Chidley's overlong snoozer chronicles a woman's make over when her husband leaves her. After a particularly difficult day, Lizzie Buckley fires off a scathing e-mail to her sister detailing her many petty resentments of her husband, James. Unfortunately, the missive instead goes to James, who quickly announces he's leaving her. Before long, Lizzie and her twin toddlers move to the town where her best friend lives, and Lizzie realizes that she may have been depressed for a long time and lacked self-awareness in her marriage. Meanwhile, James wants a divorce and seems to have taken up with his assistant, yet Lizzie hopes to win James back. Genre standards abound: there's the ruggedly handsome possible rebound fling for Lizzie, the wacky therapist, the nasty mother-in-law and the "it was all a big misunderstanding" air-clearing. It's heavily traveled territory, and Chidley doesn't do much to distinguish herself. (Oct.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Miserable suburban mum grapples with her unraveling marriage in this debut novel about the disappointments of motherhood. An undiagnosed case of postpartum depression causes Lizzie Buckley to lose control of her life. It's been three years since the twins were born, but Lizzie remains overwhelmed. Overweight and disheveled, Lizzie spends her days tending to two rambunctious tots with no support system-she barely has time to recognize how wretched she feels. Lizzie's dashing spouse, James, has a career on the rise and is often called out of town on work assignments. Resentful that she's had to take the brunt of the childcare duties, Lizzie identifies James as the cause of all her troubles. At the culmination of one especially exhausting day, Lizzie fires off a disgruntled e-mail to her sister laying out all of James' offenses and declaring, "You know, sometimes I think I wouldn't miss him at all if he just disappeared." Lizzie mistakenly fires off the e-mail to James. The wounded James packs his bags and gives Lizzie just what she asked for-a separation. At first, Lizzie panics. She feels as if this is all one big misunderstanding and that James will come to his senses. When groveling phone calls fail to win James back, Lizzie realizes she's in need of radical change. A little therapy and a newfound obsession with fitness assist Lizzie in shaking her blues and starting to take some responsibility for her life. The question remains: Will all of her self-improvement bring her closer to James or serve to put additional distance between the couple? Chidley, a native of Swaziland who lived for a time in England, sets the novel in a suburb of London, where children can still run free in lushgardens. The setting is appealing, but the characters and plot are stale. Lizzie is simply too common-a binge-eating, exhausted mom who longs to write children's books. Yawn.
Chidley hits it out of the park with her debut novel. She finds humor in the mundane and absolutely nails Lizzie's character arc. With spot-on writing, Chidley has created a heroine readers will care about.
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"Chidley hits it out of the park with her debut novel. She finds humor in the mundane and absolutely nails Lizzie's character arc. With spot-on writing, Chidley has created a heroine readers will care about."