Love, Lies & Lin­guine

The Australian Women's Weekly - - Entertainm­ent - by Hi­lary Spiers, Allen & Un­win.

Don’t as­sume by sis­ter Hester and Har­riet’s names, nor by Spiers’ holiday es­cape from cot­tage Eng­land to ro­man­tic Italy, that this se­quel is cosy read­ing. Think He­ston Blu­men­thal with a blow­torch. You only have to de­part Gatwick, leav­ing the wid­owed sib­lings’ adopted family be­hind, for some high­tail­ing on “the Amaretto coast”.

Spiers is an un­flag­ging sto­ry­teller, and her hostesses are the most TV-beg­ging char­ac­ters ever. Hester moans, “You’ve brought me to a holiday camp,” when she spies the ho­tel’s ac­tiv­i­ties, but bonds with avail­able grey no­mad Lionel, on a cook­ing course – “we both love go­ing-off-recipe”. Re­tired teacher Har­riet, mean­while, hangs in the bar with the bridge set, and tries a paint­ing course, where she be­comes con­fi­dante of a woman in an af­fair. “Is he mar­ried?” en­quires Het­tie. “Yes, she is,” replies her new pal. Back in Blighty, Ben has been hood­winked into hav­ing a party at his aunts’ cot­tage.

”I’ve sent a closed in­vite on Face­book,” as­sures mate

Jez. That’s the love and lies. Just the lin­guine then.

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