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A Virtual Affair

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  306 ratings  ·  116 reviews
Do you know what hope smells like?
It’s a combination of the sea, of exposed seaweed and salty air.
Of wet sand on a winter’s day.

Jayne was mid-forties when she experienced the worst and the best times of her life.
She fell in love, so desperately in love.
She lost everything overnight.

But no matter how bad life gets, how far down that dark tunnel you are, there is always a gl
Published February 12th 2016
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DJ Sakata
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: womens-fiction
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I smiled when I thought of my parents. They lived nearby in Crinkly Bottom as they called it. It was a complex for the elderly.

Before I turned out the light I noticed a white shirt in the laundry bin. It was one of Michael's. I pulled it out and held it to my face. It smelled of him, of his aftershave. It smelled of her perfume too. I took the shirt into the garden and lifted the lid off the BBQ. I squirted lighter fuel over the top and with my lighter, watched it go up in flames
Louise White
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is a very honest and real look at a 45 year old woman who dreams of a better life. Jayne finds herself in a loveless marriage, with a man she no longer knows. She is given the chance to escape and go away with her best friend on holiday. So leaving behind her ungrateful and cheating husband, Jayne goes off to the Maldives. Whilst there she strikes up a friendship with a man named Stefan, and the friendship continues via emails to each other. Suddenly Jayne's world is turned upside down ...more
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read it in one sitting,I can't find the words to express myself . Emotional,heartbreaking,funny,hot and sad. ...more
Lilian Flesher
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: completed-reads
Get the tissues at hand, because you will need them. This is a heartwrenching story. I absolutely loved this book. I was given a copy in return for an honest review.

Well, this story definitely tugs at the heart strings, and I am sure there are many hundreds of women who can relate to Jayne's story. This is a powerful tale of a woman who is no more than a possession, to a husband who loves only himself.

Notwithstanding the fact she bore him a Son and a Daughter, he still had no time for Jayne, he
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars!!!

I was given this book in turn for an honest review.

Jayne's life had been years of merely existing. With years of a lifeless marriage taking its toll on Jayne, she attempts to finally live. With devastation ahead, how much can Jayne take before it all becomes too much?

Virtual Affair will pull you deep down into an abyss of mental torture. Jayne's story will not only break your heart; it will move you and inspire you. Tracie Podger has truly poured her heart and soul into these pages,
Karen S
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you only read a couple of books this year, make sure this is one of them.
Jayne is an everyday middle aged woman. Married with two children and a nice house. To the outside world it probably seems her life is great but looks can be deceiving. Jaynes marriage is far from happy, one day to escape from it all, she goes on a holiday with her good friend Carla. During her idyllic holiday she meets Stefan. She strikes up a friendship with him that continues through e-mails after she returns home. Th
Fiona Sheldon
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really have no idea where to start. I have been a fan of Tracie Podger since I won book one in the fallen angel series and totally fell in love with her writing style. A virtual Affair is so different from Tracie's previous books, and I was a little wary of starting it. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. Jayne is an every day woman who's marriage is in dire straights. During a girlie holiday with best friend Carla, Jayne meets Stefan, a hot dane. Sparks fly and the pair hit it off. Cue ...more
R.J. Nicolson
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for and honest review.
I have read a few of Tracie's books and I can honestly say this was something else. A Virtual Affair was freaking amazing and at times had me feeling like my heart was going to explode. The emotional journey that this book takes you on is incredible. You don't just get the basic telling's you get the raw heartbreaking details that have you turning each page in desperation of knowing what will happen next. It also reads life like so
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow!!! Loved the book! Enjoyed reading it! The pace of the book is gripping and flowed very well! It was heart breaking in a lot of places!!!
The Virtual Affair was fantastic!!! The emotions expressed have such great empathy with real life situations! Completely drawn and could relate to so much of it!
The Main Character is shown as a really lovely down to earth person!
The reasons a person sometimes stays in a unhappy relationship is shown beautifully and with such tenderness!
The best part for me
Laura Smith
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fluffing amazing.

ARC given by the author for an honest review.

I was absolutely overwhelmed with emotions at the end of this book and I am in awe of Tracie Podger. A Virtual Affair is written so beautifully and with so much passion! Tracie Podger is an amazing author and a true inspiration.

A Virtual Affair allows us to follow Jayne on her journey. Jayne is a wife & mother and her lying cheating scumbag of a husband treats her like s**t.

When her best friend Carla treats her to a holi
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Virtual Affair is the emotional story of Jayne, a 45 year old mother of two, who is sadly living in a loveless marriage and feels like a drudge,
Her best friend Carla decides that they both need a holiday, so books them a trip to the Maldives.
Whilst there, Jayne meets Stefan, and they become friends, both revealing they are in unhappy marriages.
Once home Jayne & Stefan start emailing each other, Jayne finds this a great comfort, as she is going through even more upset at home, and it also helps
Nicola Mitchell
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book via The Book Club on FB in exchange for an honest review. A Virtual Affair
After the first few chapters, I was beginning to think that it was another story about another woman with a controlling husband, who needed to take charge of her life. As I continued to read I started to wonder, how was the author was able to tell a story that seemed so life like. How could she know what it was like to experience this kind of control and as the book progressed, the vivid feelings that
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an arc of this book through an on line book club for an unbiased review. This is the first time I have read this author and I will definitely be looking out for other works by her. I haven't cried so much over a book since I read The Fault In The Stars- and I just love reading a book that triggers so many emotions. This is a beautifully written gentle story that is allowed to unfold naturally and at its own unhurried pace, and it is all the better for it. Although the start was a litt ...more
Lucii Dixon
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 whopping great stars for this fantastic book!

This is most definitely a heartbreaking story. I've cried, I've laughed and I've lusted. No emotion goes unturned when reading sure to have your tissues at the ready.

Being a sufferer of depression for many years, I actually found this book invigorating. know someone knows how I feel is a little comfort yet it upsets me to know that most of this book was based on true experiences.

The story of Jayne takes you places you never thought
Karen Atkinson
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a must read. I received an ARC for an honest review and having read the authors fallen angel series and loving them I was unsure what to expect with this book. I needn't have worried I could not put it down. The authors has been honest and parts of the book are based on the authors real life experiences. This book had me laughing out loud especially with the part in the coffee shop where they talk about recycling with the old lady and sobbing with the traffic event that happens. I highly ...more
Philippa Mckenna
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tbc-widget
Thank you so much to THE Book Club on Facebook (TBConFB) for allowing me to read this book in return for an honest review. At first, you can't be blamed for thinking this book offers a predictable read of romance and heartache, but you'd be wrong! It's a beautifully written story of heartbreak, tragedy, true love and real friendships that had me reaching for the tissues on more than one occasion. It also has some hilarious moments; the "ninny" waxing scene being one of them! A real treasure, hig ...more
Paula Genereau
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow!!! I love Jaynes story. I love how no matter what life throws her she never gives up hope. She's determined to find herself.

This book was amazing
Julia Stevens
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An inspirational story about love and loss...…. This description is spot on!

I finished listening to the audio version of this book and staggered off the very emotional rollercoaster I had been on throughout. But you know what? I absolutely love the buzz of a rollercoaster and there were parts of this story I needed to see written on the page, so I downloaded the ebook, hopped right back on and ended up doing a full reread. That's how much I loved it and whilst reading I could hear the narrators
Carmel's Addictive Nighttime Reads
Jayne is a mother in a love less marriage ensuring everything she does makes her family happy. Just ensuring existence until finally she decides enough is enough and she needs to finally breathe.

A much needed holiday with her best friend, Carla, gives her the escape and release she needs meeting a wonderful man who gives her a friendship she requires.

Devastation unfortunately hits hard throughout this book and is a real rollercoaster of emotions seeing the effects of the family atmosphere and e
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Virtual Affair -

Do you know what hope smells like? Poignant words.

Jayne's story could apply to anyone you know. Or it could be you. At the beginning I couldn't understand why this forty something woman would put up with the life she had, the pigheaded husband who treated her like a housemaid on less than minimum wage while he lead the life of Riley with a string of mistresses. The bratty daughter who treated her mum like a slave and was daddies little princess, God I wanted to slap her. But
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Omg this book was amazing!! What I loved about this is that its a story of an ordinary woman with issues like the rest of us,no damaged past,no massive drama just an ordinary woman called Jayne trapped in a loveless dead end marriage with a controlling nasty husband called Michael.Shes in her mid forties,two grown up children and a husband who pays her no attention whatsoever and is rarely home,he lives his life excluding Jayne.She longs to change her drab exsistence but feels trapped with no ho ...more
Fiona Wilson
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in one sitting, and it has shot to the top of my favourite books read in 2016 thus far. What truly makes this book special is not the story, the characters, or the setting. What makes it special is the fact that the author has put so much of her own story into its pages, bearing her very soul to the readers. I take my hat off to her for being brave enough to do this.

The book itself is, I believe, one of two halves. The first half of the book concentrates on Jayne's quest to brea
Literary Epic
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I can honestly say that A Virtual Affair was the most refreshing book I’ve read in a long time! The main character is 45 (that hardly happens), it’s based in Kent (that never happens), there is no bull storyline, it was just one completely ‘real’ read.

Like I said, Jayne is a 45 year old, mum of two. She is in a loveless marriage; her husband has been having affairs for years.

Her best friend Clara whips her away for a holiday, they meet two men and friendships form. When they get back Jayne keep
Hilary Weinstein
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Having never heard of this author nor read any of her other books, I took the offer of reviewing her book for The Book Club as I liked the sound of the title. A nice gentle read I thought and yes, as I got into the book that is what it appeared to be. It jogged along for a while, easy to read, nice gentle and well written......and then pow! It changed.

Jayne, a 45 year old mother of 2 living in a loveless marriage and trying to get her husband to treat their two children equally, goes away with
Freya Barker
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I don't often feel like I am sitting beside the protagonist when I'm reading a book. I mostly read from a distance, comfortably removed. And although books and their characters can move me, Jayne rocked me to the core.
She is me, my friends, my sisters.
She is brutally real and heartbreakingly recognizable.
She is the reflection in my mirror at the end of another day, and she's the hope that lives in my heart.
She is the beautiful woman I've come to know, who portrays a lighthearted and confident
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
How can one write an accurate review about a book close to real life? A Virtual Affair is a personal tale of Jayne as she navigates life with an unfaithful husband, a distance daughter, and a doting son.

I loved this story. While the title suggest an affair, that is not the case. The affair can describe how one can cheat on oneself by not allowing a life deserved. Can sacrificing yourself for others be the way to happiness? Sometimes in life, situations happen beyond our control. When life event
Maddy Cordell
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jayne is in her 40s, a mother of 2, and in a loveless, controlling, marriage to Michael whom she knows has affairs so when her best friend Carla suggests a girlie holiday together, she jumps at it. Whilst on holiday she meets Stephan, with whom she starts corresponding and this takes her through some bad times in her life. However, when the worst thing imaginable happens in her life she feels guilty and completely unravels, and ends up having to be hospitalised and in a mental health institution ...more
Karen Hrdlicka
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I felt like I should have read this book years ago. Jayne is not the strongest woman at the beginning of the book but her later strength is forged by love, loss, and the kinship of her friends and family. I will say I laughed so hard at the waxing scene I could hardly breathe. On the flip side when she finally decides to take a chance on true love and finds it, only to be devastated by a tragic loss, I could hardly breathe because of the pain in my heart. Her struggles are real, infidelity, depr ...more
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a very emotional book, full of love,loss and how these things affect people especially our heroine Jayne. This book will pull you in and pull you under the emotions Jayne goes through,. It deals with the issue of mental health very well and i am very happy to read about this situation dealt with so carefully by the author. The story is also very inspiring and Jayne goes through a momentous time in this book, but you will not want to put it down as you get caught along in the story so muc ...more
Jackie Roche
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank TBC and Tracie Podger for giving me the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest and open review.
This book takes you on "A journey that wounds, destroys and eventually heals". So says the description and how true it is.
It's a journey of self-discovery for Jayne and I'm sure many others who've gone through the same thing.
My heart went out to Jayne and many times during the book I wanted to give her a big hug and tell her things would get better.
It's a book I'd reco
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Tracie Podger currently lives in Kent, UK with her husband and a rather obnoxious cat called George. She’s a Padi Scuba Diving Instructor with a passion for writing. Tracie has been fortunate to have dived some of the wonderful oceans of the world where she can indulge in another hobby, underwater photography. She likes getting up close and personal with sharks.

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