- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
From Barnes & NobleThe Barnes & Noble Review
Picture 35-year-old Kate -- British wife and mother with two children who play nicely and never quarrel -- and Jeffrey, the Volvo of husbands, solid, dependable, and, yes, boring. No wonder Kate feels like her life is lacking…something.
Carole Matthews, author of such contemporary romantic comedies as With or Without You, Let's Meet on Platform 8, and others, is adept at portraying 30-something women on the verge of change, and she does not falter here. Encouraged by Jeffrey, Kate decamps for a week of tai chi, accompanied by her friend Sonia; while an au pair, a blonde Australian bombshell, takes on the mother role at home. A wonderful encounter with a fellow guest, Ben, shakes up Kate's world. Meanwhile, at home, the au pair does a makeover on Jeffrey and the children, from shaved head to belly button rings, and more. Readers will enjoy Matthews's astute observations of the dynamics of strangers at a tai chi retreat. Ginger Curwen