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Close family friends, the wives old school chums, the husbands good mates, the kids best friends; a nice, happy bunch of people until one of the wives has terminal cancer ... she asks her school chum to look on the internet to try and find a new wife for her husband once she is dead. It is then that the trouble begins. This is well thought-out, well written, bittersweet stuff that will make you both weep and laugh. A lovely read from an exciting new author. I look forward to her next.
Comparision: Adele Parks, Jane Fallon, Anna Maxted.
For Fran that list would include her husband, Max, her daughter, and her best friend, Alison. Only Alison is now desperately ill and she needs Fran’s help. She wants to find her husband a new wife, and leave her young daughter with a new mother. Fran finds the whole idea deeply uncomfortable, but it’s hard to refuse your closest friend at the best of times, let alone ignore her dying wishes.
So Fran reluctantly logs on to an internet dating site, where she stumbles across a startlingly familiar profile. ‘Footloose’ describes himself as divorced, but his photo looks exactly like Fran’s husband, Max. What’s a wife to do when she suspects her husband’s cheating and can’t bear to confront him outright? Posing as ‘Sassy’, Fran sends a reply to ‘Footloose’ and sets out to date her own husband… But this increasingly crazy plan leads Max to start to have doubts of his own.
Torn between suspicion and love, life for Fran just got very complicated – can her marriage survive?
Publication date: 08/01/2009
Publisher: Ebury Press
|Publication date:||8th January 2009|
|Genres:||Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
After an attempted career as a spy, which involved training rocket scientists in the former Soviet Union and winning a black belt in Shotokan karate, Susy McPhee settled down to her writing which has won competitions and been published in extracts by Legend Press, Writer’s Billboard and most recently Baineth Publications.She lives in Perthshire, Scotland.More About Susy Mcphee