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The Secret Lives of Fortunate Wives [Hardcover]

Sarah Strohmeyer
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  • Hardcover: 349 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books (22 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525949097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525949091
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,351,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As the perfect Hunting Hills wife, Marti Denton was too busy at first to notice that her husband, Denton, was slowly, gradually slipping from her life. Read the first page
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ok. 8 Nov 2009
By Reggie
I have read other books by the same author and loved them. This one, however, wasn't as interesting. I had to will myself to read it. It's not the kind of people I'd like to know.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Surprise! 15 Jun 2006
By Mercedes J. - Published on
I'm not a big fan of chick-lit...but the cover caught my eye, and I do need a change every now and then. This turned out to be a really good book. One that was VERY hard to put down. I stayed up till almost 2am a couple nights telling myself 'Just one more chapter'.

This story centers around Marti Denton and her friends, who are filthy rich suburban housewives in the exclusive community of Hunting Hills, Ohio. Money is no object to them, and they even have their own set of 'Hunting Hills Rules of Behavior for Wives'. John Harding is the resident bachelor, until he returns home from a trip to Prague married to a small town West Virginia girl (Claire) who he met while there.

From there it's just pages (some quite funny) of Marti scheming with her friends to get Claire out of the picture so Marti can have John all to herself (she's just discovered she's madly in love with him, and not her husband), while pretending to be Claire's friend so they can find out all the juicy little details of the couple's personal life. But then an unexpected turn of events changes Marti's entire world, and it turns out Claire is the only one who can help her. Will she? And what will happen to all of them in the end?

I was very pleased with the ending of this book, and even a little bummed to be finished with it. Even though they're shallow, conceited, and extremely snobbish, this group was a lot of fun to read about. I definitely recommend this if your looking for a little fluff in between books. And I absolutely look forward to reading more from Ms. Strohmeyer
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read 11 Feb 2006
By Sennie - Published on
These wives are not just your run of the mill, brainless, trophy wives. They see their position and lives realistically - that they can be replaced at any time and that husbands will probably cheat because they are successful enough to get away with it. I liked this book because even though the characters were shallow, materialistic and just downright conniving, they were also survivors and smart and most of all, realistic.

It is silly during some parts but all in all, pretty enjoyable befored bed read.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BRAVA! 30 Sep 2005
By Detra Fitch - Published on
In Ohio there is a special bedroom community called Hunting Hills. Only the wealthy can afford to live there. The women have even created ten rules for any wife/socialite living within. According to those rules, wives enjoy spending money without a thought. For example, the apple vinegar at their store is eight dollars. It does not matter that the stores outside Hunting Hills only charge sixty cents. The wives of Hunting Hills would never be caught slumming in those stores.

Marti Denton is the wife of Jim Denton, the best stockbroker around. She never realized she was madly in love with John Harding until he came home from Prague with a new wife, Claire. Suddenly Marti believes their past love affair means that they are soul mates and Marti plans to steal John away.

Claire Stark is a beautiful newspaper reporter who met John while trying to get an exclusive interview from him. They wed within a month. Claire gives up her career for John and is determined to be an excellent wife. But John down played what his home town was like. She is not prepared for life as a socialite. Claire is socially awkward, to say the least. So it is a relief when Marti buddies up to her. Marti shows Claire the ropes and gives her the DOs and DON'Ts advice. It is not until later that Claire wonders why Marti wants to know so much about John.

All the wives in Hunting Hills look to be skinny, happy, and care free. But looks can be deceiving. Each wife has secrets and scandals are abundant. When things begin to hit the fan, Marti and Claire learn what it means to really be fortunate wives!

**** You will never travel through the upper crust suburbs again without wondering what type of drama is happening silently within it. After reading this novel, I went out of my way to drive through such an area and wonder which wife was sleeping with which friends' husband.

Author Sarah Strohmeyer has created a juicy bit of scandalizing gossip in the tradition of "The Stepford Wives". BRAVA! ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TRUE 13 Mar 2006
By skiichic21 - Published on
I am from Moreland Hills Ohio which is where the story is based on. The town over is Hunting Valley, the other half of the made up Hunting Hills. I am a college student and happened to be drawn to the book by the cover, only then did I realize it is about my hometown. all i can say is this book is soo true as to what happens back home. I even went to the school that Holly was based on and I wore a green skirt as I played field hockey. this book is amazing and i dont even read that often but I could not even put it down.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A easty but shallow read 3 Mar 2007
By Mary G. Longorio - Published on
The Secret Lives of Fortunate Wives combines the classic "fish out of water" element with a touch of the Stepford Wives. John Harding, the most eligable bachelor in Hunting Hills comes home with a surprise. A new wife. Not only is she a surprise, she is not from Hunting Hills and not part of the rarified world inhabited by Lisa, Marti, Karen and John's ex-wife, Boots. Claire also is a working journalist and has a life outside of clothes, decorating, life coaches and the occasional affair (usually with the husband of one of their "dearest" friends). There are definite rules about how a Hunting Hills wife behaves, and it looks as though Claire isn't about to buy into the Hunting Hills ideal. But, she seems to embrace the silliness and even though glimmers of the character we hope Claire would be, she verges on becomming just another silly wife, just not as offensive. The evolution of Marti, is so quick and so back and forth it is hard to buy. Karen, undergoes a real tragedy and then returns to the unbearable homelife she sought to flee. It is a mishmash. The most disappointing element of this book is the quickness with which Claire seems to embrace Hunting Hiills' warped sensabilities. John is rarely in the picture and the plotline involving Marti's husband is just too hard to swallow. It was a fun read, but not what I had hoped it could be.
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