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When her ten-year marriage to Alistair ends with his infidelity, Kate Easton vows she will not make the same mistake twice. She will never put herself - or her two children - through a relationship again.

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.

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  • richard/sharon
  • 27-09-2012

Painful. Not fun.

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.

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  • KIC
  • 01-07-2017

Riveting

Denica Fairman is one of my favourite narrators, and I bought the book because she read it.

They story moves along at a good pace, difficult to put down.

I felt like the ending was abrupt, though.

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  • Rachel
  • 17-01-2010

Another Great From Louise Candlish

Really enjoyable, great characters and narration.

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  • DubaiReader
  • 11-05-2014

Predictable.

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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  • Brenda Clark
  • 11-02-2021

Too predictable

This book was not up to the standard I would expect of Candlish. A totally predictable plot and fairly shallow characters. it didn't have the richness of her later books such as the Swimming Pool. Her skill has clearly improved over time.

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  • 01-10-2020

Annoying narrator!

I have enjoyed all Louise Candlish’s books, listening to the audio version of each but I just can’t bear the narrator’s over the top style on this one. I will be buying the paperback instead as I just can’t listen to any more!

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  • Evans
  • 09-03-2020

Spoilt by narration

Unfortunately the narration completely ruins this book, it’s unbearable when the narrator is raising her voice or talking in angry tones

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