BOOK CLUB: The Trouble With Choices

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Author: Trish Morey
ISBN: 9781489257796
RRP: $29.99
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Publisher: Harlequin Mira
Copy: Courtesy of the Publisher

The Trouble With Choices is a stand alone contemporary romance set in the picturesque Adelaide Hills, nice and close to home for me but I still can’t seem to get my head around the physical location. This is a story that stands completely on it’s own; though if you have read Cherry Season you will recognise the characters, these are Dan’s three sisters and the rest of their family.


Told in alternating, not evenly, chapters the story is told by Sophie, Beth, Hannah and Dan’s best friend Nick. We get into the heads of our main characters and learn more than we could if it was narrated by a third person. The Faraday family is quite close, they spend a lot of time together and they share a lot of themselves with each other. This is a family that has had it’s fair share of heartache and are ready to look forward to a bright and happy future. There are a lot of secrets being kept under wraps for a close family but you know that by the end of the book they will all see the light of day.

Sophie wants to find love, true love, and she’s looking so hard that she sees it everywhere. It takes an unexpected conversation to make her see maybe she’s in love with the idea of love, she decides it’s time to step back and concentrate on herself for a while. She was dumped on the eve of her brother’s wedding, with an uber romantic and expensive hotel room booked for the night. Sophie is heartbroken, but she also doesn’t want to waste the hotel room so what better place to find a willing partner than at a wedding.

Beth has had her true love, a young love that left her a heartbroken young single mother when her partner died tragically in an accident. Beth doesn’t think she will ever find love again, and she’s not sure she wants to let go of her first love. Between her job as a paramedic and her 10yr old daughter she doesn’t have time to try and find a man.

Hannah is Beth’s older twin, she is the serious career-driven sister. She is married to her job as the local vet and isn’t interested in the traditional roles of wife and mother.

The Trouble With Choices explores the many dynamics of relationships, the consequences that often come from the choices we make and family.

The Faradays live in the Adelaide Hills and all of the siblings make a habit of checking in regularly on their ageing grandparents. Hannah is starting to notice some concerning behaviours but nothing that can’t be explained by getting older. Morey explores ageing and the gradual decline into dementia, and the effects on the family.

There are so many things I loved about this story, and these characters. Morey allows us into the hearts and minds of three very different sisters, who aren’t as different as they thought. The situations are sensitively explored and I was left feeling for all of the characters.

I am struggling to find the words without telling the story, I can’t get my head in the game and I can’t articulate the thoughts I have about the book. It doesn’t help that I have read another book and a half since finishing this one.

The Faraday sisters are all carrying some pretty hefty romantic baggage and that has affected their ability to form new relationships. I was left completely understanding their hesitations but still wishing for them to work through their issues, and hopefully share them with their sisters, so they could move forward and find happiness.

A lot of the subjects addressed are pretty serious but Morey’s characters all have a great sense of humour so the story has it’s share of light-hearted moments and amusement.

I really enjoyed this story of family, of moving forward, of letting go and of realising that you are worth it and you deserve happiness. A beautiful story complete with weddings, babies and an unexpected litter of kittens. I would definitely recommend this book.

You can find follow Trish on her Facebook page, Twitter and her website.

The Trouble With Choices is book #29 for the Australian Women Writer’s Challenge 2018.
The Trouble With Choices is published by Harlequin Mira and available now from Angus & Robertson Bookworld, Booktopia and where all good books are sold.

Thanks to Harlequin Mira 20 of our Beauty and Lace Club Members will be reading The Trouble With Choices so please be aware there may be spoilers in the comments below.

16 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: The Trouble With Choices

  1. Loved this book so much that I dreaded each page,as I knew I was nearing the end!!
    Easy to read and come back to but hard to put down!
    Without giving to much away its about three sisters and their choices( mainly relationship) they have to make, entertwined with the challenges of aging grandparents. Ultimately a book about love in all forms!
    Highly recommended, a great read!

  2. A big thank you to Beauty & Lace and Harlequin Mira Publishers for supplying the book for review ‘The Trouble With Choices’ by Trish Morey.

    What a beautiful story. Trish Morey presents such a heartfelt, believable, nurturing story of love, loss and life with the three main characters Sophie, Beth and Hannah Faraday.

    Life is never easy or simple and we certainly get a taste of complications, difficult relationships and thrown curve balls in this story, set in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia.

    The story is told from the perspective of four characters, one chapter dedicated to a person, and alternating throughout the book. It is a style that works really well and you are left anticipating the next chapter pertaining to each character. We are presented with each girls loss of confidence in the love stakes, their battle to overcome their fears and give love a chance. Each character is presented with equal care and attention by the author. We find the intricacies in play between the Faraday siblings, their older brother Dan, their elderly grandparents and each of the Faradays’ love interests.

    It is complicated, intriguing and you are left wishing really hard that things turn out rosy for each of them.

    I loved this book and would be keen to read more from this author.

  3. Another excellent Australian author! I was so happy to receive this book from Harlequin & Beauty and Lace Book Club. This was an excellent example of Women’s Fiction set in Australia. I really enjoyed reading about the Faraday siblings which began off at the wedding of the brother Dan.

    Sophie makes a split second decision which leaves her with unfathomable consequences, meanwhile Hannah the Vet has thrown herself into her work and pushed a personal life into the background, and Beth is struggling with guilt while she raises her daughter on her own. There are also grandparents who are presenting their grandchildren with challenges of their own as well. I couldn’t stop turning the pages of this book and will now go and read Cherry Season which is a pre-cursor to this book – although I believe either can be read as a standalone.

    All the parties in the story seemed to have complex situations and I did like the chapters that changed depending on which character’s story was coming.

    Loving the way our authors are switching to Women’s Fiction as well as their chosen genre. Well written and an enjoyable modern story.

  4. This story centers around three sisters; Sophie, and twins Beth and Hannah.
    School teacher Sophie is dumped on the eve of her brother Dan’s wedding, and ends up having a one-night stand with the best man – her brother’s mate Nick, who happens to be the father of one of her students.
    Life throws her a curveball and she is left facing one of the hardest decisions in her life.
    Beth is a vet and when a handsome Irishman brings in an orphaned joey, the two hit it off. But Beth has her personal reasons for not wanting to get into a relationship..
    Hannah is a paramedic, raising her 10-year-old daughter on her own after the tragic death of her partner years back. She has shied away from love since then, making her daughter a priority, but after she forms a friendship with Harry, a friendly gardener, she has to weigh up whether she is ready to find love again.
    The three sisters are close to each other, and to their grandparents, who add another element to the story, and it was nice to read how they were all there to support each other through all of their trials.
    I also enjoyed that the story was told in alternating chapters, although I must add that I would’ve liked at least one or two more of the characters (possibly Nan and Declan) to have their perspectives shared also.
    I would gladly recommend this book. Thank you for the opportunity to read and review The Trouble With Choices.

  5. Trish Morey, you have done it again!!! Love her books so much and even though I read Cherry Season a while back, this book was a stand alone for me because it was all about the people sisters and their journey through relationships.
    Loved how each chapter got straight into the story and it wasn’t drawn out so I didn’t have to wait long for one characters next events.
    Sophie, Beth and Hannah were all so stubborn in their ways which made me want to read on quickly to see if they would ever let their guards down and let people in.
    Was teary eyed in a part with Beth and Harry towards end but wanted more with them in the end, hint., hint…. another book to follow please. Also more of Declan and Hannah please.
    Familiarity with Adelaide Hills had me picturing Mount Lofty but it felt different to the Cherry Season surroundings.
    I’d recommend this book to anyone and know Trish Morey delivers a fantastic read each time and Harlequin never fails to publish a highly talented array of authors. I have read 3 of Trish Moreys books now and have never, to this very day had a book published by Harlequin that I haven’t liked or loved.
    Thankyou to Beauty and Lace Book Club also, you are amazing people xo

  6. The Trouble with Choices by Trish Morey. 22/7/18

    The trouble with choices is that they come with consequences. And some choices are not straightforward. But can sometimes the wrong choice still lead to the right place?

    This story is focused around the Faraday family and we begin at brother Dan’s wedding where his 3 sisters Sophie, and twins Beth and Hannah, are delighted to see Dan marry Lucy. Nan and Pop are also pleased with the marriage, and Nan believes a woman’s purpose and desire is to have children. This makes the sisters re think their own lives, and agonise about choices they have made.

    As the story progresses, the sisters each have a man cross their paths but not everything goes smoothly. Other family problems intrude, and even more choices have to be made.

    This was an easy to read, and entertaining book, set in the Adelaide Hills. I enjoyed it.

    Thanks to Beauty and Lace Book Club, and Harlequin Books for the chance to read this.

  7. Thank you to Beauty and Lace Book Club and Harlequin Books for providing this book to me to review.

    I enjoyed reading this book and the challenges that these three sisters face. Each having a unique problem but bound by family ties. I loved how the author, Trish Morey, entwined the grandparents and some of their problems into the story.

    Overall, its a great read and if I had to list a negative it would be that there were so many stories entwined it was hard to keep up. It could have been three books with each sister finding their ‘happy ever after’.

  8. What a treat to read a story set in the Adelaide Hills, being based here myself and knowing the towns, makes for an easy minds eye!
    An enjoyable read and I found the different viewpoints easy to follow because they were so clearly set out.
    Would definitely read other books by this author

  9. The Trouble with Choices is a book that will leave you with a smile after you close the cover.

    A story about 3 sisters living in South Australia and their lives.

    It all begins at the wedding of their brother Dan where we meet the three sisters and learn a little about them.

    Sophie is a school teacher, recently single and ready to throw caution to the wind. So a one-night fling with her brothers sexy best man sounds perfect.

    Beth works hard to pay the mortgage and raise her daughter alone so when she meets Harry the quiet gardener with a heart of gold only good things will happen, right.

    Hannah is Beth’s twin, she’s a vet and has her own reasons for avoiding relationships but when Declan the Irishman walks into her vet clinic will she be tempted.

    Each of the sisters has their own story to tell and the chapters are titled with the name of the sisters whose bit we are following. I really liked this as it let me know straight away which story I was getting deeper into.

    Even though they are separate stories they all cross over and weave together and you get to see a different story from their eyes.

    Love, laughter and friendship it’s all in there and with all of these comes a challenge for each sister.
    It’s a heartwarming lovely story filled with compassion and honesty. There are a couple of things that are touched on lightly but they are told lovingly.
    This is a book where you’ll fall in love with the characters and their stories.
    I really enjoyed this book cats, kangaroos and all.

    It is set in the Adelaide Hills and has wonderful side story about an orphaned Joey which was so cute to read about.

    Thank you Beauty and Lace and Harlequin Books for another great book to read.

  10. The Trouble with Choices by Trish Morey is such a wonderful book! The three Faraday sisters each have little secrets in their background who have made them who they are today. But everything unfolds when their brother gets married.

    I really dont want to give much away, because I believe that knowing the little tidbits would ruin the reading experience for someone. I can say however I loved how the story unfolded, how it was told from different persons, the beautiful setting in Adelaide Hills. The cast of characters are varied and have their unique personalities. I really loved how everything started blending together, and then at the end it just came together perfectly. I’m a sucker for happy endings too.

    I did however get annoyed when each other girls would ruin the happiness that was waiting for them – but this was to be expected I guess as there needs to be diversions in the story.

    I can’t recommend this book enough, it made me feel all happy inside when I finished reading it. Definitely go out and buy The Trouble with Choices by Trish Morey. Thanks to Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to read this lovely story!!

  11. The Trouble With Choices by Trish Morey is an enjoyable read. Set in the Adelaide Hills, it is the story of the Faraday sisters, twins, Hannah and Beth and younger sister Sophie. The unlaucky in love sisters each have their own issues and secrets they don’t share.
    The story begins with them at their brother Dans wedding, where we are first introduced the Faraday clan, including their aging grandparents Nan and Pop and Dan’s wife Lucy and friend Nick
    i loved how the story is a four person perspective with each chapter dedicated to each of them.
    I loved Sophie and Nick’s story the best only because I feel there were more chapters dedicated to them, I would have loved to know more about the Hnnah’s relationship with Declan and Beth’s with Harry as I don’t feel that enough time was spent on them. Perhaps the reason could be that separate books are in store for the other characters which I would really love to see eventuate.
    Thank you Beauty and Lace and Harlequin Mira for giving me the opportunity to read and review this wonderful , easy read and very enjoyable book. This is one book I will definitely recommend to others.

  12. The Trouble With Choices by Trish Morey is an enjoyable read. Set in the Adelaide Hills, it is the story of the Faraday sisters, twins, Hannah and Beth and younger sister Sophie. The unlaucky in love sisters each have their own issues and secrets they don’t share.
    The story begins with them at their brother Dans wedding, where we are first introduced the Faraday clan, including their aging grandparents Nan and Pop and Dan’s wife Lucy and friend Nick
    i loved how the story is a four person perspective with each chapter dedicated to each of them.
    I loved Sophie and Nick’s story the best only because I feel there were more chapters dedicated to them, I would have loved to know more about the Hnnah’s relationship with Declan and Beth’s with Harry as I don’t feel that enough time was spent on them. Perhaps the reason could be that separate books are in store for the other characters which I would really love to see eventuate.
    Thank you Beauty and Lace and Harlequin Mira for giving me the opportunity to read and review this wonderful , easy read and very enjoyable book.

  13. I could not put this down, and was still reading it into the very early hours, just so that I could see how it ended. Such an easy and enjoyable read, and I loved the way each chapter was about each sister, yet all was so well intertwined. Love and laughter, tears and frustrations, weddings and babies, and some touching animal bits all thrown in to this fabulous read.
    I really hope there is a sequel, covering the next part of the Faraday sisters lives.
    Thank you Harlequin Mira and Beauty & Lace for the opportunity to read this wonderful story, but most of all, thanks to the author, Trish Morey, for writing it. I will be hitting the book stores to source more of your title. 5/5

  14. The Trouble with Choices is the second book about the Faraday Family. This book is told from the point of view of the three Faraday sisters Beth, Hannah and Sophie as well the sisters brothers friend Nick. It is a story exploring many different themes but mainly the different relationships and love we might have from the choices we make. I really loved the setting of the Adelaide Hills and I think this is a wonderful read. Thanks to Beauty and Lace and Harlequin Mira for giving me the chance to read this book.

  15. What can I say other than I loved this book! I laughed, I cried, and I never wanted it to end!

    I loved the way the story was told from each main characters point of view, this gives you each persons perspective on the things that are happening.

    Cant wait for Trish’s next book, thank you for the opportunity to experience The trouble with choices!

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