Wives Behaving Badly

Wives Behaving Badly

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by Elizabeth Buchan
     
 

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What could be sweeter than Revenge? The sequel.

American readers fell in love with Elizabeth Buchan's Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman. Now, with the delicious sequel to that beloved New York Times bestseller, Elizabeth Buchan answers the intriguing question: What happens when the mistress becomes the wife?

Minty Lloyd has what she

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What could be sweeter than Revenge? The sequel.

American readers fell in love with Elizabeth Buchan's Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman. Now, with the delicious sequel to that beloved New York Times bestseller, Elizabeth Buchan answers the intriguing question: What happens when the mistress becomes the wife?

Minty Lloyd has what she always wanted, her prized Nathan and twin boys, but she is haunted by the glamorous new life of her predecessor, Rose. Then an unforeseen event forces the rivals to renegotiate their relationship. With Buchan's signature talents, Wives Behaving Badly is a delightful novel that reaffirms its author as our wisest and warmest revealer of women's intimate lives.

Editorial Reviews

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Hats off to a title that titillates before you crack the covers. Wives Behaving Badly smartly lives up to its name. . . . Unusually tasty. (O, The Oprah Magazine)

Elizabeth Buchan spells delight . . . for well-done domestic drama, there's only one writer for this reader. (USA Today)

O The Oprah Magazine
Hats off to a title that titillates before you crack the covers. Wives Behaving Badly smartly lives up to its name.... Unusually tasty.
USA Today
Elizabeth Buchan spells delight ... for well-done domestic drama, there's only one writer for this reader.
Publishers Weekly
Rose, the protagonist in the bestselling Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman, stood tall when Minty Lloyd stole both her husband and her job. Buchan now gives Minty the spotlight as she discovers the dangers of getting what you want. Picking up seven years later, Minty and Nathan are married and have twin boys, but Minty's life as a second wife is more difficult than she'd anticipated: Nathan's friends shun her, she's deemed a threat by other married women, Nathan's adult children despise her and full-time motherhood isn't her cuppa tea. So Minty goes back to work at a London television production company, only to find young, unattached and ambitious colleagues nipping at her heels. Things go from manic to molten after Rose reenters the picture and a tragedy sends what's left of the family into a tailspin. Buchan keeps a lot of balls in the air, but readers may wish she'd written for depth and not breadth, as the narrative can feel like a series of vignettes hemmed together. Still, readers who appreciate Buchan's blend of humor and poignancy will find a trove of it. (On sale July 24) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
When trouble strikes, Minty gets support from an unlikely candidate: her husband's first wife. With an eight-city tour. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Second wife gets short shrift in Buchan's sequel to Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman (2003). Seven years have passed since Minty stole Nathan, chief exec of a London media firm, from his first wife Rose. She now has everything Rose had-a lively brood (six-year-old twins Lucas and Felix) and Rose's beloved home and now neglected garden. In Revenge, Rose's loss of Nathan was immediately followed by the loss of her job at Vistemax, where she was supplanted by her assistant and former confidante, 29-year-old Minty. But marriage to Nathan is far from, er, rosy. Minty has never felt accepted by her husband's friends. His adult children, Poppy and Sam, alternately manipulate and marginalize her. Poppy racks up Internet poker debt and Minty strives to do damage control before daughter hits Dad up for funds. Sam has a career opportunity in Texas but his wife won't leave the U.K. Minty, snooping in Nathan's diary, finds regretful musings. Despite Nathan's new lease on life, he's grown taciturn and cranky. Though visibly unwell, he refuses to see a doctor. Meanwhile, he resists Minty's desire to work full-time at her TV production job. At Vistemax, Nathan's malaise leaves him open to a palace coup. Rose is annoyingly self-possessed and well-dressed for a dumped, 50-ish ex-wife, and Minty is paranoid about Nathan's nostalgia for his old life. Nathan drops dead of a heart attack while visiting Rose-he sought her out after being downsized-while Minty is left to sort out her less-than-optimal inheritance and balance her increasingly precarious position at work with single motherhood. Rose keeps cropping up like a sleekly groomed Marley's ghost. Two girlfriends with marital breakdown and fidelity issuesare dropped into the plot, adding little except padding. Weighed down by so much poetic justice, Minty garners no reader identification. Buchan seems mainly intent on continuing Rose's revenge. Nathan is a cipher and what either woman saw in him remains a mystery. Flabby, meandering and emotionally vacuous.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143112181
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/29/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.05(w) x 7.73(h) x 0.79(d)
Age Range:
18 - 17 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Hats off to a title that titillates before you crack the covers. Wives Behaving Badly smartly lives up to its name. . . . Unusually tasty. (O, The Oprah Magazine)

Elizabeth Buchan spells delight . . . for well-done domestic drama, there's only one writer for this reader. (USA Today)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Buchan is the author of several highly acclaimed and bestselling books of fiction, including the bestselling Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman, The Good Wife Strikes Back, Everything She Thought She Wanted, and Consider the Lily.

Brief Biography

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

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Wives Behaving Badly 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
BuffaloGal More than 1 year ago
Having read and enjoyed several Buchan books, I looked forward to this as a fun, easy read. Wrong! I had to plod and plod and plod through, working hard to get to the end, amazed that it went on and on and on as it did. The point was made almost at the beginning: Minty was miserable and hated by everyone--as she deserved to be, Nathan was unhappy and ladden with guilt--as he deserved to be, and Rose smelled like a Rose--as she deserved to. The first two people were unlikable and full of self-pity, the third was an understanding saint. Blah! I finished it just to see where it went, but it wasn't worth the ride. Most distressing however, was the writing. It was stilted, and phony, and very affected, like it's characters. Every person in every scene was described by the clothes they were wearing, right down to their shoes. They spoke English, but often said nothing, or nothing intelligible. I enjoyed "Revenge" and thought the sequel was a good concept. But, in reality, the book was a great disappointment.I really wanted to give it 0 stars rather than the 1 shown. That says it all.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
All who cheered for Rose, the wife who was usurped by a young mistress, Minty, in Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman will undoubtedly want hear Wives Behaving Badly in order to follow the fortunes of these women and, of course, Nathan, ex husband to one and now husband to another. It's an interesting scenario Elizabeth Buchan has crafted. There are jillions of stories about the fate of mistresses but few follow a mistress who becomes a wife. At first, Minty was ecstatic at the thought of actually becoming Nathan's wife. But, for her, matrimony isn't the exact bed of roses that she had anticipated. It is now some seven years later and the joys of parenting their twin boys aren't quite as pronounced as they once were. (This feeling is exacerbated after Minty takes a sneak peek at Nathan's diary). Perhaps this is because Nathan's job is at a bit of a standstill and, after all, he does have two grown children from his first marriage, Poppy and Sam. Poppy doesn't care for her stepmother one little bit and she's not shy about showing it. On the other hand Rose has really blossomed. She's now a successful travel writer with TV appearances to her credit. Just how Minty copes with life not turning out as she had once planned is what this story is all about. Don't expect Wives Behaving Badly to deserve the subtitle Rose's Revenge because Buchan has a few surprises in store. Ably read by classically trained actress Justine Eyre, this is a fresh look at what could happen the second time around. - Gail Cooke
Guest More than 1 year ago
First, this book is by Elizabeth Buchan, not the other Elizabeth named. Secondly, the book is excellent. Was a sequel 'needed'? Perhaps not because the first book does stand on its own but it does provide excellent insight into Minty. This book is about Minty not Nathan and not Rose. Sure, they are there but it's Minty's story. And an excellent one it is. Even if you disliked Minty at the end of Revenge, as I did, you should read this book and get an idea of what has been going thru her mind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When Elizabeth Berg wrote 'Revenge of the Middle-Age Woman' I thought it was one of the best books of the year, especially for woman who were in the situation that was the main theme of the book. However, she decided to write a sequel which, in my mind, was totally unnecessary. I think at the end of the first book, the story was complete, knowing how the situation would turn out. Are we supposed to feel sorry for Minty???? Do we need to know that Nathan had made a tragic mistake and, the more he suffers, the happier we are. Forget this one....