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Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman (The Two Mrs Lloyd #1)

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Get ready to cheer for Rose Lloyd, a woman of young middle-age who proves that starting over doesn't have an age limit. After twenty-five years spent juggling husband, career, and kids with admirable success, Rose suddenly finds both her marriage and her career in unexpected ruin. Forced to begin a new life, she is at first terrified, then energized, by her newfound freedo ...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published December 30th 2003 by Penguin Books (first published March 28th 2002)
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Phrynne
Sep 23, 2015 Phrynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book and found myself cheering the main character along as she navigated the loss of her marriage and her job and yet never gave in to nastiness or spite. She achieves her revenge in a much calmer, mature manner and in the end she is the winner of it all. I really like the way Elizabeth Buchan writes and the way she can summon up a complete picture in words. Her characters are real and the way they interact is the way we are in real life, always slightly flawed and often se ...more
Beth
Dec 21, 2008 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Revenge of the tired cliches", like most in the "Revenge of" genre, is a story of the heroine being pursued by hordes of half dead, rotting menaces, threatening to either do her in, or turn her into one of them. In this case it is the latter. And although our heroine, Rose Lloyd, seems at first to have resources that might be enough to save her, in the end she is overwhelmed by the sheer number of half-dead cliches stumbling around ravenously, and is unable to escape. As the first scene opens w ...more
Manny
Sep 14, 2010 Manny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Manny by: Elisabeth and Beth Ann
I've occasionally been foolish enough to make disparaging comments about chick-lit and Elisabeth finally cornered me. Either I shut up, or I read a few. I've always had problems shutting up, so I chose the other option.

I certainly enjoyed Bad Manors , a light comedy. This one's darker in tone, but I liked it too. Well, how could I not like a novel whose heroine reviews books for a living, speaks French and is fond of cats? I was on Rose's side before we'd finished chapter one, and I'd be prepa
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Mary
Jul 18, 2008 Mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So, I was prepared to find some tough gutzy women in this book, but I was disappointed. Maybe its because the author is english and their "all stiff upper lip" and what not, or maybe its because the author really doesn't like women even though she is one, but she made every woman in the book either bitter, bitchy, wimpy, weepy or wounded. I didn't find a single female character that I could really say, "yeah, you go girl". The main character is far too motherly, rubbing eczema cream on his scaly ...more
Diane
Jan 06, 2013 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've had this on my shelf for awhile...I had a hard time bringing myself to read it. Like Rose, the heroine of this tale, I was dumped by my husband of 15 years...with no clue that it was coming or what to expect. Like Rose, it took time to regain my equilibrium and get over the rejection and feelings of abandonment. My favorite quote reads: "Leaving a marriage was not as simple as walking out of the door. It destroyed something so deep, so built ion the blood and bone: the love that comes after ...more
Cathy
Jan 17, 2011 Cathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This gal's story is my story. Middle-aged husband leaves wife of 25 years for younger woman. Wife comes undone, loses lots of weight and her job, wallows for a good long while and can't sleep. She slowly rebuilds her sense of self and place in the world thanks to friends and her grown children. Along the way she discovers strength she never knew she had and just how lucky she is to have escaped something she didn't even realize was strangling her. The author did a great job of capturing the whol ...more
Debra
Jul 16, 2012 Debra rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A better title would be...No Revenge for a Door Mat. Bleh!
Stacey
Apr 29, 2010 Stacey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I started this book before bed and it gave me nightmares. I was so angry at the husband, angry at the trollop who lured him willingly away and frankly angry at the wife for not being angrier!

Perhaps not the best genre for me as it is about a man who leaves his wife after 25 years of marriage - though she had to deal with blatant infidelity, loss of her job to the Jezebel, loss of her home . . . I could go on, but it would only depress me more. By the end of the book I was calm enough to recogni
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Elaine
Mar 23, 2011 Elaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wasn't sure I'd get into it during the first chapter but then Wham could not put it down. How Rose who was balancing career, motherhood, marriage thinks things are going wonderful then gets hit with and deals with husband announces he's leaving her for a life with a younger woman around age of their daughter,after 25 years of marriage. Rotates from Rose's current life and her past. Looses her job to the young mistress. How she pulls herself back together. How you can be in love at different time ...more
Jennifer D.
Jan 04, 2016 Jennifer D. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Rose Lloyd, book editor for a London paper, is (she thinks) happily married to Nathan, an executive editor on the same paper, and the mother of two adult children, Sam and Poppy. Her life is probably as good as it gets, and though Rose isn’t complacent, she is certainly unprepared for the betrayals about to implode her life.

This book had so much potential and, being from a British writer, I had high hopes for some great British wit peppered throughout. For me, this novel fell very flat, was pre
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Christine

This is a deliciously entertaining book about Rose, her adulterous husband Nathan, the other woman, the diabolical Minty (a rather fragile she devil) and Rose's oddball grown up children Poppy and Sam.
The plot centre around Nathan leaving Rose for Minty who is actually Rose’s assistant at work, where Rose is the editor of the Book Section of a magazine. I thought Rose was very weak as she didn’t make any sort of fuss when Nathan says he is leaving her. And then to cap it all she loses her job to
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Nan
Aug 26, 2011 Nan rated it really liked it
I read this book several years ago and still today appreciate what I was able to take with me--now to try to put that in to words. It is all too common for middle-aged wives to find themselves abandoned after a lifetime of caring for a man, bearing and raising his children and running a household among other things. Often the woman is dedicated for the long haul only to have her heart dashed to the pavement, mercilessly, as her beloved spouse trades her in for a newer model. That is where this s ...more
Audrey
Jun 07, 2011 Audrey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a sucker for a good title and this title truly fit the bill. Plus - revenge was gotten, Minus - she did not actively get revenge.

Rose was a very likeable character. Minty, the antagonist, was deliciously hateful. I guess what keeps me at 3 stars is that I like a tougher heroine (a fact that too often frustrates me)and Rose was not. She gave a very different meaning to the term "living well is the best revenge." She lived well as in being a good person. And it was being a good person, never v
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Kathleen
Feb 20, 2009 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What to do when your 29 year old subordinate not only takes your husband, but muscles you out of your job as well? Rose does all the usual things; crying, drinking, grieving. Then her post-adolescent children start having their own crises, and her husband wants the house! How does Rose not only survive all of this, but thrive? The details are so vivid, that I am there to enjoy the house and garden on Lakey Street and watch Poppy's glasses fogging up. I like what was written, but also what was le ...more
Molly Campbell
Oct 04, 2012 Molly Campbell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth Buchan is one of my favorite authors. She writes with restraint and subtlety. Her characters get under your skin and whisper to you relentlessly. She writes with grace and wonderful style. And no one creates characters you love to hate better than Elizabeth. I have read everything she has written and loved them all. Buchan is a writer's writer.
Heather
May 18, 2009 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
I thoroughly enjoyed this; funny, light, but not meaningless. I'd love to see this in movie form.
Sandra Bašić
Niš-posebni chick-lit, slobodno preskočiti!
Cecelia Payn
Feb 06, 2009 Cecelia Payn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. and the next one!
Sonia Gomes
Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman, follows the life of an abandoned wife, who loses her husband to a much younger woman, incidentally her own colleague, Minty, and then Minty takes her job too.
Rose follows the same pattern that any 'real' woman would follow, a deep sense of loss,a feeling of where did I go wrong, or what did I do wrong that made him leave me for 'that' woman, does she have a better figure, better breasts, is she better in bed than I was. So many questions, with hardly any satisf
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Shalyn
Oct 01, 2011 Shalyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had never heard of this author or this book when I found it in a local used bookstore, but a comment on the back cover about "what Middle Age would look like from the other side of the looking glass (answer: much better than you could ever expect)" caught my attention. That, and the comment about how much good a little Parisian undewear can do for the pschye. ;)

So basically, the story is about a woman in her mid- to late forties whose marriage falls apart at the same time her career is yanked
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Genevieve Dazet
Feb 12, 2012 Genevieve Dazet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've had this book for a long time, but can't remember where I got it or why. The back cover matter is sort of intriguing, but not enough for me to have bought it, I don't think...I'm generally not a fan of "girl-power" type stories. I have it up for "swapping" at my favorite bookswap site, and decided to read it before someone wanted it--since, for some reason, I also have the follow-up on audiobook.

Reading this was a sublime experience. I liked this book so much! I haven't been in much of a b
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Lisa
Jan 27, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Revenge is a dish served not cold, according to his novel, but not at all. The main character is a wise and kind woman who handles the sudden toppling of her world with private anguish and public grace. I listened to this one on tape in the car and looked forward to my trips because of it. However, I was disappointed that the plot didn't entail anything new for the wronged woman. A different garden, a different romance, perhaps, but her life remains much the same from beginning to end. She chang ...more
Patti Mays
Aug 08, 2012 Patti Mays rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably my very favorite book of all time. The title is goofy, but other than that it's pretty close to perfect. It's an older book about a middle-aged woman (Rose) who has 2 young-adult children, a successful career and an executive husband. Then he has the proverbial affair and breaks up the marriage. This is the story of all that Rose goes through to keep her family in tact, an amiable relationship with her husband, and herself and her career back on track. It is a WONDERFUL book - I ...more
Cathe Olson
This book sounded promising and had some good reviews, but it did not live up to my expectations. Not only were the characters stereotypical (martyred wife, misunderstood husband, ditsy daughter, young sexy other woman), but I found their actions unbelievable and the plot overly manipulated. I can't believe "the other woman" would be that smug and unfeeling after stealing away her coworker's husband. And that her boss would fire her the day after her husband leaves her and then her cat dies . . ...more
Margitte
BLURB
Get ready to cheer for Rose Lloyd, a woman of young middle-age who proves that starting over doesn’t have an age limit. After twenty-five years spent juggling husband, career, and kids with admirable success, Rose suddenly finds both her marriage and her career in unexpected ruin.

Forced to begin a new life, she is at first terrified, then energized, by her newfound freedom — it’s amazing what prolonged reflection, a little weight loss, a new slant on independence, and some Parisian lingeri
...more
Sonia
May 27, 2016 Sonia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Review contains some spoilers

The revenge here is of the remaking yourself and your life after divorce and getting on with things type; not in the sense of cutting up ties and putting fish heads inside hub cabs.

I felt I spent too much time in her past, pre-marriage - it made me know where her new life would end up.

I would have preferred her to make a truly new life for herself not to re-visit the past, even if this was presented as making her future on her own terms.

I am sure plenty of people wil
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Kim Ibara
In this book we get to know Rose Lloyd, who goes through a devastating divorce that takes her by surprise and knocks her out of her complacency at the age of 48. Although I can relate to the main character in some ways, I was disappointed by what seemed the urge at the end of the story to allow her to have her "revenge." (view spoiler) ...more
Laura
Aug 11, 2014 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Giving it a 2 on the basis that 2 stars in the Goodreads rating criteria means "It was OK", not "I didn't like it". And that's what it was, "ok". Not bad, not great, not super compelling, but overall I liked the title and the cover enough to keep reading and hope it would get stronger. Oddly enough, I do feel that the last 1/4 was definitely stronger than the first 1/2.

The premise was a bit weak, I didn't really believe the reasons given for Nathan leaving Rose, I certainly didn't believe that
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Mrsgaskell
Jun 20, 2011 Mrsgaskell rated it it was ok
I bought this at the Children’s Hospital Book Market strictly because the title grabbed me. When I mentioned it on Bookcrossing, a friend warned me that the best thing about it was the title. I agree. This story of a middle-aged woman whose husband leaves her for her assistant, and subsequently also loses her job and her home to this assistant is neither particularly funny nor inspiring.
Roberta
Jul 16, 2016 Roberta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, fiction
The author certainly loves her flowers. The names of the women hint at their personalities: Rose, Poppy, Parsley and the strangely named Minty, unless you realize that mint tends to encroach on other plants in the garden and that is certainly what Minty manages to do to Rose. She seizes an opening to lure Nathan away, convinces Rose's boss that she (Minty) will do a better job winning readers with her fresh approach and even ends up living in Rose's cherished house.

I was frustrated at times that
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Elizabeth Buchan began her career as a blurb writer at Penguin Books after graduating from the University of Kent with a double degree in English and History. She moved on to become a fiction editor at Random House before leaving to write full time. Her novels include the prizewinning Consider the Lily – reviewed in the Independent as ‘a gorgeously well written tale: funny, sad and sophisticated’. ...more
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