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tender,intelligent romance for grown-ups,
This review is from: Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman (Paperback)
Don't be put off by the pastelly cover, this is an unputdownable and passionate story about a betrayed wife who is resurrected and reborn through real goodness of heart. Rose is a literary editor, very much in the shadow of her more succesful editor husband Nathan, by whom she has two children. She loves her family, her home, her job - but it's all about to be destroyed because her best friend and protegee Minty has seduced Nathan. Now he wants to leave her and the life they've made and live with Minty. Rose loses her husband, her job and her home.
Unlike most revenge stories, Rose retaliates by...not retaliating. This sounds like a less satisfactory response than, say Fay Weldon's She-Devil but is actually far more sensible because fate and biology soon play into her hands. Besides, Rose is not only still beautiful and sexy (something she's forgotten) but has an unresolved love-affair from her past.
Buchan is a wise and wonderful writer who makes you feel for her characters (even the less sympathetic ones)and root for them. All her novels are rewarding, but of the more recent ones, this is the best so far.