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Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman

(The Two Mrs Lloyd #1)

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  3,621 ratings  ·  532 reviews
For twenty-five years, Rose Lloyd has juggled marriage, motherhood, and career with remarkable success. It has been a life of family picnics, books and wine, a cherished house, and her own exquisitely designed garden—sunny and comfortable. But then the carefully managed life to which Rose has become accustomed comes crashing down around her when—over the course of a few da ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 10th 2003 by Viking (first published March 28th 2002)
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Sep 22, 2015 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
Sep 07, 2010 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
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
Jul 18, 2008 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
Dec 21, 2008 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
Jul 16, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A better title would be...No Revenge for a Door Mat. Bleh!
Jan 06, 2013 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
Jan 10, 2011 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
Aug 19, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, effing-awful
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
Apr 29, 2010 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
Mar 23, 2011 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
Aug 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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

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
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
May 17, 2011 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
Feb 14, 2009 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
Sep 21, 2012 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.
May 18, 2009 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.
Cecelia Payn
Feb 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. and the next one!
Ineke van Mackelenbergh
Chick-lit. Dull chick-lit. Not sure what I really expected to happen in this story considering the piquancy of the title and the premise that the main character, Rose Lloyd, is the last to know that her husband is going to leave her for a younger woman.
The book is more a nostalgic meandering into past family life and incidents, plus Rose’s love of gardening, in an effort to try and understand her husband better. (Now that he’s left her?!). Very subtle tongue-in-cheek bitchiness here and there b
Interesting book about the consequences of a husband leaving the wife for a younger woman.
Feb 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somewhat plodding, perhaps inevitable given the subject matter. Satisfying from a personal evolution perspective.
Asmau Mohammed
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Indeed the best revenge is living well,well done Elizabeth Buchan.
Oct 01, 2011 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
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
Genevieve Dazet
Feb 12, 2012 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
Jan 27, 2011 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 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
Alison S
Nov 07, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I was expecting to like this from reading the summary on the cover, but I was mistaken! I usually give a book I'm not sure about 50 pages before deciding whether to continue, but I didn't even make 40 pages with this. Maybe I was just in the wrong mood, but the writing was so trite and didn't seem to bear any relation to the way real people think and speak: All the characters were so smug and middle class that I just didn't care what happened to them.
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.
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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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