The Ex-Wife's Survival Guide
Downtown Press, 2006 (2006)
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Reviewed by Kim Atchue-Cusella
reelance artist Sarah Stagg's husband Andrew decides to leave her for a younger woman, Hyacinth, with whom he had starred in the local drama club. Sarah's embarrassment becomes even stronger when the drama club gives her the starring role in their play while Andrew and Hyacinth are on break from their acting.
arah's sons are mortified that their father has left their mother and promptly decide that she needs a pet to take care of her while they are backpacking in India. They bring her a dog, one who is only nice when he feels like it. The dog seems to have taken a liking to one man in particular - Sarah's leading man, Martin, in the drama club play.
arah can't decide whether she wants to fight to get Andrew back or move on to a new love. The humiliation that Andrew subjected her to has left her with a bitter taste. But all seems to be looking up when she encounters a former crush and decides to head to Majorca to spend time with him. Though Martin and Andrew have both expressed their disapproval, Sarah decides that her life is her own and goes on with her plan.
he Ex-Wife's Survival Guide
is a delightful story. The characters are developed with charm that reels in readers from the beginning, making them anxious to see if Sarah will find happiness amongst the shattered pieces of her former life. Debby Holt has created a winner in this story (with a humorous twist) of the reality of divorce and healing.
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