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Posted July 5, 2011
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 3, 2006
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 3, 2006
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 CookeWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 10, 2006
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....Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 20, 2011
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Posted March 15, 2011
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