Everything She Thought She Wanted

Everything She Thought She Wanted

by Elizabeth Buchan
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Everything She Thought She Wanted by Elizabeth Buchan

Elizabeth Buchan’s beloved bestsellers, Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman and The Good Wife Strikes Back, have made her an icon of upmarket women’s fiction. Taking her characteristic wit and emotional resonance to a new level, her latest novel focuses on two lives separated by forty years of history. In 1959, a forty-something married mother finds herself immersed in a surprisingly passionate affair with a younger man, while in the present, a professional woman faces a daunting choice between her blossoming career and her husband’s desire for children. Mirroring each other in surprising ways, these twin stories offer a deliciously readable funny and moving look at the battle of the sexes across time—and deliver another smart, nuanced novel for Elizabeth Buchan’s growing fans.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143037002
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/25/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 892,790
Product dimensions: 5.17(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.85(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 Years

About 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.


London, England

Date of Birth:

May 21, 1948

Place of Birth:

Guildford, Surrey, England


Upper Second Honours Degree in English Literature and History, University of Kent at Canterbury, 1970

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Everything She Thought She Wanted 2.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Timber14 More than 1 year ago
Good, but it took me forever to get through one chapter.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I had high expectations for this book after it was recommended to me, but when I finally read the book it was awful. The story wasn't developed well and at the very beginning it was confusing to distinguish what the author was trying to say. Then the ending was lackluster at best. Sienna's story was the most interesting but it got way too repetitive, her and her husband arguing about the same thing over and over again. You already know how it's going to end before you've finished the book. Usually, this is not necessarily a bad thing, but the road to the ending was plagued by bad writing, confusion, and general indifference to the characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Songs, poems, essays, and books have been devoted to the question of what it is a woman wants. Perhaps it's best that this question remains unanswered as quite often the woman herself does not know. In Elizabeth Buchan's latest novel we find two very different women faced with this dilemma. A pair of expert voice performers, Ruth Moore and Katherine Kellgren, relate the stories of these women in alternating chapters. The upshot? As far as decisions facing a woman, there haven't been many dramatic changes in a half a century. It seems that while many would like to have it all - few, if any, have figured out to do it. Our story opens with Siena, a very today woman, with a successful career. She's involved in the tough-to-stay-on-top fashion world, and there's a lucrative television deal in the offing. Her husband, Charlie, is a fine man. Only thing is he has different aspirations, such as a country life and children. What's Siena to do? On the other hand, Barbara Beeching lived almost fifty years ago. She's the mother of two adult children, and married to Ryder. A favorite of both friends and family, she's generous, accommodating, and content. At least she thought she was content until she spied a handsome younger man who is strongly attracted to her. Another choice. Women will especially respond and relate to Siena and Barbara as they face critical issues at midpoint in their lives. - Gail Cooke