Michael Carter fancies himself as a bit of a jack-the-lad, with women
all over the place. There is his mistress, Sophia; Rebecca, mother to
his illegitimate child; Carmen, the gorgeous assistant in his clothes
shop, and not forgetting his long-suffering wife, Lucy. Although Lucy
is a strong-willed woman, she puts up with her husband's peccadillos
because she can't help but love him. Finally pushed over the edge by
yet another affair, and suspicions over Carmen's pregnancy, Lucy packs
her bags and goes ancestor-hunting in Lincolnshire. Before she goes,
she creates havoc, leaving Michael to clear up the mess, as well as
puzzle over her parting shot: "You're my Henry Allbones". It leads him
to no end of trouble, especially with, unusually, three very different
characters all called Henry Allbones. Finally he looks for the answer
in Lucy's family tree research and in particular what happened to one
17th century philanderer.
From the Publisher
Lucy, a wronged wife, inspired by her genealogical research and determined that history shall not be repeated, wreaks revenge on her philandering husband; then gets out.