32-year-old Iris Hedge isn't exactly on sure footing. She's left her husband in LA and moved to New York for her dream job as a marketing researcher at one of the world's most prestigious firms. But after only five weeks, she's laid off. Now Iris is in a new town with no job, has a divorce on the horizon and only one friend to speak of-a wild-child named Val. When Val's twin sister Vickie asks Iris to spy on her possibly-cheating husband, Iris is desperate (and poor) enough to agree. Soon she has a whole new business on her hands - spying on men for the doubting women in their lives. Things get complicated when Vickie's husband Steve catches on to the fact that their coincidental meetings aren't coincidental at all. Not to mention how Steve makes her heart race. A funny, heart-wrenching romantic comedy about starting over and coming to terms with the gray areas of falling in love, It's About Your Husband marks the sparkling debut of novelist Lauren Lipton.
The new memoir from the author of Riding the bus with my sister describes the unexpected emotional journey resulting from her and her husband's decision to renovate their small, historic home.
On the surface, Ruby Gallagher has the perfect life: an adoring husband, Manny, a beautiful home and a luxury lifestyle that involves shopping, holidays and not much else. It's safe, predictable - exactly what she needs after her turbulent past. Until one day it all collapses as Manny is arrested for fraud. And it seems it's not only his business deals that have been shady - Ruby discovers he's been hiding a mistress and son too. But as her designer lifestyle is repossessed, Ruby dusts herself down and starts again. With the help of some good friends, bad wine and a new business venture, Ruby discovers that she's a lot better off without her husband holding her back. If only he would see it that way . . . Fabulous characters and a warm and funny story make How to Lose a Husband and Gain a Life unputdownable.
‘I laughed and laughed my way through this book from start to finish!!... I found it so funny that I rolled from one laugh straight to into another one for most of the book!... I loved this book so much I finished it in a day – I think that tells you everything you need to know!! Fab, fab, fab!!’ Stardust Book Reviews, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ It’s normal to prefer getting a filling at the dentist to spending time with your husband, right? I thought I was sorted on the life front. I was a heart surgeon with a loving partner and two gorgeous little girls. Except my husband’s version of ‘loving’ is lying, cheating and sleeping his way around London. Which means I definitely deserve a refund. Unfortunately, moving on isn’t that simple. Just because I know how to operate on a heart doesn’t mean I know how to fix my broken one. Plus, I lost the receipt for him years ago so I’m definitely getting short changed. But now I’m single, am I ready to mingle? There are a few minor issues: 1) The last time I went on a date double denim was in fashion and my eyebrows were horrendously overplucked. 2) Men wear stupidly skinny jeans now. 3) I don’t know how to use dating apps but at least I don’t have to get changed out of my pyjamas. 4) Sometimes the most promising thing you have in common with a guy is a shared love of prawns. 5) I don’t know whether to open a date with ‘hi’ or ‘hello’ or ‘hey’ and once I ended up saying ‘howdy’. Everything happens for a reason, they say. There’s plenty more fish in the sea. But what happens when everything falls apart and you haven’t got a clue how to go fishing? An absolutely hilarious and utterly relatable tale for anyone who has ever survived a nightmare relationship, felt a little lonely or nursed a broken heart with wine and carbs. This feel-good novel will get you back on your feet and genuinely laughing out loud. Perfect for fans of Why Mummy Drinks, Sophie Ranald and Sophie Kinsella. Readers absolutely love Can I Give My Husband Back?: ‘The BEST book I have read for a long time! A book has never made me laugh like this one... Made me laugh until I couldn’t breathe, I had tears rolling down my face and I had to force myself to put it down for a bit to recover. This book has it all: it’s laugh-until-you-risk-passing-out funny, it made me cry, the characters are highly relatable and I loved every second of it… If I could give it more than 5 stars I would!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ‘A side-splittingly hilarious romp that had me wiping away tears I was laughing so much… It’s just as well that I was in lockdown and I couldn’t read this book anywhere in public because I was laughing so hard, I would have surely embarrassed myself… Wickedly funny, deliciously witty and a joy from start to finish.’ Bookish Jottings, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘OMG… LOVED IT!!!… Just pure LOL all the way through… A MUST-READ for when you could do with a laugh!’ The Book Girls, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Oh my goodness… Made me laugh so much my sides hurt… Definitely the pick-me-up and anxiety-buster I needed.’ Little Miss Book Lover 87, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Brilliant… It’s not often that a proclaimed “laugh out loud” book makes me do so, yet laugh out loud I did.’ NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Had me chuckling out loud and I think I almost actually jumped off my chair at one point.’ This Hannah’s Life ‘Had me in stiches.’ B for Bookreviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Jam packed with so so many laugh out loud moments, honestly I just couldn’t stop laughing. Also I found this very easy to read and it only took me 2 days to read, it was that good I just flew through it!’ Jessica Book Biz, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘An unputdownable, hilarious and over-the-top read that entertained me for a whole day non-stop… Really got me laughing out loud.’ Roving Book Worm ‘Fantastic… My belly hurts from laughing.’ NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Hilarious!... I loved every second of this book.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I absolutely loved this book! It reminds me of Bridget Jones but better if that's possible.’ The Book Club Africa, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I laughed and laughed my way through this book from start to finish!!… I’ve never found a character that I’ve found so funny as what Lucy is!!… I rolled from one laugh straight to into another one!… An absolute belter of a book!!! I loved this book so much I finished it in a day – I think that tells you everything you need to know!! Fab, fab, fab!!’ Stardust Book Reviews, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I finished it in a mere few hours because I didn’t want to put it down… I haven’t laughed this much while reading a book in a long time!… My only regret is that I devoured it so quickly… This is the perfect book to settle down and relax with on a particularly stressful day. (Or any day really! No matter how you’re feeling, this book is wonderful and you need to read it OK? OK).’ Reading in Autumn ‘Hilarious, laugh-a-minute read! Had me chuckling aloud as I read, much to the consternation of my husband! Frank, funny and full of relatable family dynamics!… A real laugh-out-loud read of a book that I devoured in a day!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
An enticing novella from the bestselling author of The School for Brides, featuring Rose Bailey—a former courtesan, well practiced in seduction, about to learn the art of love. As a courtesan, Rose Bailey learned how to seduce men by playing the coquette. As a student at Miss Eva Black’s School for Brides, she learned the manners of a proper wife. But her husband, Thomas Stanhope, was drawn to her spirited nature, and does not want her to merely play a role. Now Rose has one final lesson to learn—how to let herself love, and to truly be loved.
From America’s first poet, a splendid selection of poems whose themes encompass love, home life, religious meditations, dialogues and lamentations, and formal elegies.
The idea for this book came when Stephanie began making a list of things that annoy her about her husband, and found how hard it was, once she had started, to stop. Here are the first Ten Things, just to give you an idea. He: (1) Leaves the bread unwrapped after making toast so it goes stale. (2) Writes illegible names and addresses on things like Christmas cards then tells her off when she try to amend them. (3) Breathes really loudly when he's asleep - 'I wasn't SNORING' - so that it's like being woken every night at 2am by Darth Vader. And not in a sexy, black cloak, galaxy ruling sort of way. (4) Says, 'I'm putting you in charge of that' as if he's doing her a favour when he wants to get out of doing something. (5) Says, 'Well, let's not make a problem out of it, shall we?' before ignoring the thing she's just told him about that's really bugging her and that she wants him to fix. (6) Doesn't fix things the minute she asks him to. (7) Manages to get the children to bed with far less yelling than she does. (8) Always sees the other side in an argument, i.e., the side that isn't hers. (10) Adores her mother. Viciously funny, touchingly honest and only too true, this is Stephanie Calman at her brilliant best.
‘Omggggg this one was so good!! The suspense was unreal!’ 5 stars, NetGalley reviewer A hint of gold glistened in the sand. It was a watch, no doubt about it. A watch... attached to a body.
a deeply probing book that gets to the heart of what all healthy romantic relationships need: fairness Most couples enter marriage hoping it will last forever-so why are more and more relationships failing? As Dr. B. Janet Hibbs explains, the key to solving most relationship problems-whether relating to money, children, chores, sex, or in-laws-is through a shared sense of fairness. Intuitively, we think we know what's "fair." But as this book reveals, the way we each understand fairness is much more complex, and is powerfully shaped by our family expectations and experiences. Dr. Hibbs provides readers with a road map for recognizing imbalances and building a stronger, more loving relationship based on a new kind of fairness. Filled with compassion, practical advice, and compelling, real-life examples throughout, this book offers a groundbreaking understanding of the issues that divide couples over time-and how they can be happier and closer than ever.
The “impeccably researched, uncommonly honest, and . . . very well written” biography of the nineteenth century Venezuelan military and political leader (Alvaro Vargas Llosa, New Republic). Simón Bolívar was a revolutionary who freed six South American countries from Spanish Imperial rule, an intellectual who argued the principles of national liberation, and a statesman who led the governments of Venezuela, Gran Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru. His life, passions, and battles were woven into Spanish American culture almost as soon as they happened. In the first major English-language biography of “The Liberator” in half a century, John Lynch draws on extensive research to understand Bolívar’s life in the context of his own society and times, and to explore his remarkable and enduring legacy. Simón Bolívar illuminates the man’s inner world, the dynamics of his leadership, his power to command, and his modes of ruling the diverse peoples of Spanish America. The key to his greatness, Lynch concludes, was his ability to inspire people to follow him beyond their immediate interests, in some cases through years of unremitting struggle. Encompassing Bolívar’s entire life and his many accomplishments, this is the definitive account of a towering figure in the history of the Western hemisphere. “[A] masterly new biography.” —Noam Lupu, San Francisco Chronicle
Simon of Cyrene carried Jesus' cross. But what happened to Simon after the crucifixion? Simon of Cyrene: The Cross-Bearer's Legacy is a novel that tells about the life and experiences of Simon; Miriam, his wife; Alexander and Rufus, his sons; Lucius, his brother-in-law; the other members of his family; and his friends in Cyrene. The story involves conversion, the growth of Christian faith, the trials and difficulties first-century believers encountered, and the fire of martyrdom. Travel with Simon to Jerusalem where he witnesses the crucifixion. Go with Lucius from Cyrene to Jerusalem and on to Antioch, where he serves his Lord in Christian ministry. Take that fateful voyage with Rufus and his family as they travel from Cyrene to Rome. Finally, rejoice in the birth of Simon Christopher, who, with his sister Mary, will take the cross-bearer's legacy into the next generation. This is a story of conversion and faith, of tragedy and triumph, of love and hope. It is a story in which biblical characters come alive as real flesh-and-blood human beings. See what faith in the risen Christ meant for these people and what it may mean for you.
'A superbly written play, a funny play, an agonising play. It is, moreover, a play of truth and insight. A play to savour.' Punch on Otherwise Engaged 'Life in the theatre hasn't brought me anything more rewarding than directing Simon Gray's plays.' Harold Pinter Plaintiffs and Defendants Exceptionally good... the play gave such a rending picture of married mess that it was hard to know where to look.' Clive James, Observer 'Simon Gray is the one [TV playwright] whose work I most relish seeing for his acerbic wit, wonderful ironies and above all for his care with our mother tongue.' Dennis Potter
It’s an ordinary day, a Wednesday in October, as a drama unfolds in one corner of the UCLA campus. A five-year old boy is caught up in events swirling around his father, Simon Kyser PhD. Bribery and corruption emerges, followed by attempted murder, mayhem, and kidnapping. It is a story of scientific espionage gone awry. Grace Tooley MD finds young Simon drenched and alone in the middle of a downpour in a parking lot at UCLA. She in concert with her colleague Wesley Brown MD, head of the psychiatric institute and Anton Kristov PhD, head of the biotech department work to unravel what fast becomes a web of deceit. The story is told in seven days.
Meet the daughters of King Arthur's descendant, Merin Pendragon. They have an appetite for adventure and a gift for driving men wild with desire. Marrying them off may seem an easy task, but it's only going to prove that when it comes to these girls, trouble follows in threes. Join New York Times bestselling author Bertrice Small for a delicious new tale of proud, passionate sisters who live and love according to their own rules. . . The Dragon Lord's Daughters Averil She may be the Lord's eldest--and illegitimate--daughter, but Averil knows her dazzling beauty can buy her what she wants most: marriage to a great and powerful lord. But fate has other plans in the rugged form of Rhys FitzHugh. Thinking her the sole heiress, the penniless bailiff kidnaps the beauty. Now, to salvage his honor, he must marry the openly hostile Averil and accept his greatest challenge--winning her love, her loyalty, and her trust. . . Maia As the legitimate heiress with a hefty dowery, Maia can have any man she chooses, namely Emrys Llyn, a descendant of Lancelot and the Lady of the Lake. But strange, dangerous rumors surround the handsome Emrys. . .his name means "immortal," and two of his wives have died suddenly under mysterious circumstances. Can her unwavering love prove his innocence. . .or will Maia suffer the same fate as Emrys's previous wives? Junia As charming as she is irrepressible, Junia is the Lord's youngest daughter. Her father has long since given up trying to control her whims. Junia is content to roam the countryside where she can be alone with the golden-haired Richard de Bohun who she meets and loves in secret. But he is the son of her father's sworn enemy, and loving him may cost more than she could ever imagine. . . Bertrice Small is the author of over thirty-two novels of historical romance. She is a New York Times bestselling author, and the recipient of numerous awards. In keeping with her profession, Bertrice Small lives in the oldest English-speaking town in the state of New York, which was founded in 1640. And because she believes in happy endings, she's been married to the same man, her hero, George, for forty years.
A transformative, euphoric memoir about finding solace in the unexpected for readers of H is for Hawk, It's Not Yet Dark, and When Breath Becomes Air. Ruth's tribe are her lively children and her filmmaker and author husband Simon Fitzmaurice who has ALS and can only communicate with his eyes. Ruth's other "tribe" are the friends who gather at the cove in Greystones, Co. Wicklow, and regularly throw themselves into the freezing cold water, just for kicks. The Tragic Wives' Swimming Club, as they jokingly call themselves, meet to cope with the extreme challenges life puts in their way, not to mention the monster waves rolling over the horizon. Swimming is just one of the daily coping strategies as Ruth fights to preserve the strong but now silent connection with her husband. As she tells the story of their marriage, from diagnosis to their long-standing precarious situation, Ruth also charts her passion for swimming in the wild Irish Sea--culminating in a midnight swim under the full moon on her wedding anniversary. An invocation to all of us to love as hard as we can, and live even harder, I Found My Tribe is an urgent and uplifting letter to a husband, family, friends, the natural world, and the brightness of life.
After the death of her fianc-, Lyn Webster Wilde sought refuge in alcohol, meaningless affairs and her high-powered job as a film-maker. But a chance encounter changed her life and, after fulfilling a series of tests, she was cautiously welcomed into a secret fraternity. She discovered that her new companions were the guardians of an ancient tradition of knowledge every bit as potent and life-transforming as that of the Native Americans or Siberian Shamans. It is a tradition that reaches back through the wisdom of the Celts to the megalith-builders of the Neolithic age and which continues to this day in the British isles. This is Lyn's extraordinary true account of her experiences and adventures on her way to unlocking life-altering magical secrets and ultimately 'becoming the enchanter'.
Brittany, 1066 Elise saved her family from ruin by marrying Simon, Count of Rennes. Yet this is no mere marriage of convenience--Elise has already fallen in love with her new husband. Intending to please him, Elise sets out to be the bold and seductive woman she thinks Simon desires--even though she's an inexperienced, innocent virgin. On this their wedding day, Simon is determined to skillfully arouse his new wife and initiate her into the pleasures of the bedchamber, although he fears a woman so feminine and delicate could never love a nobleman as rough as he. Once their wedding night arrives, Simon and Elise will both discover ecstasy beyond their wildest imaginings....