The Man I Fell In Love With
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,...more
Obviously I was totally drawn to Mary, she knows instantly that her husband is going to leave her for an ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
*I received a copy of the book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for my hon ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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’ ...more
Thanks to NetGalley for the Arc I was given in exchange for my fair and honest review.