Book Review: My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry

My Husband's WifeWhat’s it about?

It’s the perfect love story.

Lily meets Ed at a party, and on their second date, he proposes. She’s a lawyer, he’s an up-and-coming artist. They own a small but beautiful flat in London and mix with all the right people.

But Lily has a secret. Something from her past, that is soon to collide with her present. And she thinks her new husband is hiding something too…

The vows they made will soon be tested to the very limits.

‘Till death us do part…’

My thoughts

I was offered this proof copy back in March and with the Kindle edition being published recently I thought it high time I picked it up.

The book has a dual time line which I like; I enjoy getting as much of the history and the character’s back story as well as what’s happening in the present time.

However, I kind of sit on the fence with this book; didn’t love it but didn’t hate it either.  Yep, it’s a good story but I had a real problem with the characters. I just didn’t like them and felt no empathy towards them.

I didn’t like Ed or Francesca from the start and constantly changed my mind about Lily and Carla.  Carla was manipulative and shallow as a child and as an adult.  The character I found most interesting, bizarrely enough, was the convicted murderer Joe.  I felt his character had much more depth and intrigue.

I found the book to be generally quite slow paced with not much happening until around the 80% mark where it started to pick up pace and get really interesting; although with slightly implausible moments but I guess that makes for more a gripping read.

Interesting plot and conclusion, lots of twists and secrets but I just didn’t gel enough with the characters.

Many thanks to Annie at Penguin for the ARC.

Links: Goodreads | Amazon

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WWW Wednesday (June 1st)

WWW WednesdayThis weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what’s on your reading list this week…

To join in, just answer the following three questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

 

I’m reading…

Bite by Nick Louth

Billing your novel as “the most gripping thriller you’ll ever read” is making some statement and I really wanted to dislike this book and think it was a load of crap but I’ve actually quite enjoyed it.  Is it amazing writing and going to win awards? No.  Is it a good piece of entertainment that you lose yourself in for a few hours…yes! Reminds me of the movie Outbreak with Dustin Hoffman.

Bite Nick LouthThe blurb

Tomorrow should be the greatest day of Erica Stroud-Jones’s life. In just 24 hours this brilliant young scientist will present her secret work to a conference in Amsterdam – research that promises to revolutionise the battle against a deadly tropical disease. Millions of lives could be saved; a Nobel Prize beckons.

Arriving to watch her are sceptics and rivals, admirers and enemies. Erica’s own eyes will be on sculptor Max Carver, her American new love to whom she will dedicate her achievement.

Tomorrow never comes.

Erica vanishes during the night. Max, desperate, terrified, sets out to find her, descending into an underworld full of malice and cunning. But even he is shocked by the dark terror he finds in the heart of the woman he loves.


I recently finished

My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry

Yep, it’ a good story particularly the last quarter but I had a real problem with the characters. I just didn’t like them and felt no empathy towards them.  I didn’t like Ed or Francesca from the start and constantly changed my mind about Lily and Carla.  Interesting plot, but I just didn’t really care.

My Husband's Wife

The blurb

It’s the perfect love story.

Lily meets Ed at a party, and on their second date, he proposes. She’s a lawyer, he’s an up-and-coming artist. They own a small but beautiful flat in London and mix with all the right people.

But Lily has a secret. Something from her past, that is soon to collide with her present. And she thinks her new husband is hiding something too…

The vows they made will soon be tested to the very limits.

‘Till death us do part…’

I also read

When He Fell by Kate Hewitt

I didn’t really love either of the main women characters but overall the book has an interesting theme which is simply told but you may need to have tissues handy by the end 😦

when he fellThe blurb

Josh and Ben are nine years old and best friends, until a single, careless act in the school playground destroys the lives of both families – and wrenches their small Manhattan school apart.

As both mothers Maddie and Joanna try to find out what really happened between the boys, they discover the truth is far more complicated and painful than either of them could have ever realised… with lasting repercussions for both families.

And when tragedy strikes again in the most unexpected of ways, the lives of these two women will be changed once more, and this time forever.


 What’s up next?

My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal

One of my Netgalley picks which is published this week I was looking for something a bit lighter than murder and kidnap….but something tells me this may pull on the heart strings somewhat.

My Name is LeonThe blurb

A brother chosen. A brother left behind. And a family where you’d least expect to find one.

Leon is nine, and has a perfect baby brother called Jake. They have gone to live with Maureen, who has fuzzy red hair like a halo, and a belly like Father Christmas. But the adults are speaking in low voices, and wearing Pretend faces. They are threatening to give Jake to strangers. Since Jake is white and Leon is not.

As Leon struggles to cope with his anger, certain things can still make him smile – like Curly Wurlys, riding his bike fast downhill, burying his hands deep in the soil, hanging out with Tufty (who reminds him of his dad), and stealing enough coins so that one day he can rescue Jake and his mum.

Evoking a Britain of the early eighties, My Name is Leon is a heart-breaking story of love, identity and learning to overcome unbearable loss. Of the fierce bond between siblings. And how – just when we least expect it – we manage to find our way home.


Have you read any of this week’s choices?

Do share what you’re reading and recommendations in the comments…

My month in books & bakes – May

my month in books & bakes

What’s happened in May?

On Friday I went to Waterstone’s in Birmingham for the Kate Summerscale event on her new book The Wicked Boy. I couldn’t help but buy a copy because it sounds fascinating. She gave us a real insight into the origination of the book and the immense amount of research writing a book like this takes.

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The Wicked Boy blurb

Early in the morning of Monday 8 July 1895, thirteen-year-old Robert Coombes and his twelve-year-old brother Nattie set out from their small, yellow-brick terraced house in East London to watch a cricket match at Lord’s. Their father had gone to sea the previous Friday, the boys told their neighbours, and their mother was visiting her family in Liverpool. Over the next ten days Robert and Nattie spent extravagantly, pawning their parents’ valuables to fund trips to the theatre and the seaside. But as the sun beat down on the Coombes house, a strange smell began to emanate from the building.

When the police were finally called to investigate, the discovery they made sent the press into a frenzy of horror and alarm, and Robert and Nattie were swept up in a criminal trial that echoed the outrageous plots of the ‘penny dreadful’ novels that Robert loved to read.

In The Wicked Boy, Kate Summerscale has uncovered a fascinating true story of murder and morality – it is not just a meticulous examination of a shocking Victorian case, but also a compelling account of its aftermath, and of man’s capacity to overcome the past.

Books read: 5

(click the image to go to my review, if it’s available)

The Light Between OceansThe Swimming PoolJane Steelewhen he fellMy Husband's Wife

 

 

 

Books added to the TBR: 2

The Wicked BoyThe Murder at the Vicarage

 

Currently reading: Bite by Nick Louth

Favourite book for May:  Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

I baked: (click the images to have a look)

Raspberry Muffins

Raspberry Muffins

Mary's Religieuses

Mary’s Religieuses

Vanilla Sponge

Vanilla Sponge

Dorset Apple Cake

Dorset Apple Cake

Viennese Fingers

Viennese Fingers

What’s coming up in June?

  • Author / Blogger Meet Up in Birmingham on Saturday June 25th

Do share your news, bookish or other in the comments…. 🙂

WWW Wednesday (May 25th)

WWW WednesdayThis weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what’s on your reading list this week…

To join in, just answer the following three questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

 

I’m reading…

When He Fell by Kate Hewitt

I had hoped to have finished this by the time I posted but it wasn’t to be. Simply told yet captivating from early on, I like this book for its authenticity; one of the parents has proper financial issues which she’s stressing about which make it more realistic rather than just having the cash to throw at a problem.   The blurb gives too much away for my liking because I haven’t got to the second tragedy yet but am waiting for it…I hope it’s not a big anti-climax when it happens!

when he fellThe blurb

Josh and Ben are nine years old and best friends, until a single, careless act in the school playground destroys the lives of both families – and wrenches their small Manhattan school apart.

As both mothers Maddie and Joanna try to find out what really happened between the boys, they discover the truth is far more complicated and painful than either of them could have ever realised… with lasting repercussions for both families.

And when tragedy strikes again in the most unexpected of ways, the lives of these two women will be changed once more, and this time forever.


I recently finished

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

I somewhat surprised myself with this one…it took about 75 or so pages to get into it but then I have to say I really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend. You don’t need to have read Jane Eyre to enjoy this (as I haven’t)…there are references to it and I suspect comparable events/themes but if you like books set in the Victorian era, boarding schools, mysteries and murder then I think you’ll like this.

Jane SteeleThe blurb

Like the heroine of the novel she adores, Jane Steele suffers cruelly at the hands of her aunt and schoolmaster. And like Jane Eyre, they call her wicked – but in her case, she fears the accusation is true. When she flees, she leaves behind the corpses of her tormentors.

A fugitive navigating London’s underbelly, Jane rights wrongs on behalf of the have-nots whilst avoiding the noose. Until an advertisement catches her eye. Her aunt has died and the new master at Highgate House, Mr Thornfield, seeks a governess. Anxious to know if she is Highgate’s true heir, Jane takes the position and is soon caught up in the household’s strange spell. When she falls in love with the mysterious Charles Thornfield, she faces a terrible dilemma: can she possess him – body, soul and secrets – and what if he discovers her murderous past?


 What’s up next?

My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry

I was offered this proof copy back in March and with the Kindle edition being published this week it’s time I picked it up.

My Husband's WifeThe blurb

It’s the perfect love story.

Lily meets Ed at a party, and on their second date, he proposes. She’s a lawyer, he’s an up-and-coming artist. They own a small but beautiful flat in London and mix with all the right people.

But Lily has a secret. Something from her past, that is soon to collide with her present. And she thinks her new husband is hiding something too…

The vows they made will soon be tested to the very limits.

‘Till death us do part…’


Have you read any of this week’s choices?

Do share what you’re reading and recommendations in the comments…