The Ex-wife's Survival Guide

by Debby Holt | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1416502467 Global Overview for this book
Registered by STP-921375 on 3/17/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by STP-921375 on Friday, March 17, 2006
This isn't the sort of book I'd normally pick up, but I did enjoy it. I liked the characters and it was a jolly little read.

"Synopsis
Two months before Sarah's twin sons leave home for their gap year travel, her husband Andrew, a keen amateur thespian, announces that he's leaving her for his leading lady. Happily married for the past twenty years, Sarah has no idea how to fill her empty house, her empty days, nor play the role of discarded wife. As Sarah is to discover, the way forward is strewn with hazards and humiliations. If she is not to be bludgeoned to pieces, she must acquire skills for survival ...fast. Happily for Sarah, help (and hindrance!) is at hand in the form of well-meaning neighbours, a misbehaved mongrel, an eventful trip to Majorca, an unassuming plumber, and an unwelcome role as Mrs De Winter in the forthcoming Ambercross Players' production of Rebecca. In this wickedly funny and hugely entertaining comedy of manners, life in a small Wiltshire village is exposed with a highly infectious sense of humour and a devastatingly accurate eye for detail."

Journal Entry 2 by STP-921375 on Monday, April 24, 2006
I am sending this out on a UK bookray. The participants are:

candy-is-dandy
calalilly

Journal Entry 3 by wingcandy-is-dandywing from Great Bardfield, Essex United Kingdom on Friday, May 19, 2006
Received on a bookring from pennywhistler. Thank you.

Journal Entry 4 by wingcandy-is-dandywing from Great Bardfield, Essex United Kingdom on Thursday, June 15, 2006
A good read and particularly pertinent to me as my husband is into amateur dramatics as is the straying husband in the book (though I haven't yet had him run off with any of his leading ladies, well, not as I've noticed - he does stay out late sometimes, hmmm.....).

I would guess the author has experience of village am-dram as some of those scenes and characters were SO recognisable. I KNOW the lady who runs the group for example - she absolutely IS the same person who used to run the group my husband joined several years ago.

The book isn't all about am-dram. There are visits to Majorca, country walks and relationships with village friends as the heroine tries to come to terms with the break-up of her marriage. A predictable ending, but then that's what we want out of modern romantic fiction.




Released 13 yrs ago (7/1/2006 UTC) at Grahamstown in A bookcrosser , -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom

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To be passed to calalily at the Unconvention, Birmingham to continue the ring.

Journal Entry 6 by calalilly from Waterlooville, Hampshire United Kingdom on Sunday, July 02, 2006
Given to me at the uncon yesterday. Nice to met you candy-is-dandy. I've got a couple of other rings to read ahead of this but should be onto it very soon.

Journal Entry 7 by calalilly from Waterlooville, Hampshire United Kingdom on Friday, July 07, 2006
This jumped my list as the book I was reading I left at work so I decided I needed a nice easy light read and this is what it was and it didn't take me long to read it. Haven't read any of her books previously but will keep an eye out for them. It's good to slot books like this in between thrillers. I will mail silverskies for her address, I didn't expect to finish it this quick.

Journal Entry 8 by calalilly from Waterlooville, Hampshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Am sending this off to Herrgirl she took it out of a virtual book box. Hope you enjoy it.

Journal Entry 9 by herrgirl from Vale of White Horse, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Friday, October 27, 2006
Arrived today, thanks calalilly. It will have to go on Mt TBR for a while, though.

Journal Entry 10 by herrgirl from Vale of White Horse, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, December 06, 2006
This jumped to the top of Mt TBR as I needed a light read after a fairly heavy couple of books. I really enjoyed it and would happily read others by this writer.

Journal Entry 11 by herrgirl from Vale of White Horse, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Friday, January 19, 2007
Taking this to the bookcrossing meet at Salcey Forest tomorrow.

Journal Entry 12 by ElesarStar from Nuneaton, Warwickshire United Kingdom on Saturday, January 20, 2007
Won this in a live book swap. Looks like great night time reading.

I was right, it was a great night time read. A little predictable at times but still very good.

Released 12 yrs ago (6/9/2007 UTC) at Liquid, Coventry City Arcade in Coventry, West Midlands United Kingdom

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Taken to the meet

Journal Entry 14 by bookbarmy from Solihull, West Midlands United Kingdom on Monday, June 11, 2007
Caught at Coventry meet 9.6.07. at Liquid Cafe. Look forward to reading (as an "ex-wife" after 30 years of marriage).

Released 12 yrs ago (7/7/2007 UTC) at Caffe Nero, King's Parade OBCZ in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom

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Left at crossing zone - very interesting read.

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