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Housewife on Top - Alison Penton Harper

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Genre: Fiction / Author: Alison Penton Harper / Paperback / 288 Pages / Book is published 2007-10-05 by Pan

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      27.04.2010 15:49
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      Helen is finally finding her feet just in time for the looming festive season.

      In the third book in the Housewife series, Helen is finally finding her feet and getting used to life by herself. With her beautiful home, a job she enjoys, lots of money in the bank, and her friends and family around her, Helen can finally relax and just enjoy her freedom.

      But all of a sudden, everyone around her seems to be having a crisis of their own and Helen's life is once again thrown into chaos. Organising her best friend Leoni's Christmas and preparing her children for their school play is the first of many difficult tasks on Helen's list. Then her usually sensible and trouble-free sister, Julia, seems to be having a midlife crisis which no one seems to be able to get to the bottom of. And then to top it all off, her boss asks her to arrange his Christmas too.

      ~ My opinion ~

      From the very beginning of this book I already found it a lot more interesting and enjoyable than the first two books in the Housewife series. Alison Penton Harper seems to have upped her game a bit and her writing style seems to get better here making it a very easy book to get into and read and one that you find hard to put down. Even just the cover of the book makes it look a lot better and more modern than the previous two.

      All of the previous characters are still very much the same but their personalities seem to spring to life a bit more this time round along with the actual story. Leoni, Helen's best friend, seems to get funnier and funnier, with her constant moaning about her husband and the very public death threats she makes towards him. She's the sort of character that says what everyone is thinking but she is the only one who is brash enough to actually say it out loud, and this makes her a very likeable and by far the funniest character.

      Julia, the one who everyone can usually rely on, seems to go into a spin and she acts quite strangely though the whole book. You don't find out what's really going on with her until the very end and the reasons for her crisis came as quite a shock to me and was definitely not something I was expecting.

      Rick, Helen's boss, is in this book a lot more than he was in the previous one, and he's a great character to read about. Having worked quite closely together for a while, Helen and Rick get closer and they find themselves getting on quite well and having a nice friendship rather than just a boss/employee relationship.

      Rosa is the only new character in this book, and she moves in to the flat below Helen and brings a bit of fun and mystery to the story.

      Helen seems to be getting on quite well now with her life, after her husband died in the first book, with a steady job that she enjoys and her friends and family always around her. This book brings some problems for Helen's friends and family rather than for Helen herself and it's a nice change to see Helen being the one helping others out rather than needing to be helped herself.

      The first two books weren't brilliant as they didn't have much of a storyline to either of them but this one has a definite direction to go in and was a lot more enjoyable to read. APH has definitely written a much better and much funnier book here and it begins to make the whole Housewife series seem worth it.


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