Not Always To Plan Colin Bisset

Not Always to Plan by Colin Bisset – Book Review [UBC- Day 15]

I love good book covers and that was the reason why I picked this book for reading.

Story Line

The blurb of the book from

Death and marriage, money and love: this family is about to find out what happens when their lives collide with the unexpected.

The Dorman family lives a humdrum existence in a surfing suburb of Sydney until they are rocked by upheaval. Change is inevitable, but is it welcome? All that is certain is that each member of the family will have to confront new truths about themselves, some less comfortable than others. Set against a backdrop of Sydney’s stunning beaches, the architecture of Europe and the enchanting beauty of southern India, this warmly humorous book tackles what happens when life doesn’t go exactly to plan.

My Thoughts

Discovering yourselves is the main theme of the story and the father, mother, son and daughter spends time away from each other doing so. So there are four separate threads running parallelly in this book. 

This book talks about how marital relationships go bad when there is a lack of communication between the couple. I found that pretty convincing because the author never tried to blow things out of proportion to put his point across.

Colin Bisset has written a story which deals with quite a lot of hot topics – marital discord or extra-marital affairs, discovering your talent, gay/lesbian inclinations etc. I found this overcrowding the whole scenario. Imagine each one of the family going through a revolutionary period simultaneously just because they got an unexpected inheritance from a dead family member. 

Not Always To Plan is a nicely written book but could have been better. More than all those ‘discovering yourselves’ theme, I loved reading about what happens to married couples who has spent years together that they have forgotten why they got married in the first place. 

Rating: 3.5/5
Publisher: Momentum 
First Release: April 2013

Note: I received a review copy from the publisher through netgalley in return for a honest review.

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