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My Wife's Affair

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  390 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews

Peter accepted his fate as a failed novelist turned semi-successful businessman, but even after three children, his wife Georgie always held onto the actress inside her.

When Peter gets a job in London, the move sets Georgie down a seductive path to the life she always wanted. Landing a one-woman show, she is drawn into the romance of the stage and begins to feel a kinship

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Published May 17th 2010 by Tantor Media, Inc. (first published 2010)
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Alex George
Oct 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this novel in two days. Two busy days, at that. An awful lot of people have observed that this book is nigh impossible to put down once you begin reading, and I can confirm that this is indeed the case. The author pulls you in to the story, and then simply doesn’t let go. The narrative drags you along with quiet but inexorable tension. It’s merciless, and quite brilliant.

The story revolves around an ex-pat American couple living in London, and (I don’t think I can be accused of spoiling a
Nina Draganova
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ужасяващо тъжна история!
Разкървави сърцето ми и ме върна към тежки мисли.
Толкова ли е трудно да устоиш на изкушенията?
Защо свършва страстта и любовта?
Можеш ли наистина да простиш и да забравиш ?
Какво води след себе си предателството?
И още... и още...
Написана от мъжка гледна точка .
Две паралелни истории.
Предпочитам тази от съвременността , другата не задържа вниманието ми.
Разбира се , тя е причината за цялото повествование.
Jennifer Rayment
Ok, this one is going to be a hard one to review and would have much rather reviewed it before I read the final two chapters. It is going to so difficult to explain what I didn't like about this book without giving anything away (which is something I totally dislike in a review) I will try my best!

Good Stuff

Beautifully written, but tragic
The narrator's obvious love for his wife is so beautifully described
The narrator's wife is wonderfully theatrical (although quite the self involved tramp)
Jan 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written and for the most part held my interest. The story is told through the voice of the husband and the author is able to weave a tale that captures your attention from the start. The parts I found at times odious were when the book would slip into the dialogue of Dora Jordan, the actress that Georgie was portraying in her play. I understood what the author was trying to do, drawing parallels between the Georgie and the actresss she was portraying, but it got a little too much at times f ...more
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Изключително интересно замислен и реализиран роман. Любовната афера на жена ми е не просто роман за изневярата и последствията от нея върху семейството. Не е просто една хубаво разказана история. Препоръчвам.
Mar 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nancy Woodruff's novel My Wife's Affair is the story of exactly that -- an affair. Told from the perspective of the cuckolded husband, however, it becomes so much more than that. It is actually the story of a marriage, and could be titled as such, were it not for the eventual fate the marriage inescapably reaches.

Peter and Georgie are two Americans living in the New Jersey suburbs after three sons born in quick succession forced them out of their brownstone in New York City. Georgie, a former ac
Jul 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you’ve got a hot work project with an overdue deadline, a soccer game that you simply must attend, or any “must do” commitments in the next couple of days, whatever you do, DON’T pick up this book. It will grip you, entice you, and place you under its spell. And in the end, it just may break your heart.

The book, narrated by Peter – a wannabe novelist turned businessman – focuses on his wife Georgie, a mother of three who has become unmoored with the day-to-day drudgeries of an ordinary life.
Paul Pessolano
Jan 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"My Wife's Affair" wil be enjoyed by everyone, but will have special meaning to those who are in the theatre. It is a tragic love story that is unusual in that it is told from the perspective of the husband.

Georgie Connolly is happily married and has three boys. She has forsaken her career in theatre for her family. Her husband, Peter, is a journalist and is being transferred from New Jersey to London. It is here that Georgie finds her way back to the theatre in a one woman show.

The show is abou
Kelly Hager
Apr 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are someone that I exchange presents with, stop reading now because odds are very, very good you're going to find this book as a present.

For the rest of you--holy crap. I wish I could explain to you just how brilliant and amazing and wonderful this book is.

Peter and his wife, Georgie, have recently moved to London with their three sons. Georgie used to act but now mostly takes care of the boys. Now that they're in London, though, and her boys are in school all day (the British apparently
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
I was wavering between a 4 and a 5 the entire way through the book, and then the ending brought it all the way up to a 5/5.

The book is narrated by Georgie's goes back and forth telling about the life of Dora Jordan also an actress/comedian who Georgie portrays in a one-woman show and Georgie's life with her husband and three boys.

Georgie left the stage in New York to be a stay-at-home mother, but now that her husband has been transferred to London and the children are enrolled in Lo
Amanda Ishtayeh
Aug 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am always intrigued when people say they reread a book...this was one that I too wish to reread and also wish I had read on my Kindle so I could have easily marked passages. Full of intrigue and surprise this is a great read that will stand up to the test of time. The emotions are ones that men and women will both relate to. My favorite line is this: "But now I was a father, and being a father made you less of a man, I could see. It left you powerless to do what you really wanted to do, becaus ...more
Feb 09, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The only thing I liked about this book was that it was a quick read...outside of that I found the plot to be easy to detect and the ending rather meh. I feel like the author really didn't capture the voice of a man whose wife cheated on him. I don't think as a woman she could fully grasp what men go through and it seemed kind of stereotypical how he handled all the events that happened. Then to only make him in the end become the bad guy and the wife the victim I felt was actual rubbish. It's re ...more
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, book-club
Nancy Woodruff's themes of love and passion sparked my interest from page one. The delicate balance between family and career rarely exists for any of us and, in this story, one woman's desperate attempt to strike such a balance led to a tragic end. Ms. Woodruff expertly captures the lure and thrill of live theatre. I was fascinated by the fictional Georgie and how her persona was entwined with the real life of the woman she portrayed on stage, Dora Jordan. Excellent!
Amy Nash
May 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After finally clearing off my stack of "required" reading, I was able to start...and finish "My Wife's Affair" this weekend. It was terrific! Fast paced, engaging, and had me guessing right up until the end. I can ensure that this book will now be making the rounds among my book club members as well as my sisters...and we are all big talkers about the books we've read.

Congratulations to Ms. Woodruff on a thoroughly enjoyable yet heart wrenching novel.

Carmen Alb
I was disappointed. From the reviews I read I was expecting much more. Everyone was saying that is a book you won't be able to put down once you started reading, but it didn't feel like that to me.
He pretty much gave away the affair from the start, and you could tell who is it going to be with... I think the only think that kept me reading was to find out if they stay together or not.... And I am still not sure what happened...
Ugh. Although this story seemed to have potential, especially in its interesting parallel between the characters and the play. But it ended up being just frustrating and full of unpleasant characters, and the ending was just stupid.
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose this book randomly from the library shelf (something I do with regularity). A tightly-written page turner! I'll have to look for Nancy Woodruff's other books.
Mary Verdick
May 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As Long as He Needs Me by Mary Verdick

Provocative and Deftly Written

Georgie Connolly, a talented actress, has put her career on hold for marriage and the mothering of three little boys she adores. But when her husband Peter, a failed novelist, who now works for a financial company, is given a promotion which means moving the family to London, she is excited and once in England her dormant career is revitalized and flourishes. Thanks to an old friend she finds work in the theater and is given the role of a lifetime, recreating the
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Kim Brown
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a writer, it is difficult for me to read a novel without questioning the author’s choices. I wondered why Nancy Woodruff wrote My Wife’s Affair from the husband’s perspective. It seemed gimmicky. But the passage: "Writing is a solitary craft. We are always on the outside, looking in, looking longingly but never belonging, and maybe that’s why we become writers, committing ourselves to a sort of sanctioned life gazing into others’ brightly lit picture windows while standing in our own perpetua ...more
Debbie Maskus
I enjoyed the book, but the ending is so tragic. I feel that all hope of a reconciliation has been destroyed, like the fire that ended Fergus. The scenes of the play, Shakespeare's Woman, enhanced the story line. What a life for Dora Jordan, a mother of 13, but no husband; and a career as an actress, and mistress to the future King of England. Then her solitary life at the end. The story parallels that of Georgie, her career means life to her. A woman cannot seem to have both a career and childr ...more
This book had its dry parts and I got bored, but I still gave it 3 stars because the last 30 pages of the book made up for the dry parts!! What a shocking ending!!! I don't want to spoil it incase any of my friends are reading this review and want to read it.

Its about a couple with 3 young kids, who move to London for her husbands work for 3 years. The wife gets a job starring in a play and has an affair with the Director.

The interesting part about this book is that the whole book is wrote throu
Jul 05, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are parallel stories in this novel -- a current day actress stars in a one woman play about an actress from a couple of centuries ago -- and I found the older (and true) story more compelling than the modern one. As Georgie gets more and more engrossed in the role of Mrs. Jordan, the similarities in their lives become more and more obvious, and she begins to lose touch with her real life.
In the end the plot turns overly symbolic and emotionally manipulative, sort of in a Jodi Picoult kind
I loved the concept of the husband only telling the tale but it fell short. The plot had no depth--at least make the affair a passionate love affair rather than just about sex. This made the whole turn of events not very believable. Who destroys their entire family for sex a few times with a person they do not know or even want to know better?? As for the parallel story of the 1700's actress, I did not make the connection between the two women. One's life was a complete disaster and the other on ...more
Tim Owens
My Wife’s Affair is about a woman’s affair with the theater. Georgie, a former actress and mother of three, returns to the theater after her family moves to London to liven up her mundane life. . She is hired to play a one-woman play about an 18th century actress Dora Jordan. Georgie gets so involved with her role that her life starts to parallel that of Dora’s and like Dora’s her acting take precedence over her family. Georgie’s husband becomes consumed with the idea of her wife’s affair, but i ...more
Jul 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel was written from the perspective of the husband and/or lead male role (Peter). This instantly caught my attention and I enjoyed the story from that angle. He told the story of his life and how he viewed his wife's affair, versus the story coming from her as the main character. The text written as Georgie's character of Dora Jordan was a little long at times, however, I understand it's relevance to the novel in showing how Georgie related to the character she was portraying and in esse ...more
Jul 13, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Second book this week about marital infidelity! (This means nothing except that both books were due at the library on the same day.) I didn't enjoy this one as much as "Husband and Wife" -- it was a bit dry and cold. The wife is touring in a one-woman show about an 18th century actress, and huge chunks of the play are included to show (clumsily) the parallels between the two women. The play is pretty bad and totally uncommercial, and yet it's about to go on to London's West End. Really? "Shut do ...more
Nicole Bonia
Jun 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Readers who enjoy contemporary and historical fiction will be delighted at the way Woodruff uniquely blends the two. Both Georgie and Mrs. Jordan’s journeys are compelling. The prose in My Wife’s Affair is straightforward and easy to read, but I found that it was not easy to move on to doing something else, and I read this book in just a few sittings. I loved all the nuances and how things tied up at the end. The storyline was resolved yet perfect in ambiguousness. I still think about this one a ...more
Mar 31, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-2010
This is a very old story about a marriage changed by an affair. The point of view makes it very interesting though. There is also a play about a famous Shakespearean actress interspersed with the narrative which is also a good story. Well worth reading and the ending is well done.

"Her relationship with her mother was not troubled, just never so close as with her dad, and though she loved her brothers, they were only brothers. Her father was her path-maker, the one who sent her on her way in the
Cathe Olson
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book intending to read the first page to see if it was something that might interest me . . . I never put it down. I just loved every second of this story of a woman torn between her work as an actress and her family--and what happens when she has an affair with a playwright. The story is told from the point of view of her husband who loves her so much, which made it even more powerful. Wonderful writing, griping story. I can't believe I'd never heard about this book before. Hig ...more
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