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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (4 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755359356
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755359356
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This disarmingly delightful book will ring bells with many who have learnt that happy-ever-aftering needs more than the wave of a magic wand' (Woman's Day, Australia)

'Williams writes with deadly, witty accuracy about modern life' (Sophie Kinsella)

'Fun from the start ****' (Heat)

'A sharp and witty insight into one of the biggest modern marriage dilemmas' (Glamour)

'Don't miss it' (Cosmopolitan)

'Fizzes with life and... brilliantly witty one-liners' (Daily Telegraph)

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Ever thought you are the world's worst wife? Depends who you are up against. Wry, funny and warm storytelling from the bestselling Polly Williams

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Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down. A little far-fetched in places, but hey - we have enough realism in real life!!! I have read Polly Williams other books and love her style. This is the kind of book I enjoy reading in bed when my concentration is at its lowest, so anything heavy would addle my brain! I would call it a "feel good" book, where you can identify with the main character, Sadie, who is just an ordinary housewife with an ordinary job, not a high-flying career girl with a salary to match. Thank you Polly for a warm and witty book.
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The book is written in the first person so we are in the head of lovely Sadie throughout the book, and see everything through her eyes. This works so well because we have to have sympathy for Sadie to make the book work, and through the writing style of Williams, we certainly get that. I loved Sadie straight away, she was a character that I could relate to and for once it was nice to see a housewife character who didn't always keep a tidy home and wasn't that bothered by the fact! Williams' always writes realistic female characters, and Sadie is one of her best yet.

The various relationships that Sadie has throughout the book kept me hooked, and I loved how different they all were. I thnk a lot of women will be able to relate to the relationship of Sadie and her mother-in-law, and I loved how cringingly awkward it was written between the pair. Why can mothers-in-law never see their sons are ever wrong?! Sadie's hubby Tom was quite unlikeable for the most part of the book, yet you can sort of understand where he's coming from in a way. I liked the balance of this particular storyline, and I feel Williams' captured the essence of their marriage perfectly.

Relationships are probably the most written about thing in chick lit, but this book is fresh and totally had me absorbed right from the beginning. I loved the setting, I loved the characters but I also really enjoyed learning about floristry and flowers along the way too. Williams has clearly done her research into this profession because she writes about it with ease, and even someone who knows nothing about gardening and flowers (like me!) can enjoy it and imagine what is being written.
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Read it on holiday in about two days and loved it. It's quite quirky and unusual,with a very engaging plot and a likeable main character, Sadie. I've read all her other books and this one does not disappoint! More intelligent than your average chick-lit.
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Having read other books by Polly Williams, I was delighted to find How to be Married. Such a disappointment. In fact, I haven't finished it. On a pile to go to Oxfam. Predictable, not very funny and pretty depressing. I'm sure it will end happily ever after, it's just that i dont care enough to find out.
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I read this book based upon the other reviews - I was expecting it to be a real page turner but sadly it wasn't. I found the characters quite hard to engage with - parts of the story were very far fetched and it just didn't gel for me. This was the first Polly Williams book that I have read but I will try and read some of her other books. This book isn't bad it's just that for me it didn't quite tick the boxes of good read.
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An enjoyable easy read with quite a few laugh out loud moments. It's very well written & has characters you can warm to and believe in, I would recommend this to anyone who wants a bit of humour and fun in their lives. This is the first book by Polly Williams I have read and I will be buying more books by this author.
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I loved this book, when I started it I could not put it down. Loved the main character Sadie who was just an everyday wife with an everyday life. This book does relate to real life in some places even though some things are a little bit far fetched. Also very witty in places, highly recommended book, will be looking for more books by Polly Williams and this is the first one I have read bu her.
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A likeable enough novel, ideal for those occasions when a light read is needed to bury oneself in.

Definitely one for those readers for whom characters are just as important as plot as it is quirky and eccentric characters such as Sadie, Enid, and Perfect Pam who carry the story.

A feel good book with just a tinge of sadness. Whilst How To Be Married isn't exactly laugh-out-loud fodder the scrapes Sadie got herself into certainly provided some welcome chuckles.

Warm, engaging and just that little bit improbable but then so are some of the fixes I've gotten myself into, with its floristry side-story this is just that little bit different from your usual chick-lit.

Copyright: Tracy Terry @ Pen and Paper.
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