Written by Julie Houston
When Harriet’s husband, Nick, throws in his safe, but boring job in order to set up a new business during a recession, Harriet is distraught. More so when she realises Amanda, her old enemy from school, is back.
Amanda, it turns out, is Nick’s new boss’s wife and will be accompanying Nick on his business trips to Italy. How will Nick not succumb to the ruthless charms of the utterly gorgeous Amanda once he’s away in glamorous Milan?
Knowing Nick is at risk of being seduced is bad enough, but when Harriet’s best friend Grace falls madly in love with Sebastian, Amanda’s much younger son, it can only mean trouble ahead.
Determined to fight for her man, Harriet’s seduction techniques go into overdrive. Unfortunately she is hampered in her attempts by two bolshy teenagers, an increasingly eccentric mother and a job teaching cantankerous children. Not to mention there seems to be something very strange going on at the bottom of her garden! Can Harriet save her marriage, as well as her friendship with Grace? And what will happen if Nick’s new venture fails, especially now that the one thing Harriet has not even considered in all this mess appears to be staring her right in the face…?
Warm, witty and wonderful, the unputdownable bestseller from Julie Houston is perfect for fans of Katie Fforde and Gervaise Phinn.
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!
My very grateful thanks to publisher Aria for my copy via NetGalley. This review is entirely my own unbiased opinion.
Tags: family life, rom-com
- Format: ebook, paperback
- Size: 300 pages
- Publisher: Aria
- Publication Date: 19 February 2019
- Purchase Links: Google Play
- Barnes & Noble
Meet the Author
Julie lives in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire where her novels are set, and her only claims to fame are that she teaches part-time at ‘Bridget Jones’ author Helen Fielding’s old junior school and her neighbour is ‘Chocolat’ author, Joanne Harris. After University, where she studied Education and English Literature, she taught for many years as a junior school teacher. As a newly qualified teacher, broke and paying off her first mortgage, she would spend every long summer holiday working on different Kibbutzim in Israel. After teaching for a few years she decided to go to New Zealand to work and taught in Auckland for a year before coming back to this country. She now teaches just two days a week, and still loves the buzz of teaching junior-aged children. She has been a magistrate for the past nineteen years, and, when not distracted by Ebay, Twitter and Ancestry, spends much of her time writing. Julie is married, has a twenty-four-year-old son and twenty-one-year-old daughter and a ridiculous Cockerpoo called Lincoln. She runs and swims because she’s been told it’s good for her, but would really prefer a glass of wine, a sun lounger and a jolly good book – preferably with Matthew Mcconaughay in attendance.
She hates skiing, gets sick on boats and wouldn’t go pot-holing or paddy diving if her life depended on it.
She is published by HeadOfZeus/Aria and represented by Anne Williams at KHLA Literary agency.
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Julie Houston