Written by Sheila O’Flanagan
Dave’s made a BIG mistake. What’s Roxy going to do about it? The riveting new novel from No. 1 bestselling author Sheila O’Flanagan. Perfect for readers of Marian Keyes and Amanda Prowse.
Roxy’s marriage has always been rock solid.
After twenty years, and with two carefree kids, she and Dave are still the perfect couple.
Until the day she comes home unexpectedly, and finds Dave in bed with their attractive, single neighbour.
Suddenly Roxy isn’t sure about anything – her past, the business she’s taken over from her dad, or what her family’s future might be. She’s spent so long caring about everyone else that she’s forgotten what she actually wants. But something has changed. And Roxy has a decision to make.
Whether it’s with Dave, or without him, it’s time for Roxy to start living for herself…
Engaging and Very Satisfying!
An engaging and very satisfying read – one for every woman to relish and enjoy!
Roxy is married to Dave, the love of her life and the only man she’s been with. Looking after her husband and their two children fills her days, but when her father is terminally ill, she offers her mother all the support she can. Popping home unexpectedly she is shocked and stunned to find Dave in bed with their buxom neighbour and her life stops. Suddenly, Roxy has to consider her own feelings ahead of everyone else’s and that comes as a real eye-opener to her husband.
I’ve been a fan of Sheila O’Flanagan’s writing for a long time, and have probably devoured every book she has produced. As with all other Irish writers, there’s something special about her novels, and Her Husband’s Mistake is no exception. A wonderful read, totally absorbing and completely rewarding. It’s not easy to imagine being in Roxy’s position but the skilled writing draws the reader into the story, and before long I was completely involved. I have sighed, tutted, smiled, laughed, almost cried and cheered all the way through! A very touching and honest novel about a woman – wife and mother – struggling to find her place in the modern world and a very observant and page turning read. A powerful, ponderous read which I’ve loved everything about so definitely a full five stars for this one!
My thanks to publisher Headline for my copy via NetGalley. As always, this is my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: romance, women’s fiction
- Format: ebook, paperback, hardcover, audio
- Size: 448 pages
- Publisher: Headline Review
- Publication Date: 30 May 2019
- Purchase Links: Google Play
- Barnes & Noble
- W. H. Smith
Meet the Author
I’ve always loved reading and when I was a child I used to write stories for my younger sisters as a bribe to make them do my share of the housework. It usually worked!
Ireland is famed for its writers, but for me growing up most of the novels were rural in both their settings and their points of view. I wanted to read books about people like me, who lived in the city and struggled with the chaotic bus timetable and had dreams and ambitions that had nothing to do with the farm. I also wanted to read novels in which the women were the heroes of their own stories and not simply there because they were someone’s wife, mother or daughter.
Although I was constantly writing, the idea of being a novelist was a bit of a pipe dream. I had to earn a living and so I got a job in finance. It was the complete opposite of anything I’d ever expected to do but – at least for a time – I enjoyed it and I did well.
But the dream wouldn’t go away and in my thirties I decided that I would make a real effort to write my novel. Eventually, after a couple of false starts, Dreaming of A Stranger was written and published and became an Irish bestseller.
Since then I’ve written more than 20 novels as well as 3 collections of short stories and 2 novels for children all of which have been bestsellers both in Ireland and overseas. They include The Hideaway, What Happened That Night, Isobel’s Wedding and Suddenly Single and my sales have topped 8 million around the world. My next book will be published on 30th May 2019 and is called Her Husband’s Mistake. In it, Roxy, my heroine, has to reassess her rock-solid marriage after a shattering discovery.
In most of my books, I put women in situations where they have to dig deep inside themselves to find their inner strength even though sometimes they struggle to realise it’s there. Readers often ask who my favourite characters are, but every one of the women in my books is as close to me as a member of my family. (For the time when I’m writing a book they’re even closer because they’re in my head 24/7. At least with the family I can put the phone down!)
Regardless of who my readers are, always try to do three things when I’m writing:
Tell a good story
Make the reader feel like they know the characters
Make each book better than the last
I’ve been very lucky in having so many books published and hearing from readers all around the world. And I’m glad that, when times were tough, I remembered the quote that ‘a professional writer is an amateur who wouldn’t quit”
I’m a passionate avocate for increasing literacy and helping people who have come to reading late in life so that they can find the same pleasure in reading as I’ve had. I’ve taken part in a number of different televised projects to help people who’ve struggled with reading and writing and I’ve contributed to both the Quick Reads and Open Doors series of novellas for new readers. I’m also a board member of Fighting Words, the creative writing centre set up by Booker prize-winner Roddy Doyle where I’ve worked with teenagers to write their own published stories and retired people who are working on their memoirs.