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The Man I Fell In Love With

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  49 reviews

Sometimes there’s a right person for one half of your life, and a right person for the other…

After twenty years of quiet, contented marriage, Mary Black can’t help but find her eyes drawn to a particularly handsome man at a Christmas party. But her world is suddenly turned upside down when she sees her husband Leo next to him, holding his hand…

For the sake of her children,

Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published February 7th 2019 by Avon
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Kirsty Oughton
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I read the synopsis of this book it sounded like a love story with a twist so I went a head requested a copy on Netgalley and I’m absolutely over the moon I did. Kate’s writing is so easy to follow and when I had to put the book down it was very easy to get back into the swing of the story. With having a crazy life I certainly needed to read a book like this in amongst all the craziness.

Obviously I was totally drawn to Mary, she knows instantly that her husband is going to leave her for an
Tam_ the_ med_bookie
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Probably a 3.5 !!!!

What do I say about a book that I read in one single sitting without ever putting it down because it’s so well written and enticing to read, but I don’t really know what I feel about the characters. It’s a very realistic emotional read while being equally frustrating and I don’t think I’ve ever struggled so much to rate a book.

Mary is such a realistic portrayal of the lives of so many women that it just pained me to read her story. Due to her childhood abandonment issues, she
Mary Black's comfortable life is blown apart when she sees her husband (and childhood sweetheart) holding hands with another man at a Christmas Party. Suddenly her marriage to the boy next door is a sham and she finds herself not only the subject of small town gossip but separated from a man who was her best friend as well as her husband.

Juggling her 'marvellous' mother-in-law, who still lives next door, her mother, who lives in a converted garage attached to Mary's house, two teenage children,
Paula Sealey
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such a great read! It does veer from the norm in respect of a romance story, offering an unusual scenario for the main characters which I found so engaging. It gives you food for thought about falling in love and how life can trundle on by, but is also uplifting with regards to new beginnings. Loved the characters and Kate's descriptive way of writing, which had me swooning for Ethan myself! A super 4.5 stars!

*I received a copy of the book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for my hon
Suzanne Waters
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a wonderful story of love and one that kept me wanting to read on and on. I have this down as a present for my mother.
3 to 3.25 stars

Mary has always, since the age of 8, searched for a family, security and the surety that nothing will change. During this time she’d married, given up her opportunity for a university degree, studied and worked on her husband’s work, and managed to divorce herself from her own emotions – being the giver in all things. When her (very selfish) husband decided he was coming out – without actually telling her anything, just making an appearance with his new partner at a school functi
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, read-2018
The Man I fell in Love With is a book that left me quite torn. I was absolutely intrigued with the synopsis and although I quite enjoyed the story I just expected a little more from it. I expected it to be a little less predictable. Only 30 pages in the story and I knew exactly where Mary was going to end up. I wished it would have been a little less obvious or taken a completely different course. Something a little more refreshing, not the solution that 95% of the feel good books would offer.
Karen Barber
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
You suspect what’s coming and, to a certain extent, you get exactly what you think is coming...but there’s a little more subtlety to this than I expected.
Our story begins in an inconspicuous setting-a fundraiser for a school event. Due to an unfortunate lighting moment, our main character - along with every other person there - sees her husband holding hands with another man. This precipitates the revelation that her husband of decades is gay, is moving out and - fairly quickly - going to marry.
Jane Hunt
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Everyone's who's married or been married, knows that it's not the stuff of fairytales. Marriage takes understanding and hard work to sustain. Mary Black thought she'd nailed it. She'd put her husband, and then her family first, but when her marriage imploded she was helpless to stop it.

Finding her husband loved another was a devastating discovery. The secrets he kept made her whole marriage a lie. Mary's ingrained sense of family makes her protect their teenage children, whatever the personal c
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
The Man i Fell in Love With is a very beautiful, emotional and uplifting read. This book managed to break my heart and then slowly and gently placed it back together again.

Once I began to read I became fully immersed in Mary's story. I couldn't help but empathise with her. I too have been married for twenty years and I couldn't imagine what she must be going through. The fact that her husband, Leo, left  her for another man could have been her undoing. It could have destroyed her family. But wha
Feb 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This is my first book by Kate Fields. I enjoyed it and thought there was a good mix of characters. Nobody is more stunned than Mary when her husband Leo tells her he's leaving her for another man. To begin with I found the book quite difficult to get into but once I got to grips with it, the pages flew by. I liked the writing style and my favourite character was Leo's brother Ethan and I wish there was more of him in the book. The scenes in which Leo and Mary spoke about their job wasn't interes ...more
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lovely stuff, but it does bug me when everything gets resolved in the last four pages with a THUD.
The Glass House Online Magazine
A Beautiful Reflection of True Love
Well, as I write this, it's Valentine's Day. It would be wrong not to mark the occasion by reviewing a love story right? Only, for me, I don't often get the chance (or choose to) read soppy deliberate love stories very often. My bookshelves are filled with Police Procedural Crimes, Thrillers and sometimes the odd contemporary novel with a hint of romance. But it is very rare that I settled down with a mug of coffee and truly indulge in the lovey-dovey romance b
Julie (Jewls Book Blog)
Mary’s life has been complacent...until now. Leo, her husband of twenty years has come out of the closet in an unfortunately public way with his partner Clark, causing a flurry of small town gossip. Her daughter, Ava, appears to despise everything Mary says or does, then again, Ava’s a typical, broody teenager. Her son, Jonas, is growing up and looking forward to moving out. Her mother is carrying on with a secret gentleman. So many changes are happening in a short span of time. The only normal ...more
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Mary finds out that her husband is leaving her for another man in such an excruciatingly public and humiliating way – and perhaps not every wife treated that way would continue to support everyone involved, to the extent of being best woman at her husband’s wedding. But Mary Black isn’t “every wife”, although many of the long-married might well recognise and identify with her. It was her emotional authenticity that made me so love this book – she might have become “beige”, but she’s also strong, ...more
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
The story opens with Mary, the main female character in this story, witnessesing (along with everyone else) seeing her husband holding hands with another man.

The story goes on to follow Mary as she copes with life following a speedy divorce and remarriage of her ex Leo to his partner, and setting foot on the dating scene.

This was an ok read. However I am very frustrated with the trend that seems to be arising from a lot of fiction these days of the female character letting their partners (and e
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first of Kate Field’s books that I’ve read and I’m so glad that I found her! I absolutely loved this book and will definitely be reading more. The book is well-written and had me hooked from the first few pages.

Mary Black has had twenty happy years of marriage to Leo, which produced two children, now teenagers. Her mother gave up her house for them and now lives alongside in the converted garage, and her mother-in-law (who she adores) lives next-door. At a party, Mary’s eye is caught
Julie Smith
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
After twenty years of quiet, contented marriage, Mary Black can’t help but find her eyes drawn to a particularly handsome man at a Christmas party. But her world is suddenly turned upside down when she sees her husband next to him, holding his hand.

For the sake of her children, Mary has no choice but to pick herself up and start again. She hosts family meals that includes her ex-husband and his new partner. She copes with her children wanting to spend less time with her, and more time with their
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNF at 35%. This bok was not unpleasant, but it also felt predictable and just didn't sparkle for me, and I just wasn't interested in reading more. Mostly, I just couldn't really identify with Mary. We're close in age, but she read to me as much older, or maybe it's just that she has been a mother since 21 and I'm happily childfree. She just seemed really clueless and out of touch with herself--I'm sure by the end she turns that all around, but I couldn't be conv?y is she constantly getting a ba ...more
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit, net-galley
I thoroughly enjoyed this book - straight away it was a book that I could not wait to get home from work to carry on reading, and I could not recommend it more.

The book starts with Mary Black who, right at the start of the book, spots her husband of 20 years holiding hands with someone else - another man. This is by no means a spoiler, as this is shared in the book’s synopsis, but it was enough of a teaser to entice me to read the book. What follows is much less like the traditional ‘chick lit’
Kathleen Gray
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mary should have know, shouldn't she, that her husband Leo was really interested in another man? Well, she surely didn't expect to see him holding hand with a man at a Christmas party, of all things! Mary's settled, calm life gets blown sideways and all she wants to do is keep the peace and keep everyone else happy. Yes, she's not thinking about herself and yes she lets everyone walk all over her (her kids- geez, Leo- yow) but then her brother-in-law Ethan shows up and makes her think that maybe ...more
Julie Stock
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having read all of Kate Field's other novels and thoroughly enjoyed them, I was looking forward to reading this new book with great anticipation. It is quite an unusual premise, but topical nevertheless, and I was intrigued to see where the story would go. Mary Black is a woman, who like many of us, chooses to put everyone but herself first, and I empathised with her easily, although thankfully, I've not had to deal with this situation. The characters are all so vividly drawn by the author, and ...more
Rachelle Porsenna
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book started with a bang! Mary founds out her husband is having an affair with a man and is leaving her. Her life as she knew it, changed overnight. As she starts to get it together and try to move on, she is constantly tempted by a man she is not supposed to have. This book is about a woman coming into her own and taking responsibility for her own life. I was frustrated at how naive Mary was at times but as we all know some people are really like that. I could not put this book down as I w ...more
Sara Oxton
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Man I Fell in Love With by Kate Field a four-star read you can fall for. This was so well written and there is such a talent to the writing that I couldn’t put it down, I would have given it five-stars, but I also knew what was coming so didn’t feel that I could, it was so weird as I needed to know if was right or not. The ending is a little boom all over, but it finishes the story s overall its good. I would definitely look out for this author again, she has a good talent for writing, and I ...more
Feb 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
This is one of five negative reviews that I’ve ever given. But I will start off with the positive first, it was well written, flowed nicely. Now the negative, I hated the characters, passive aggressive behaviours, dear god I’ve got more emotion from my gold fish. If their had been more ranges of behaviour that would of helped me. I must have inner bitch because I wanted to throat punch most of the most boring characters I’ve ever read about. If this book had been a colour it would of been beige.
Vivien Brown
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read with Mary learning to come out from her husband's shadow after he leaves her for a man. Finding her confidence and testing the sexual and romantic waters very tentatively. I found it hard to see Mary as only 38. Her whole attitude and being married to a boring self centred and seemingly passionless professor just made me picture her as being in her fifties. And as for the husband... I hated him and wish she could have hated him too. What a stuffy selfish man! Throwing his new l ...more
Fraser's Fun House
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mary and Leo Black have been together since their teens and married for 20 years, that is until Mary publicly discovers her husband is having an extra marital affair. Having spent her whole life devoted to her family Mary finds herself out on her own and floundering in her newly single life in stark contrast to Leo whose new relationship is thriving. Even with her husband gone Mary still finds herself living in his shadow, trying to keep everyone happy to her own detriment with memories of the p ...more
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an incredibly cute book. Yes, there are parts that felt rushed or like it all came together a little too easily. Yes, there were times when I literally wished I could reach into the pages and shake Mary for being such a petulant brat. Still loved it, still thought it was an adorable, quick read. I would highly recommend this book.

Thanks to NetGalley for the Arc I was given in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Linda Wilson
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Mary, in her late thirties with 2 teenaged children, suddenly finds herself divorced, as her husband Leo comes out as gay. Leo has met and fallen in love with another man. This is the story of Mary trying to make sense of her new life, something that is made even more complicated when Leo's very attractive brother returns home from New York. This is a good read with some well described characters. Thanks to NetGalley for a preview copy.
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