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The Man I Should Have Married Paperback – 4 Sep 2003


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (4 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141012153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141012155
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,596,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is Pam Satran's first novel though she has written for various women's magazines, including Glamour and Marie Claire, and is the author of several relationship guides published in the US. She has two children and lives in New Jersey, USA.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "urbanfairyfrolics" on 9 Nov. 2003
Format: Paperback
When Kennedy is dumped by her husband for a young, clueless surfer called Sunny it looks as if she is going to crash and burn, troubled teenage daughters, financial troubles and a money grabbing Mom are the least of her troubles when the one that got away re-enters her life. Declan is everything her ex, Frank, wasn't, good looking, funny and laid back.
When Declan comes into Kennedy's life again things just get trickier and trickier, a rollercoaster of events take the pair through tears, laughter and everything imaginable and you the reader are left breathless with anticipation as to what will happen next.
Finishing this book will leave you with a smile on your. An extra of this book is an up close and personal with the author, so if you're someone like me who always has questions on their mind after finishing a book, the answers here are enough to satisfy even the most inquisitive of readers.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Great second chance at love and life story 16 May 2006
By Tracy Vest - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When Kennedy's husband of nearly a decade decides to leave her for his former lover, a surfer named Sunny no less, Kennedy is forced to move on and raise her children as a single mom. Her surly teenager Maya is in desperate need of several bars of soap for her smart mouth and wants to meet her birth father; her youngest just wants everything back to normal; and her five-times married mother wants her to get her groove on and find a new man. When her ex Frank announces a career change, Kennedy is faced with having to move to a smaller place. A fixer upper has her salivating and her family and friends ready to run for the hills. Returning to the Greenwich Village tavern she worked at prior to getting married, she hooks up with the lust of her life, bartender/owner Declan McGlynn. After they share yet another one night stand, they tentatively start a relationship. When she is given a chance for reconciliation with Frank, will she take it?

Satran's debut is a slick and sexy novel about a women's journey to right the wrongs of her life in a path of self-discovery. She has peppered it with a flawed heroine, great secondary characters, and conversational dialogue that never seems forced.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A fun read! 22 April 2003
By CoffeeGurl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Beach season has almost begun -- thus, there are various books that you might want to take with you on vacation. The Man I Should Have Married is one of them.
After her husband leaves her for another woman, Kennedy feels that a fun and feisty single life is long overdue. She is determined to regain the independence she had before settling with life in suburbia. A meaningless fling with Declan -- her former boss and friend, not to mention object of her desire -- might do the trick. But she hadn't envisaged the fact that there's more to her attraction to Declan than meets the eye. To make matters worse, her teenage daughter has become insubordinate and seeks love and attention from her wayward father. There are various twists in the novel.
The Man I Should Have Married is a fun novel to read on the beach. The realistic situations within the story are above most of today's women's fiction. Thus, I recommend it most highly...
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The Other Book I Should Have Bought 29 July 2003
By karen Levine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because it was suggested in the New York Times along with other contemporary novels, by and about women. One of the other books, The Wife by Meg Wolitzer was among the prized company it was in. Therefore, I thought this book would be of that ilk, written in the same high standard but boy was I mistaken.
The plot was ridiculous, the reading level was Junior High and there was no character development at all. I wasn't even cheering for Kennedy because I didn't respect her and didn't see what this great chemistry between her and Declan was all about. This book was a total waste of my time in every sense. You are suppose to come away from a book learning something. For me, it passed the time on a long train ride, that's about it. Gravely disappointing.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Happy woman's genre...... 10 Jun. 2003
By Ram Sam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Now I love 'chick' books. You know, they make you cry, make you laugh, make you want to fall in love all over again and sometimes tell your mom you're sorry...... you know what I mean. I thought this book looked fun, and I was right. I snatched it up (have I menetioned I love this fun size of paper back and I thought the cover was cute?) and rushed home to start it. here are the things I loved about this book-
It is not tough to keep up with the dialogue, characters, or plot. That being said you may chalk it up for the perfect travel read, or pool side mind grabber. It does deliver a little bit of action... you know, romantic style, so it has it's hot moments you enjoy, and it has quite a bit of fun humor, without trying too hard to be funny.
Kennedy is likable, sometimes reminding you a little of yourself, sometimes reminding you what you wish you could be (just walk in and say "hi" to that old love just like it is the most casual thing in the world....) As she is working thorugh divorce and the troubles it brings (single child rearing... house buying/ selling/ fixing up) you will watch her grow. There are fun twists, fun friends, and of course, the never ending mother issues.... but it's all fun while being just touching enough at the same time.
This is a fun, light, romantic book, and if you are looking for that this summer, or for your next road trip, pick this up. It will let you enjoy your reading time and give that much needed escape from your own daily tasks!
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A Fun, Fast Delightful Read! 13 Aug. 2003
By Jennifer Sandell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Thank you Amazon.com! This book was recommended to me when I logged on to buy something else and boy, am I glad. I probably wouldn't have given it more than a passing glance in the bookstore, but I read the other reviews here on Amazon and was impressed. I finished this book wanting more. I was drawn into the lives of Kennedy and Declan and have been wondering since finishing the book just last night: What would have happened between this couple if the book was just a bit longer? Don't get me wrong, the ending was quite satisfying as was the whole reading experience, but I for one wasn't ready to let the story end.
Kennedy Burns very quickly finds herself as a single mother when her husband Frank leaves her as well as his job at a lucrative law firm to become of all things, a yoga instructor!! Kennedy also happens to be dealing with a very difficult teenage daughter who wants to find her real father. This premise has been dealt with in lots of women's fiction before this, but I really felt that this book dealt all these things in a fresh, new way.
At first, I really couldn't relate to Kennedy. I thought her character was flat and there didn't seem to be a connection between her and her daughters or for that matter, what was happening in her life. I felt that the author was just simply telling a story and as the reader, I was just reading the words printed on the page, I wasn't becoming involved. But that is the beauty of this novel. I continued to change my opinion as Kennedy changed, matured and grew into her new life. A nice thing to see was that Kennedy, who was once very dependent transformed into someone very self-reliant.
Because of the cover art and the title one might think that this is just another run of the mill chick-lit book. Really, there is something deeper and more satisfying at work here. You will be sad when this one ends!!
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