The Sunday Lunch Club

Written by Juliet Ashton


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 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?

Juliet Ashton weaves a story of love, friendship and community that will move you to laughter and to tears.




A Sparkling, Thoughtful Read!    5 stars


The Sunday Lunch Club is such a fun read with several story strands all wrapped up in one sparkling book!

Anna and her siblings get together every few weeks to have lunch on a Sunday usually bringing along friends and extended family as well as Dinkie, their grandmother. They are a diverse and, it has to be said, entertaining bunch! The meal varies according to who is hosting but the family issues remain the same. Although the older two, Anna and her brother Neil, have their own problems to deal with they can’t help parenting their younger siblings in the absence of any input from their real parents.

There is always something going on in this family; something to celebrate and matters to be concerned with. The family dynamics are intriguing and from meeting to meeting there is a different focus. Secrets abound – don’t they always – and a little mystery adds to the complete parcel. The writing is enthralling; this is a well structured tale and such easy reading! The characters are as varied as can be found within any family unit and I was fully absorbed during the time I focused on this novel, and will certainly be seeking more from Juliet Ashton. By the final page, everything was nicely wrapped up and that’s my kind of read.

I was first drawn to this book by the gorgeous cover and, trust me, what is inside lives up to the promise this holds. I purchase the kindle edition via Amazon.


Tags: family drama



  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3439 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
  • Publication Date: 19 April 2018
  • Purchase Links: Amazon UK
  •                                 Amazon US


Meet the Author


B1BtQvWOrOS._SY200_I enjoy writing almost as much as I love reading. Books are constant friends; no fall-outs about borrowed shoes, no lusting after the same man. The books I write are about love in all its colours. Romantic love, of course – it makes the world go round, after all – but also family love, the way we feel about our friends and children and colleagues and the woman we see every day on the bus but never say ‘hello’ to.
There’s no end of inspiration. Most authors are baffled by that commonly asked question, “Where do you get your ideas from?” The answer is simple: YOU. People are inspiring, with all their niggling faults and shimmering virtues. The tangles we get ourselves into, and the ludicrous ways we attempt to untangle ourselves, are a never ending source of material. In fact, most authors daren’t use too much real life in their books because it would sound too much like fiction.
I’ve just remembered that this is supposed to be a biog, so here’s some info about me. I live just outside London with my daughter, Niamh, who’s 12, and my husband, Matthew, who’s considerably older than that. The house hums with creativity, as I scribble downstairs and Matthew composes music for theatre and TV upstairs. We have two dogs, one of whom is wildly energetic, one of whom was born an old lady and prefers to sleep all day.
Hmm, what else? I’m Irish, but you wouldn’t know that from my accent. I can’t sing. My favourite crisp flavour is Roast Chicken, but I reserve the right to change that at short notice.
I hope you enjoy my books. They are the way I speak to the world.


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