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Getting Rid of Matthew | [Jane Fallon]

Getting Rid of Matthew

Helen is nearly 40, and has, for far too long, had an affair with Matthew, a high-powered, much older, attractive, married man who was once, of course, her boss. After years of being disappointed by missed dates, out-of-the-way restaurants, broken promises, and hushed phone calls, at last Helen realizes it's time to dump Matthew and get on with her life. This, of course, is the exact moment when Matthew decides to leave his wife for her.
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Publisher's Summary

Helen is nearly 40, and has, for far too long, had an affair with Matthew, a high-powered, much older, attractive, married man who was once, of course, her boss. After years of being disappointed by missed dates, out-of-the-way restaurants, broken promises, and hushed phone calls, at last Helen realizes it's time to dump Matthew and get on with her life.

This, of course, is the exact moment when Matthew decides to leave his wife for her. He appears on her doorstep and proceeds to move in. Helen then discovers how much she can't bear him. But she can't just throw him out - after all, she's been begging him to do exactly this for years. The only thing to do, she decides, is to convince his wife, Sophie, to take him back.

So after a "chance" meeting in the park, Helen befriends Sophie and hears all about her lying, cheating husband. But then, the unexpected happens: Helen really starts to like Sophie. And then there's the other small problem of Matthew's handsome, charming son.Jane Fallon turns the conventional love story on its head in this irresistibly delicious, ironic debut.

©2007 Jane Fallon; (P)2007 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"Brit TV producer Fallon takes 'careful what you wish for' to hilarious heights in her debut novel....The surprising and rewarding treat is a bright, grown-up story of two women who discover friendship and trust in one another." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 10-06-07
    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 10-06-07 Member Since 2005
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    "great chick lit"

    Although I read a lot of history and try to keep up with the current bestsellers, sometimes I just want a little "chick lit". This was perfect! The story was pretty funny, and Rosalyn Landor, the narrator, does English girls better than anyone I've heard. The previous reviewer mentioned a lot of cursing, and yes, the "f" word is used frequently, but it's a story about a frustrated 40something and her cheating boss/boyfriend. Of course the main character is going to cuss! It's a funny, easy to listen to read!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Melesa Dalton, GA, USA 08-09-08
    Melesa Dalton, GA, USA 08-09-08
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    "Really a good one"

    I could not put this one down! Very interesting and entertaining.

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    Sylvia 05-08-08
    Sylvia 05-08-08 Member Since 2005
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    Very enjoyable read. Highly recommended.

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    Theresa Gurnee, IL, United States 03-30-08
    Theresa Gurnee, IL, United States 03-30-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Morality Wins Out!"

    This started out a little slow for me, but picked up quickly and I really liked the book. I don't want to give to much away, but let's just say that the nice guy doesn't always come in last. Definately worth the read. Not really a love stoy, but a journey of hearts.

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    D McAllen, TX, USA 12-19-07
    D McAllen, TX, USA 12-19-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Getting Rid of Matthew"

    I liked the story and it had several amusing twists and turns. However, the writer did seem to be stuck on the "f" word. Nothing like being reminded that your characters have such a lack of vocabulary. I probably will avoid this author in the future.

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    Sunny Everson Boston, MA 07-30-14
    Sunny Everson Boston, MA 07-30-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Great reading for an Anglophile!"
    Where does Getting Rid of Matthew rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top five


    What did you like best about this story?

    The companionship between women


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When friendship trumped everything


    If you could rename Getting Rid of Matthew, what would you call it?

    I really like the title


    Any additional comments?

    Let's see more Jane Fallon and other British writers

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    Annie Donahey 06-13-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Delightful!"
    What did you love best about Getting Rid of Matthew?

    The story was engaging, and I loved every moment of it.


    What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

    She is always amazing.


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    Nancy Oldsmar, FL, USA 08-27-07
    Nancy Oldsmar, FL, USA 08-27-07
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    "Good, but...."

    While I enjoyed the story line, there was entirely too much swearing. The story would have been much more enjoyable if I hadn't been listening to the main character swear as frequently as she did.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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