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Not Quite a Husband

(The Marsdens #2)

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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  7,879 ratings  ·  745 reviews
Their marriage lasted only slightly longer than the honeymoon—to no one’s surprise, not even Bryony Asquith’s. A man as talented, handsome, and sought after by society as Leo Marsden couldn't possibly want to spend his entire life with a woman who rebelled against propriety by becoming a doctor. Why, then, three years after their annulment and half a world away, does he tr ...more
Paperback, 341 pages
Published May 19th 2009 by Bantam (first published 2009)
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Tzippy
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Karla
This was a Buddy Read Square of different Sherry Thomas books with 3 other hapless victims.

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Critics Say: "I laughed. I cried. I wanted to kill myself. No, seriously...where's the cyanide?"

Not Quite Much of Anything A Husband

FEEL your mind expand with hot atlas action!
It was 370 miles from Gilgit, where he’d been peacefully minding his own business, to Leh, that much again back
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Ally
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bless my little heart, I am a changed woman after reading this

And my guts were rent asunder.

bereft

So here's what I know: do not listen to these books on audio. One must read Sherry Thomas to really go where she wants you to go. And this journey, my friends, is painfully amazing.

Setting / Time / Genre: 1890 somethings, India and some in England. Trust me, the India travels are amazeballs.

Length: 354 pages of some of the most beautiful writing I have come across in a romance novel. This woman, she kno
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

It’s such a treat to pick up a book by an author I’ve never read before and fall in love with their writing, their characters, and the entire world they create. Such is the case with Sherry Thomas and Not Quite a Husband. It was not just a book, but an adventure that took me to another time, one we don’t often read about – late 19th/ early 20th century in the British Indian Empire, also referred to as the British Raj. This is one of those epic novels that had me questioning exactly what it means
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Kiki
What she said:
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I cannot elaborate any further.

Guys, you who are on my friend's list and have loved this book, I hope you don't get offended.

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Bad news: this book offends me. It repulsed me. If you think the hero deserves to be forgiven, that's your prerogative, but as per my opinion he does NOT deserve ANYTHING. Not forgiveness, not compassion, not even a spare thought. He's just no longer significant. Heroine shouldn't have married him. She SHOULDN'T have fo
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Bubu
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hr, perfect, 5-stars
Warning: Spoilers ahead!

I recently re-read Not Quite a Husband, and it occurred to me again, what an utterly brilliant writer Sherry Thomas is, and how much I miss her historicals.

Ms Thomas knows how to push boundaries, and push them hard. Not only does she create questionable characters, she also uses tropes only few authors have the guts to pursue that fall under the unwritten laws of no-no of the romance genre. Furthermore, her clear and very unsentimental prose leaves me squirming, as if she
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Wollstonecrafthomegirl
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hawt-sex
****Spoilers below****

Not Quite A Husband was one of the romance novels I'd already read when I joined Goodreads and I actually bothered to review it on here to get my account started. I did that because it was one of my favourites, it had stayed with me and I gave it five stars. It was a quick review, typed out in about five minutes. I've frequently returned to excerpts from the book and re-read it a couple of times, but I wanted to re-read for the purposes of reviewing it in a detailed way and
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Didi
What can I say? I LOVE SHERRY THOMAS! Okay, I love her work and because of that I love her. She has the most beautiful prose I think I've ever read. She writes so evocatively, making you feel things and understand emotions so true and so pure. I loved this book! It was not only a HR, but featured an older woman/younger man, which I normally don't enjoy that much but ST makes it worth reading. It had two people so in love with each other but because they lacked communication, their marriage broke ...more
 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
Oct 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those who love second chance romances and dark, complex romances
Recommended to Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* by: new_user and Quinn
4.5 Stars - Also reviewed at: Lady Jayne's Reading Den

Sherry Thomas’ books have been highly recommended to me by my Goodreads friends new_user and Quinn – Thank you both! I decided to start with Not Quite Husband because I saw that the We Love Lisa Kleypas Group had read it as a Group Read and also… because I thought I’d read the red covered one to "pop my Sherry cherry”. LOL Plus, the cover is pretty sexy!

I wanted to say thank you to Beanbag for urging me to not get distracted from reading
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Kinga
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
It's this time of the year again when I had to read some girly porn.

Sherry Thomas is one of my favourite girly porn writers. She is actually quite clever, and she spends a little more time building her characters than your average romance writer.

"Not Quite a Husband" is all about forgiving and trusting, because even dashing romance heroes make mistakes. It's also about expecting nothing short of perfection from your other half and how it will make you unhappy eventually (an idea that avid roman
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Cait
Well. I had to CREATE a did-not-finish shelf for this one.

I started this book. I was like, huh, these characters sure are casually racist. But I mean, like, if an author--especially an author who's a WOC--wants to be like 'yeah no, these white old-timey British people were probably fully on board ye olde colonialism train, and I'm not gonna downplay the ugly truth of that for the sake of this romance novel,' that's their prerogative, you know? No holds barred. No softening the nastiness of Empi
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KatLynne
4.5 Stars

”You were the moon of my existence; your moods dictated the tides of my heart.” ...Sherry Thomas

Not Quite A Husband is a brilliantly crafted, deeply emotional love story. It’s an engaging tale of betrayal, forgiveness, and finding the courage to trust again. And It's one of the BEST HR I've had the pleasure of reading.

The book opens with a prologue told from the heroine’s POV, giving small details of the wretched condition of her short marriage to Leo Marsden; how it came about and the
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Quinn
Sherry Thomas is an extraordinarily talented author. Her prose is letter perfect, and her study of a fractured relationship is second to none. She is a master of the slow-reveal, feeding the reader the pieces of the puzzle with a brilliant sense of timing, steadily drawing the reader in, engaging their emotions exquisitely and placing them firmly and personally within the hidden, private depths of a broken marriage.

In Not Quite a Husband, Sherry will lead you to question your notions of right an
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Beanbag Love
Feb 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
The main two reasons I bought this book were the good reviews and it wasn't an anti-free market price fix by one of the greedy publishers that have become my arch nemeses. After a few chapters, however, I wondered what I'd gotten myself into.

The first part of the book is very staid. A married couple who simply can't communicate. A heroine you want to drop off a cliff she's so bitter and hurtful. It takes a tad too long to find out why she behaves the way she does. I really had developed a strong
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seton
Mar 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mary Jo Putney fans
Sherry Thomas pretty much writes my favorite type of romance -- an angsty read written in elegant concise prose -- so this book suited me to a T.

Some parts - reunited married couple working out their past against an exotic backdrop - reminded me of Mary Jo Putney's SILK AND SECRETS. The part of the hero, Leo, being fascinated/in love with the older heroine all his life reminded me of a bit of Jude Deveraux's THE INVITATION. I am just glad that the heroine Bryony NEVER baby-sat Leo and changed h
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Jane Stewart
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
I did not like it. I wanted it to be over.

STORY BRIEF:
Leo did one stupid thing which Bryony saw. She assumed he did it all the time which was not true. And then she was cold and frigid to him but never told him why. She had their brief marriage annulled. She then ran away to a remote area of India to practice medicine. Four years later her father is ill. So Leo travels to India to tell her and bring her back to England to see her father. Leo has always loved Bryony and does not understand why sh
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Sam (AMNReader)
Note: Maybe don’t read this review if you’ve not read the book? Complicated, lots of quotes. Maybe spoiler. I dunno.

well hell.

A kiss that felt oddly like falling, and oddly like flying.

Despite this being one of the favorites of my book soulmate's: “Give me Bryony and Leo and I cry like a baby,” I waited to read it. I waited almost a full two years after the first historical I enjoyed. Why? Because I was scared.

And I should’ve been. Look, this book is problematic. There is undoubtedly a consent
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Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads)


This is a book I’ve been meaning to read for a while, and I’m glad I did. The prose was beautiful and elegant, and the tone was so different – whimsical and at times almost lyrical.

The prologue gives us a view of a marriage gone sour within a year of marriage and the h’s decision to get a divorce/annulment. The quiet, reserved h is unutterably desolate and heartbroken, while the debonair and dashing H is out (presumably) painting the town red.
She’s older to him and amazingly a doctor in the ea
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Verity
*~o~/*o*\~o~* Beware of SPOILERS *~o~/*o*\~o~*

Initially, I didn't think this book would be a page turner. I’m a quirky reader. I usually read the beginning & the ending first, ‘cuz I can’t stand the suspense =)~. I read the 1st 40 pages & the Epilogue, both didn't really grab me, so I switched to another book. Boy, was I wrong. I ended up loving & savoring ST’s luminous prose. Older heroine / younger hero is 1 of my fav themes.

The perilous journey of 2 people ( in love yet disillusi
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WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker


This comes close to visually representing how I felt reading this.

I'll let you soak that in for a sec.



What stupid children they had been, to cause each other such pain and then to hold on to their wounds so fiercely.

The book page count for this claims it is 341 pgs, my friends, I blew through this like it was an author newsletter free story. The first half felt like one huge exposed raw nerve. There are three main characters, Bryony, Leo, and India. The research! The scenery! The setting! I sa
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Ursula
Whoar- this book. It's been a long time that a book brought a tear to my eye. More than once. From desperate sadness to sweet joy.

Started this book about 6 months ago and hated the beginning, so left it to languish on my unread shelf. After chatting with my GR friend Christina, who is an ST fan, I thought I would try again. (I had read The Luckiest Lady in London some time ago and was very conflicted, so I was rather cautious about trying her again.)
I am so glad I did.

I am not going to re-hash
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Zoe
Jul 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I struggled with my finally rating. I really had to think about it. First thing first, this isn't and probably never will be a review of a book, but rather a self-reflection.

There are a few things that I did not quite appreciate in the book. For example, I am not certain that the pull between Leo and Bryony (I hate this name) is as strong as it should have been. With such heavyweight material, I did not buy that Leo and Bryony really wanted to be together. This is naturally just my personal view
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Susana
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Yes, that's right; this story finally made me go back to my good reading days. I am so happy!
Loved this. What a story. What a couple.
FRC.

p.s- This cover: it needs to be upgraded.
Princess under cover
I like her writing. Intense, emotional. Sex not too hot but not too tame either. And it’s more about emotions than the sex itself, which I adore.

Here’s why this book isn’t getting 5 stars:

She destroyed their marriage, not ever even giving him a chance, not ever letting him know why she was so awful to him, even tho SHE proposed to HIM! Even tho he was barely 24! Even tho he “betrayed her” BEFORE they got married!!

Look, if I were her, as infatuated as she was with him, i’d Be pissed too that the
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Kainat 《HUFFLEPUFF & PROUD》
“He’d gone into their marriage determined that she would never be alone again. In the end, she’d made him as alone in the world as she.”

Sounds like my kind of book, someone recommended it to me, i totally forgot who it was. But thank you for the recommendation. ;)

So, this did not disappoint point me. This just reminded me why i love HR so much! I think I just found my new favorite author. I'll rant about little more when I get home...

Cheryl
Aug 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
This story evoked such deep and strong emotions that my written account of it could not do it justice. While reading this book I truly felt pain for the hero and heroine and I yearned for their story to have a happy ending. Much of the time I would find myself thinking that I would have reacted the same way to their different circumstances, making it even more painful as their mistakes became my own in a sense.

The marriage between Leo Marsden and Bryony Asquith was over before it even began. The
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Mei
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
It's a fact: I love how Ms. Thomas writes!

This is a very unusual story where the MCs are already married and had their marriage annulled.

They meet again when Leo, after a strenuous journey, come to get Bryony home because her father is ill.

Bryony is still in love with Leo and Leo is still in love with Bryony, but she's bitter because of something (that I will not reveal here because it would spoil the book badly!) hat happened before the actual wedding.

The story is about them getting together ag
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