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With or Without You

With or Without You [Kindle Edition]

Helen Warner
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The fabulous new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of RSVP and STAY CLOSE TO ME
What if everything you ever wanted was not enough?
Martha Lamont has it all: a passionate marriage, two well-adjusted children, a lovely home and a high-profile job as a showbiz interviewer for a major national newspaper. Her gorgeous husband, Jamie, is happy being a stay-at-home-dad while she pursues her career.
But appearances are often deceiving. One day, Martha makes a discovery that rocks the very foundation of her world and she begins to question everything she thought she wanted.
Then, during an interview with a famous actor, Charlie Simmons, Martha finds herself pouring her heart out. And soon their friendship turns into an intense relationship…
Now, Martha must make the toughest decision of her life. Does she fight to keep the life she loves? Or are some betrayals just too big to forgive?
'Four women, one wedding and unexpected results. Great good fun' WOMAN & HOME
'The kind of book beach holidays were made for' RED

About the Author

Helen Warner is Director of Daytime for ITV where she oversees a wide range of programming from This Morning to The Chase. Previously, she was at Channel 4 where she was responsible for shows including Come Dine With Me, Coach Trip and Deal or No Deal. She lives in Essex with her husband and their two children and she writes her books on the train to work.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 434 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (30 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0095XN8BQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #104,023 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Helen Warner is Director of Daytime for ITV where she oversees a wide range of programming from 'This Morning' to 'The Chase'. Previously, she was at Channel 4 where she was responsible for shows including 'Come Dine With Me', 'Coach Trip' and 'Deal or No Deal'.

She lives in Essex with her husband and their two children and she writes her books on the train to and from work.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very thought provoking 8 Jun 2014
By salsam
I wanted an easy read to start the weekend off and once I started reading this novel I couldn't put it down and ended up finishing it. The plot is of a woman called Martha, who seems to have it all; the career, a loving husband and two beautiful children. However the plot thickens and she founds out something which rocks her world into turmoil and you take the journey with her and her feelings.
Its very thought provoking as you are made aware of all parties feelings and their own turmoil's in dealing with the decisions they have made. There were a few times that the words on the page went blurry and I had to reach for the tissues. Its definitely well worth a read and I will look forward to reading the next one written by Helen Warner.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 4 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This would make a really good beach read. It is an easy to read drama about successful celebrity interviewer Martha who finds out that her gorgeous husband Jamie, who has always been her rock as he is the one who has stayed at home to look after their two children, has betrayed her in the worst possible way. Reeling from the pain she accepts an assignment to interview Hollywood heartthrob Charlie Simmons. The story switches between the UK and Hollywood and you really feel for Martha in her situation. I found it very easy to empathise with her, almost as if I was sitting in the same room listening to her pouring her heart out to me. Things get complicated when it becomes apparent that Martha and Charlie have a strong attraction – will she throw caution to the wind and follow her heart or will she try and repair her broken marriage?

On the whole I really enjoyed the read with just a couple of reservations. I did get a bit fed up listening to Jamie, who spent the most part of the read begging for forgiveness and promising to make things up to Martha. It got a little repetitive unfortunately. My other main gripe is the “saga of the dress” at the start of the book. Whilst it made quite funny reading, I really doubt whether any woman would have gone out without noticing the problem with her dress!

That having been said it is an enjoyable read, which flows nicely with a good set of characters. It kept my interest well as I just wanted to know what would happen in the end. I really enjoyed the way the author rounded it all off, with a few little surprises tucked up her sleeve.
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I rushed to buy the electronic version of this book because I became a big fan of Helen Warner (HW) after reading her other novel, RSVP. Also, after reading another book that annoyed me because a cheating husband "got away easily" (Jennifer Smith's The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight), I was interested to see how HW will handle the character of a cheating husband.

Like in RSVP, HW's strength is how she writes her characters - she doesn't make them one-dimensional but instead humanizes them by showing both their good and bad sides. I was pleasantly surprised as to how, in the beginning, I was ready to hate Jamie, the cheating husband. However, as the novel unfolds, I found myself sympathising with him and agreeing with the assessment of one of the other characters : he was just a "good guy" who made a terrible mistake, was truly sorry for it and was trying hard to make amends for it.

Martha, the wronged wife, began as someone I could totally sympathise with, but as the story progressed, I started becoming annoyed by her "I'm-the-martyr" attitude. The speed she becomes instantly attracted to and become emotionally dependent with the actor, Charlie, seemed a bit fast. While Jamie was trying to redeem himself, she spent most of the book whining and yearning for Charlie, but showing off that she was such a good wife/mother for sticking with Jamie for the sake of the children and not sleeping with Charlie (at least in the beginning). This pissed me off. Granted she was justified to be really angry with Jamie, the fact remains that she herself was having an emotional affair with Charlie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 2 Jun 2014
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Really good plot and an excellent writing style. In the great tradition of all page-turners, I couldn't put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read !!!!! 24 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
A must read, couldn't put it down. Never read a book by this author before but would certainly recommend this book. Excellent from start to finish !!!!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't be without this ! 22 Feb 2014
By Chloe S "Chick Lit Chloe" TOP 500 REVIEWER
Martha has a pretty good life, and she's happy with her lot. She loves her job as a newspaper journalist, writing things about celebrities, often interviewing them as well and she's good at it. She's happily married to husband Jamie, and the pair have two young children. Jamie's a stay-at-home dad, and the set up works well for the pair. But when Martha finds out a devastating secret, her world is rocked to the very core. She decides to see through her interview with actor Charlie Simmons, and ends up confessing all. She decides she needs to escape her life for a bit, and ends up in LA with Charlie, running away from her problems rather than dealing with them...

This book was an easy read from the beginning, and I didn't struggle at all to get into the story. I found myself absorbed into Martha and Jamie's home life, seemingly a perfect marriage. The pair are happy in their roles, their children are settled and things are looking good. But when Martha uncovers a secret, everything is thrown into disarray. The secret is uncovered fairly quickly in the book, and I'm pleased that the pace was kept up. There was enough story before it to give us an idea of their family life before the secret throws it all apart, so we can really see the difference of how it shatters not only Jamie and Martha's marriage, but their general life too.

I really did feel so sorry for Martha. She did absolutely nothing wrong, she was entirely faultless in what happened and is clearly a broken woman when she finds out what has been happening. I admired how she was able to put on a brave face for her children, but could totally understand her shocking reactions when they aren't about. Jamie on the hand, well, he has an excuse for everything but I wasn't buying it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by Paulina O2
3.0 out of 5 stars Trilling
A good read, nice plot keeps your interest nothing to serious just light reading with a nice glass of wine or coffee makes your day.
Published 5 months ago by Ele K. Manoli
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
thoroughly recommend reading it, once I started the domestic chores were put on "hold " till it was finished. shame I read it too quickly !! when is the next one ?
Published 5 months ago by steve race
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Woman Helen Warner excels again!
Compelling third chick lit novel written with great empathy and style. Addresses modern day lifestyle and relationship dilemas with a touch of showbiz/Hollywood glamour. Read more
Published 5 months ago by M Rhodes
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
Thoroughly enjoyed it, read it almost in one sitting. Would recommend it. Five stars.
A womanizer with a twist. A good ending.
Published 5 months ago by Christ Christine Thomasonazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read
I really enjoyed this story of Martha and Jamie, was hooked right from the start. Helen manages to draw you into both Jamie's glamourous celeb lifestyle and Martha's more domestic... Read more
Published 6 months ago by KL Jellis
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great story
I really enjoyed Helens latest book, you feel involved in Martha and Jamie's life from the beginning of the story until the end. Read more
Published 6 months ago by mrs c a warner
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
A boring book. plotless and predictable. Skipped most of it. First time I have read this author so new to me
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. J. Orchard
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly enjoyable
I really enjoyed reading the latest Helen Warner offering, as I have RSVP and Stay Close to Me.

Helen writes in descriptive, but unpretentious manner which brings all... Read more
Published 6 months ago by j e jordan
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