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Husbands and Other Lovers Paperback – 18 Oct 2006
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Feature by Jane in MAIL ON SUNDAY YOU magazine on 8 October. --Mail on Sunday
A compelling contemporary tale of changing fortunes, tough choices and the complexities of modern relationshipsSee all Product description
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The book has been trailed as being like Joanna Trollope - I am afraid that I did not find this to be the case, I struggled to like some of the characters and the situations seemed a bit unbelievable to me at times, although I can appreciate that the author was trying to draw on a specific plot including specific people, but this is not a book that I would recommend to any of my friends and family.
This is not a keeper book for me, as I struggled, and normally I am happy to sit and read books, but this one left me to put it down and pick it up, and I was certainly not interested in the outcome of the characters, unlike that of a Joanna Trollope novel where I am keen to find out what has happened, and quite often, read late into the night, because I do not want to put it down, not in this case however...
A brave effort by this author but not one that I shall be choosing to read, this is going to the local charit shop as soon as possible.
All of the characters were well represented and I would definitely read this book again, I'm glad I decided to buy the book rather than go to the library because I am looking forward to a time when I come back to read it again.
Husbands and Other Lovers is a wonderful book, full of interesting and absorbing characters, plot-lines and twists that will not disappoint. I felt drawn into the story immediately and it did not let go. I would thoroughly recommend this novel to anyone looking for high-level fiction from an author who easily rivals the likes of any female writer today.
Perhaps the heroine of the book is not just a character but women themselves, for the ones in this book, whilst being assaulted (metaphorically and actually) with a multiplicity of problems, emerge triumphant if bruised. Even with its faults - loose ends rather too neatly tied in the last 50 pages and the persistent awfulness of 98% of the male characters (only Theo and estate agent Anthony, a bit of an old buffer, could be classed as honourable) I enjoyed this novel. Even so, I'd have liked the villain Robert to have landed up behind bars for that is where someone like him should be. Perhaps Ms Varley is saving this scenario for another novel? I certainly hope so.
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