“When Ella married the handsome, celebrated artist Sebastian Montclair at just nineteen she was madly in love. Now, those blissful years of marriage have turned into the very definition of an unconventional set-up. Separated in every way but distance, Sebastian resides in an outhouse across the lawn from Ella’s ramshackle farmhouse.
With an ex-husband living under her nose and a home crowded by hostile teenaged children, gender-confused chickens – not to mention her hyper critical mother whose own marriage slips spectacularly off the rails – Ella finds comfort in the company of the very charming gardener, Ludo.
Then out of the blue Sebastian decides to move on, catching Ella horribly unawares. How much longer can she hide from what really destroyed her marriage . . . and the secret she continues to keep?”
Firstly I’d like to thank the publisher for sending me this book to read and give an honest review. I loved the whole ‘husband next door’ thing and was intrigued as to where it would lead.
Unfortunately I wasn’t completely reeled in by this book, there were some parts that I enjoyed and some parts that I just couldn’t connect with. As I always say though, this is just my personal opinion and I’m sure plenty of you would thoroughly enjoy it.
An action-packed prologue set the scene well for Ella’s crazy life, it also introduced me to her complicated friendship with Ludo and it was this friendship that fascinated me the most in the storyline because I wanted to know just how far she would go. The relationships involved in the storyline were pretty complicated and I felt that the author successfully portrayed the way families change and evolve over time – the characters were certainly believable in that respect. The writing style was fun, if a little bit erratic at times. There were some funny moments which I enjoyed involving chickens/cockerels and an unfortunate meeting at a hotel that had me cringing for Ella.
The ending was unexpected in a good way, I had originally thought it would go down a different route but I was happy with the outcome.
This was a different take on the complications of families, relationships and life.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Catherine Alliott started her first novel under the desk when she worked as an advertising copywriter. She was duly fired. With time on her hands she persevered with the novels, which happily flourished. In the early days she produced a baby with each book, but after three she stuck to writing as it was less painful. She writes with the nearest pen in exercise books, either in the garden or on a sofa. Home is a rural spot in Hertfordshire which she shares with her family and a menagerie of horses, cows, chickens and dogs, which at the last count totalled 34 beating hearts, including her husband. Some of her household have walk-on parts in her novels, but probably only the chickens would recognise themselves.
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