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The Foster Husband [Paperback]

Pippa Wright
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9 May 2013

Shortlisted for Contemporary Romantic Novel in the Romantic Novelists Associations Book Awards 2014.

Kate left her seaside home town of Lyme Regis for the bright lights of London when she was eighteen, and never looked back. She had it all: the glamorous career, the lovely house, the gorgeous husband.

But now she's back: unemployed, separated, and holed up in her dead granny's bungalow. Worse still, she's forced to share the bungalow with Ben, the clueless and domestically challenged fiancé of her bossy sister Prue.

Ben is a man in need of simple instruction. And Kate is a woman in need of a project. So she decides to secretly train Ben, her foster husband, as a selfless pre-wedding gift to her sister.

But Kate may still have a few lessons of her own to learn...

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (9 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447210085
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447210085
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'I couldn't put Lizzy Harrison Loses Control down. Funny, moving, totally gripping, I just wanted to start it all over again the moment I'd finished it' Harriet Evans

'If you have read Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series, you'll know what we mean when we say you'll get the same sniggering-on-the-bus moments' Heat

'Girlie, fun and well written, this will definitely make you giggle' Closer

'The novel explores that age where you should really see yourself as being a grown-up but are still able to feel so much of your teenage self, a period of time that I believe lots of women in their twenties and early thirties will admit to finding difficult. Wright shows that Kate is still developing and growing as a person through a mixture of laugh-out-loud moments and memories that make you want to weep for her. Despite some harrowing events plus some moments of self-doubt, the novel is light-hearted, optimistic and left me with a smile on my face. A thoroughly enjoyable and superbly written tale!'

'This novel is full of humour, heart, superb characters and wise sentiment. Pippa Wright is, without a doubt, one of my most favourite writers of women’s fiction. Her stories are refreshing, utterly modern and not at all frilly. I love it when reading a book leaves you feeling like you’ve just spent the night chatting to a friend.' Caroline Smailes, author of 99 Reasons Why on The Foster Husband

'I managed to get through this book in less than 24 hours so would definitely recommend it!' on The Foster Husband

About the Author

Pippa Wright lives in London and works in book publishing. Her second novel, Unsuitable Men, was a Kindle top 10 bestseller. You can find her on Twitter at @troisverres

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best one yet 24 May 2013
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This is the best of Pippa Wright's books yet. I really enjoyed it. Great summer reading.
Very easy to read and get into. Over too quickly!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit rubbish 19 Feb 2014
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I did not hate this book but it didn't have me up all night desperate to find out what happens next, overall I would describe it as a bit rubbish and I would not recommend it to friends. You can guess what will happen all the way through the book. The plot is weak and the characters are not likeable. When I read I like to get lost in the book, I like to have opinions on the characters, be interested in their stories and be eager to know what happens next. I'm sorry to say this book did none of that.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Foster Husband, where are you :) 8 May 2013
By Agi
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
It is third Pippa's book and for me her every book is better and better. I liked the idea of this book, the "foster" husband, I was very curious about the training going to take place. I must admit that it was the synopsis that allowed me to expect the plot to develop only around Ben and Kate, who wanted to teach him some lessons in domesticity. But instead I've got much more about Kate herself and her private life, with all its ups and downs, problems with her marriage and in work. And although I have expected much more of Ben and his cluelessness around the house, I am not disappointed in the way the plot evolves. The bits when Kate tries to "train" Ben are funny and give lightness to the book and - in my opinion - what was actually so bad that she wanted to prepare him a little for marriage with her sister? It's not that she took him to live with her because she wanted it. So, a girl must have a little fun in life, mustn't she?:)
Kate's life is very interesting, there is something happening all the time and she as a book character is for me not so straightforward as many other chick lit heroines. She is a ball - breaker at work, but out of work she is a vulnerable woman. It was in a way interesting to see how she adapt to the new situation and how she tries to cope with her new life in the old town of hers.
But I must confess that I didn't really know where is the book leading to. We have chapters set in the present and we have chapters set in the past, so we can clearly see what has happened, but all the time I was looking for this "foster husband". Instead I've got an interesting story about Kate, her work, her private life, how she met Matt, her marriage.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing! 10 Jun 2013
By Kerry B
Format:Kindle Edition
I was really looking forward to this book and it started off really well and was quite witty in places. As the story developed it all became a little too predictable and the ending disappointing and pretty lame. Not one of the best books I've read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An uplifting read of moving on from your past 12 May 2013
By Chloe S "Chick Lit Chloe" TOP 500 REVIEWER
Kate was happy to leave her childhood hometown of Lyme Regis when she was a young girl, but now an adult with her own independent life, she suddenly finds herself back home, and trying to live outside of everyone else's whispers and gossip about her private life, and why she's returned home. She also finds herself with a new flatmate in the form of her sister Prue's fiancé Ben, who is pretty clueless about living with someone and general life etiquette! Kate decides it's time to sharpen Ben up, to train him to be the perfect husband for her sister... and all without him knowing it. But is Kate doing this to be distracted from the disaster that is her own love life? Also, what's the secret she's run away to Lyme Regis with - something that threatens Kate's future happiness for the rest of her life....

I have to say something because I feel it's really important about the book. While it's called The Foster Husband and the synopsis makes out that this is the main story within the book, I would have to disagree and say that the foster husband part of it with Ben is a mere subplot, only really begins when you're about halfway into the book and doesn't actually seem all that important once you reach the end of the book. In fact, I'm a bit puzzled as to why it's pushed so heavily in both the title and the blurb, but there you are. Maybe its a title that will draw readers in but it is perhaps a tad misleading, which were my thoughts once I had finished it and thought about it. That being said, I have to confess that I did really enjoy the book, and the way it was written.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Kate Martell finds herself returning to her hometown of Lyme Regis in difficult circumstances; nor does it help that its quite the last place she ever envisaged finding herself. After all she left Lyme at the first chance she had and hadn't looked back since; and with a glamorous career, gorgeous husband and busy life in London why should she have? However, Kate's lost everything, and wanting nothing more than to hide herself away, Lyme Regis suddenly seems the perfect place to retreat and lick her wounds. Unfortunately it does mean having to share her granny's old bungalow with her soon to be brother-in-law, however, Kate soon sees this as an opportunity to present her sister with the perfect wedding present; why not train up Ben to be the perfect husband, ironing out the flaws that her experience of her own failed marriage has taught her. As such Kate sets to work, though in the process she may just learn a few lessons of her own.

I have to say that this story did not quite match my preconceptions from the title; though not unpleasantly so. I was expecting more standard chicklit (probably something along the lines of Kate falling for her foster husband), however, what I actually got was a far maturer and realistic story, which made for a refreshing and engaging read.

The main focus of the story is on Kate herself, the story of her failed marriage to Matt related through flashbacks from beginning to end, and also flashbacks to stages of her earlier life in Lyme. The Kate at the start of the story is clearly damaged, and it is through the flashbacks that we slowly start to learn how she has ended up like this, how she has been shaped by events in the past, events that up till now she perhaps has always ran away from.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth while purchase.
Really excellent read(kindle).
Published 1 month ago by Joby
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read
From the beginning I found this very readable. While it's not the most amazing book ever, it's nicely written, the characters are likeable and it's a good story. Very enjoyable'
Published 4 months ago by Eden's Mummy
2.0 out of 5 stars The foster husband
A good holiday read. Rather predictable plot and light.SOme good splashes of humour . An easy , quick enjoyable read .
Published 4 months ago by suzanne Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
great read with parts that will make you laugh. Great for a holiday read and a nice summer day. X
Published 5 months ago by Loz
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
Kept your interest right to the last page, very funny in places so much so when reading it made my laugh out load.
Published 5 months ago by jan
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
The author pulls Wright excelled herself with this book. The characters were inviting and well-defined. Very easy reading with fantastic humour. Read more
Published 6 months ago by miss illuminated
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
This was easy reading , funny ,sad, the type of read you pick up and cant put down . Believable characters that I felt I knew . Enjoyable *****
Published 7 months ago by hula
3.0 out of 5 stars Present for an avid reader
Trying to find another author who writes good stories, this was okay but would not buy another as it wasn't my cup of tea.
Published 7 months ago by kazie
4.0 out of 5 stars The Foster Husband
I thoroughtly enjoyed this book and do recommend it to others. i shall look for other books by Pippa Wright.
Published 8 months ago by Mrs Serena Turnbull
5.0 out of 5 stars good honest characters
Well written book, with very well developed characters. The lead female developed insight over the period of the book which was rewarding, with a truly believable ending. Read more
Published 9 months ago by pippa30
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