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A Perfect Husband

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  492 ratings  ·  30 reviews

What would it take for you to give up on the man you love, the man you thought was the perfect husband - until you discovered just how much he was hiding from you?

Lily and Freddy have a wonderful relationship: passionate and fun. Freddy taught her to love again after the death of her father. But then Freddy becomes tense, snappy and distracted. Is he having an affair?

Kindle Edition, 480 pages
Published July 13th 2017 by Quercus
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Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love reading about husband and wife relationships, for that reason I enjoyed reading every single page. Freddy has a serious gambling addiction. Which sadly effects many people in real-life that can destroy everything including their families and their self-worth. A compulsive gambler like the character Freddy don’t seem to realise that gambling wrecks not only your family but other peoples lives like friends and that of work colleagues. The unpleasant truth is that Freddy is seriously broke. ...more
Donna Maguire

I really enjoyed this book, for me Hilary Boyd is brilliant at writing books of this genre and I wasn't disappointed with this one.  I loved the storyline and the characters were great and really fitted well together, the pace of the book was great and I think the ending really fitted well with the storyline overall.  I'd definitely recommend the book and gave it a four star rating.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Freddy is Lily’s second husband, her first, the father of her two children sadly died. Everyone loves Freddy; he is successful, charismatic and kind. He has brought love and laughter back to Lily and her children and is a wonderful step-father. That is until he is bitten by the gambling bug and in massive trouble being unable to repay the loan sharks. He flees the country without telling Lily. He is ashamed of himself and wants to protect her; to sort himself out and get up and running again. Sh ...more
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really got into this book and found it easy to read. The subject matter was challenging enough to make me think and I felt that I got to know the characters, liking some and feeling less sympathy for others.
Kathryn Parry
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was ok

My next NetGalley read.

This starts out slow and grows into a very bleak tale of the horror of what life leaves the families of a gambler. The characters are not very likeable but it's an intriguing story. Seems to go on a bit too long before the secret of Freddy's betrayal is out in the open.

A word used a few times is discombobulated. I know what it means but for me destroys the little flow this has.

Not getting a connection with the characters as they feel one dimensional and not very likeable
Karen Whittard
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it

I've been a big fan of Hilary's for quite some time now. I have absolutely loved her previous books. But I just a little disappointed by this book. It just didn't feel like it went anywhere and it wasn't as good as her other books which is a shame really.
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy Hilary Boyd’s books. They are designed for readers who are not interested in following a redheaded twenty year old with bouncing curls trying to find their place in the world or have a knight in shining armor ride in to save the day. They are books about women making tough choices. Characters having seen the good and the bad, who get themselves out of bed every day and do what needs to be done for both themselves and for those they love. Do not get me wrong, there is romance and passion, ...more
Katherine Hayward Pérez
This didn't totally grab me in the first scenes, but got better as I read. A Perfect Husband is the first book by Hilary Boyd that I've read. Boyd has a great attention to detail and the characters are very real and realistically fleshed out. The title and synopsis had me feeling curious when I requested a copy from NetGalley, as what woman wouldn't be drawn to a book entitled A Perfect Husband? The scene was set well, and I felt I got to "know" the characters pretty quickly. A Perfect husband w ...more
Sally Coles
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When Lily's first husband dies she is left with teenage twins and a massive hole in her life.......until she meets Freddy. Freddy is a flamboyant character, full of charm, owner of a successful recording studio and he sweeps Lily off her feet, life couldn't be better she sells her house and moves into his penthouse flat and gives him the money to invest for her.

Then Freddy starts to get snappy and irritated all the time....the honeymoon period is definitely over........he starts staying out all
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This was my first book by Hilary Boyd and I was really looking forward to it however I struggled to connect with the main characters.

Lily is married to her second husband Freddy, she thinks everything is fine except Freddy is hiding a secret, he gambles... A lot. I enjoyed the start of the book with Freddy sneaking around, at the casinos however when the truth started coming out I started to lose any kind of care I had to all characters involved. This may just be me as there's some good reviews
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley, Quercus and the author Hillary for allowing to me to read this book in exchange for an honest review!

Wow! I loved this book. Such a beautiful story that I just couldn't put down! all through this book I couldn't work out how it was going to end... which I loved!

The best bit for me was that this wasn't your average run of the mill love story, it had real depth and the characters felt very real. Sometimes love does hurt and I think this book captures the raw pain of 'hearta
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it
The book did not grab me and draw me in to an 'addictive' read. Initially the story appears light but it does have a darker heart addressing addiction and love. Lily is deeply in love with Freddie who is addicted to gambling and what will she do when he eventually tells her that they are destitute and been living a lie. Her nephew turns out to be a drug addict and I'd Lily addicted to Freddie. Can the addictions be beaten. Will love supportive or tough solve the problems. ...more
Tessa Buckley
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: women-s-fiction
This is the third Hilary Boyd novel I have read, and I enjoyed this just as much as the first two. I bought it to read on holiday, and although the theme – addiction and its effect on both the addict and their nearest and dearest – might seem rather heavy for a holiday read, the characters are dealt with so sympathetically that it wasn’t heavy at all. In fact I found it so enthralling, I just zipped through it.
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I’ve read by Hilary but I really enjoyed it. It goes into the relationships of today’s modern families. Lily is in her early 50’s and has two grown up children. On her second marriage after being widowed she thinks her life is perfect, but things are about to come crashing down around her ears. How well do we really know our loved ones. A good modern read.
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Not her best

I have read and greatly enjoyed other books by the same author, but found this one disappointing. The main problem for me was that I didn't like the main character, Lily. I found her one dimensional, and quite irritating. The style of writing is still good but doesn't go deep enough, and I just couldn't get right inside the story.
Apr 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A good story and I did enjoy this read. I wasn't disappointed with it as it was a book that I didn't actually choose myself - it was one picked out for me by the library as we had a collection service in place during the time that shall not be mentioned. It may have been one that I wouldn't have picked out but it was really quite good. I shall try and read more books by Hilary Boyd.

Jenny L
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-books
Wasn't entirely sure about this storyline as I began the book, but decided to stick with it and I must say, it did at least have a believable ending. Not sure I would rush to read another Hilary Boyd, but this was okay. ...more
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A woman's life is ripped apart when she finds out that her husband has gambled all their life savings away. This book is a good read with the right ending...although it leaves you hanging until the last few pages to confirm that! ...more
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this one - interesting characters and the story moved along nicely. I do like this author.
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy this authors novels and this was no exception. Good plot, well written.
Christine Miller forde
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good read love Hilary Boyd ,s books bring on the next one
Vivien Brown
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it
A slow start, focussed initially on the male character. I struggled to get into the story and did not bother reading to the end. Not up to this author's usual standard. ...more
Beth Cooksey
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book and found it very truthful about addiction with thankfully no sentimentality.
Irene Young
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it

Love Hilary Boyes books.Always different ,usually about older people finding love again.This was a little different,bitter sweet,but a great story beautifully told.
celln (talesbysel)
The story and characters felt really real...
pamela titterington
Feb 23, 2019 rated it did not like it

The theme is worthy, and gambling is very serious, but the rest of the book was very silly,,but maybe not my cup of tea, with predictably in every line,
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Bookish Ayushi
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it

A Perfect Husband is the first book that I’ve read by Hilary Boyd. This book has mature characters and deals with real problems such as gambling and drug addiction. The title of the book is what really attracted me towards it when I saw it lying on the shelves at the Big Bad Wolf book fair. I mean, which married woman would not be intrigued by a title called ‘A Perfect Husband’? The blurb at the back was promising and led me to giving it a go.

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Grace Simkin
Boyd has done it again. She never fails to write a heartwarming tale about relationships and their complexities. Her characters are well thought out and rounded allowing various perspectives on events and issues that occur in the story. It was slow to start but I found myself rushing through as I wanted to see things resolved. True to form it did not disappoint.
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Boyd was born and spent the first six months of her life in Prestatyn, North Wales, where her father, an army major, was stationed after the war. She was later educated in London, then at the boarding school Roedean. She trained as a nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, and subsequently as a marriage guidance counsellor with Relate before reading English Literature at London University i ...more

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