Friday 27 September 2013

The Foster Husband by Pippa Wright

In love and marriage, practise makes perfect
Kate left her seaside home town of Lyme Reggis for the bright lights of London when she was eighteen, and never looked back. She had it all: the glamorous career, the lovely house, the gorgeous husband.

But now she’s back: unemployed, separated, and holed up in her dead granny’s bungalow. Worse still, she’s forced to share the bungalow with Ben, the clueless and domestically challenged fiance of her bossy sister Prue.

Ben is a man in need of simple instruction. And Kate is a woman in need of a project. So she decides to secretly train Ben, her foster husband, as a selfless pre-wedding gift to her sister.

But Kate may still have a few lessons of her own to learn…
My Musings
A funny modern romance. Kate's story shifts between her past in London and present in Lyme Reggis. Kate is a girl about town, a laddette workaholic , not the usual heroine I would relate to but Pippa gives her vulnerability and likability . You relate to the fact we have all make mistakes and by trying to protect our loved ones from them can be an even bigger mistake which Kate learns the hard way. Her husband Mark whom she has left for reasons we will later find out is charming and lovable and you desperately want it to work out between they lurch from one of Kate's hang ups to another. We see their love blossom and disintegrate. Fast forward to Lyme Reggis where Kate has holed up with her family and is intent on making her sisters boyfriend perfect by 'fostering ' him until he is trained properly. As you can imagine it doesnt' turn out well. her story unfolds and twists and turns until the climax and a satisfying if not open ended finally. I laughed out loud but found it more layered and with more depth than most other chick lit. I would recommend for holiday read or curl up book. I will definitely read her again.

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