When Harriet's husband, Nick, throws in his safe, but boring job in order to set up a new business during a recession, Harriet is distraught. More so when she realises Amanda, her old enemy from school, is back.
Amanda, it turns out, is Nick's new boss's wife and will be accompanying Nick on his business trips to Italy. How will Nick not succumb to the ruthless charms of the utterly gorgeous Amanda once he's away in glamorous Milan?
Knowing Nick is at risk of being seduced is bad enough, but when Harriet's best friend Grace falls madly in love with Sebastian, Amanda's much younger son, it can only mean trouble ahead.
Determined to fight for her man, Harriet's seduction techniques go into overdrive. Unfortunately she is hampered in her attempts by two bolshy teenagers, an increasingly eccentric mother and a job teaching cantankerous children. Not to mention there seems to be something very strange going on at the bottom of her garden! Can Harriet save her marriage, as well as her friendship with Grace? And what will happen if Nick's new venture fails, especially now that the one thing Harriet has not even considered in all this mess appears to be staring her right in the face...? Warm, witty and wonderful, the unputdownable bestseller from Julie Houston is perfect for fans of Katie Fforde and Gervaise Phinn.
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About the Author
Julie Houston is the author of The One Saving Grace, Goodness, Grace and Me, Looking for Lucy and A Village Affair, a Kindle top 100 general bestseller and a Kindle Number1 bestseller. She is married, with two teenage children and a mad cockerpoo and, like her heroine, lives in a West Yorkshire village. She is also a teacher and a magistrate.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Hat and Nick have three children, a granny flat with Nick’s mum in residence, a hectic life with constantly balancing money in and money out after Nick’s textile business went toes up. Hat has been teaching again, and Nick has, unbeknownst to her decided to venture off in a new business start-up, leaving her the only breadwinner with ever increasing bills as their son is a voracious teen, the eldest daughter will be heading to university soon, and the new job will mean Nick will be traveling for extended periods of time. When you mix in Hat’s best friend Grace’s husband moving on with his side piece, the old head girl and nemesis from their school days also being all too involved in Nick’s new business venture and Grace finding consolation and entertainment in the arms of her nemesis’ son, a twenty four year old young man in a situation that could prove disastrous for Nick’s new business, things are just about at total overload. Until Hat comes up pregnant, and her mother’s increasing confusion seems to be leading to signs of dementia. This is one of those stories, and lives, that shows with perseverance, friendship and humor, and a willingness to overlook the detritus collecting when late starts and quick exits push cleaning to the end of the to do list. With Harriet’s frequent mood-swings from pregnancy and a certain propensity to over-think EVERYTHING, are frequently offset by her rather wacky and scattered behavior, often quite funny, and her genuine good-nature and inability to sulk for more than a handful of moments at a time. With ridiculous moments offset with true family time, a husband who is genuinely in love with her, and her own ability to overreact for England and forget it the next moment, this is a story of a family, through good and bad, making their way through as best they can. Clever insets of interactions between friends, the unearthing of a long-buried mystery, some truly quick recoveries and plenty of moments that every couple has seen and endured, the story is quick to read and clever for the honesty, even in ridiculously twisted situations that seem to work out – at least at the moment. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Loved the book!! I kept wondering what would happen next. Between the cling wrap incident, Nick running out to the burning garden shed naked and the cops showing up at son's party (just to name a few), Harriet lived quite the life and kept me giggling throughout the book. I absolutely loved Harriet and was definitely my favorite character in the book. Harriet and Grace have such a wonderful friendship. The reunion and the after party at the "Eighties Night" club was quite the night. I loved the story, characters and writing style. The prologue had me confused if I was going to like the book, but as soon as I read the first chapter I knew I would love the book. Harriet's family is something else. There could be a book just about her parents, sister and brother. I definitely needed to find out about Patricia. Was she real or a figment of imagination for Harriet's mom? I mean the woman did hold conversations with her long dead mother. Then there was Amanda, or Mandy as she likes to go by now. She was a constant flirt and the continuous use of Nicky was annoying. Her husband is a saint and must really love her. By the end of the book, I didn't hate her I fell in love with Julie Houston's books after reading A Village Affair and now I get so happy when there's a new one to read. The books make me smile (not in a creepy way). This book was just a fun read with wonderful characters and very entertaining. I definitely recommend the book and will immediately start reading One Saving Grace. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Aria through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Three and a half stars. Harriet is approaching 40. A married mother of two teenagers and a five year old she is also a teacher at the local school and still as much in love with her gorgeous husband Nick as she was the first day she saw him at university. Then Nick suddenly announces that he has given up his safe, steady job (the one he took after his own business went to the wall at the start of the recession) to go into business with a local millionaire who just happens to be married to Mandy, Harriet's girl-crush from school who led her brother a merry dance before dumping him. Soon Nick is off to Milan with the gorgeous Mandy, to help with translating the legal documents, while Harriet deals with her mother's increasingly bizarre behaviour, two teenagers, her best friend's marriage disintegrating, her wilderness garden, straitened financial circumstances and the joys of public school teaching. I liked this book but I didn't love it, in retrospect there was just too much going on, too many threads and it all got a bit frenetic, then everything got resolved in one chapter - so quickly that I actually turned over two pages at once and accidentally missed the end, I was knee deep in the 'six months later' epilogue. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
I can't believe it's taken me so long to discover Julie Houston's books - they're a riot! Harriet is horrified when her husband Nick gives up his safe job in order to set up in business - again. When it turns out that the wife of the man he's going into business with is married to her old enemy from school, the luscious Amanda, Harriet becomes a bit nervous about her husband's fidelity - knowing Mandy's reputation only too well. Her attempts at keeping their love life alive are not easy, what with two teenagers - who bring their own issues - and a lively four-year-old to contend with. Then there's the matter of her best friend Grace's antics with sex-god Sebastian, son of Amanda ... This is, without any doubt, once of the funniest rom-coms I have ever come across. Having previously read another of Julie's books, I knew I would like this but nothing - absolutely nothing - could have prepared me for the mirth this novel caused. My poor long suffering husband turned over in bed muttering what sounded similar to 'it's like trying to sleep with Muttley' as the bed rocked with my laughter. When he asked me what was so funny, I emitted this loud sort of squeak - well, my fist and a good bit of the sheet were in my mouth by then! I couldn't speak for giggling almost maniacally and had to explain over breakfast this morning. Fun and laughter aside, there is a really solid storyline to this novel covering several issues, all intertwined with normal family life. I am so happy to have the sequel lined up to read next - I'm not sure I could wait! There are several hysterically funny scenes which will stay with me - gardening will never be the same again!! Would I recommend this? You bet! Treat yourself today and place yourself in Harriet's shoes for a few hours - you'll feel so much better for it!