarch that she was.
I'm so glad I chose this read, as I listened constantly for an entire day. A good day it was.

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What is normal?

The unexpected family dynamics, twist and turns. But the thread that weaves them all together is love. Each character is well developed and you will root for all of them. No fairy tales here but truth and real life scenarios. Really enjoyed the story.

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Decent story, semi-annoying narration

I liked the book overall. My issue was about halfway through it seemed like the narrator got a sinus cold or something because she started to sound nasally. It did get better by the end of the story but it was hard to not focus on the change in her voice.

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Mixed up world of family and binding traditions

Enjoyed the book as the author navigated the complexity of relationships and acceptance within the family. Traditions can be the silver thread to help navigate the life years as families grow into their futures

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Good story but the ending seemed to drag on. Got bored towards the end. The author got too preachy.

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Reminds me of going to grandma’s house

This was a little slow getting started, but the author did a nice job of developing all the characters. In the end it reminded me of how we would go to grandma’s house every Sunday. Our family wasn’t so diverse; but we would gather & share our love.

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Glad I took a chance on this one!

Great character development, especially for a book with so many different and diverse characters. I felt the story line was relevant for the times and while I saw some of what was coming there were still many surprises! I thought the narrator did a great job as well.

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  • Mary Bolch
  • 06-27-18

I just loved this book

This book kept me going up and down to the Lakes to see my sick mother. It was absolutely brilliant. I completely identified with those characters. I’m so sorry it’s finished!

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  • 01-13-19

Easy, light hearted, predictable

I picked this as a chance to crime novels. It was a lighthearted and easy listen for sure and I wouldn’t say I didn’t enjoy it as I did. However it was very predictable, twee in parts and WAY too many minority groups trying to be covered in one book and by one family!! Narrator was good and did the characters justice though.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-14-18

Great book

Absolutely loved this book from start to finnish.loved all the characters and the family.very enyoyable

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  • Ms Alison C
  • 02-26-19

An enjoyable book, I was drawn into their family

nice book to listen too, all lived happily ever after kind of story.

would recommend this book.

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  • Colin McIntosh
  • 11-09-18

Brilliant

Not my normal listen but something attracted me to this and I’m so sad it ended. I really cared about the characters as they were so well crafted and I’d definitely recommend this.

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  • SCR
  • 08-20-18

Very predictable, but unresolved plot lines

Everyone in the book is lovely, their lives are mildly troubling, etc etc. I tuned out of some parts because they were so dull. Only interesting story was that of the siblings' parents, but this plotline wasn't followed particularly.

Sorry not for me

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  • picle
  • 03-26-19

Liked the narration the story was predictable

There couldn't be more of issues crammed into one story. From divorce single parenthood casual sex, teenage pregnancy transgender rec, gay marriage, gay cuple adoption, pregnancy, reconciliation with abandoned child, aging, care home, even rescue puppies.... it's just soo much

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  • A. Richards
  • 12-01-18

charming

A book about family dynamics all compiled in this lovely book.
A light read/listen that will pull you into their open arms.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-12-18

Bit boring

Found this a bit of a struggle to listen to and a bit cliche and predictable in places.

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  • Victoria
  • 03-31-19

Meh...

It’s okay. Nothing ground breaking.

The narrator is mostly quite good but really couldn’t do the accents required without resorting to rather clichéd sing-sing vocal inflections.

It’s okay, not a genre I usually enjoy but there are some solid offerings out there (so I chanced it, mostly based on the write-up) this isn’t one of them, though. There’s nothing awful or offensive about it, just... meh.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-30-22

Fabulous Read

I’m in love with this book - I’ve already recommended it to quite a few friends. Fabulous in every way !

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  • Erin pedretti
  • 01-19-21

a lovely story about family

took a few chapters to get into it, but got quickly immersed and addicted.

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  • Clare
  • 10-29-20

A joy to listen to

A very easy listen, with a likeable bunch of characters. A few twists that I didn’t see coming.
Overall an enjoyable, easy read.