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Summary

Her husband's moved out - and her dad's moved in....

It's New Year's Eve, and Iris has just found out that her husband, Adam, is cheating on her. Furious, she kicks him out and enlists her dad to move in and help with the children whilst she tries to mend her broken heart. 

But her dad soon starts to display signs of Alzheimer's, and Iris realises that if she loses her partner, she'll be managing an awful lot on her own. Soon, she realises that Adam wasn't the only one taking their marriage for granted, and for the sake of the children she decides to give him one more chance. 

But is it braver to stay than to run? And can anyone fall in love with the same person twice?

©2021 Helen Whitaker (P)2021 Orion Publishing Group

Critic reviews

"Emotionally smart and thought provoking." (Clare Pooley, author of The Authenticity Project)

"So well-observed, with a kind eye and an open heart. It's wonderful." (Laura Jane Williams, author of The Love Square)

"A keenly observed tale of love gone wrong and the things we do to try and make it right again. Whitaker deftly mines the complexity of long-term relationships, exposing both their fragility but ultimately leaving the reader with a real sense of hope. A triumph!" (Mike Gayle, author of All the Lonely People)

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Annoying narrator’s voice of husband

The characters are annoying. Why did I ever think this subject would interest me? I guess because I thought the protagonist would be an awesome character. The sample was interesting. The worst thing about this book is the husband’s accent by the narrator. I got as far as chapter 10. The therapist was on point at that first meeting but the way the wife, Iris responded was annoying and put me off reading further. The best thing about this book is the author’s knowledge of the subject.

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Loved it!

Real life story, that could happen to anyone.
Great narrative. Really enjoyed it. Will look up other of the authors books.

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More real than usual

I enjoyed this because it was just a story which felt more true to life.