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The Secret Lives of Fortunate Wives

3.39  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,212 Ratings  ·  116 Reviews
News bulletin: Gone is HBO's Sex and the City. Sex has moved to the suburbs. Here is where you'll find ABC's #1 TV show Desperate Housewives. Here too is The Secret Lives of Fortunate Wives, a hilarious but poignant and spot-on novel about love and betrayal inside the world of the gated community.

Pampered Hunting Hills, Ohio, socialite Marti Denton never realized she was m

Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 6th 2006 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published 2005)
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The Book Maven
There's not a lot of words I can use to sum up this book. But I think I can use a few to give you an idea: A delightful romp. This book is like a Pop-tart: no nutritional value but so darned good, and lots of fun. At the beginning of the book, you can't help but to ask, "Do people actually live like this?" By the end of the book, it just doesn't matter.

The wives of Hunting Hills, a 'burb of Cleveland, OH, certainly know how to live the "well-maintained" life. Their husbands make money hand over
Sep 17, 2008 Robin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Desperate Housewives fans
I finished The Secret Lives of Fortunate Wives. This is very much a soap opera but an enjoyable read. Desperate Housewives fans would kie this book. Some of the events in the story are a bit far-fetched, but funny which is why I only gave 3 stars. The scene that involves viagra is hilarious.

I think the main theme of the story is that everyone has secrets in their lives, including the rich. The main character, Marti who was a snob, eventually came down off her perch and befriended Claire who was
This book crossed my desk at work and since I had enjoyed Strohmeyer's Bubbles books, I decided to see what this was like. To start off, it is not like the Bubbles mysteries. These women would not pay any attention to Bubbles.

I will admit I was a bit put off by the designer name dropping and the amount of money that the characters spent. And my book group is nothing like the one the Hunting Hills women apparently belong to. However, after reading a bit, I became interested in the characters and
Jen Burton
Oct 28, 2015 Jen Burton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great, no thinking involved book. Funny! A quick, easy and entertaining book.
Mar 30, 2016 Sheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I liked the story--some of the characters seemed shallow and drove me nuts, most likely because I like STRONG women characters and at times some of them seemed spineless and stuck in their own world. But then too, I can see how characters like these would be that way! In the end I felt like the world righted itself and perhaps the women were changed by it. At least I can hope!
Miss Mouse
I needed a trashy book break, and so I picked this up. It was entertaining in a rubbernecking a traffic accident kind of way. If this book even remotely portays how this slice of actual women out there behave and what they consider important, wow. I like my side of the fence better. A fun summer beach read.
Not on my "have to read over and over again" list, but I finished it. Like I've said before, if I'm going to read about girls being ridicliously catty, at least them be teenagers so they'll be more likely to outgrow it. The entire time I read this, I just wanted to smack some of the characters.
Oct 30, 2015 Eileen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun book to read. It is based in a fictitious wealthy Cleveland suburb and the dysfunctional families living in an exclusive development.
The main theme of this book is whether or not one should disregard their morals inorder ti fit into a social norm. However, the social norm of this book, is not the regular nor that we have in a normal society where the range of income amongest the people, vary. In this book all the women in this community have husbands who are CEOs, surgeons and other extremely well off business men. And their way of life is living by the rule that rules are meant to be broken. But when a newly married women mo ...more
2/28/14 - I am in school and I am teaching school and I just wanted something to read that was kind of outlandish and didn't make me think too hard. I saw this on the shelf at the library and in the middle of a VERY cold winter here, this is my "pretend-I'm-sitting-on a-beach-and-reading" book. We'll see if this fits the bill. I'm giving it two stars right now, because that's how I'm guessing I'll feel. It may earn more stars as I go along. Hopefully, it will not earn fewer!

3/11/14 Halfway throu
Nov 03, 2009 carissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
After a whirlwind overseas romance, down-home girl Claire Stark has moved to her new husband's hometown-Hunting Hills, Ohio, where the men earn seven fi gures, the women wear a size two, and if everything isn't absolutely perfect, you're expected to pretend it is.

Claire's having trouble pretending, though. For one thing, John's ex still lives here-and with all the bed-hopping in Hunting Hills, she may not be Claire's only potential rival. Claire also misses her reporting career, but John isn't
Oct 17, 2010 Suzanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chic-lit, fiction
I picked up this title because I was looking for something light and fun to read, this certainly met all of my expectations and then some! As the book started out, I was worried as to whether there would be any substance, the characters were seemingly flat and shallow, but I suppose that is appropriate given the nature of the book. I would liken this book to watching any episode of "Real Housewives" on TV. It was enjoyable, even it at times I found some of it to lack credibility. I think if ther ...more
Dec 03, 2008 Sabrina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not to anyone!
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Okay, I just can't take it anymore. I like this author but something went terribly wrong with this book. I cannot believe the language and all the sex that is happening in this book. I was getting uncomfortable just reading about what these characters were thinking. How they all thought it was okay to sleep with eachothers husbands and wives as long as they kept it in their little community. What finally broke the camels back was when I find out a character was involved in marital parties where ...more
Oct 09, 2008 Julie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hate to even put this on my list. I really didn't read the whole thing. I went to the library & needed a book for a very spontaneous 5 day trip. I grabbed the first thing I saw that looked interesting...something about Cinderella. Anyway, I thought it was a sequel to this book, so I grabbed this one too even though the cover looked suspicious. I skimmed the first 30 or so pages & that was enough: language, sex, & basically like reading the script to "Desperate Housewives." I don't ...more
Mar 02, 2016 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining and carefully-crafted story. I wasn't sure I would be able to get into it, at first, but it picked up speed and got more interesting after the slow start.
Jun 17, 2014 Val rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Easy read but very dramatic & unrealistic. Entertaining as I would imagine the TV show Desperate Housewives if I ever watched the series.
This book was wildly entertaining. From the minute I started reading, I just couldn't put it down.
The Secret Lives of Fortunate Wives will totally make you laugh and cringe and yell at the stupidity of some of the characters. *cough* Denton. It's definitely not a realistic book though. Or maybe it is. That kind of scares me that there are really people out there like the husbands and wives of Hunting Hills, Ohio. -shudder-
This was a light, fluffy and utterly outrageous book that I'd recommend t
Barbara Brown
Great beach read. Plays into all the stereotypes you've ever heard about life among the rich.
Apr 09, 2012 Michele rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fluff
It wasn't the worst book I've ever read, but it wasn't that great. The characters were annoying in their over the top behavior. I read one of the Bubbles was enjoyable. Bubbles was tacky, brash, loud....but you liked her anyway. The characters in this book were shallow, greedy, vapid... and not very likable. The one thing that really bothered me was the whole concept that once you are married you are expected to have numerous affairs. That is sooo not my cup of tea. I will try another ...more
Tara Evans
Apr 24, 2014 Tara Evans rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Pretty bad, If you want a mindless silly read -- this is just ok.

Would rather watch the Real Housewives of _____________.
Laura Hyman
Good beach or plane book--frothy and fun.
May 10, 2014 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this is high school for adults. Not a bad read but fell apart at the end for me.
Michelle Molinari
Jan 13, 2014 Michelle Molinari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book, excellent writing and a fun story about bored housewives (before it was reality-show-trendy). I do love a good book about a strong woman being thrust into a fish-out-of-water situation. Throw in a jealous ex-girlfriend and a little scandal and you have a page-turner. It’s always fun to see how the other half lives, especially in unlikely places (Ohio???) It was a refreshing break from the thousands of upper east side tales. I liked that the main character was strong and didn’t get su ...more
House of Aqua
Apr 24, 2016 House of Aqua rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's like a Lifetime Movie!
So, I really wanted to like this book. I tried to like this book. I LOVE Desperate Housewives so after reading the book cover, I was super excited to start reading. Unfortunately I have to say that I was highly disappointed. I was completely uninvested in the characters and the plot was MIND-NUMBINGLY slow. She could've cut out the entire first half and nothing would've been lost. Honestly, it took me 2 months to force myself to finish it! Wouldn't recommend it. Don't waste your time.
Jul 02, 2008 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Desperate Housewives Fans
I had a hard time with this book. I thought it was going to be good and juicy and on my toes, just wanting more. But, it wasn't. I had some juice ad gossip, and scandals... but it didn't have the suspense factor. Maybe it was a little predictable. The scandal with Denton reminded me of the OC with Marissa's dad in Season 1. Once I got to the last 1/8th of the book, that's when it actually got interesting. But it took me a while to read - like I said, it didn't have the suspense factor.
Jun 19, 2013 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i really enjoyed this book so much more than i thought i would. i assumed it would be about men cheating on their wives and the women then just turning around and cheating on their husbands. in a way, that is part of the book, but there is more to the story than that. this wasn't just a romance book, but really had some depth to it. well more depth than i had been expecting. don't pass by this book thinking its a story about how its ok to cheat, because it is worth the read.
Sep 08, 2008 Kristen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2008
Pure and utter fluff. A quick, fun read. I would describe it as a soap opera in book format! It was full of lies, deception, cheating, glitz & glamour and scandal! It served it's purpose as being a total no brainer read.

What was most pleasing though, is that the author still had great characters, and a good plot. It was a tad bit predictable but still had a good twist to it. It kept me turning the pages, wanting to see what happened.

An enjoyable fluff read, for sure. :)
Sep 30, 2007 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
10/29/05 #191
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Fiction, 2005, 347 pgs
COMMENTS: A departure from her Bubbles books, a light read
about life in an elite suburb of Cleveland. The wives
are busy w/ all their appointments and few are happily
married. John Harding marries Claire in Prague and returns
w/ a woman who doesn't fit the mold of the Hunting Hills

Angela Porter
Sep 29, 2013 Angela Porter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading about the differences between someone who was not raised by a wealthy family and those that were. The way they acted when the one married into the Cliche and not born to it. This was a really good read and showed that differences can eventually be put aside and you can become friends. I think the lesson in this was to not automatically judge someone by background and appearances but for who they are at heart.
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Sarah Strohmeyer is the award-winning, nationally bestselling author of 17 novels for young adults and adults, including the Bubbles Yablonsky mystery series, SMART GIRLS GET WHAT THEY WANT and THE CINDERELLA PACT, which became the Lifetime Movie, LYING TO BE PERFECT.
Her first mystery, BUBBLES UNBOUND, won the Agatha Award and THE SLEEPING BEAUTY PROPOSAL was nominated for a prestigious RITA. Her
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