MY HUSBAND NEXT DOOR by CATHERINE ALLIOTT.
When Ella married the handsome, celebrated artist Sebastian Montclair at just nineteen she was madly in love. Now, those blissful years of marriage have turned into the very definition of an unconventional set-up. Separated in every way but distance, Sebastian resides in an outhouse across the lawn from Ella's ramshackle farmhouse.
With an ex-husband living under her nose and a home crowded by hostile teenaged children, gender-confused chickens - not to mention her hyper critical mother whose own marriage slips spectacularly off the rails - Ella finds comfort in the company of the very charming gardener, Ludo. But is he really the answer to her prayers.
Then out of the blue Sebastian decides he must move away, catching Ella horribly unawares. How much longer can she hide from what really destroyed her marriage . . . and the secret she continues to keep?
...... Press release
FIRST SENTENCE: Sorry, an Advanced Reading Copy, the books expected release date is August 1st, I was asked not to quote. PW
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page) : As above.
SOURCE: A Penguin books Proof/Early Copy won in a competition held by GoodReads.
MY THOUGHTS: Expecting so much more, I was left feeling disappointed with just about every aspect of My Husband Next Door. Though on occasion quite witty and even rather well observed I'm sorry to say I found myself unable to immerse myself in this the author's thirteenth book and its cast of what I can only describe as walking, talking cliches.
Predictable, over long (its close on 500 pages), beyond farcical - not wanting to give away too much but the incident involving a St Bernard dog and a suitcase was just ridiculous and probably the point in which I should have given up reading - and with few characters that I could in any way relate to, I'm afraid that not even the inclusion of the rather quirky chickens could raise a smile let alone a laugh. Unlike the badly researched/totally misinformed belief that the episode with the St Bernard would total a meagre £20 in vet fees which did see me laughing out loud.
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