Roxy’s marriage has always been rock solid.
After twenty years, and with two carefree kids, she and Dave are still the perfect couple.
Until the day she comes home unexpectedly, and finds Dave in bed with their attractive, single neighbour.
Suddenly Roxy isn’t sure about anything – her past, the business she’s taken over from her dad, or what her family’s future might be. She’s spent so long caring about everyone else that she’s forgotten what she actually wants. But something has changed. And Roxy has a decision to make.
Whether it’s with Dave, or without him, it’s time for Roxy to start living for herself…
I’m taking part in the paperback blog tour today for Her Husband’s Mistake by Sheila O’Flanagan. My thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part and to the publisher for my copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly and impartially.
This is my first book by Sheila O’Flanagan and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but, having read it, I’m wondering why I haven’t discovered her books before.
This is completely the story of Roxy, a woman who married young and is a devoted wife and mother until her world is turned upside down by two events, the death of her beloved father and the almost simultaneous infidelity of her husband. These events make Roxy start to question her priorities and who she has been living for all these years and fundamentally alter the path of her life.
It is refreshing to read the story of a woman in her late thirties who is starting to question some of the norms that society sells women, the way it tries to pigeonhole us and keep us on socially acceptable pathways. As someone who went through a similar life upheaval in her late thirties (excluding the infidelity I must clarify!), I really related to Roxy and her questioning of what she personally wants as a woman and whether her life is giving her all of that. Women, especially mothers, are always expected to put themselves at the bottom of every heap and prioritise everyone ahead of themselves, which is fine to a degree where our children are concerned but there comes a point where we have to wonder if this is the best scenario for our mental health and personal happiness and wonder why we aren’t allowed to put some of our own needs on the table for consideration some times.
I raced through this book, the writing is pacy and easy to read, with a light tone despite the important subject matter. I was fully engrossed in the story, willing Roxy on in her quest to find what she actually wanted from her life and how to get balance between her obligations and her own needs. I was really rooting for her to make the right decisions, which were really clear to me from the start, and I was internally shouting at the book when it looked like she might be taking the wrong turn, and cheering when she came through. There was only one way this could end to be satisfying for me, because I has such strong antipathy for one of the characters, and luckily the author came to the same conclusion, but not without some tension along the way. An emotionally rewarding journey.
This is a domestic drama with strong relevance to the lives of modern middle-aged women, dealing with issues we all face in today’s world, where women are straining against some of the expectations and limitations that have been placed on them in the past. It deals with maternal guilt, which all of us who have children and careers will recognise, self-doubt, relationship problems, ageing parents and many other quandaries we all face on a daily basis. Anyone looking for an entertaining family drama with a strong streak of truthfulness running through it will enjoy this book.
Her Husband’s Mistake is out now in all formats and you can buy a copy here.
If you would like to visit some of the other blogs taking part in the tour, you can find details of the stops on the poster below:
About the Author
Sheila O’Flanagan is the author of many bestselling novels including The Hideaway, What Happened That Night, The Missing Wife, My Mother’s Secret, If You Were Me, and All For You (winner of the Irish Independent Popular Fiction Book of the Year Award). She lives in Dublin with her husband.
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