Title: Marshmallows For Breakfast
Author: Dorothy Koomson
Genre/Audience: Contemporary, women’s fiction, adult
Publication: Delta, 2009 (originally 2007)
I recently finished reading Marshmallows For Breakfast by Dorothy Koomson. She’s a British author whose written several books, but some of them are harder to track down here. This particular book, as well as her bestseller, My Best Friend’s Girl, are easy to find though (fun fact: I got the name for my future daughter from My Best Friend’s Girl: Teagan. It’s also one of my favorite books!). Anyways, she is FANTASTIC, and I would recommend both of these books. I preferred My Best Friend’s Girl so I would strongly recommend that one, but Marshmallows for Breakfast was great as well.
Marshmallows‘ story line was a bit… much, and by that I only mean that there were a lot of different things going on, but everything comes together eventually. It’s a story of secrets, pasts, family, and love. The main character, Kendra, is from England but moved to Australia to escape a past event that really haunted her. The story starts off with her moving back to England (for reasons that are later revealed), and renting a flat in the back garden of the Gadsborough family house. The Gadsborough’s are Kyle and his 6 year old twins Summer and Jaxon. Their mother is no longer living there as she and Kyle are going through a bitter divorce. Again, the reason why is revealed later on in the story, but it plays a vital role in the family dynamics. Because their mother is not present, Summer and Jaxon instantly bond with Kendra or “Kendie” as they call her and she becomes their “other mumma.” The plot is more exciting than this sounds because there are a lot of secrets that begin to unravel at different points throughout that really make the story. It may not sound too exciting but I can’t really give away much without ruining the story, believe me though, there is quite a story there.
The story tends to drag a bit at some places (nearly 500 pages), and isn’t really an exciting read, more of a touching story. That said, I would recommend it, but not with raving reviews. I do have rave reviews for My Best Friend’s Girl, though, which I read about a year ago. This was about a woman, Kamryn, whose ex-best friend, Adele, has contacted her after years of not speaking. Adele had slept with Kamryn’s fiance years ago, and their friendship was destroyed. Now Adele is dying of cancer, and has a final wish: that Kamryn will adopt her 5 year old daughter, Teagan. This book was fantastic. I loved it, and read it very quickly. I also loved the name, Tegan, or Tiga (pronounced TEEga), as she is nicknamed, so much, that I decided that when I have a daughter, that will be her name. FUN FACT!
So in summary, I would recommend both of these novels, but I highly recommend My Best Friend’s Girl.
My Rating: 3.5/5
Currently Reading: A Descent Into Hell by Kathryn Casey. This is a true crime book. Yes, I am an English major and I read true crime sometimes. This probably seems silly, but true crime is a very interesting genre if you give it a chance. It’s not for everyone, but I am very interested in learning about crime and the inner workings/psychology of criminals.