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on 27 April 2013
Very funny a good read, she writes in a realistic witty style, and chooses topics that can relate to any one of us.
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on 4 December 2012
didnt really like this book not happy with the book at all and wont be buying any more books of this author
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VINE VOICEon 24 September 2007
This is the first Wendy Holden book I have read but will probably not be the last. I wanted something different from my usual choice of genre of crime/medical thrillers and I certainly go that.

It was a very easy book to read and fairly entertaining. The main characters are well written and I did feel for both the stressed wife who was feeling unloved and unappreciated as well as the unobservent husband who was so focussed on his new job that he barely noticed his wife and child at all. The character I found the least believable was Sophie's mother who spent the majority of the story trying to matchmake her daughter with another man! Would a mother really do that?? I loved the idea of a school to educate husbands on how to behave - from the correct way to squeeze a tube of toothpaste to ALWAYS having a supply of chocolate handy for female emergencies - the things that are really important in a marriage.

So, if you are looking for a 'holiday' read or some light entertainment then this might be the book you want. If you're looing for the next blockbuster read - probably not.
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on 10 April 2015
Not as good as some of her other books
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VINE VOICEon 22 June 2007
I bought this book for a train journey home lasting 1 ½ hours. I had skimmed through this book long before I got home.

It really doesn't merit any more attention than that.

This is a very slight piece of brain fluff that relies on a series of clichés; the smart successful professional couple undone by having their first child, the harridan of a mother-in-law, a rich and successful unmarried ex-boyfriend and utterly incompetent work colleagues.

The `School For Husbands' of the title, doesn't actually appear in the novel until nearly the end, although it is very nearly worth ploughing through all the rest for. It is amusing to see how the Doctor tries to re-programme these hopeless husbands (another cliché).

Psychologically it didn't work for me either because (as statistics and many anecdotal experiences show) it is not usually the wife's mother that is the problem in a relationship and yet there she is, a grotesque Les Dawson caricature, trying to destroy their relationship and set the wife up with the ex-boyfriend.

I think the problem is that the novel is written by a journalist. I would recommend people generally to avoid such novels. Journalism and novel writing are two very different genres and journalists who `turn their hands' to novel writing do so badly.

Basically if you are off on holiday and want some lightweight brain fluff that won't interrupt the flow of sunshine and margaritas, this book will do the stuff.

If you want to read something worthwhile; put it back and choose something else.
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on 5 January 2015
Loved book, easy reading
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on 25 July 2007
I really enjoyed the first few books by Wendy Holden, but found that the Wives of Bath lacked pace. Other reviewers have mentioned that the female lead is not particularly attractive - and doesn't appear to go on any journey herself during the book - but there are some extremely funny moments (toy spiders anyone) and I'd recommend this as a fun, light read.
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