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Stand by Your Man

Stand by Your Man [Kindle Edition]

Gil McNeil
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'Thinking of moving to the country with your kids? Read this book instead.' Phil Hogan 'A funny and touching novel. I wish I'd written it.' Arabella Weir

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Is it better to forgive and forget, or should you just get even?  Is it possible to live in the country and not lose your mind completely?  Do chickens really make good pets? And what exactly is a hardy perennial?

Alice Mayhew, part-time architect and full-time mother to Alfie, is to gardening what Alan Titchmarsh is to deep-sea fishing. So finding she's been volunteered to design a new garden for the village comes as a bit of a shock, because apart from anything else she's far too busy trying to convince Alfie that wearing green trousers doesn't make you Peter Pan, and that flying is best left to the experts. Molly O'Brien is finding it hard enough coping with Lily (aged four and likes washing up) and Matt (aged thirty two and doesn't) before she discovers she's pregnant. And then there's Lola Barker, who causes havoc wherever she goes, and brings a whole new meaning to the word high-maintenance.

Toddlers, jelly, bad behaviour, romance and gardening tips all loom large in Gil McNeil's hilarious and heartbreaking new novel. Stand By Your Man turns prejudices and assumptions upside down with humour and passion, telling it like it really is. Sometimes it's hard to be a woman...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 592 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (4 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00555PUAU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #96,666 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars stand by your man 7 Aug 2004
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An amusing story of villge life in rural england. I picked up this book in my local book shop .I Instantly found the gardening tips at the beginning of each month (the book is written as a monthly diary) very informative. I loved little Alfie playing 'Little donkey' on his recorder, much to everyones annoyance. I enjoyed the story, its well written, entertaining and real to life. A brilliant Summer read. It deserves a 5 start rating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous read, best book ever, great fun 4 Aug 2004
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What a refreshing change from the usual rubbish in the bookshps during the summer. I really enjoyed the first book, but in writing this Gill McNeil has clearly moved on to developing a funny, engaging and brilliant summer read. I could not put this book down until I reached the last page, I do hope there will be more from this author- I spend most of the time sharing and reading out aloud because I was so entertained. I fear that every one will want to live in the country! My top read this year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I was waiting eagerly for this book to be released as I absolutely loved her first novel 'The Only Boy For Me.'I received it yesterday and read it in one sitting!Although it was enjoyable,I found it nowhere near as good as 'The Only Boy For Me'.The characters were less convincing and I did not care so much what happened to them-although Lola was despicable!If you are looking for a light,fun,undemanding (maybe for holidays/travelling?)read,then this fits the bill but don't expect anything near as fabulous as 'The Only Boy For Me'
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5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down! 29 Jun 2006
I have only recently discovered reading for relaxation and pleasure as appose to studying.

This book has reaffirmed my love for reading, and helped me escape the worries of each day.

The characters are blissful and realistic, the storyline, although it has a common backbone, is riveting and funny. I found myself relating to the characters and some aspects of the story which hops and bounces along easily.

I love the twist, although I did scowl and shout at the book at one particular moment, which I won't give away.

I really think this book would suit anyone, particularly those who enjoy witty, but sensitive books about real life situations with idyllic twists.

I read it in the car (i wasn't driving), on the bus, in the bathroom, in bed, in the kitchen, in the park, at work (probably a bit too much at work) everywhere! i really found it hard to put it down and felt at a lose when i finished it, so much so i went and found another book by the same author - the only boy for me, which I'm working through now!
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