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Housewife In Love - Alison Penton Harper

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Genre: Fiction / Author: Alison Penton Harper / Paperback / 320 Pages / Book is published 2009-02-06 by Pan Books

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      29.04.2010 17:57
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      I can't wait to buy the fifth book in the Housewife series which comes out tomorrow!

      'You're the bride, babe. You just go right ahead and arrange anything you bloody well want. And I mean anything. I don't care how we get married. All I want is you.'


      When Rick hints at having sex in the aeroplane toilets, Helen starts to think that maybe it wasn't such a good idea to start sleeping with her boss. And back on solid ground, things only get worse when Rick's demanding and self-obsessed daughter turns up out of the blue and hates Helen on first sight.

      But when Rick asks her to marry him, Helen can't help but say yes and is glad that she has another chance to be happy again with someone she loves. Amongst planning her wedding, Helen also has the excitement of her sister being pregnant for the first time at the age of 43, even though their friends are determined on warning her against motherhood.

      And to create a bit of excitement of her own, Helen takes Rick at his word when he tells her she can arrange anything she wants for the wedding.

      ~ My opinion ~

      Having read the first three books in this series, I was quite excited to start this one as I'd got quite into them. And having read the first couple of pages of this book before realising it was actually part of a series, I already knew that just the first couple of pages were great.

      This time around, Helen eventually finds love in the form of her very demanding and very successful boss, Rick. At first she seems to struggle with the idea of being in a relationship with him even though I couldn't see why as he is a very likeable character who has always been nothing but friendly and a great boss to Helen. It soon begins to become clear though that Helen is probably just scared of getting into another relationship at her age, after her previous 15 year marriage didn't turn out so well. Despite being the same bubbly and friendly character she is in all the other books, Helen seems to be a bit more secretive and less confident now which makes you feel for her as she obviously has trust and self-esteem issues.

      But Rick is the perfect boyfriend and it's lovely to see them being happy together after following Helen's life since her husband died in the first book.

      There are a couple of new characters who bring a bit of laughter to the book including Helga, Rick's Russian cleaner who loves her vodka and causes lots of chaos, as well as Lola, Rick's South American daughter who Helen instantly clashes with.

      All of the other main characters are still around - Leoni, who is still as nasty as ever to her husband; Sara, who hates her new marriage; and Julia, Helen's sister, who is basking in the glow of her new pregnancy, despite Leoni's constant warnings that a life with children is utter hell. Leoni and Sara are by far the funniest characters in the book with their constant moaning and abuse that they throw at their husbands, while Sally and Paul, Helen's gay neighbours, are still as eccentric as ever.

      This is easily the best book out of the four in the series and I found it so much easier to read and get into than the others, especially the first two. From the very first page, it had me laughing out loud and it really did make me laugh a lot the whole way through. I think this would still be a good read even if you haven't read the previous books, but it will definitely make it more enjoyable if you have as you obviously know the characters a lot better. I loved everything about this book - the characters are brilliant, it's easy to read and get into, and it's so so funny.

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