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My Husband's Sweethearts

3.3 of 5 stars 3.30  ·  rating details  ·  1,104 ratings  ·  216 reviews
When Lucy discovered that her charming, cheating husband was dying, she came home, opened up his little black book, and decided she wasn’t going through this alone. After all, Artie’s sweethearts were there for the good times—is it fair that Lucy should have to manage the hard times herself? In this wise, wickedly funny new novel, Lucy dials up the women in Artie’s black b...more
Hardcover, 271 pages
Published August 19th 2008 by Delacorte Press (first published 2008)
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Jackie
Jul 08, 2008 Jackie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: I think this would make a great women's issues bookclub selection
due out August 19, 2008

The premise of this book is delightfully nasty--a woman's unfaithful husband is dying, so she gets out his little black book and invites his "sweethearts" to come have their turn at his deathbed. And certainly it has its ultimate revenge (and rather funny) kind of moments. But what happens is far different from what it seems would. Some of these women begin to form a family of their own, helping each other through the problems that drove them to Artie's arms to begin with...more
Michelle
Aug 15, 2008 Michelle rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes chick lit.
From AP:

¶ "My Husband's Sweethearts" (Bantam Dell Publishing Group, 271 pages, $22), by Bridget Asher: Lucy Shoreman is still coming to terms with her husband's cheating when she finds out he's dying. Unwilling to go through a second crisis alone, she gets drunk, takes his little black book and calls his sweethearts to invite them to take their turn at his deathbed.
¶ She's stunned when the women start showing up.
¶ A 20-something drug addict turned art student and 50-something widow arrive first....more
Lisa
I really liked this book. While the story is pretty unbelievable, the characters are all different but come together to make the story enjoyable. A good read, not your typical "chick lit".
Alea
This was a bittersweet story. Humorous yet sad. I think my favorite character was that of Artie's maybe son, John Bessom. I liked his interactions with Lucy, where they talked about Artie. As for the rest of the characters I wish I had gotten to know them better, I didn't feel like I knew that much about most of them besides one of the sweethearts, Elspa. Since the story is told from Lucy's perspective I found myself actually forgetting her name. I would have liked to see more interactions betwe...more
Lauren Fries
I was excited to read this book since I thought that the premise sounded fun and entertaining. I was hoping for a quick read with funny characters who have heart. I got a quick read.

The characters are severely under developed, there are some major holes in the plot, and some parts just do not add up. For example, when Elspa got her daughter back, the book just skipped the whole idea of the child being taken out of an obviously stable home, and thrust into a new world. Wouldn't Rose have been as...more
Liberty Abbott-Sylvester
This isn't my normal genre of books, but I have to say I really enjoyed this one. It tells the story of Lucy and Artie. Artie is dying and Lucy comes home to care for him. She had left him six months earlier because she found out he was cheating on her. When she comes home she ends up getting drunk, grabs Artie's "Little Black Book" and starts calling his "sweetheart" so they can schedule their time at his bedside. Lucy is very surprised when women start showing up. Things really don't turn out...more
Carin
Jun 06, 2008 Carin rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: chick lit fans
This was a quick read, pretty light despite the not-light setup. Lucy is still struggling to deal with her husband's infidelity and contemplating divorce, when she finds out he is in grave health and won't live long. She ends up contacting some of his exes, both from before their marriage and during. The book brings up some very interesting topics about fidelity, love, family, forgiveness, and grief. Despite that, it doesn't dwell, isn't trying to be a tear-jerker, and in the end is life-affirmi...more
Mónica Despertando Sentimientos
Lucy se fue de casa cuando descubrió que su marido, Artie, le engañaba y éste le confesó que durante sus 4 años de matrimonio había habido no una sino tres mujeres más.

Se refugia en su trabajo como auditora para “bloquear” los sentimientos, hasta que un día su madre le llama porque Artie esta muriéndose por una enfermedad del corazón.

Regresa a casa pero no está preparada para enfrentarse a él... lo ama y lo odia a intervalos sin poder controlar sus sentimientos así que los evita...

Llevada por un...more
Lorie Eckert
This was a fluffy book that was sometimes laugh out loud funny. Briefly stated, a woman learns that her husband is cheating on her, leaves home - on business and to think things over - and ultimately comes back because she learns that he is dying, and of course because she loves him.

The chapters are short and sweet and have great titles. They are all "sayings your mother never cross stitched into a pillow" and make such comments as "The Ability to Pretend is a Life Skill" and "You Can't Always E...more
Robin
Reasonably well written chick lit, with an irresistible hook: the cheating husband is dying, and the cheated upon wife decides to invite all his former sweethearts to take a turn at his deathbed. What starts out as an effort at revenge turns into a life changing interlude, as Lucy the wife learns more about her soon to be late husband, and herself. Of course, she finds true love and a new family out of the ashes of this potentially devastating situation. A quick entertaining read.
Dina Roberts
There were times I liked this book and times I didn't like it. By the end, I was loving it.

The book gave me conflicted feelings.

It's about a woman who finds out her husband is a womanizing cheat. And he's dying.

I felt bad for the husband. Yes, he's a womanizer, but he still had a good heart. Well, literally he had a very bad heart. Congestive heart failure. That's what was killing him. But he seemed to be a very good person. He didn't cheat because he's a jerk and objectifies women. He cheated...more
Clare
I loved this book! Lucy discovers that her charming, affable husband has been cheating on her. Then she finds out he has a terminal disease. How she copes with the knowledge of his other women and the ways in which she comes to terms with his need for love and forgiveness forms a totally unique story.
I thought that this would be an "all men are jerks" book but it is not like that at all. It is warm, humorous, and a joy to read.
Ginnie Leiner
I loved this book. What an unusual take on so many topics: impending death, infidelity, the definition of family, of love, of hate, of forgiveness. And marriage, once again, or still I guess, I continue my voyage (research?) on the topic of marriage in its many permutations.

Lucy loves Artie and Artie loves Lucy but Artie also loves Eleanor, and Elspa and Gretchen and Gwen and Springbird and the woman who loves elevators.... Lucy finds about his serial infidelity and shortly after, his impending...more
Sam Colloff
it's ok. just ok. i felt no empathy with any of the characters, they all seemed pretty flat to me. some ghastly sentiment. for example:-" it's like you woke me out of a dream, and i didn't know it, but you were the dream i'd been dreaming". oh, please, no more.
Hannie
De damesparade is een grappig, maar ook ontroerend verhaal over Lucy Shoreman. Als ze hoort dat haar man ernstig ziek is, besluit ze terug naar huis te gaan. Omdat haar man Artie haar bedrogen heeft, had ze hem verlaten. Weer thuisgekomen nodigt ze ook de andere vrouwen met wie Artie een relatie heeft gehad uit. Samen beleven ze de laatste weken met Artie. Het boek leest vlot, de invalshoek is origineel en als lezer ga je van de verschillende hoofdpersonen houden. Ondanks de thema's die aan bod...more
Tracy
Truly one of the worst books I have ever read. I wanted a quick fluff book and I got it. Ugh.
Linda
This novel was different with a nice story - very well written.
Ana Luisa
A mensagem deixada num livro é algo que me fascina, que me faz relembrar durante dias uma leitura e a torna especial. Calculo que seja um trabalho árduo para qualquer autor deixar uma mensagem especial nas suas histórias e fazer com que os seus livros se tornem intemporais, mas Bridget Asher no seu tom descontraído e divertido deixa-nos a pensar em algo que acaba por ser especial nesta altura do ano, o perdão.
O livro trata da história de Lucy, uma mulher que depois de se separar do seu infiel ma...more
Tammy Dotts
A plot synopsis reads like a Lifetime-movie-gone wrong: Lucy’s discovery of her husband’s infidelities is followed quickly by discovering he’s dying. Accepting a sarcastic challenge from her husband, Artie, Lucy calls the women in his little black book.

All that’s needed at the end is “hilarity ensues” to place My Husband’s Sweethearts into the growing genre of books to be read in Laundromats or on airplanes and then left behind, completely forgotten.

Except that doesn’t happen here. What saves t...more
Carolyn
This one is slow going...there is only so much kvetching and whining I can take in one sitting. When the book begins, it's been months since she found out about his philandering and took to constant work travel, so they've effectively been separated. And yet, she hasn't managed to come to grips with anything at all. The narrative seesaws between Artie-love and Artie-hate, with her confusion and self-loathing at even having the Artie-love moments...

So far, the best thing about the book is the cha...more
Katherine
I'd never read any of Bridget Asher novels before, much less heard of her, when I read the synopsis on the back of this book.
When Lucy Shoreman discovered that her charming, cheating husband was dying, she came home, opened up his little black book, and decided she wasn’t going through this alone. After all, Artie’s sweethearts were there for the good times—is it fair that Lucy should have to manage the hard times herself? So she dials up the women and invites them for one last visit, never exp...more
Ana Raquel
Esta história está bem construída, quer em termos de cenários de romance e de ação.

Quanto às personagens: gostei de Lucy pela capacidade que teve em perdoar o seu ex-marido. Gostei também de John que apesar de não ser filho de Artie, comportou-se como tal. Adorei a mãe de Lucy pela sua capacidade organizativa de eventos e pela sua desenvoltura e sentido de humor ao longo desta história.

Gostei que Artie tivesse sido confrontado com o seu passado, isto é, com todas as mulheres com quem se relac...more
Monie
Lucy Shoreman’s husband Artie is a cheater. When Lucy learns this she confronts him only to have him confess there have been two other affairs during their four year marriage. To cope with Artie’s infidelity Lucy leaves home and immerses herself in work for six months to deal with his betrayal. Then she receives a middle of the night phone call from her mother, he’s gravely ill. “Artie needs you. He is your husband still, after all. And it’s very bad form to leave a dying husband.”

Lucy returns h...more
Laren
Lucy is separated from her husband because he had cheated on her multiple times. So when word comes that he is dying she struggles with very complicated emotions as she returns to their home. Once there, she decides that she should not be the only one feeling this way, so she calls up all the women in her husband's little black book to have them come visit him and relate his role in their lives as well. What she doesn't expect is that she will come to like these women and form her own family wit...more
Carrie
Aug 14, 2008 Carrie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2008
My Husband’s Sweethearts by Bridget Asher was the book that kept me company poolside as my kids swam this week, and it was good company indeed. Asher’s writing style reminds me a little of Marisa de los Santos, who has a blurb on the front cover of my ARC copy. While Asher may not have quite as unique a voice as de los Santos, or be quite as polished an author, her characters are fully drawn, quirky, and will make you love them.

Lucy hasn’t lived with her husband Artie for six months, since he co...more
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No sé si recuerdan pero entre las novedades de Ediciones B (Abril) se encontraba este mismisimo libro y desde que lo vi me llamo mucho la atención. YO sabía que me gustaría, que era mi estilo por así decirlo... ya que como he dicho en variadas ocasiones para mi esta clase de libro (Chic-lit) son de lo mejor, lo mejor para distraerte, para reír, incluso llorar, se pasan las horas volando y al final terminas con una "sensación agradable en el pecho/pexo"... uuuu me puse cursi jejeje…...more
Florinda
Comments: First, Lucy Shoreman learned that her older, terminally-charming husband Artie had been cheating on her for most of their marriage, and even before, so she walked out. Then, while she was gone and trying to figure out what to do next, she learned that the terminally-charming Artie was also terminally ill and didn't have much time left, so she came home - reluctantly, and still angry and confused, but she and Artie still have unfinished business. That business includes one more thing Ar...more
Meg
Oh jeez. A 1 or 2 star? I almost went with 2 but then remembered that I skipped quite a few chapters and HATED the ending. Yup. It's a 1 star.

The 2 stars was contemplated because it had fantastic potential! What a story (I will skip the synopsis, you can read 30 others in the time it would take for me to write something original...and that would inevitable be my opinion which is why we write these reviews *as opposed to the more common synopsis*). Each character started with their unique person...more
Eva Leger
I'd very much like to give this more than 3 stars- I think it's just shy of 4 stars IMO really.
I really loved the characters- all of them were drawn up beautifully- with so many different people coming in and out of the main characters life I thought it would be difficult, to say the least, for Asher to come up with "real" side characters. I had nothing to worry about in the end. Elspa and Eleanor were amazing and John couldn't have been written better at all.
The whole premise, while a little...more
Mariamercedes Carlos
Me dijeron que Artie iba a morir, me prepararon para su muerte que sería aposteriori, pero nunca se está preparada para una situación como esta. Me adentré demasiado en el papel de Lucy y de Elps. Conforme vas leyendo, te enganchas y sientes esa curiosidad de saber mas y mas, sobre Lucy, Artie y sus amores.
Artie Shoreman, eres odiosamente adorable, un mal necesario...
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