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The School for Husbands - Wendy Holden
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The School for Husbands - Wendy Holden
Advantages: An interesting concept, funny in parts.
Disadvantages: Predictable, awkward characters.
The School for Husbands by Wendy Holden.
This books deals with a rather modern day dilemma. The story is based on the lives of a married couple, Sophie and Mark, who appear at first to have the perfect marriage. When their relationship starts to hit the rocks Sophie decides to take control and enrol her husband in the imaginary 'School for Husbands'. Sophie is a very strong character and at times it was Mark who I felt sympathetic towards as she overpowers him slightly. Sophie starts to become suspicious about her husband when he starts working late and then one night he doesn't return home at all. She is frustrated as she feels like too much is expected of her, she has to responsible for the house, the baby and trying to keep her own career alive. Mark isn't up to anything, he is just overwhelmed and loses his way a little bit. Mark desperately wants to save his marriage and so agrees to attend a school on how to be a good husband. The lessons are conducted in a very unusual way but does he learn enough to make things right with his wife? Or is it too little too late as an eligible millionaire has his sights set on Sophie.
I think that the concept of the book is quite unusual and at first that was what interested me. I found the idea of a school for husbands quite intriguing and amusing. The book however didn't quite meet my expectations. The book struggled to keep me interested at some points and I really had to battle to keep going with it. The irony is that as Mark is learning how to be a better husband, a handsome millionaire is chasing Sophie. I was unsure where the author wanted the readers loyalty to lie, with Sophie or with Mark. I felt as though I should have favoured Sophie but I ended up feeling sorry for Mark. I couldn't really connect with any of the characters, especially Sophie, as she was so unpredictable.
The book was a number one bestseller for Wendy Holden. Before becoming a novelist, Wendy was a journalist. She has enjoyed success with other novels such as; Simply Divine, Bad Heir Day and The Wires of Bath. This was the first Wendy Holden novel that I have ever read. I enjoyed her style of writing and found the book easy to follow. I didn't want to desperately read on and find out the ending but I did enjoy the book overall.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a bit of drama. It is definitely not a conventional love story and it does deal with realistic issues which sometimes occur in marriages. I don't think that I would read the book again as it wasn't really my cup of tea. When I read a book I really like to connect with the characters and I couldn't properly do that with this book. I think that this is because I didn't agree with how the characters dealt with situations and some of their actions so it was difficult for me personally to understand them. I liked the way that the book gave different perspectives on the relationship between Mark and Sophie, but as I said before it left me feeling a bit confused about who was in the right. On reflection I think that Holden is trying to portray how relationships can go wrong due to both people not thinking before they act. I think that I would appreciate this book a lot more if I was married and thinking of starting a family so I will definitely keep hold of it and maybe read it again then.
This book can be bought online for about £5.99. I bought my copy from Tesco on a 3 books for £10 offer a while ago.
Thank you for reading : )
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Summary: A story of marriage and how not to act in order for it to be successful.