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Secret Lives of Second Wives [NOOK Book]

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“What’s the opposite of premonition? There are people who ‘know’ things in advance, or say they do. I am not one of them. In fact, I frequently don’t ‘know’ something even after it’s already happened…. All of which is a roundabout way of saying that when my well-ordered life started unraveling, despite ample hints and warnings, I didn’t have a clue.”

After more than a decade alone, attorney Lynn Bartlett was ready to shake up her reliably comfortable life. So when successful, kind-hearted Jack Hughes—with his ...
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Overview

“What’s the opposite of premonition? There are people who ‘know’ things in advance, or say they do. I am not one of them. In fact, I frequently don’t ‘know’ something even after it’s already happened…. All of which is a roundabout way of saying that when my well-ordered life started unraveling, despite ample hints and warnings, I didn’t have a clue.”

After more than a decade alone, attorney Lynn Bartlett was ready to shake up her reliably comfortable life. So when successful, kind-hearted Jack Hughes—with his home in Silicon Valley (the perfect place to launch her new law practice), his safely remarried ex-wife, and his two grown children (“They love you already”)—proposed, it seemed like a dream come true. After all, how hard could it be? All you had to do was be nice to everybody and you’d all get along.

Welcome to the perilous world of the second wife, where nothing turns out quite as expected. With an unemployed, unmotivated stepson who declares he’s moving in “temporarily,” a stepdaughter who oozes scorn, and a husband who’s hiding something, Lynn’s imagined domestic bliss begins to crack. Add in an ex-wife who shows up at inopportune times, a law partner who may be involved in illegal dealings, and a client whose attractions prove far too tempting, and Lynn finds both her marriage and her career could be in trouble.

Not even the Anne Boleyn Society—an informal support group for second wives—has all the answers. Sure, they can commiserate when Lynn says, “I never thought it would be so hard,” but they don’t know the half of it…
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Editorial Reviews

Romantic Times Book Club - Sheri Melnick
AN RT TOP PICK! Funny and entertaining, Todd’s latest novel is interspersed with some touching and tender moments. Expect big laughs when Lynn lunches with drama queen Janet, and when Lynn attends her first meeting of the Anne Boleyn Society, AKA the Second Wives Club.
Boston Globe - Diane White
A smart, darkly funny novel about the plight of a second wife … Lynn’s wryly funny, rueful voice is what makes “Secret Lives” appealing.

Rendezvous Magazine
Not only should this book be required reading for any second wife as well as anyone contemplating a second marriage, but it’s a riveting, beautifully written story on its own. I stayed up very late reading just to see how Lynn worked through the same turbulent mess that hits so many Second Wives who enter into a marriage without realizing how much baggage inevitably comes along with it. VERY HIGHLY recommended.
Bestselling author of the Sharpe & Donovan series - Carla Neggers
Sassy, irreverent, and smart. Catherine Todd has a wicked sense of humor.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148573210
  • Publisher: DCA, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/29/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 716,119
  • File size: 464 KB

Meet the Author

Catherine Todd grew up in Southern California and attended Occidental College and Stanford University. She lived for several years in Costa Rica and Italy, and for extended periods in France and Mexico. She and her husband currently live in San Diego, California, where, in addition to fiction, her business is writing highly specialized permanent residency petitions for exceptionally talented immigrants to the United States.

In addition to her works of women's fiction (<em>Secret Lives of Second Wives, Exit Strategies, Making Waves</em>, and <em>Staying Cool</em>), she is the author of three Regency Romances (as Elizabeth Jackson) and two historical novels published in Britain.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    Harriet Klausner

    Who is Harriet Klausner? Why dose she have to spoil the plot. This is for reveiws, not summeries.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    Intelligent, fun, well written. Todd mixes insight, smarts, and

    Intelligent, fun, well written. Todd mixes insight, smarts, and humor.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    Boo

    Harriet klausner strikes again with her cliff note book report. Come on, bn. Cant you do something with this plot spoiler? She ruins every book she supposedly reviews. Please ban her and delete her plot spoiling posts.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    All second wives should read this book, a wry Austen-like take o

    All second wives should read this book, a wry Austen-like take on the social etiquette of our times.  Todd provides a wry, hilarious read--great and good fun.  

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Great beach read

    Immigration attorney Lynn Bartlett¿s first marriage was a disaster. For approximately a decade, she avoided serious alliances though that made the nights lonely. Tech business executive Jackson Hughes is divorced also, but unlike Lynn he has two children, supposedly adults. Lynn and Jackson are perfect for each other and marry. They settle in Silicon Valley, which is ideal, as his company is near and she has a strong client base in the green card professionals who lost employment due to the downturn in dot.com><P> One year after they tie the knot, Lynn throws a fiftieth birthday party for her spouse. Though contented, she is not totally into the gala as she finds a Russian scientist more interesting than her husband. She also detests having his children around as they treat her like a fungus; even worse his son plans to move in with them. His first wife has made a martyred appearance that deserves an Oscar. Only her peers at the Anne Boleyn Society provide any relief for the beleaguered second wife.<P> THE SECRET LIVES OF SECOND WIVES is an amusing often-melancholy character study. Lynn and Jackson work on (or ignore) family issues that make them seem real. Her clients also add depth to Lynn¿s character. However, his children behave so blatantly and appallingly nasty towards Lynn, readers will wonder why Jackson fails to divorce the duo. His first wife is subtler in her tactics so that she comes across as a sneaky, nasty, but clever schemer. Catherine Todd provides a solid tale that could have been a great novel if she had created realistic antagonists.<P> Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    A delightful read! Fun to follow the escapades and have it remi

    A delightful read! Fun to follow the escapades and have it remind you of friends in similar situations. A great summer read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    Catherine Todd's latest novel is her strongest yet--and the prev

    Catherine Todd's latest novel is her strongest yet--and the previous ones are all excellent! Todd describes with accuracy and humor the challenges of being a second wife--most particularly as she details Lynn's relationships with her adult step-children. Definitely a page-tuner--but also some serious themes and great writing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2013

    This is the most relevant book of this genre. I've read Todd's &

    This is the most relevant book of this genre. I've read Todd's &quot;Exit Strategies&quot; and &quot;Making Waves&quot; as well. I enjoy her style - always weaves an intricate tale that entertains me. A nice read. weegie

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

    Had fun with this book.   Characters seemed to be familiar and r

    Had fun with this book.   Characters seemed to be familiar and real.  As in her other books, the author seems to have a great feel for life of a professional woman.  I agree with others that HK should not spill the beans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    Good read

    Reminds mmr of first wives club thoigh not as funny. Enjoyed it and thought provoking

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Boring

    Extremely boring with little redeeming value

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  • Posted September 21, 2013

    I just had to add my 50 cents......any book that I see reviewed

    I just had to add my 50 cents......any book that I see reviewed by Ms Klausner catches

    my eye immediately!
    I know that the review will be informative and non-partisan.
    it is refreshing to get her point of view verses the other type which usually starts their intro with &quot;IT'S HOT&quot; or something simulare.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    Really enjoyed this book. I missed the Lifetime TV drama and I

    Really enjoyed this book. I missed the Lifetime TV drama and I really wished I had seen these characters come to life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2013

    This book is riveting, relevant, and funny.

    This book is riveting, relevant, and funny.

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    Posted December 17, 2008

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