Having married once for love and been abandoned by her husband, Ellen is determined that her second marriage will be for money. And conveniently Duncan, her divorce lawyer, is not unattractive - and he’s enticingly single. But when she meets painter Matthew, Ellen has to remind herself very strongly indeed that Duncan is the man for her....
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"Delightful…a blend of emotion and wry social observation." (Daily Mail)
"A captivating read: beautifully written and heartrendingly sad." (Daily Telegraph)
I enjoyed the character Hermione best. She made me smile and laugh. What I liked least about the story is that most of the characters are forgettable.
The most interesting aspect of this story was (again) Hermione. She was clever, humorous, thoughtful, admittedly selfish at times, but lovingly warm, caring and nurturing. This was evident in those who surrounded her and practically every character did. The least interesting aspect of the story was that the main character never developed a strong sense of who she was or what she wanted in life. She literally wavered the entire story (even at the conclusion).
The narrator did a good job. Each character had their own distinct voice.
I suppose it could be, but I would not be a viewer as the characters are not memorable. (With the exception of Hermione and Bernie. Bonkers and Suzi were a nice side story too. Nothing to make a tv series or movie about, but a nice distraction.) See additional comments.
I would have enjoyed the story more if the characters had something that was bold about them. For example, Hermione was memorable. She was strong, knowledgable and fierce in her own way. If Hermione were removed from the story, the book would fall apart. Both Duncan and Matthew could come and go and nothing about the story would change. Duncan was not portrayed as desirable or even wanted, but needed. Matthew seemed to be thrown in as a distraction for Ellen or the go-to guy if things didn't work out. And I honestly believe Simon was an afterthought. And the main character? Weak the entire story even though she had everything to be strong, a nice cottage, a business, good head on her shoulders, yet she was "type cast" as weak and needy.
Best: the interaction among characters; least: the narrator.
Yes, but only if it is read by another narrator.
Not necessarily - the author apparently didn't "feel" a follow-up as she finished this one neatly, not leaving any characters "cliff-hanging."
This narrator made the principal character, Ellen - who is described as young, beautiful, etc., sound as if she and her elderly friend Hermione were the same age - which is strange inasmuch as she did well with the other younger characters, i.e., Jojo, Simon, Suzie.
I was a bit sceptical in the beginning as the story was not being read by Gerri Halligan, but a narrator that I had not heard of. In the end I really enjoyed the story and the narrator.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book & it's twists and turns. The story reflects that so many of us settle for second best in our relationships
Narrator was not right for this book making story drag a bit.. Very similar storyline to another of author's books
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