Wendy Holden is the internationally bestselling author of The Wives of Bath, Azur Like It, Simply Divine, Bad Heir Day, Farm Fatale, and Gossip Hound.
School for Husbandsby Wendy Holden
Neil and Sarah are the ultimate happy couple. Until, that is, Neil’s new job leaves Sarah alone to juggle the baby, domestic drudgery, and her own career. When Neil fails to come home one night, Sarah rushes home to her mother, who has always wished that Sarah had married her childhood sweetheart, the fabulously rich lawyer Colin, who has coincidentally
Neil and Sarah are the ultimate happy couple. Until, that is, Neil’s new job leaves Sarah alone to juggle the baby, domestic drudgery, and her own career. When Neil fails to come home one night, Sarah rushes home to her mother, who has always wished that Sarah had married her childhood sweetheart, the fabulously rich lawyer Colin, who has coincidentally reappeared in her life.
The stage is set for divorce, but Neil has other ideas. Distraught at the prospect of losing Sarah and recognizing what an idiot he has been, he enrolls in an experimental “School for Husbands,” a clinic aimed at helping hopeless spouses mend their ways. But will its intensive tuition in everything from emotional self-expression to putting the toilet seat down be enough to get Neil back together with his wife? Not if Colin and Sarah’s mother have anything to do with it.
- Penguin Publishing Group
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- 5.49(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.87(d)
- Age Range:
- 18 Years
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Sophie and Mark are the perfect couple obviously in love with one another though he recognizes that his mother-in-law blames him for her not having a big hat moment at her daughter¿s wedding as they had no reception. With the birth of her first grandson Albert, Shirley tosses the big wedding reception that she did not have for her offspring even if it is to celebrate a christening. Shirley also demands that rich and successful Simon, Sophie¿s former boyfriend, be invited as Albert¿s godfather as the kid will need good male role models. Implications aside, Mark barely survives the gala. Simon agreed not because he loved Sophie, but because he loves money and its associated acclaim. He needs an in into top society, which the obnoxious Shirley who loathed him when he had a summer fling with her daughter, could provide if he was Sophie¿s spouse. The only obstacle is Mark. Meanwhile Mark gets a promotion that keeps him away from his wife and child. Sophie already feels abandoned so he hurts her even more so with accusations involving other men like his business partner and Simon. Outraged, she leaves him taking Albert with her. Knowing he made a monstrous error, a desperate Mark enrolls in the SCHOOL FOR HUSBANDS to learn how to treat his wife with love, dignity and respect before he loses her to Simon whose campaign is abetted by Shirley. --- This is a fascinating family drama starring a desperate husband whose wife has given up on him and her mother pushes a wealthy former boyfriend to the front of the line. The extended cast makes for a fine tale as each one of them except for Simon learn what really matters in life is your loved ones so Wendy Holden makes it quite lucid to honestly communicate with one another. --- Harriet Klausner
Wendy Holden writes very frothy, amusing books that are perfect for reading on airplanes or when you just want to have some fun. However, $16.99 is just too much for an e-book. I would like to read this book, but I'm going to wait until I can get a remainder or used copy or the e-book price comes down. The one-star rating is for the e-book price.
I had to force myself to finish this book. The concept of a 'School for Husbands' seems interesting enough, but that seemed to be the only redeeming part of the story. Sophie and Mark have a marriage plagued by tiny nuances such as cleaning, sharing responsibility with their child and keeping promises. After some misunderstandings with Mark, they separate and Sophie's mom, Shirley and Simon, scheme to keep them apart. At this time, Mark goes through the 'School for Husbands' and starts to change. The characters were not likable and the ending of the book just rushed to an end. If anything, this book gives a good look at how the little things ruin a marriage, but that was it. All the characters just pushed each other around and this book thoroughly annoyed me. I would not recommend it, but this is just my opinion.