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Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman [Unknown Binding]

Elizabeth Buchan
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  • Publisher: Penguin, 2003 (2003)
  • ASIN: B008BXE9U0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! 7 Aug 2005
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Rose Lloyd was happily married for many years until her husband decided to leave her for a younger woman. Amidst the humiliation and pain she maintains respect and concern for her estranged husband.
Eventually she discovers an element of excitement at the prospect of a new life, just as her estranged husband's new relationship begins to fall apart. The gradual discovery of her inner strength is a fascinating psychological exercise.
This is the third Elizabeth Buchan I have read and I have loved them all - so cleverly written, so vivid, so unsentimental. I became immersed in the characters and their behaviour. Although the title implies vengeance and cynicism there is in fact very little in the story.
I love Elizabeth Buchan's style - the subtle humour she creates, even in sad and desperate situations. I will certainly be reading more of her books.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tender,intelligent romance for grown-ups 13 Aug 2002
Don't be put off by the pastelly cover, this is an unputdownable and passionate story about a betrayed wife who is resurrected and reborn through real goodness of heart. Rose is a literary editor, very much in the shadow of her more succesful editor husband Nathan, by whom she has two children. She loves her family, her home, her job - but it's all about to be destroyed because her best friend and protegee Minty has seduced Nathan. Now he wants to leave her and the life they've made and live with Minty. Rose loses her husband, her job and her home.
Unlike most revenge stories, Rose retaliates by...not retaliating. This sounds like a less satisfactory response than, say Fay Weldon's She-Devil but is actually far more sensible because fate and biology soon play into her hands. Besides, Rose is not only still beautiful and sexy (something she's forgotten) but has an unresolved love-affair from her past.
Buchan is a wise and wonderful writer who makes you feel for her characters (even the less sympathetic ones)and root for them. All her novels are rewarding, but of the more recent ones, this is the best so far.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Super Read 16 Mar 2005
This is the first book I have read by Elizabeth Buchan and I was greatly surprised.
Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman is the story of Rose and her husband Nathan. Nathan is obsessed with a relationship that Rose had before she met him and consequently when Nathan strays Rose is the last to know. The upset of this shock is difficult for Rose but the situation is worsened by the fact that Nathan's mistress is none other than Rose's colleague Minty. Minty not only steals Rose's husband but her job as well.
Thus begins the story of Rose's fight for survival and that bitter sweet revenge that only time will provide.
This is an excellent read: the only spoiling factor was the number of typographical errors in my Penguin copy. That aside I would recommend this book wholeheartedly. It certainly does not belong in the traditional chick lit category.
I will certainly be looking for other books by this author.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly good read from a 'giveaway' 27 Jun 2003
This book was a 'free gift' attached to a magazine that I read regulary, so with very little expectations (some of the previous 'giveaways' had been pretty dire) I half-heartedly delved into this book.
I was immediately taken with the main character, Rose. She'd been married to Nathan for over 20 years and, blissfully (it seemed) had brought up two children, Poppy and Richard. Summers were spent on sunny golden beaches in Cornwall. Nathan and Rose seemed to have a perfect relationship, confiding in, and supporting eachother, taking pleasure in their children. Until, one day, Nathan tells Rose that he has found freedom and a new life with her friend and assistant, Minty. He launches into a passionate, exciting affair with the kitten-heeled shark who desperately wants the life that Rose has had with him and more.
Rose is devastated, sinks into despondancy and gloom, seeks solace in her only companion Parsley, her cat, who (with great timing) snuffs it in Rose' greatest hour of need.
Out of this despondancy, Rose gathers her strength and vows that she will not lie down and die. She gradually gets her life together, despite the fact that her children's lives are taking unexpected turns. She emerges lighter, brighter, more confident and you find yourself cheering her along every step of the way.
An interesting twist to this tale is that Rose (and her husband Nathan) are never without Hal, Rose's real true love. Hal played a remarkably large part of Rose's life and Nathan never felt as though he compared to Hal in Rose's eyes.
It goes without saying that Nathan tires of his young mistress, her whining and her failure to get pregnant. He looks admiringly at Rose's new energy and vitality and decides that he wants her back.
This is such an enlightening book.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read. Really can identify with emotions 13 April 2002
By Timotea
Elizabeth Buchan explores the devastation of a betrayal with huge sensitivity. You really identify with the characters and you live and breath them until the very end...which in itself is wonderful. Every woman has lived through this experience in some way whether as wife, girlfriend or mistress and no one can fail to be moved by it. It is unputdownable and when you finish it you really miss it and want to read it all over again.
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As always, love Buchan's writing
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read especially for summer and the divorcee.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such true emotions
I found this in a bookshop ten minutes before leaving Florence...complete with a previous reader's Italian Paul Coelho quotes. I was obviously 'meant' to find it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ms. L. A. Stroud
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the read
Interesting and true to present day life. I enjoyed the book all through and have bought its sequel to read. I am new to this authoress but am impressed.
Published 5 months ago by E.Scape
4.0 out of 5 stars A good holiday read
It’s the time of year again to start thinking about summer holiday reading, and Elizabeth Buchan’s 2002 novel is a pretty good place to start. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Moonless
3.0 out of 5 stars Revenge?
Although enjoyable, there is no revenge in this book. Too predictable by half and Nathan was right to have worried about Hal.
Published 7 months ago by dorsetlane
4.0 out of 5 stars a gentle read
Easy book to read and enjoyed it even though my usual genre would be crime novels. A good holiday book.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs Mop!
5.0 out of 5 stars Revenge of the Middle-Age Women
A good adaption of a life of a middle age women. Funny, gripping, sad, rooting for her all the way.
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