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Buchan's latest novel finds the carefully managed life of 48-year-old Rose Lloyd, a successful book review editor, turned upside down. First, her husband of 25 years announces he's leaving Rose for her own sexy assistant. Next, insult is added to injury: Rose is fired from her job and replaced by none other than the woman who broke up her marriage. Buchan lends a compelling emotional depth to her main characters, seamlessly merging Rose's struggle to rise above the betrayal, shock and fear of middle-aged "invisibility" with flashbacks to her youth, recollections of her first love to a now famed travel writer, memories of family vacations and her grown kids' childhood. With extensive stage and theater work to her credit, and incorporating myriad voices to the diverse cast, Gilpin makes the book's transition to a 10-hour unabridged audio format exceptionally smooth. Narrating mostly in a proper British accent, which perfectly suits Rose's "delight in domesticity" and enhances the book's dry, slightly askew sense of humor, Gilpin also captures the outrage of Rose's son and daughter (both of whom have their own relationship issues), the American drawl of her old flame (who makes an unexpected return), the grumpy rumblings of an elderly neighbor she cares for and the feisty opinions of her mother, making for a good production listeners will enjoy.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Happy for 25 years, Rose watches aghast as both her career and her marriage suddenly go down the drain. A best seller in England that's slated for the post-Bridget Jones crowd.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Little slow in the beginning didn't think I would like it but as I read on I found myself feeling for Rose. A very mature way to revenge on being cheated on... Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2011 by Louise Cooper
This is not a typical "woman's book". The story is so true to life everyone in our book club knew someone it has happened to. Read morePublished on June 28 2004 by Whale Lady
This is a wonderfully reassuring book for any us who think life is over when our husband decides we are old and tired. Read morePublished on June 21 2004
When the box of books was left at my office, I grabbed this one for a quick light hearted read that I thought would pass for a few hours of relaxation after dinner. Read morePublished on June 17 2004 by Rebekah Fawn Cochran
Rose Lloyd, a 40-something London newspaper book reviewer, is simultaneously dumped by her husband of 25 years and has her job taken by his mistress, who also happens to be Rose's... Read morePublished on May 25 2004 by Melissa McCauley
My book club chose this book because of it's interesting title. What a disappointment. I only kept reading after the first hour because I just knew that eventually SOMETHING would... Read morePublished on May 21 2004 by Ida Heinen
It seems that many reviewers were expecting the revenge to come in the form of a bloody knife or a runaway car or burned down house, or something else equally nefarious. Read morePublished on May 21 2004
Our book club picked this book but I could hardly finish it. Several people had not even bothered to finish. The review we had seen made it sound great. Read morePublished on May 16 2004 by Melanie casey Crovo
Come out! Come out! Where ever you are! Is this hint subtle enough? After finishing this book, I'm still looking around trying to find the *revenge* that the title speaks of. Read morePublished on May 10 2004 by "bookchickadee"