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The Wives of Bath - Wendy Holden
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The Wives of Bath - Wendy Holden
Date: 08/10/07, updated on 27/11/07 (50 review reads)
Advantages: A great book you won't be able to put down
As with most things I tend to work backwards and when I saw the book "School for Husbands" by Wendy Holden it shot out from the list and I had to have it, the latest novel by Wendy Holden so I had no idea what her writing style was like and maybe should have started from the beginnning however I am now glad that I didn't.
The Wives of Bath was the second book that I read by Wendy Holden and just like the last book I had read I found that I could not put it down it was entertaining from start to finish and it is very rare that I find a fictional book that I just take everywhere with me desparate to know what happens next!
The book focuses around 4 main characters two couples Hugo and Amanda and Jake and Alice all in their thirty somethings and all have a busy lifestyle.
Amanda is a woman who puts herself first every time no matter what it takes. Amanda is heavily influenced by Women's magazines and always has to have the latest fashion accessory even if that means changing her current lifestyle.
Hugo her husband is a high flying estate agent who has no conscience pretty much like his wife and will do anything to sell the houses on the company's books even if it involves telling a few white lies if it means he gets the Company's Aston Martin for another month for being top sales but when his wife gets the latest fashion accessory their high flying lifestyle is quickly uprooted and Hugo's life changes in many ways.
Alice is an executive lawyer for a high flying magazine company in New York she is fed up with her busy lifestyle and only wants to settle down with the right man and become a mother but she feels that time is passing her so quickly she is inlikely to meet Mr Right working in her office until late into the evening and when she is persuaded to return home to a family wedding everything changes.
Jake is Alice's husband and he is an eco- warrier creating and publishing a recycling magazine "Get Trashed" he has taking recycling beyond all limits and when Alice finds out how her health and lifestyle was comprimised by his beliefs could this be the end for the couple?
The story focuses on the two couples and the book begins in a hospital with the two couples preparing for their new arrivals at antenatal classes, there is a link to the two couples but we only find this out a few chapters in and this provides a good twist to the story which makes you unable to put the book down.
Amanda thinks that her new baby will provide her with a newer glamorous lifestyle and will help her obtain a new career and a better lifestyle, however all that does not go to plan when reality hits when the baby arrives and Hugo is the one that finds he has to adapt to accommodate the baby when Amanda decides motherhood is not for her and she wants to return to work, Hugo is forced to make some tough decisions and learn to love and care for the child that was unplanned by him but this is my favourite part of the story as Hugo learns to love the child and learns through various books and people how to look after the child and provide it with a warm loving family unit, despite his estranged wife.
Alice however is forced by Jake to enter into an eco friendly pregnancy with no assistance with pain relief during childbirth and leaves the day to day care of their child to Alice alone insisting that she use only towelling nappies that can be washed through and toys created by Jake for the child that have been made through recycled rubbish, the stress of a new child and Jake;s irrational behaviour sends her over the edge and provides is with an ending that cannot be foreseen.
Wendy Holden is an excellent writer and of the two books I have now read I have thoroughly enjoyed and plan to read a good few more.
Summary: A great read for a long drive or holiday.