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The Faithless Wife [Paperback]

Jo Eames
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Book Description

1 Jun 2010
The Faithless Wife is a gripping, beautiful and surprising story of loss and love set in the stunning landscape of Menorca. Jo Eames' superb first novel explores the island's intriguing past and how war, illness and misunderstandings come back to haunt future generations.
The Faithless Wife is full of passion, politics, fear and secrecy. Switching between the present day and the violence of the Spanish Civil War, it is at once beautiful, hypnotic and elegant.
This bittersweet tale is a perfect beach read for those who like their holiday escapism laced with strong characters and challenging plots.

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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Peach Publishing (1 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190767201X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907672019
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 573,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jo Eames is determined to live her life backwards. She spent the first twenty five years studiously amassing qualifications and then vowed never to take an examination again. Now, she refuses to do anything she's remotely qualified to do. One day she hopes to be a complete tearaway.

Apart from writing, her current jobs include acting as wine buyer for a group of pubs and designing restaurants.

Her books strive to transport the reader to an unfamiliar place or time and involve them in lives or events they could not otherwise imagine. As a child, she loved books that let her march with the Roman legions or dive amongst giant clams. She is happy to leave stories that deal with everyday life to others.

Her book The Faithless Wife is set in Menorca, and explores the events there during the Spanish Civil War - a subject little spoken-of on the island even today. Her quest to uncover the facts that form the basis of a gripping and surprising story is almost worthy of a novel in itself.

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Having begun it, I couldn't put it down...The descriptions of the landscape are very alluring and the feeling for the divisions and strains in Spanish society - which still exist - exact. --Anne Stevenson, Winner of the Poetry Foundation's Neglected Masters of American Poetry Award

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Kate is running away. The hide-out she chooses is Menorca, the simple beautiful island she knew as a child. But is anywhere truly simple? A chance encounter with an old friend enmeshes her in a web of family and island secrets that has endured since the Spanish Civil War, warping the lives of three generations. The last person to champion truth over reticence, she is nevertheless the catalyst for breaking a sixty year 'pact of forgetting'and the only secret left is her own.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Faithless Wife 12 Jan 2011
Yup, I too looked at the cover and thought it was not for me.
I love Menorca, so gave it a go. very glad I did. Twists and turns from the present day back to the Civil War and Franco regime..drifting forwards in time via the pact of "non discussion" that lingers still...

If you have enjoyed Victoria Hislop's The Return then you will have a feel for the background even if you haven't studied the Civil War in detail, and here you will find a book as well-crafted and yet more compelling due to its closer, more tangible links with today...spanning the decades and weaving a tale of mystery and intrigue, and all set against a beautifully described backdrop of the wonderful island of Menorca.
If the subject matter appeals, read this book! If it doesn't...well, read it anyway for the joy and thrill of a good story, well told, and with a twist...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Faithless Wife 21 Oct 2010
You don't have to go on holiday to the historically important island of Minorca to read this well constructed and beautifully written book, but I defy you not to want to afterwards. Jo Eames has rigorously researched into its families and recent divisive history to weave a tapestry of intrigue, love and self-searching. Set against the island's changeable and mood affecting weather it is alive with excitement and interest. I hope the book is soon translated for Spanish speaking locals who will inevitably identify with it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - Don't judge this book by its cover! 21 Oct 2010
By Martin
Given the title and the styling of the cover I had feared a chick lit book, despite reading positive reviews - but thankfully it is not.
In fact it is a very well informed exposition of the long-term effects of the Civil War on the inhabitants of a small and quite idiosyncratic part of Spain.
I bought the book because, like the author, I love Menorca. I have had a house there for over twenty years, visit whenever I can and have always tried to understand as much as I can about the island and what helped form the unique character of its people ; however, despite having a fairly good knowledge of its history, I found the book as educative as it was entertaining.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 17 Jun 2010
A Kid's Review
This is a beautifully crafted, engaging and evocative book. I loved it from the first page and was completely drawn into the story. It's set on a Mediterranean island and is so descriptive that I felt the sun radiating from the page even though I was reading it during a typically wet and cold British spring! The central character is an enigmatic young woman whose own story sits alongside that of the island's history. It's an accessible read and would be fantastic for any book club and certainly one that deserves to be packed in your suitcase when heading off for your summer holiday.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Please stick to buying wine. 13 May 2013
By Jdjones
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I must have read a different book to other reviewers or perhaps I am not a friend of the author.
I shall start with a positive. The premise for the book is good and holds promise. The writing is dire. No characterisation, little feel for the landscape and yes, I do know Menorca well.
I wondered how on earth any publisher had been persuaded to publish this rubbish and then of course realsed that it was published by 'Peach Publishing' who own a string of Pubs and for whom the author is a wine buyer. So basically vanity publishing,and it shows.
Save your money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So good I bought it twice 6 Nov 2011
I thought this was a wonderful book, beautifully written. I read it, then bought two more copies for presents for friends with a connection with Minorca. NOT chick lit!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully crafted novel 5 Oct 2010
I was recommended this by a friend and thought this was another 'chic-lit' novel, however, once I started reading it my opinion was swiftly changed. This is a wonderfully written story dealing with a number of life's big issues (past and present), all set against the beautifully portrayed backdrop of Menorca.

I passed this on to my husband to read, who loved it as much as me. I wholeheartedly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I cannot rate this book highly enough; it is a beautifully written and compelling read. I was totally sucked in from beginning to end and am eagerly anticipating this author's next... Read more
Published on 2 Dec 2010 by Tashy Woo
5.0 out of 5 stars a pleasant surprise
My brother lives in Kenilworth, and whilst visiting him we generally pop 'over the road' (quite literally) to visit the Almanack pub. Read more
Published on 23 Nov 2010 by Cypsygal
4.0 out of 5 stars The faithless wife - Jo Eames
I'm afraid I can't write a review about this item as I bought it for my daughter-in-law for Christmas. Read more
Published on 30 Oct 2010 by ruthy
5.0 out of 5 stars The Faithless Wife
The Faithless Wife didn't sound like my sort of book - chick lit? romance? more middle-class infidelity in the home counties? Read more
Published on 13 Sep 2010 by B. C. Simner
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!
One of the best books I've read for a long time. This is Jo Eames' first novel and is a real page-turner. Read more
Published on 7 July 2010 by Book worm
5.0 out of 5 stars The consumate holiday read
Whilst I knew very little about Menorca prior to opening this book, I now feel a certain closeness to the Island due to some amazingly descriptive and evocative writing. Read more
Published on 4 July 2010 by A. Patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars a holiday read with sun and substance
The Faithless Wife is the perfect companion in your suitcase or hand luggage this summer. It makes a refreshing change to get to know the independent, feisty and complex female... Read more
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