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My Husband Next Door by [Alliott, Catherine]
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3.6 out of 5 stars 187 customer reviews

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Compulsively readable (The Times)

Another huge treat from Catherine Alliott. It's hilarious yet poignant, with wonderful characters, including all the animals! I lapped up every page (Sophie Kinsella)

Captivating and heartwarming (Closer)

About the Author

Catherine Alliott is the author of twelve bestselling novels including A Rural Affair, One Day in May, The Secret Life of Evie Hamilton, and A Crowded Marriage. She lives with her family in Hertfordshire.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1895 KB
  • Print Length: 470 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (1 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 187 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,569 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By KarenD VINE VOICE on 1 Aug. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Ella's marriage to the celebrated artist Sebastian Montclair has not turned out to be the success she had hoped for. Now in her mid-thirties and with two lazy teenage children lolling about the house, her husband has moved out to live in an outhouse elsewhere on the farm, leaving Ella to look after the children, the holiday guests, the animals as well as doing his laundry. When her parents have marital difficulties too, and her mother decides to come and stay in one of the holiday lets on the farm, Ella's life become even more chaotic and its only her growing friendship with handsome gardener Ludo (also married) that is her salvation.

By comparison, Ella's bossy sister Ginnie seems to have a perfect life - she is a lady that lunches, she fills her time with charity committees and by all appearances seems to have the perfect children. Only appearances are never what they seem.

I was really looking forward to reading this as I had very much enjoyed Catherine Alliott's previous book, A Rural Affair however I found this disappointing. It was an easy read but both characters and storyline were bland and forgettable. Ella seemed to be a pleasant enough ditzy character but I didn't warm to her, I became irritated by her indecisiveness and dithering and thought some of the minor characters like Ottoline, Ella's mother and even Sebastian were far more interesting and would have liked to have seen more of them in the book.

There were some amusing moments - most notably with the chickens. Monsieur Blanc and his little gang raised a smile but it's quite sad really when chickens are more interesting than the main characters.

At nearly 500 pages I felt the book was a bit too long and Ella's will she/won't she friendship/affair with Ludo became boring.
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This was my first Catherine Alliott book, and I had read many compliments and good things about her other novels so I was looking forward to seeing what her latest release would bring.

When Ella married the handsome Sebastian she knew she was madly in love. However, she didn't have the happily ever after that she was hoping for. Instead of a wonderful blissful marriage, Sebastian now loves in an outhouse right next to Ella's farmhouse. Surrounded by her teenage children and with her mother turning up, Ella takes a shine to the charming gardener, Ludo. But soon Ella is in for a lot of drama not only from her children and her mother, but also from Sebastian too. What really happened in their marriage?

I am glad that I picked up this book, and I found it enjoyable to read. I liked Ella as a character - yes she has her flaws and she's not perfect, but I wouldn't want to read about her any other way, and she really grew on me. I found her very interesting to read about, and I liked reading about her relationships with the other characters in the book, how she was with them and her thoughts and feelings towards them.

I particularly enjoyed learning about Ella's background story. I was very intrigued about why Ella and Sebastian's marriage turned out the way that it did, and that was the main reason that kept me reading. I very much wanted to know what had happened to them, and perhaps if they could work it out and reunite with each other,

There is a lot that happens in this book, with Ella and her situation, and we also have side stories such as Ella's mother. I really enjoyed the side stories, to me they were as interesting as the main plot line and I enjoyed having something extra to look forward to and read about.
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I have every single book of Catherine Alliot's and have enjoyed every one of her books till this one.... I am really sad too. I feel its soulless to her usual style of writing where I could identify her life or emotions or situations or perspectives very easily - this seemed to be a self seeking drone of loveless direction, about a woman who had a few life decisions and choices to make..... but who then non intelligently - emotionally or otherwise lives like an ostrich - total denial and you have to read through this obvious direction with a predictable outlook.... I am truly disappointed. Will be going back to the start of her books to enjoy her truer power of writing great women's literature - her early tales were as if she had been a fly on my way of life. I count myself lucky - how ever bad life treats me - I am living a more vital, progressive, fun packed life - even if on the poor side without designer labels that she HAS to mention - like it matters or has meaning? That cheapens the whole point of a tale .... i.e. would a man write ' and he quickly looked at his ROLEX watch' ? ... tacky name dropping that falls to the readers floor very loudly, like crass name dropping. I might live in lowly status but I have more pride than to behave in that manner. I am gutted at the downward slide of this wonderful authoresses decline.
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We're introduced to Ella and Ludo in the prologue when she's asked to stand in for flowers in the village church for a wedding. Forgetting all about it, she asks the local florist to help out but the arrangements are not acceptable. Coming out of the church she bumps into Ludo who takes her to the field to collect wild flowers. This is the turning point in their friendship although still very innocent.

We move on to Ella and her sister Ginnie's characters. Totally opposite, Ella is the scatty one who is broke and emotionally barren while Ginnie is living a life of opulence and is efficient and organised.

Through a reflective account we find out about Ella and Sebastian's history and we get to know about Ella's background and her parents. Her mother has always controlled her father, even down to the sock's he wears!

Once the scene is set, we become involved in Ella's life ... her mother moving in to one of the cottages on the farm, her feelings growing for Ludo in proportion to the alienation with Sebastian, and as her sister's perfect life changes.

Ella views Ludo through a rose-tinted hue. There's intimation that he's not all Ella paints him to be ... their love reminded me very much of the chivalrous knight paying court to his lady. The passion and depth is still there for her feelings towards Sebastian, they were definitely soul mates, and I couldn't work out exactly what the secret was that destroyed their marriage. This intrigued me throughout the story.

Ella is never very sure of who she is meant to be. Having married Sebastian at 19, she always copied everyone else to fit in. As transformation takes place around her, her own life falls apart.
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