About the Book
It was the toothpaste smeared around the sink that broke my marriage. As I rubbed it away AGAIN, I was reminded of everything else I’ve put up with these twenty-five years. My husband’s obsession with his pension, his ability to charm me into every single one of his ideas, never being taken on a romantic date, let alone ravished on the patio (like the woman who lives next door)… small things, but the realisation was huge.
Just when Lucy Jones thinks her marriage is about to screech to a halt over toothpaste, her husband, Leo, announces he wants to move to tumbledown (clapped-out) Rose Cottage, and Lucy knows she’ll be the one managing the renovations.
Then along comes gorgeous builder Will, ten years younger and the only person actually listening to Lucy. His twinkly eyes and blowtorch smile are causing Lucy to break out in a hot sweat – but is it love, lust or simply dodgy hormones that are causing her heart to flutter?
Lucy loves her husband, but everyone knows that little things build up. And then they explode. Can Lucy keep it together, or will there be one last straw she might not be able to get over?
What I thought
I’ve already read three of Debbie Viggiano’s novels and enjoyed all of them so couldn’t resist this new one when I saw it on Netgalley.
It was funny from beginning to end. Certainly in this book, Debbie has shown quite an acerbic humour to her writing, especially when Lucy the protagonist is riled – which is often. As well as having been married for 25 years, with her three children grown up and all moved out of the family home and the menopause making itself known by way of hot flushes and feelings of being taken for granted and neglected by her husband, Lucy has a lot to put up with, or so she thinks anyway. Yet she soon finds out that leaving toothpaste smears around the sink and leaving the cap off the toothpaste is nothing compared with what her husband has in store for her next.
Faced with losing his job and feeling like he’s too old for all the stress of a job with responsibility, Lucy’s husband Leo announces that he’s been made redundant and as a result thinks its time he slowed down and got a local job with less travelling, and that he and Lucy should spend more time together. He also suggests the need to downsize to a smaller house and he has just the perfect place – Rose Cottage.
Lucy is reluctant to move, in fact she’s determined it’s just not happening. Apart from anything else she doesn’t want to leave behind her neighbour and friend Patsy. Nor does she want to move into a smaller and lets face it, falling down, ramshackle old cottage in the middle of nowhere, sharing her garden with the local farmers cows.
However, Leo persuades her to move, promising they’ll do up the house together and share romantic summer evenings on the veranda (yet to be built veranda) together.
Things never quite work out the way husbands promise though do they?
As if moving house and having builders in isn’t enough to contend with, their children decide they need to move back into the family home, which now isn’t really big enough, and suddenly Leo seems to have women throwing themselves at him much to Lucy’s dismay.
It’s a real laugh out loud book, that not only had me giggling away, but quite often nodding in recognition of some of the situations Lucy finds herself in. Will Lucy avoid the temptations of hunky builder Will Peters? Or might her husband Leo’s apparent antics drive her into the arms of her new admirer. You’ll have to read it to find out. There are some brilliant characters in the book – Hugo Price the estate agent, Patsy – Lucy’s neighbour, friend, confidante and adviser, and Symphony Sal – Lucy’s new neighbour Sally who seems to have taken something of a shine to Leo. I really enjoyed this book and it helped to cheer up what is becoming one of the most gloomiest summers we’ve had.
♥ Happy Reading ♥
The book is available on Kindle to pre-order now and will be published on 15 July 2019 (Hopefully our dire weather will have improved sufficiently by then to make this a nice beach read)
With thanks to the publisher Bookouture via Netgalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review