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Kat's Book Review of Difficult Husbands by Mary de Laszlo

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Synopsis: Three friends. One surprise inheritance. And the perfect plan to deal with troublesome husbands at Christmas time... Newly divorced Lorna is struggling to adjust to life on her own. When she discovers that her beloved godfather has left her the grand (and crumbling) Ravenscourt House in the heart of Sussex, she soon has a project on her hands. Nathan sells delicious goodies at Mulberry Farm. When he meets Lorna at a Christmas market, neither of them can ignore the chemistry. But as they get to know one another, Lorna wants to know one thing - is he after her or the house? Together with Gloria - whose marriage to alcoholic Adrian has hit rock bottom, and Rosalind - struggling to deal with her womanising husband Ivan, the three friends hatch a plan. They'll ditch their difficult husbands at Ravenscourt House and enjoy stress-free Christmases with their families. But nothing is ever that simple.

Kat’s Rating: 3/5

Kat’s Review: First off, I certainly didn’t dislike this book, I just didn’t love it. The synopsis sounds good and I thought I would really enjoy this. The beginning introduces us mainly to Lorna who is recently divorced. She is struggling to adjust to her newly single status and a surprise inheritance makes things even more complicated. The problem I found with Lorna was that I just didn’t particularly warm to her that much. She seemed a bit ‘wishy-washy’ if you know what I mean. 

In addition to Lorna there are her two friends Gloria and Rosalind. If I’m honest these two characters took a back seat to Lorna and although they were a fundamental part of the story I just didn’t know them well enough. All three women have some serious issues going on with the men in their life and they have a mad idea to send all three men down to Ravenscourt House which Lorna had inherited. With the house practically crumbling to the ground they figured it was suitable punishment for ‘difficult husbands’.

The story was okay and trundled along but if I’m being brutally honest I just didn’t ‘gel’ enough with any of the women (or other characters for that matter). When you see the cover for the book it gives you a Christmas vibe, and although part of the book falls over the Christmas period I wouldn’t call this book particularly festive. I would certainly read another book by this author as the writing was good, I just didn’t connect enough with the people in this story…maybe next time. 

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