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A Minor Indiscretion

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,070 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
In a moment of madness, Ali Kingston, wife and mother of three, skips work to spend the day with Christian, a gorgeous street artist fifteen years her junior. Midlife crisis or whatever, it escalates when Ali’s husband, Ed, equates her minor indiscretion with a major affair and kicks her out into the rainy night. . . and Christian’s open arms. Soon thirty-eight-year-old Al ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by Red Dress Ink (first published 2001)
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Cero estrellas. Esto no es literatura, es contaminación literaria. Qué bajo han caído las editoriales que ya le publican a cualquiera.
Esta reseña va como un servicio a la comunidad lectora, no porque esta "novela" se lo merezca:
Personajes planos, absurdos e inverosímiles.
Situaciones ridículas e infantiles.
Demasiada información inútil.
Historia principal copiada de Adulterio, de Coelho.
Final absurdo e inverosímil.

Esto es lo peor que he leído de chick-lit; de hecho, es lo peor que he leído en
Barbara Elsborg
May 26, 2013 Barbara Elsborg rated it liked it
I'm guessing this book will be loved or hated. Cheating seems to be a difficult subject for writers to tackle. I think the whole book needed to read as entertainment rather than looking for realistic situations. For many people, you cheat and that's it. No second chances. At the end it felt as if what happened to Ali was some sort of punishment for what she'd done. Bit cheesy. BUT - there were some great moments. I really did see why she fell for Christian - though not entirely sure why he fell ...more
Apr 09, 2016 Wiscana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Es una historia sin un fondo interesante.. Muy trivial, la historia de los personajes no tiene nada relevante.. No hay un verdadero climax en el libro .. No volvería a leer a esta autora.. Creo que lo único que me causo risa fue la última parte en la llamada de HF
Helen Tiday
Aug 02, 2014 Helen Tiday rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved it... Tears pricked at my eyes at the end. Ali should of always been with Ed. Sometimes in life you have to take a diversion to realise what you really want is what you really have!!! Characters are believable, kids are hilarious, and the emotional roller coaster the characters go through you ride alongside! Completed in 48 hours!!!!
Aug 28, 2011 Jo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book - loved the characters and the twists and turns in the plot. Classic chick lit at it's best.
Aug 29, 2008 Alexandra rated it it was ok
Like most of her books, a non-offensive holiday read.
Alaina Glass
Feb 04, 2008 Alaina Glass rated it it was amazing
Omg, what a hoot if you up for laughing! Def. This one.
Jun 07, 2008 Kayleen rated it it was ok
Fluffy chick lit. Better written then some.
Ok, so while I do not condone cheating in any way, I get how it all started. Ali was feeling invisible because she and Ed's relationship had gotten to a comfort point where neither one of them really made an effort to show any passion anymore. And when she was shown attention, and made to feel beautiful by someone that was very attractive and younger than her, it was hard to resist. Ed was miserable in his job and missing his younger days when he worked with Harrsion Ford, and that was taking a ...more
Eustacia Tan
Jan 05, 2012 Eustacia Tan rated it really liked it
I said before that I wanted to read more of Carole Matthews and my wish was granted. A Minor Indiscretion is the second book of hers that I read, and although I didn't like/love it nearly as much as The Only Way is Up, I still enjoyed it a lot.

A Minor Indiscretion occurs when Ali decides to pon a day at work to meet a new admirer. Events compound and she's quickly turned out by her husband (who in a very strange sense of logic, refers to this as Ali having "left him" - please, the dude threw he
May 09, 2013 Erica rated it really liked it
I’m not really sure where to start with this book. It centres on Alicia, a woman a little shy of forty with a husband and three children, who meets a gorgeous young man of twenty-three, Christian, who charms the pants off her and pretty much lures her into an affair with him. Her husband Ed inevitably finds out and evicts her, and the remainder of the book centres on the aftermath of the minor indiscretion of the title, since Ed throws Ali out before anything more untoward than a kiss has actual ...more
Marilyn Gooch
Being a woman "of a certain age" I could identify with Ali and the flattery that turned her head. Overall the story was good if somewhat unbelievable in places. It had some laugh out loud moments and some heart wrenching moments too. One of the best characters was 4 year old Elliott who had wisdom and cunning beyond his years! Carole Matthews has a chatty style of writing that makes it an easy read but she does make you think too. Recommended.
Jan 16, 2010 Alison rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
Suffering from a heavy sinus cold, I couldn't cope with anything but fluff and this served the purpose perfectly! It's actually not the fluffiest of fluff but quite thought provoking for chick lit.

Ali Kingston is a hapily married mum of three, content with her nice but dull life until she is swept off her feet by the gorgeous Christian, a 23 year old street artist. She knows their friendsiop - which brings butterflies to her stomach - is wrong, but doesn't anticipate the devastating effect it w
Sarah Amin
Aug 30, 2014 Sarah Amin rated it did not like it
Shelves: put-it-down
Ok. Officially putting this book down. Unlike Matthews other book, these characters are a bit underdeveloped. There's too much internal chatter and none of it is compelling. The book moves WAY too slowly. Back to the library to try something else.
Minie Houselook
Emily est la plus heureuse des femmes : une situation professionnelle, un petit-ami et un avenir dessiné. Ce n’était pas sans compter son ex-petit-ami qui lui en veut à mort...
Aubrey M
Jun 20, 2015 Aubrey M rated it it was ok
I didn't really like any of the characters and kept asking myself, "but, why?" Wasn't cute enough to be amusing, and wasn't realistic enough to be moving. An overall dull read.
Sep 04, 2014 Allison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love Carole Matthews. However, I did NOT care for this book once I was about halfway through it. I have a very difficult time reading something that is back and forth but with a predictable ending. I feel like all the in-between is wasted because I already know what is going to happen. Perhaps it is the way something is written or perhaps I've just read too many books. Either way - I like to be kept guessing and I was not.

I have enjoyed many other books by Ms. Matthews that do, yes, have a pr
Chelle Cray
Jun 04, 2014 Chelle Cray rated it it was amazing
Loved this
Aug 30, 2008 Kourtney rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: red-dress-ink
I could have done without this book. Cheating is a very sensitive subject matter to me having been on the other end of it. With that being said this book was a difficult read. I found myself putting it down and not caring to pick it back up again. I had to force myself to finish it only because I like to give books as much of a chance as possible. Chance over - not reading this one ever again.
Rachel Jayme
Jun 25, 2012 Rachel Jayme rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 29, 2009 Betty rated it really liked it
Pretty well written and shows how mid-life can hit you when you least expect it. I think it is a book that might give reason for thought about some decisions we make without thinking about the long term effects (relationship choices). It is by a best-selling Brit author and I enjoyed the references to London...also some of the British terms and phrases.
Nicola Muzsla
This is quite possibly the most frustrating chick lit I've ever read. A lot of the time I had to stop myself from literally shouting at the characters. I hated Ali almost as much as I hated Christian, although I did sympathise with her at times. I'm gad I only paid 1 for the book because I certainly won't be reading it again. ...more
Jun 25, 2007 Theresa rated it it was ok
Chick lit for sure and a bit frustrating and slow. I'm near the ned and actually just skimming over big sections and still getting the gist and not missing much. Interested enough to want to know how it ends, but not interested enough to read every word.
Smokerjoerabbit Tong
Nov 19, 2014 Smokerjoerabbit Tong rated it really liked it
Cute story, easy holiday reading and shows love can happen between any age groups :)
Jun 13, 2007 Charity rated it really liked it
Shelves: chicklit, brit-lit
I was really impressed with this book. I did not think the storyline seemed very good at first, but the characters completely won me over and sucked me in. Couldn't wait to see what happened.
Jan 09, 2008 Kim rated it it was ok
Ok all in all. I had a little bit of a hard time getting into it and staying interested. Not Matthews' best work, but an ok read none the less.
Brenda Kelton
Mar 07, 2013 Brenda Kelton rated it it was ok
It was hard to get through this book. I didn't really like the characters and I'm not into cheating. It was just not my type of book
Pauline Ezra
I think the end was kind of rude when Ed hung up the phone. Hahaha! But how things turned out great was a good ending :)
Oct 30, 2009 Maria rated it it was ok
Seemed highly implausible. Unpredictable, but the twists in the story and the characters just didn't ring true.
Oct 31, 2008 Ann rated it liked it
The book was good, but I didn't get into it until the last 1/4 of the book. It was ok up to that point.
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Carole Matthews is an international bestselling author of hugely successful romantic comedy novels. Her unique sense of humour has won her legions of fans and critical acclaim all over the world.

A Minor Indiscretion and A Compromising Position both reached the Top 5 in the Sunday Times bestseller chart in the UK. You Drive Me Crazy reached number 8 in the original fiction charts. The novel Welcom
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