Then Alistair announces that his new wife is pregnant and he intends to cut his financial support to Kate. To keep her home she must divide it up and make way for a lodger. Enter Davis Calder, a glamorous and charismatic tutor with a failed marriage of his own behind him.
He soon becomes a close friend to Kate, someone she can turn to in her difficulties with her unpredictable teenage daughter Roxy. Before she can stop herself Kate has fallen in love, broken her vow and accepted Davis's proposal of marriage. At last, it seems, she has the happy ending she deserves.
Until, just days after returning from her honeymoon, she makes a discovery about her new husband that changes everything.
©2008 Louise Candlish; (P)2008 WF Howes Ltd
If you're in the mood for a painful, interesting book about relationships and middle aged women who have been treated harshly without retribution, then maybe this book is for you. I found this book excruciatingly uncomfortable. Maybe I'm sensitive, but....the story is sound, the narrator is good but is it joyful and uplifting? No. I was happy to see that some of the characters behaved beyond the good of themselves. If I had forsight, I wouldn't have used my credit. I am a coward - I like to read books that leave me feeling somewhat at peace - My addiction to Inspector Lynley not withstanding.
This was well enough written but rather predictable. One twist, about half way through, prevented the book from being totally mundane, but in spite of a dash overseas and some rather irritating conversation, the ending just resolved itself, with no help from the characters. It didn't help that the narrator of my audiobook version had a rather patronising, super-sweet voice.
Kate Easton has been divorced from her first husband, Alistair, for ten years, when he announces that his child support will have to be reduced and suggests that she split the flat and take in a lodger. Reluctantly she agrees and Davis Calder takes the room. He is peripatetic teacher, coaching teenagers through their exams, and offers to help Kate's daughter Roxy in her application for Cambridge University.
In spite of Kate's resolution to steer clear of men and concentrate on Roxy and her nine-year old brother, Kate is undeniably drawn to him.
Because I listened to the audio version, I fortunately missed the tag line spoiler, that was apparently on the book. But in spite of this, it wasn't too much of a surprise as there were plenty of suggestive hints in the narrative. The resolution of the resulting problem was totally ineffective as the issue, predictably, resolved itself, much as I had expected.
Not a bad listen to keep me awake on a couple of five-hour drives, but not something that makes me want to dash out and buy another book by the same author.
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