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Wives behaving badly, Elizabeth Buchan

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Wives behaving badly
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Wives behaving badly
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Elizabeth Buchan
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Language
eng
Summary
What happens when the mistress becomes the wife? Minty Lloyd is now the second wife to her husband, Nathan--but she is shunned by his friends, despised by his grown children, and haunted by her very much alive, and quite reborn, predecessor Rose. Yet after a shocking phone call, Minty finds herself united with an unexpected ally--the woman she once betrayed.--From publisher description
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  • When we last saw Minty (Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman, 2003), she had successfully lured Nathan Lloyd away from Rose, his wife of 25 years, and established herself in his comfortable life and in his house. Now the mother of twins, Minty has little time for Nathan or the boys as she tries to restart her career. She knows Nathan is unhappy and maybe unwell, but she's too busy to worry too much about it until she discovers that he has been seeing Rose again. Suddenly Nathan is gone, leaving Minty alone with children she didn't know she wanted, a career she's not sure she can handle, and money problems she thought she was done with. But worst of all is the guilt on so many fronts. Told through the befuddled but honest voice of Minty, the book moves carefully and realistically through the stages of grief and growing self-awareness to a satisfying and realistic conclusion. Not as heartwarming as the first installment, but no less involving. -- Elizabeth Dickie (Reviewed 07-01-2006) (Booklist, vol 102, number 21, p27)
  • Rose, the protagonist in the bestselling Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman , stood tall when Minty Lloyd stole both her husband and her job. Buchan now gives Minty the spotlight as she discovers the dangers of getting what you want. Picking up seven years later, Minty and Nathan are married and have twin boys, but Minty's life as a second wife is more difficult than she'd anticipated: Nathan's friends shun her, she's deemed a threat by other married women, Nathan's adult children despise her and full-time motherhood isn't her cuppa tea. So Minty goes back to work at a London television production company, only to find young, unattached and ambitious colleagues nipping at her heels. Things go from manic to molten after Rose reenters the picture and a tragedy sends what's left of the family into a tailspin. Buchan keeps a lot of balls in the air, but readers may wish she'd written for depth and not breadth, as the narrative can feel like a series of vignettes hemmed together. Still, readers who appreciate Buchan's blend of humor and poignancy will find a trove of it. (On sale July 24) --Staff (Reviewed May 1, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 18, p36)
  • Second wife gets short shrift in Buchan's sequel to Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman (2003).Seven years have passed since Minty stole Nathan, chief exec of a London media firm, from his first wife Rose. She now has everything Rose had—a lively brood (six-year-old twins Lucas and Felix) and Rose's beloved home and now neglected garden. In Revenge, Rose's loss of Nathan was immediately followed by the loss of her job at Vistemax, where she was supplanted by her assistant and former confidante, 29-year-old Minty. But marriage to Nathan is far from, er, rosy. Minty has never felt accepted by her husband's friends. His adult children, Poppy and Sam, alternately manipulate and marginalize her. Poppy racks up Internet poker debt and Minty strives to do damage control before daughter hits Dad up for funds. Sam has a career opportunity in Texas but his wife won't leave the U.K. Minty, snooping in Nathan's diary, finds regretful musings. Despite Nathan's new lease on life, he's grown taciturn and cranky. Though visibly unwell, he refuses to see a doctor. Meanwhile, he resists Minty's desire to work full-time at her TV production job. At Vistemax, Nathan's malaise leaves him open to a palace coup. Rose is annoyingly self-possessed and well-dressed for a dumped, 50-ish ex-wife, and Minty is paranoid about Nathan's nostalgia for his old life. Nathan drops dead of a heart attack while visiting Rose—he sought her out after being downsized—while Minty is left to sort out her less-than-optimal inheritance and balance her increasingly precarious position at work with single motherhood. Rose keeps cropping up like a sleekly groomed Marley's ghost. Two girlfriends with marital breakdown and fidelity issues are dropped into the plot, adding little except padding. Weighed down by so much poetic justice, Minty garners no reader identification. Buchan seems mainly intent on continuing Rose's revenge. Nathan is a cipher and what either woman saw in him remains a mystery. Flabby, meandering and emotionally vacuous. (Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2006)
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146594
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DLC
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Buchan, Elizabeth
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6052.U214
LC item number
W58 2006
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Middle-aged women
  • Middle-aged mothers
  • England
Target audience
adult
Label
Wives behaving badly, Elizabeth Buchan
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Publication
Note
Sequel to: Revenge of the middle-aged woman
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
605984
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
338 pages
Isbn
9780670034888
Lccn
2006044735
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780670034888
Label
Wives behaving badly, Elizabeth Buchan
Publication
Note
Sequel to: Revenge of the middle-aged woman
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
605984
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
338 pages
Isbn
9780670034888
Lccn
2006044735
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780670034888

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