- Publisher: Mills & Boon - AU (1 July 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0263161080
- ISBN-13: 978-0263161083
- Boxed-product Weight: 789 g
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A Husband's Vendetta Hardcover – 1 Jul 1999
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Birthday parties were sensational - her father would perform brilliantly as a Chinese magician or a clown or invent hilarious games and treasure hunts. From him she learned that working hard brought many rewards, especially self-respect.
Sara won a rare scholarship to a public school, but university would have stretched the budget too far, so she left school at 16 and took a secretarial course. Married at 21, she had a son by the age of 22 and another three years later. She ran an all-day playgroup and was a seaside landlady at the same time, catering for up to 11 people - bed, breakfast, and evening meal.
Finally she realised that she and her husband were incompatible! Divorce lifted a weight from her shoulders. A new life opened up with an offer of a teacher training place. From being rendered nervous, uncertain, and cabbagelike by her dominating ex-husband, she soon became confident and outgoing again. During her degree course she met her present husband, a kind, thoughtful, attentive man who is her friend and soul mate. She loved teaching in Sussex but after 12 years she became frustrated and dissatisfied with new rules and regulations, which she felt turned her into a drudge.
Her switch into writing came about in a peculiar way. Richie, her elder son, had always been nuts about natural history and had a huge collection of animal skulls. At the age of 15 he decided he'd write an information book about collecting. Heinemann and Pan, prestigious publishers, eagerly fell on the book and when it was published it won the famous Times Information Book Award. Interviews, television spots, and magazine articles followed. Encouraged by his success, she thought she could write, too, and had several information books for children published.
Then she saw Charlotte Lamb being wined and dined by Mills & Boon on a television program and decided she could do Charlotte's job! But she'd rarely read fiction before, so she bought 20 books, analysed them carefully, then wrote one of her own. Amazingly, it was accepted and she began writing full time.
Sara and her husband moved to a small country estate in Cornwall, which was a paradise. Her sons visited often - Richie brought his wife, Heidi, and their two daughters; Simon was always rushing in after some danger-filled action in Alaska or Hawaii, protecting the environment with Greenpeace. Sara qualified as a homeopath, and cared for the health of her family and friends.
But paradise is always fleeting. Sara's husband became seriously ill and it was clear that they had to move somewhere less demanding on their time and effort. After a nightmare year of worrying about him, nursing, and watching him like a hawk, she was relieved when they'd sold the estate and moved back to Sussex.
Their current house is large and thatched and sits in the pretty rolling downs with wonderful walks and views all around. They live closer to the boys (men!) and see them often. Richie and Heidi's family is growing. Simon has a son and a new, dangerous, passion - flinging himself off mountains (paragliding). The three hills nearby frequently entice him down. She adores seeing her family (her mother, and her mother-in-law, too) around the table at Christmas. Sara feels fortunate that although she's had tough times and has sometimes been desperately unhappy, she is now surrounded by love and feels she can weather any storm to come.
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I did not read very far before I put the book down and decided not to read any further. It was revealed that Ellen had walked out on her infant. I just didn't see how I could respect or like her after such an action. A couple of days later, I reread the blurb and decided to go ahead and read on.
It was revealed that Ellen had PTSD from the birth and very severe postpartum depression. She walked out because she feared she was going to hurt her baby. Luc had no idea what she had gone through, as she never said a word to him. As a result, his justifiable anger and disgust colors all of his interactions with her even though he clearly still desires her a great deal and even still loves her. Plus, Ellen now has a very strained relationship with their daughter who is also somewhat mysteriously afraid of her mother. This mystery is cleared up at the end.
I believed that they loved each other and had a lot of chemistry. The plot was very different than most, probably because a mother leaving her baby is a very hard sell. It was pulled off to certain extent but maybe not all the way for me, hence the 3.75 stars. It was well written and had good characters. There was a lot of heat between Luc and Ellen and I even cried a couple of times. My only hold-up was that Ellen left her baby rather than tell Luc what was going on with her, which I couldn't quite respect. Considering that when I picked up the book the second time I had significant doubts, I guess 3.75 is pretty remarkable.
I did have another beef with the book and that was that while Ellen is estranged from her parents, it almost seemed like her parents knew nothing of their grandchild. There is no mention of them ever trying to contact Luc or their grandchild and this seemed very odd to me. I guess the author had to make sure there was no chance Luc would find out about Ellen's depression as his ignorance of it drove the entire plot and was not revealed to him until the end.
Subject matter was not treated well. It could have been enlightening, and something different and unique. As it was, immature YUCK!
I would like to see this writer rewrite this, as read other reviews and one claimed she had purchased this book years ago.
If that is the case, how would same writer approach same subject matter with some maturity under belt.
This is harshest review I've ever written, but I hated it so much that I had to say something.
People are NOT stupid. WE KNOW what Depression is. Don't underestimate your readers. All that said, I loved the idea. Absolutely aborred the treatment, the characters and etc.
I liked the plot and while the pacing was a little slow here and there, the story was an enjoyable read for me.