15 January 2016

The Foster Husband by Pippa Wright

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Kate left her seaside home town of Lyme Regis for the bright lights of London when she was eighteen, and never looked back. Why would she? She had it all: the glamorous media career, the gorgeous husband. Until her marriage failed and she found herself with nowhere else to go.

Now she's unemployed, separated, and holed up in her dead granny's bungalow while she works out what to do with the rest of her life. Worse, she's forced to share her new home with Ben, the clueless and domestically challenged fiance of her bossy sister Prue.

Ben is a man in need of simple instruction. And Kate is a woman in need of a project. Her own marriage may be beyond saving, but perhaps she can stop her sister's husband-to-be from making all of the mistakes that doomed her own relationship. Kate decides that she will secretly train Ben, her foster husband, as a selfless pre-wedding gift to her sister.

But Kate may be about to learn a few lessons of her own about what makes a good marriage.

The foster husband is a book I picked up at the works to make up a set of books to take away on holiday. Reading the blurb it sounded slightly hilarious and a bit of a recipe for disaster.

I have to say that I started reading this story with fairly low expectations. It surprised me.

It was funny. The story was compelling, and I felt compassion for the main character even when she didn't seem to deserve it. It has a twist which I didn't see coming until I was a long way in.

Of the books I took with me on my summer holiday last year I think this is the one I raced through the fastest. 

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