Revenge of the Middle Aged Woman: Two Mrs. Lloyd Series, Book 1

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The coming-of-middle-age story a whole generation of women have been waiting for...poised, witty, and emotionally resonant

For twenty-five years, Rose Lloyd has juggled marriage, motherhood, and career with remarkable success. It has been a life of family picnics, books and wine, a cherished house, and her own exquisitely designed garden—sunny and comfortable. But then the carefully managed life to which Rose has become accustomed comes ...

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Overview

The coming-of-middle-age story a whole generation of women have been waiting for...poised, witty, and emotionally resonant

For twenty-five years, Rose Lloyd has juggled marriage, motherhood, and career with remarkable success. It has been a life of family picnics, books and wine, a cherished house, and her own exquisitely designed garden—sunny and comfortable. But then the carefully managed life to which Rose has become accustomed comes crashing down around her when—over the course of a few days—her marriage and her career both fall apart.

Can Rose, whose anguish is barely softened by the ministrations of friends and grown children with their own problems, ever start over? Not easily. But it's amazing what prolonged reflection, the slimming effect of a lost appetite, a new slant on independence (and a little Parisian lingerie) will do. Especially when an old flame suddenly reappears.

Full of humor, clever insight, and a whimsical sense of the absurd, Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman is an irresistible and finely written fantasy for anyone who ever wondered what a certain age would look like from beyond the looking-glass-and who will find it ripe with promise that the best days are yet to come.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101432402
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/20/2011
  • Series: Two Mrs. Lloyd
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,117,192
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Buchan
Elizabeth Buchan
Delivering the most buzzed-about "life after wife" novel since Olivia Goldsmith's The First Wives Club, Elizabeth Buchan is poised for literary superstardom, now that her dishy novels Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman and The Good Wife Strikes Back are on the must-read list of savvy women everywhere.

Biography

Elizabeth Buchan has seen success on both sides of the publishing fence. She began her career writing for Penguin, then took a job as a fiction editor at Random House. When she began writing for herself, she managed motherhood, writing and editing. Her medium is the romance novel, but Buchan produces much more than just escapist love stories. In an interview with iMagazine.com, she explains, "Romantic fiction is a wider, richer and more honorable tradition than it is given credit for. It includes some of the greatest novels ever written -- Jane Eyre, Tess of the D'Urbevilles, Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice and Anna Karenina."

Although Buchan is best known for her romance novels, her first book was actually a biography of one of the world's most beloved children's authors. Beatrix Potter: The Story of the Creator of Peter Rabbit was released 1988. Written for young readers, the book covers Potter's extraordinary life, her art and her lasting contribution to children's literature.

Her first novel, Daughters of the Storm (1989), intertwines the fates of three women as the fate of a nation hangs in the balance. On the eve of the French Revolution, Sophie, Heloise and Marie each seek freedoms of their own -- in love and society -- and forge a friendship that will change their lives forever. In Light of the Moon (1991) Evelyn St. John is in occupied territory in France during World War II. When she meets and falls in love with someone who is supposed to be the enemy, political truths are redefined in the name of love.

London's Sunday Times called Buchan's third novel "the literary equivalent of the English country garden" when it was released in 1993. Consider the Lily is the story of two cousins -- one rich, the other poor -- and their competition for the love of the same man. Set against the backdrop of the English countryside in the years between the two world wars, the novel became an international bestseller and Buchan won the 1994 Romantic Novelists' Association Novel of the Year Award.

Eventually, after the success of Consider the Lily, the call to write became so loud that Buchan retired from her publishing career. Her fourth novel, Perfect Love (1996) also marks a shift in Buchan's novels. Her first three were historical romances, but with the fourth, characters and settings are brought into the 20th century. Here, Prue Valor has been in a proper English marriage with the much older Max for twenty years. Without explanation, but certainly with much guilt, Prue begins an affair with her stepdaughter's new husband (they are the same age) when they realize they cannot deny their attraction for each other. Living magazine said of the book, "The real battle in this novel is between raging passions and English restraint."

Set in the high-finance world of London in the 1980s, Against Her Nature (1997) tells the story of the fallout from being the subject of rumors of incompetence amid a devastating Lloyd's crash. Two women, Tess and Becky balance their fast-paced game of success with every opportunity afforded them, including children. In Secrets of the Heart (2000), four thirty-somethings have found love and must now find a way to hold on to it. Only two succeed in this clever story about the deals we make for love.

Buchan's next novel, Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman (2003) was released to much critical acclaim. This is the story of what happens during the "happily ever after." Shocked at her husband's affair and the collapse of their marriage, Rose reviews the last twenty years of her life, remembers the carefree woman she used to be, and makes a triumphant decision to fight back by moving on. The book became a New York Times bestseller, film rights to the book were snatched up almost immediately, and The Boston Globe called it "a thoughtful, intelligent, funny, coming-of-middle-age story."

Questions of fulfillment are also the subject of 2004's The Good Wife. Fanny is the devoted woman behind a very public, very busy politician -- yet her own ambitions disappeared somewhere along the way. Likewise, in Everything She Thought She Wanted (2005), two women must decide just how much happiness they can sacrifice in order to stay with their husbands.

In her earlier books, Buchan brought intelligence and depth to the historical romance novel. Her later books have also captured the hard choices women must make in love, in family and in society. With humor and intelligence, her contemporary characters are Bridget Jones aged 25 years, at the point where she has attained the life she sought so long ago, but finds that the searching never ends.

Good To Know

Buchan is married to a grandson of John Buchan, the author of The Thirty-Nine Steps.

In our interview, Buchan reflects that "one of the great joys that hedges around the business of writing is making contact with other writers. I belong to a group that meets every month or so in a shabby old pub in north London, and we sit down to dinner, all of us writers, all of us totally absorbed by the problems, pleasures, and rewards of the process."

Buchan has had several books published in the UK, includiing: Daughters of the Storm (1988), Light of the Moon (1991), Consider the Lily (1993), Perfect Love (1995), Against Her Nature (1997), and Secrets of the Heart (2000).

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    1. Also Known As:
      Lizy
    2. Hometown:
      London, England
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 21, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Guildford, Surrey, England
    1. Education:
      Upper Second Honours Degree in English Literature and History, University of Kent at Canterbury, 1970

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    A good read

    A patient recommended this book to me at work (healthcare) and I had to read it, seeing how I'm in the middle of a bad divorce myself. This book hit home and I found myself unable to put this book down. Hooray for the main character in this book. I was glad to see her "prevail" in the end! :)

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  • Posted August 14, 2010

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    THE ULTIMATE REVENGE

    A previous reviewer questioned Rose's "doormat" behavior upon learning that her husband was leaving her for her young assistant. To me, the ultimate "Revenge" was in letting them have each other. Once past the "infatuation stage" Nathan and Minty see each other clearly and realize their mistake. I believe Nathan regrets his choice and Minty later refers to him as a "prize bore". Nathan's was a self-fulfilling prophecy. For years he couldn't get out from under the shadow of Rose's first love Hal and feared losing her to him. This eventually happens and ironically, Nathan was the catalyst who brought it about. An intteresting take on love, betrayal and quiet revenge.

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  • Posted March 11, 2010

    Great title

    I will have to say that this is one of the few books I actually picked up because of the title and wanted to read just because of the cover. I found the writing style a little hard to "get into" at first, I actually skipped over several unnecessary paragraphs in the beginning. But once I was able to buy into the book, I was thoughly involved in the characters and cared about what happened to them. I was in turns crushed, hopeful, despondant and hopeful again. I had gone through something similiar so it was somewhat painful to read at times, yet gave me some affirmation of all the wild feelings one feels at a time like this. A defininate recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2007

    Great Book...

    My husband and I could not put this one down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2006

    Etiquette book for divorce

    Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman is like an etiquette book for how to behave when your husband leaves for another woman. Rose¿s husband leaves her for a younger woman and instead of letting him have it she is overly polite to him and lets him have whatever he wants. Very unrealistic! I found her doormat personality hard to believe and I pitied her. Maybe I missed something but I didn¿t notice her revenge.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2006

    Thought it would be silly turned out to be thought provoking

    Being one to usually read quite serious material, I picked this up needing a light and amusing story. While it did fit the bill, it was also very interesting with terrific character development. As life can be, somewhat predictable, but some twists and turns. While the sotry is focused on the lead character and truly terrible and overly dramatic events that unfurl her life, I felt like I got to see her in many roles and get to know well enough the family and friends that are part of her life. Made me think about myself and whether I could overcome such a situation. Also made me consider my relationships as a friend, mother, daughter and wife as I am fast approaching middle age.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2005

    Horrible Book

    This book was horrible, I couldn't even finish it. I lead a monthly book club with some girlfriends of mine, and we chose this book to read. Less than a week after we chose this book everyone called me and said the book was really bad and they couldn't stand to keep reading it. So we ended up picking another book for that month. The worst thing about it was that the storyline was all over the place and it was to hard to follow. It's one thing for a story to toggle back and forth between present and past, but this author has no talent for making it flow the way it should. I read a lot of books, and even with ones I don't like I will still finsih them. So it's very rare for me not to finsih a book, it has to be really really badly written. So I just want to warn any one who is thinking about buying and reading this book to not bother. It's just a waste of time and money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2004

    Totally Inappropriate Book Title

    If being a doormat, allowing a fellow worker to take not only your husband, your job AND your house, then this was a great book. For those of us who live in the real world, this book was an insult to hard working mothers, wives and businesswomen everywhere. I'll never pick up another book by this woman again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2004

    Enjoyable

    With so many books for twentysomethings, I enjoyed a book for the middle aged woman! I felt like I really got to know and care about Rose. The English twist was interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2004

    Disappointed

    This book is written with a quite 'English' voice; that's nice (try to think of something positive). The cover, hype, and reviews indicate that there will be SOME element of the 'avenger' in the novel -- - but most of the novel is devoted to her grieving and memories from the twenty plus years of marriage and kids. Somewhat interesting background, but mostly it's the misery of the recently dumped. When protagonist finally decides to start living again (which consists of, [gasp!], visiting an old friend) she starts the usual routines of life: looking for a job, etc. Major disappointment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2004

    Loved this book

    One of the best books I've read in years. I didn't want it to end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2004

    Good Book

    Enjoyed this very much. Rooted for Rose when she held up even when Nathan expressed regrets in the end. If Rose had given in he would have loved to come back & continue their marriage. Would love a sequel to this story...does Rose resume her relationship with former love? Does Nathan's new life choice work out?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2003

    Success IS the best revenge.

    This is a very well thought out novel about a woman whose husband has a mid-life crises, leaves her, and makes her life miserable. She doesn't take revenge in the standard sense of the word, but rather find her revenge through finding happiness again. Unfortunately the scenario is all too common. Well written book. Well thought out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2003

    Very enjoyable read.

    I enjoyed getting to know Rose. She showed a tremdous amount of grace towards not only her husband, but to Minty. I would have wanted to give her more than a piece of my mind. But that was the beauty of Rose. This is not the typical revenge. No stooping to any trickery or silly pranks. Rose was better than all that. With her revenge came happiness and success, without losing the best part of herself. I do look forward to many more books from this author. I would look forward to reading what is in store next for Rose.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2003

    Waiting (hoping) for the sequel

    Rose became my friend and taught me how to find grace in a very difficult time. I looked forward to coming home from work to read more. When I completed the book I missed Rose. I hope there will be a series of books about Rose, for women who are just beginning to learn how to enter into the world again as independent individuals.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2003

    Good Story

    Very well written and hard to put down, Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman will make you cringe at the heartless and cruel manner in which Nathan treats Rose when he decides he wants change in his life after 25 years of marriage. He completely annihilates and trivializes their marriage, her heart, her self-esteem. It seemed almost surreal HOW Nathan left her for a younger woman -- so thoroughly and with such cold resolve. I was stunned at the extent of his selfishness. I can't even talk about Minty's disgusting role in all this -- unbelievable. And when Rose's life continues to unravel, Nathan just keeps coming at her with more bombs: the insurance, the house, Minty wanting kids. When all is said and done, I like that Rose wasn't "out" for revenge, but rather "out" for herself and a new, full, happy life without Nathan. However, I needed to see Nathan seeing more of THIS Rose. While the scene in the kitchen between Rose and Nathan after Easter dinner was very satisfying, I needed to see Nathan see Rose in a committed, intimate relationship with another man; to see a jealous Nathan hurting deeply and regretting immensly his choice to leave Rose and the life they had created together. Had there been more of this, I would have felt that the middle-aged woman had indeed achieved a thorough and complete revenge.

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