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The Secret Life of Husbands

by Kirsty Crawford

Family Drama Relationship Stories

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A wonderful and thoroughly compelling mix of past loves and loyalties versus present loves that threatens to tear a couple apart.  The characters are well drawn and the difficult mother-in-law particularly so.  Yes, this is chick lit but it’s fresh yet very believable, compulsively readable, has depth to its writing and is perceptively written too.  If you buy your books because of the title or the look of the cover then you’re almost certain to buy it – fab and it’s only her second novel.

Comparison: Jenny Colgan, Katie Fforde, Penny Vincenzi.

The Secret Life of Husbands Synopsis

Ruth Blackison has fallen madly in love with Ned Haskell and he with her. They are taking the plunge and marriage is a few short months away. But the problem with true love is that it doesn't involve just two people. There's a whole new family of in-laws to meet, get to know and get on with. And then there are the friends…

Ruth has enough problems learning to understand her unpredictable mother-in-law, let alone like her. Is the woman merely difficult, or is there something more dangerous here? Then she meets Ned's close-knit circle of friends whose past relationships seem more tangled than most. She quickly realises that without the friends' approval, it could be a short engagement.

At a time when she should be looking forward to a happy future, Ruth begins to get caught up in the past, and all the things that happened to Ned and his friends years before. Is she imagining things? Has Ned really changed? Or are the friends still bound up by the complex, shifting balances that have the power to tear people apart?

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ISBN: 9780752882703
Publication date: 29/11/2007
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780752866581
Publication date: 02/01/2007
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780752882703
Publication date: 29th November 2007
Author: Kirsty Crawford
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback
Genres: Family Drama, Relationship Stories,

About Kirsty Crawford

Kirsty Crawford is in her early thirties. She gained a first class degree in English at Oxford. She worked as an editor with various publishers, most recently as publishing director of Heinemann. She is married to James Crawford and lives in Stockwell, South West London.

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