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    A Really Uplifting Read!

    I can't believe it's taken me so long to discover Julie Houston's books - they're a riot! Harriet is horrified when her husband Nick gives up his safe job in order to set up in business - again. When it turns out that the wife of the man he's going into business with is married to her old enemy from school, the luscious Amanda, Harriet  becomes a bit nervous about her husband's fidelity - knowing Mandy's reputation only too well. Her attempts at keeping their love life alive are not easy, what with two teenagers - who bring their own issues - and a lively four-year-old to contend with. Then there's the matter of her best friend Grace's antics with sex-god Sebastian, son of Amanda ... This is, without any doubt, once of the funniest rom-coms I have ever come across. Having previously read another of Julie's books, I knew I would like this but nothing - absolutely nothing - could have prepared me for the mirth this novel caused. My poor long suffering husband turned over in bed muttering what sounded similar to 'it's like trying to sleep with Muttley' as the bed rocked with my laughter. When he asked me what was so funny, I emitted this loud sort of squeak - well, my fist and a good bit of the sheet were in my mouth by then! I couldn't speak for giggling almost maniacally and had to explain over breakfast this morning. Fun and laughter aside, there is a really solid storyline to this novel covering several issues, all intertwined with normal family life. I am so happy to have the sequel lined up to read next - I'm not sure I could wait! There are several hysterically funny scenes which will stay with me - gardening will never be the same again!! Would I recommend this? You bet! Treat yourself today and place yourself in Harriet's shoes for a few hours - you'll feel so much better for it!
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    Frenetic British comedy that ends abruptly

    Three and a half stars. Harriet is approaching 40. A married mother of two teenagers and a five year old she is also a teacher at the local school and still as much in love with her gorgeous husband Nick as she was the first day she saw him at university. Then Nick suddenly announces that he has given up his safe, steady job (the one he took after his own business went to the wall at the start of the recession) to go into business with a local millionaire who just happens to be married to Mandy, Harriet's girl-crush from school who led her brother a merry dance before dumping him. Soon Nick is off to Milan with the gorgeous Mandy, to help with translating the legal documents, while Harriet deals with her mother's increasingly bizarre behaviour, two teenagers, her best friend's marriage disintegrating, her wilderness garden, straitened financial circumstances and the joys of public school teaching. I liked this book but I didn't love it, in retrospect there was just too much going on, too many threads and it all got a bit frenetic, then everything got resolved in one chapter - so quickly that I actually turned over two pages at once and accidentally missed the end, I was knee deep in the 'six months later' epilogue. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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