Fiction

Her Husband’s Mistake by Sheila O’Flanagan

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About the Book

Dave’s made a BIG mistake. What’s Roxy going to do about it?

Roxy’s marriage has always been rock solid.

After twenty years, and with two carefree kids, she and Dave are still the perfect couple.

Until the day she comes home unexpectedly, and finds Dave in bed with their attractive, single neighbour.

Suddenly Roxy isn’t sure about anything – her past, the business she’s taken over from her dad, or what her family’s future might be. She’s spent so long caring about everyone else that she’s forgotten what she actually wants. But something has changed. And Roxy has a decision to make.

Whether it’s with Dave, or without him, it’s time for Roxy to start living for herself…

What I thought

I got a sample from somewhere, it may well have been on Netgalley of the first chapter of this book.  I thought it sounded really good and looked forward to reading the rest.

Hmm. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t completely enamoured with it.  I know Sheila O’Flanagan has written quite a few books and is a popular author, though I haven’t read any of her books myself.   As I’ve read a few Irish authors and really enjoyed them, I expected this one to be good too.

For the first few chapters I was ready to give up on the book, I thought it went in to far too finer detail, parts of which I thought irrelevant and didn’t add anything to the story. Because I hate not finishing a book, especially when I’ve requested it I carried on a bit further.  Subsequently I did find myself reaching the end of one chapter and wanting to know what happened next.  I did actually find this book quite hard to put down eventually and finished it pretty quickly.

However I wasn’t completely keen on it.  I didn’t like Roxy’s husband but then I don’t think any readers did.  He did come across as quite archaic with some of his opinions with regards to his wife working.  Are there really still men around in their late 30’s who actually insist that a woman’s place is in the home?  Really?

Then there were all the references made to appearing professional, being a successful business woman, dressing to impress, chauffeuring celebrities around and feeling proud and special doing that.  I just didn’t find this aspect of the book very interesting.  I thought Roxy’s character went a little over the top with her feelings of insecurity and thinking everyone else was somehow better than her just because they wore the right clothes or perfect makeup.  Maybe that’s how it is for younger women now, or perhaps I’ve lost touch with my younger self.  On the other hand I don’t recall being quite so obsessed with emulating celebrities and aspiring to be like them in my younger years.  But then we didn’t have social media, perhaps a good thing – I don’t know.  Maybe a good discussion for a book club?

Roxy’s ridiculous husband and the business stuff aside, there were some interesting parts to the story and it was these that kept me going.  I liked the relationship Roxy had with her mum and the parts of the story about her mum were good.  Her mum coming to terms with the loss of her husband and wanting life to still go on –  I enjoyed that aspect of the book.   Roxy’s children were lovely too.  The relationship Roxy had with Ivo one of her Chauffeur business clients was interesting.  You see, it did have good bits.  I just thought it was spoiled a bit with all the business side of things and the idolising of celebrities, who really were only minor celebs anyway.

Even so it has got quite a lot of favourable four and five star reviews.  Many readers like it.  It obviously just wasn’t my thing.

♥ Happy Reading ♥


The book is available to pre-order in Hardback and Kindle and is published on 30 May with paperback coming out in spring of next year.

Thanks to the publisher Headline via Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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