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Another Woman’s Husband By Gill Paul

Another Woman's Husband‘Another Woman’s Husband’ is the latest book by Gill Paul.

1911
At the age of fifteen, carefree Mary Kirk and indomitable Wallis Warfield meet at summer camp. Their friendship will survive heartbreaks, separation and the demands of the British Crown until it is shattered by one unforgivable betrayal.

1997
Rachel’s romantic break in Paris with her fiancé ends in tragedy when the car ahead crashes. Inside was Princess Diana. Back in Brighton, Rachel is haunted by the accident, and intrigued to learn the princess had visited the last home of Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, only hours before the crash. Soon, the discovery of a long-forgotten link to Wallis Simpson leads Rachel to the truth behind a scandal that shook the world.

I’m not the biggest fan of historical books, I sometimes struggle with that particular genre but when settled into Gill Paul’s first book with Headline Books, it seemed impossible to put the book down.

The story is spilt into two parts, taking place in 1911 when Mary Kirk met her soon to be best friend Wallis Wakefield and in 1997 when Rachel and her fiancée are in Paris right at the very moment that Princess Diana was involved in that tragic car crash.

The book then flows in alternating chapters as both Mary and Rachel are at important points in their lives.

Mary loves her best friend Wallis, a social butterfly who moves from party to party traveling all over the world with a path of broken hearts left behind. Mary loves listening to Wallis’ tales of adventures and love, she injects some excitement into Mary’s life, whilst Mary is content with her French husband, Jacques but are they are unable to have a baby which is driving the couple apart and Jacques to drink. Meanwhile Wallis is staying with the couple regaling them with tales of her adventures and catches the eyes of Mary’s friend Ernest and pursues him eventually becoming his wife, much to Mary’s dismay and leave for London, leaving Mary to deal with her drunk husband and sick mother. But when Mary falls for Ernest, their friendship falls apart but that is the least of Wallis’ problems as she has become the object of affection of Prince Edward, The Duke of Windsor who’s wiling to give up his crown for Wallis’ hand in marriage. Meanwhile after her surprise proposal, Rachel is excited to plan her wedding but Alex is consumed with wanting to know about Diana and the circumstances surrounding her death and begins to work on a television programme, taking up all his time and driving the couple apart and Rachel begins to wonder does she really know her partner at all.

This book is a gripping story that moves so fluidly and seamlessly through the years. The historic chapters featuring interactions between Mary and Wallis make for thrilling reading as the two characters bounce off each other. Mary is a warmhearted woman with a huge heart, which Wallis seems to regularly take advantage off, only coming to Mary in her hour of needs. Wallis is quite vain, self absorbed and is at her happiest when she is the centre of attention, particularly a man’s attention. I loved the parts of the story featuring Wallis and Mary, they are beautifully written, descriptive of vibrant parties, the flamboyant costumes and the terror of the impending war. Meanwhile Rachel, is also an interesting character, she’s driven after her antiques clothes shop is broken into and she has to find the money to keep the business going. She’s also fascinated by the era of Mary and Wallis and is familiar with the clothes that the fashionable ladies wore.

This book was a treat to read from the very beginning. Beautifully researched with lovely narratives and exquisite descriptions that set the scenery of the book throughout. It was also fascinating to read about Princess Diana and her last moments, I was a child when she died and remember all the press coverage but reading about it in more detail was interesting. It’s a turbulent and romantic story that travels through the years about two women that changed the monarchy, ‘Another Woman’s Husband’ is a stunning and glamorous story that tugs at the heartstrings.

You can buy Another Woman’s Husband from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

The Break By Marian Keyes

The Break‘The Break’ is the delicious new book by Marian Keyes.

Amy’s husband Hugh says he isn’t leaving her. He still loves her, he’s just taking a break – from their marriage, their children and, most of all, from their life together. Six months to lose himself in south-east Asia. And there is nothing Amy can say or do about it. Yes, it’s a mid-life crisis, but let’s be clear: a break isn’t a break up – yet. However, for Amy it’s enough to send her – along with her extended family of gossips, misfits and troublemakers – teetering over the edge. For a lot can happen in six-months. When Hugh returns if he returns, will he be the same man she married? Will Amy be the same woman? Because if Hugh is on a break from their marriage, then isn’t she?

Marian Keyes is back with another fabulous book, a book that made me lose track of time as well as let numerous cups of go to waste and go cold.

In her latest book, we meet Amy, a deliciously kind and outspoken woman who works in PR, mother to three daughters, her life is rarely a routine and when her husband Hugh announces that he wants to take a six month break to travel the world to help him through his grieving process after losing his father. Amy’s reaction and mine was WTF?

As Hugh travels the world, Amy is left with the worry that he’ll cheat on her, leave her for a younger model, never return and this will be the end of their marriage.

But whilst Hugh is discovering himself, Amy is also finding a new appetite for life. She’s refusing to accept pity from her neighbours and give up on her marriage, even though her heart is breaking.

Amy is also on her own path of self discovery, embarking on new affairs, tackling with being a single parent and being the mother of a successful video blogger with an attitude.

I absolutely adored this book. The book is filled with Marian’s charm and wit as well her warmth. The characters are similar to the Walsh family, their dysfunctional, outspoken and there is never a dull moment, with their larger than life mother and a father who battles Alzheimers. In her light hearted tale, Marian delivers a story that has serious issues, Alzheimer’s and the effect it can have on a family, the pressure and stress. Teenage pregnancy and the legality of abortion in Ireland plus the surge of video blogging and how anyone can do it, no matter the age.

Amy is a fabulous character and one that I could never tire of reading. As the story progresses, Amy becomes a stronger and more confident woman and this is a joy to witness. Hugh was a different story altogether, I wholeheartedly hated him and the rage he invoked in me was astounding. His selfishness to find himself whilst Amy was left to look after the family and deal with the sympathy and the gossip that he left behind, it enraged me!

The characters are engaging and all have their own quirks that made for such enjoyable reading plus all the chapters are short, so one chapter can rapidly become seven or ten.

Deliciously fun and warmhearted, this book is an enchanting story that was impossible to put down, filled with charm, drama and plenty of Irish wit, ‘The Break’ is most certainly Marian Keyes at her very best. I dare you not to enjoy it!

You can pre-order The Break from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 7th September.

The Woman Who Met Her Match By Fiona Gibson

The Woman Who Met Her Match‘The Woman Who Met Her Match’ is the latest book by Fiona Gibson.

After yet another disaster, Lorrie is calling time on online dating. She might be single in her forties, but she’s got a good job, wonderful children and she’s happy. This, Lorrie decides, is going to have to be enough. That is, until she receives a very unexpected request from France. Antoine Rousseau, who had once turned a lonely French exchange trip into a summer of romance, wants to see her – after thirty years. But Lorrie is a responsible woman. She can’t exactly run off to Nice with the man who broke her teenage heart, can she?

Fiona is back with another great story that will warm the cockles of your heart with her sweet and engaging story filled with relatable character and believable situation.

Like Fiona’s previous novels, the protagonist of the story is a single and hard working mother called Lorrie, a mother of two teenage children who has never quite got over the sudden death of her partner David. Whilst her children want nothing more than for their mother to be happy, she agrees to have a go at online dating, which ends up in disastrous results as nothing is what it seems on the internet. Then out of the blue, the first love of her life, Antoine gets in touch for the first time after breaking her 16 year old heart whilst on a trip to France. They befriend each other on Facebook and tentatively get to know one another and Lorrie enjoys reminiscing of earlier times, without the stress of impending redundancy and her 70 year old mother’s forthcoming nuptials.

The story is seen solely through the eyes of Lorrie and she is a genuinely heartwarming and kind lady. In her job as a make up sales person, she enjoys nothing more than transforming people and relieving a little bit of stress from their lives with a sweep of a brush. She’s considerate and patient, particularly when it comes to her high maintenance mother, who regularly makes for entertaining and shocking reading with her way of treating Lorrie. There are many fun characters in the story that compliment Lorrie, one person in particular is Stu, Lorrie’s lodger, a charismatic man who is always there to lend an ear after a horrible day.

Fun from the first page, this book was a delight to read, wittily and sensitively written in parts, that had me smiling throughout. Proof that age is just a number and you’re never to old to start over, whether it’s in love or in life, ‘The Woman Who Met Her Match’ is a poignant and enjoyable tale about the modern day woman.

You can buy The Woman Who Met Her Match from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Book News – The Singalong Society For Singletons By Katy Lovell

The Singalong Society for SingletonsKaty Lovell has released a lovely new book called ‘The Singalong Society For Singleton’s’ and it sounds like the perfect book to curl up with.

The story of ‘The Singalong Society For Singletons’ is –

Monique and Issy are teachers, housemates and lovers of musicals! Their Friday night routine consists of snacks, wine and the Frozen DVD. So when Monique’s boyfriend moves to America for a year and her sister Hope moves in because of her own relationship woes, Friday nights get a new name… ‘The Singalong Society for Singletons’!

It’s a chance to get together, sing along to their favourite tracks from the best-loved West End shows, and forget the worries of work, relationships and love (or lack of it). But when Issy shares the details of their little group further afield, they get some unexpected new members who might just change their opinions on singledom for good….

Perfect for fans of romance and musicals!

You can pre-order The Singalong Society for Singletons from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 15th December.

The Ex Factor By Eva Woods

The Ex Factor‘The Ex Factor’ is the latest book by Eva Woods.

Modern dating is hard, especially when all you meet are liars, oddballs, men who wear Superman pants and men who live with their mums. So why not date someone who already comes pre-approved? Just because your friend’s ex wasn’t right for her doesn’t mean that he won’t be right for you. That’s Marnie’s new plan for herself and her three best friends, perennially single Helen, recently divorced Rosa and cynical lawyer Ani. Through bad dates and good, the four friends begin to realise that there are advantages to dating pre-screened men…but there can be some serious pitfalls to falling for your friend’s ex.

‘The Ex Factor’ is seen from the perspective of four best friends, Helen, Marnie, Ani and Rosa who have all given up on love. Helen is busy working on her unique dating website, which is aimed for people in relationships, Rosa is trying to get over the heartbreak off her husband going off with the work intern and has to see him everyday at work, whilst Ani, is a divorce lawyer and is unable to get past a second date meanwhile Marnie has returned from years of travelling, full of mystery and intrigue, her friends are dying to hear about her exciting life, but it seems that life is far from glamorous for Marnie, but she’s not letting anyone know about what really happened.

Right from the start, this story was fun, based in London, the four friends are reminiscent of the ladies from ‘Sex And The City’, their fun loving, adventurous, enjoy cocktails and most of all they are looking for their Prince Charming. The concept of sharing exes from their past does make for interesting reading and I found myself wondering how this would effect their friendship, as they all enjoy dates with past partners as they wondered if these exes could potentially be the ones who got away.

The mixture of characters, personalities and fun situations all make for light hearted and entertaining ladies. Each character was unique and relatable with their own issues and I found myself warming to each of them. I loved Helen, a quiet character, she’s content with her quiet life involving routines and spending time with her cat, Mr Fluffypants, but when her old flame from her past reappears, she finds herself struggling with the project even when she meets IT consultant Karl, a man who is helping with her website that is forever being hacked. I particularly loved Rosa, I found myself sympathising with her as she is suddenly thrown into the world of singles, having adjusted to married life and content in finding her happy ever after, it falls apart when her David has an affair. She’s a sweet character, who has to write about the dating project much to bemusement of her handsome boss Jason and bitchy Suzanne. She’s constantly found in ridiculous dramas and is a bit like the Bridget Jones character of the story. Ani is the more sensible and serious of the group, coming from an Indian background, she feels the pressure of being single and throws herself into her job, whilst the instigator of the project, Marnie is quite a mysterious character, her life is far from perfect but she refuses to divulge about her life and where she has been from the past couple of years much to the frustration of her friends.

I really enjoyed this story, I thought it was a fun and refreshing book with plenty of witty one liners and funny situations that made for refreshing reading. A story about friendships and starting over ‘The Ex Factor’ is a great introduction to a new author.

You can buy The Ex Factor from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.