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  • Hardcover: 341 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (Jan. 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670032069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670032068
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 14.6 x 21.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 526 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,646,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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"Here" said Minty, my deputy, with one of her breathy laughs, "the review has just come in. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Louise Cooper on Feb. 15 2011
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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...you don't need to do anything but live your best life and life will reward you. Great lesson.
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By MaverickMom on Feb. 4 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a truly well written, pithy tale about a women in the middle of her life (looking both forward and back). While many may not appreciate the subtleties of the main character, Rose's, victory in the end - the fact that she chose to pull herself together and examine her life rather than vindictively striking out at her departing husband was wholly satisfying to me. We all know the impulse to go balistic, rather than to go with the flow of life, and that sort of book would have relegated Rose's story to just another tired tale of a woman scorned. This is one of the best books I've come across in the past few years, and I enjoyed it completely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 19 2002
Format: Paperback
Seldom fiction makes me feel better about myself, yet E. Buchan always does. Her writing is contemporary yet no-nonsense. REVENGE OF THE MIDDLE-AGED WOMAN follows our heroine through drastic lifestyle and philosophical changes. Not once did I doubt her middle-aged convictions and strangely found all the challenges comforting. This book was better than a mid-winter holiday for my head and my heart.
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By A Customer on June 21 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderfully reassuring book for any us who think life is over when our husband decides we are old and tired. It's the story of what happens to many of us when a marriage, especially a long time one, suddenly ends. Unless you've lived through this type of heartbreak you may not understand why Rose did the things she did. Many think because she didn't rant, rave and throw things, or worse, she's a wimp. Not so, she handled these extraordinarily painful events as a mature intelligent woman rather than as screaming fool. After she fell apart, she found her strength from within, from her children and with the help of loving friends. It would have been so much easier to go back to the old job and unfaithful husband, or would it. Could she ever really go back physically or emotionally? She moved on from the frequently steriotypical middle-aged husband who thought the grass was greener in a newer, younger place. Living well is the best revenge!
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Format: Paperback
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.
Instead I did what I normally haven't done in years.
I read it straight through until the next morning.
Elizabeth Buchan is a superb storyteller whose main character Rose, sneaks up on you and grabs your heart.
I laughed, I cried and I absolutely could not put this book down.
If you are looking for a fluff beach read about a stereotypical woman in the throes of middle age, this book is not for you. If you are looking for a magnificently told tale that probably resonates with more reality than most women over 40 can stand to think of, get this book, a huge bowl of ice cream and laugh and cry along with Rose, in one of the best characterizations I have seen in a long time.If there is a better book out there with this theme? I haven't seen it.
Rebekah Cochran- Author- Echoes Of A Silent River
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Format: Paperback
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 29 year-old assistant (with the execrable name of Minty). I expected from the title that there would be some sort of revenge ala The First Wives Club, but no. Rose's revenge is more like validation, when her erring husband's new relationship is not all wine and roses. The way Rose is so wrapped up in her garden and many unfamiliar British slang words may be off-putting for American readers. I also thought the beginning was slow, it seemed like a long setup before the action started, but overall a pretty good read.
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Format: Hardcover
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 happen. It never did. Don't waste your time on this one!
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By A Customer on May 21 2004
Format: Paperback
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. Isn't the best revenge surviving, and doing it with some style? The main character is Rose, who has her very lifed turned upside down when her husband leaves her for the much younger woman, and is then fired and replaced by the same much younger woman. Rose looks at her life and all the things aquired and lost during her marriage and has to rebuild herself. No, Rose does not let the air out of her rivals tires, but she picks up the pieces (with the help of some french undies) and remakes herself into who she wants to be. Leave the unrealistic adventure at the door, and curl up with this inspiring, and extremely satisfying read.
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