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The Second Wife Paperback – 2 Aug 2007
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What happens when the mistress gets her man? Against the odds, that's what happened to Minty. She stole her best friend Rose's husband Nathan and made him her own. But now that she's got what she wanted - marriage, kids, a family home - she's discovering a few things she didn't bargain on: the cold shoulder from Nathan's other family, her husband's middle age and growing distance...and accepting that first wives don't just go away. What's more, age brings one or two other problems for Minty. Problems that will lead her back to the one person she really doesn't want to face...
About the Author
Elizabeth Buchan's previous novels include the prizewinning Consider the Lily, the New York Times bestseller Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman, and her most recent book The New Mrs Clifton, which was a Waterstones Paperback of the Year in 2017. Elizabeth's short stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in a range of magazines. Elizabeth reviews for the Sunday Times and the Daily Mail and is a patron of the Guildford Book Festival and co-founder of the Clapham Book Festival. She has chaired the Betty Trask and Desmond Elliott literary prizes, has been a judge for the Costa Novel Award, and she sits on the authors' committee for the Reading Agency. She lives in London.
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having said that, is still very slight and Minty was never going to be a strong enough character to carry a book mainly on her own although there are enough references to Rose for us to piece together how she has managed to rebuild her life.
bythe end though, I was pretty well tired of all of them and wanted to bring a bit of realism into their money-cosseted lives and was starting to get irritated by Minty supposedly being worried about money but not caring enough about her 'job' (mainly coming up with nebulous creative ideas which never seem to mareiase into anything) enough that she could leave her coat over a chair-back in the office so giving the impression she was in work when really several miles away coping with some domesti issue and having sufficient spre cas to fun the poker debys of Poppy and fly her naany back to Croatia.
This book really was a bit of a disappointment after the first and the author has a good clear fluent stle which was wasted here.
Having read 'The Revenge of the Middleaged Woman', I was thrilled to learn Elizabeth had written a sequel, called 'The Second Wife' which is as you would expect, is based on the second wife's tale.
The sensitive way of writing about the mingling of two families while not being totally accepted by the first family, was irresistable and emotions took a hold of the reader when an unexpected death occurred that altered the lay of the land considerably for the first and second families, and indeed the first wife.
Anyone who has experienced a divorce in the family will relate to this book and enjoy the sad times and revel in the funny times.