This is only the second of Adele's novels for adults that I've read, though I've enjoyed several of her children's books. Judging by this one and A Hidden Life, which I blogged about a while back, one of her strengths is the portrayal of complicated families, and in particular the complexities of relations between step-parents and step-children, which is a very important theme in this book. As the title suggests, Made in Heaven is about marriages -- existing ones, ones that have ended in divorce, ones that are being planned. Altogether there are four generations of women whose lives are explored in the novel -- Charlotte, who has raised her niece Joss, now in her 50s and a successful poet, Joss's two daughters Zannah and Em, and Zannah's eight-year-old daughter Isis. Zannah has been bringing up Isis on her own, though with much support from her ex-husband Cal, who she divorced after she discovered he had been briefly unfaithful. As the novel starts, she has recently got engaged to a handsome, wealthy banker, Adrian, and is in the early stages of preparing a magnificent and extremely expensive wedding. A lunch party has been arranged so that her parents can meet Adrian's mother and stepfather. But there are all kinds of undercurrents which bubble under the apparently calm surface of these peoples' lives, and Joss is forced to go through the wedding preparations carrying an almost unbearably painful secret. During the course of the novel everyone has to reassess their relationships both within their own families and with their partners, and it becomes clear that not everyone will be able to end up with the person they would like to be with. But the novel has a satisfyingly happy ending and altogether is a great feel-good read to curl up with on a miserable rainy "summer" day -- or indeed a nice sunny one, should you be so lucky.