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by Colette Caddle

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ISBN: 1853719587
ISBN13: 978-1853719585
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Contemporary
Author: Colette Caddle
Language: English
Publisher: Poolbeg Press Ltd (September 1, 2002)
Pages: 531 pages
ePUB size: 1937 kb
FB2 size: 1982 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 980
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Should not have been a depressing story but it was. I stongly disliked one of the main characters Doug. He is a selfish piece of work. He cheated on his wife for years, starting within the first year of their marriage. After a heart attack he decides to changes his priorities and goes from being a work alcoholic to hardly working making his wife run the business with minimal assistance from him. Then against her wishes invites a young pregnant employee to stay with them. He spends a lot of time with this OW, and spends very little time with his wife. He now wants a baby while his wife cannot have one. She got herself sterilized because he did not want children. It pains her that he is spending so much time with the pregnant OW but he does not care what she wants or needs. Enen the story ended with what supposed to be a HFN ending I don't believe they will stay together and if they do the wife will never be truly halo oh being with him.

Other problems I had with the story Is that it is mostly telling as opposed to showing. Also the book is lacking in passion and romance and therefore it did not suprise me that it was a clean book.
When I first started reading this novel, I thought it was going to just another ho-hum "chick lit" type book. The small Dublin office where the majority of the action is set features characters who didn't seem all that appealing on first blush: Douglas, the womanizing self-made man; Pamela, his beautiful-yet-cold wife; Gina, the 20-something who can't seem to get her love life together; Jack, the office jokester; and Mal, the meek subservient to his domineering wife. Happily, author Caddle does a nice job of making each of these individuals more multi-dimensional, partially through allowing them all to have the story's narration told from their point of view. Adding another character to the mix, Susie, serves to add further interest and complexity to the plotline. What seemed initially to be fairly predictable fare turns out to be an extremely engaging novel which rises above the chick lit genre to the level of other bestselling British/Irish authors such as Maeve Binchy or Marian Keyes. Although the title doesn't quite do justice to the story, I would definitely recommend this book and will be looking to read more of Caddle's work in the future.