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His voice was sweet, intimate, demanding: 'There is a way out of this, you know. You could agree to marry me.' When Davis Calder moves in next door to Kate Easton and her seventeen-year-old daughter Roxy, neither has any idea of the devastation about to be unleashed. With Kate struggling to accept her daughter's independence and Roxy getting more secretive by the day, therHis voice was sweet, intimate, demanding: 'There is a way out of this, you know. You could agree to marry me.' When Davis Calder moves in next door to Kate Easton and her seventeen-year-old daughter Roxy, neither has any idea of the devastation about to be unleashed. With Kate struggling to accept her daughter's independence and Roxy getting more secretive by the day, there's enough family tension to go around already. Before they know it, glamorous, charismatic Davis is the only one who seems able to keep the peace. Until, one wedding day later, Kate makes a discovery that blows the whole family apart ......

Title : The Second Husband
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ISBN : 9780751539882
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Number of Pages : 405 Pages
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The Second Husband Reviews

  • Sue
    2019-03-05 14:22

    Told in the first person by Kate, a divorced woman in her late thirties who has a teenage daughter, Roxy, and a younger son Matthew. We meet Kate as she’s considering who to accept as a lodger, while also becoming increasingly frustrated at Roxy. The overall theme of the book is about the strength of parental relationships. Kate is far from perfect and gets into power struggles with both Alistair and Roxy which seem unnecessary and frustrating. She speaks without thinking, and doesn't seem to get how to relate to a teenager. But she adores both her children and would do anything to see them happy. I found her quite annoying at times since she misses much that is evident to the reader, but then one of the marks of a good writer is that characters get under my skin. It’s hard not to give any spoilers, since the strapline on the front of the book essentially gives away the basic plot. Perhaps it was meant to; maybe the author was employing the ‘unreliable narrator’ technique so that readers were well aware of what was going on despite her ignorance. Even if the strapline wasn’t intentional, the title must have been. So we know that Kate is going to get married to someone, and it’s clear from the start who that will be. At the midway point the inevitable is revealed, and there's something of a sordid element. But I kept reading, and Kate’s character develops as her priorities become clearer, and despite everything her loyalty and love as a mother trump everything.The ending is a bit abrupt after a lengthy climax. Perhaps it’s inevitable that everything comes full circle; yet Kate has moved on, finding that some of the people closest to her are much more complex - and in some cases nicer - than she had previously realised. I didn't much like it in the middle, but by the end realised that it's quite thought-provoking.

  • DubaiReader
    2019-03-21 09:23

    Predictable.This was well enough written but rather predictable. One twist, about half way through, prevented the book from being totally mundane, but in spite of a dash overseas and some rather irritating conversation, the ending just resolved itself, with no help from the characters. It didn't help that the narrator of my audiobook version had a rather patronising, super-sweet voice.Kate Easton has been divorced from her first husband, Alistair, for ten years, when he announces that his child support will have to be reduced and suggests that she split the flat and take in a lodger. Reluctantly she agrees and Davis Calder takes the room. He is peripatetic teacher, coaching teenagers through their exams, and offers to help Kate's daughter Roxy in her application for Cambridge University.In spite of Kate's resolution to steer clear of men and concentrate on Roxy and her nine-year old brother, Kate is undeniably drawn to him.Because I listened to the audio version, I fortunately missed the tag line spoiler, that was apparently on the book. But in spite of this, it wasn't too much of a surprise as there were plenty of suggestive hints in the narrative. The resolution of the resulting problem was totally ineffective as the issue, predictably, resolved itself, much as I had expected.Not a bad listen to keep me awake on a couple of five-hour drives, but not something that makes me want to dash out and buy another book by the same author.

    2019-02-25 07:11

    couldn't finish the book. one word, horrible!

  • Ti
    2019-03-15 15:06

    In true Louise Candlish fashion, lack of character development, poor and predictable plot, and even she seems to get bored towards the end as she sprints to the finish line after such a long, drawn out set up. Where there should be a climax is actually an anti-climax. On the plus side, there are a few giggles and this is the kind of book to read if you don't want to have to put any thought into it, or wish to fall asleep quickly. Overall, disappointing and torturous.

  • Roz Black
    2019-03-14 15:32

    Such a disappointment. The whole book felt like there was going to be a twist that just never happened. Extremely predictable. Although I did finish it so that’s the only reason it got more than one star

  • John Travers
    2019-03-17 14:31

    Not up to her usual. A slow long plod through a story that was obvious from the first chapter

  • Itchy
    2019-03-03 14:17

    I didn't like any of the characters except young Matthew. If that idiot Kate was my mother, I would've been a teenage runaway. I won't be reading another book by this author

  • Monica Benbow
    2019-02-24 07:08


  • Chloe
    2019-03-16 13:07

    Kate Easton is divorced, and lives with her 2 children, 17 year old Roxy and 9 year old Matthew. They are struggling financially so decide to split their house up and have a tenant.Davis Calder decides to move in, and he and Kate strike up a friendship which soon becomes something more. But Kate is about to unleash a secret set to devastate the whole family, and rock it to its core.Can relationships survive the fall out, and will Kate ever get over the betrayal?I thought the premise of the book sounded good, but judging by the tag line on the cover of the book, and the blurb on the back, I realised after I started reading it that I had probably guessed the twist that was going to appear in the book. When I realised this, I was actually pretty annoyed because this sort of thing shouldn’t be spoilt, let alone on the front cover of the book. I think its a bad decision to have used the tag line they did as it is definitely too obvious (and I have asked a few people about this who have agreed), so for this I have had to take stars off the book rating overall.Story-wise, this is the first Louise Candlish novel I had read, although I do have another of her books on my shelf, I just haven’t gotten round to reading it yet. I found her writing very enjoyable, and the first half of the book was very enjoyable, covering all the background that sets up the story well. Maybe the background was a bit too long, she could have got to her destination much faster but I actually enjoyed the read. It was the second half to do with the secret I had more of a problem with. As I had guessed the secret, there was no shocking moment, and the rest felt like a bit of an anti-climax and I think Candlish could have done a lot more with these characters and the situation.The characters themselves were well written and I did find myself thinking all the right emotions towards them. Kate, the main character, was a very nice woman and you could warm to her and sympathise with her situation and dislike of men due to her ex-husband. Alistair, her ex, was a slimy creature although towards the end of the book I did find myself liking him a bit more. Davis was completely suspicious, I didn’t like him at all and you could tell something was a biit funny there. And finally, Roxy and Matt her children were typical child charcters, well written and did their job in the story well enough.To be honest, although I had guessed the story, I was quite cross at Kate for not guessing it! There were really obvious hints being dropped throughout, and some of them were so blindingly obvious, it was quite daft she didn’t suspect something. I don’t know why Candlish chose to do it this way, because I found her non-suspicion a tad implausible and it did impair my enjoyment of the novel because of it. I feel that what could have been a good excitable plot turned into a bit of a farce. Key plots twists are revealed on the cover, the main character doesn’t get anything until its front of her face, and it seemed to take a bit long to get where it was going, with the end half of the book really a bit rushed.Don’t get me wrong, this is a good enough read, because Candlish has a nice easy to read writing style, but I just feel there are too many factors which annoyed me to give this book a high star rating. I am so disappointed that the publishers chose to put the tag line they did on the cover, and consequently the novel didn’t have the shock factor that I believe was intended. Good characters make up a bit for this, but not enough to save the story completely. A real shame, but still a good read if you have the time

  • Nele
    2019-02-23 15:08

    Een echtscheiding, een puberende dochter en een tweede huwelijk met nare gevolgen. Dat zijn de elementen die Pas op mijn dochter! vormen. Maar zijn die gevolgen wel het lezen waard?Kate Easton woont gescheiden van haar man, met haar twee kinderen Roxy en Matthew. Verbitterd door de scheiding kan Kate niet zo goed omgaan met de puberperikelen van haar dochter. Daarnaast heeft ze ook moeite om elke maand rond te komen, en besluit daarom een deel van haar appartement te verhuren. De nieuwe huurder, Davis, trekt al snel de aandacht van Kate en ze besluiten na een half jaar al te trouwen. Kate lijkt echter helemaal verblind door deze nieuwe relatie want Davis is helemaal niet wie ze denkt te zijn.Het verhaal op zich is niet super origineel. Als lezer hoop je op een interessante plotwending met een verrassend verhaal over wie Davis eigenlijk is. Spijtig genoeg kan je al bij zijn intrede in het boek vermoeden wat er zal gebeuren. Het ganse verhaal is heel voorspelbaar en hierdoor helemaal niet spannend.Hoofdpersonage Kate is daarenboven ook nog heel naïef, waarbij je als lezer echt niet begrijpt hoe ze alles aanpakt. Halsoverkop trouwen met een onbekende, de omgang met haar puberdochter, … Het lijkt allemaal nogal onwerkelijk, tot soms irritant.Toch heeft dit boek een pluspunt met de vlotte schrijfstijl van Louise Candlish. Ook al is het verhaal niet zo spectaculair, toch is het makkelijk om uit te lezen. Je blijft ook benieuwd naar hoe alles juist tot een einde zal komen. Al hoef je hiervan ook geen spectaculaire gebeurtenissen te verwachten. Lees dit boek als een “tussendoortje” van huiselijk drama, dan heb je een vlot lezend boek te pakken.

  • Zoe
    2019-03-03 13:35

    The basics are as follows: A mother and 17 year old daughter are at loggerheads. Mother 'Kate' begins a relationship with her lodger which develops into marriage. She then discovers her 17 year old daughter and her 45 year old new husband have been having an affair. All I could think of throughout this book was what an utterly awful mother Kate was. This woman had no single solitary idea how to act toward a teenage daughter and the constant mouse-like "sorry darlings" that came after her daughter had verbally attacked her was infuriating. Not to mention the fact that this spiteful little teen stole her mothers husband with not a single ounce of remorse and then expected to be accepted back into the family when she'd had enough of him? AND WAS ACCEPTED. This was all a bit of a backward story and lacked human reactions! Having said that, I enjoyed this and I'm not entirely sure why. Not a particularly helpful review, I know. I'd reccomend this for a light "pass the time" read.

  • Caitlin
    2019-03-19 14:24

    The first 200 or so pages of this book go VERY slowly and are pretty dull in my opinion, it took me over a month to get through it. After that the drama kicked in though and I couldn't put it down. If it wasn't for the last few chapters though, I would have completely hated it.This is the second book I've read by Louise Candlish and both have been pretty slow with not one likable character between them. Her characters are generally stereotypical and flat. Yes, they occasionally break through the stereotype towards the end in what is supposed to be a dramatic scene but you kind of can't help thinking that, with all that the charcter is built up to be, it just wouldn't happen.Overall, it's not a great book, but it's saved by the later chapters.

  • Susan
    2019-03-22 10:19

    I have enjoyed Lousie Candlish books in the past and was looking forward to this. But it is was so obvious from the tag line on the front cover what Kate and her daughter Roxy were sharing. (Bad editorial mistake by the publisher). I liked Kate though it was certainly a case of heart over head in falling for Davis. The scenes between mother and teenage daughter were very believable, though I found her protective attitiude to her young son a bit overdone. The denouement was no longer a surprise. I found the chase abroad very long drsawn out and for me the book ended on a wimper. I was pleased for Kate that she was reunited with her daughter but Davis remained a shadowy character.

  • Joelyn
    2019-03-14 15:13

    Shockingly bad. I started reading this book last week and after 100 or so pages I gave up. I'm not one to stop reading a book halfway through - regardless of how bad it is - but despite trying my best to persevere I just couldn't bring myself to finish it. Her characters are flat with not one of them being likeable and her writing style is slow. After reading two of her previous novels and quite enjoying them I have to say it was more than disappointed.

  • Percy
    2019-02-28 10:30

    Beware, spoilers ahead.Quite early on I had my suspicions about Davis and Roxy, a little over half way through these suspicions get sort of confirmed. And Kate’s neediness is basically making me shout ‘idiot’ every chance I get.Truth be told, this story disgust me a little. Or a lot. But as is Louise Candlish’s writing, it drags you in and you just have to know the end, and the reasoning behind it all.

  • Gayle
    2019-03-10 13:35

    Finished the audio of this yesterday. I really liked it but I could really relate the the main character - middle aged woman with teenage daughter. She really nailed the teenage thing! Anyway, it was a lovely listen with an excellent narrator. BTW, the book takes place in the UK and the narrator is English. Yes, quite lovely!

  • Claire
    2019-03-04 12:10

    Did anyone else notice that when she took the children to the hospital to visit the baby that their Dad took them up while she stayed in the lobby but then he appeared in front of her asking where the children were? That bugged me for the rest of the book. I did enjoy it but it as much as other books I have read recently. It was predictable from the start

  • Teotakuu
    2019-03-11 07:21

    I saw the plot premise almost straight away. The disturbing thing to me was that I wanted there to be a punishment of some kind but, while immoral, no illegality was perpetrated. I have become a judgemental old woman

  • Nina
    2019-03-10 10:12

    Didn't get to finish it before I had to hand it back, so I skimmed a bit and read the ending (shame on me). From what I read though, I don't feel like getting my hands on it again some way and reading it properly.

  • Alison Gray
    2019-03-08 10:31

    Well once you have read the cover you know what the story basically is so it doesnt really hold many surprises! It was ok as a book to read on the beach but dont expect to be gripped!!

  • Michele
    2019-03-14 14:18

    This book was well written and held my interest. The only complaint is that the blurb on the front pretty much constituted a major spoiler. If not for that it would have had another star.

  • Gail Williams
    2019-02-23 13:24

    I agree, the first 200 pages did not hold my interest and then it picked up. I must admit I skipped a lot of retrospect stuff as it seemed like filler and wasn't relevant to the story.

  • Ghada Almoulani
    2019-03-10 07:08

    It is a moving & thought-provoking book. A simple demonstration of mothers' sanity, love & tolerance ..

  • Joanne
    2019-03-23 12:07

    Took awhile to get into, but half way through got really gripping and then couldn't put it down.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-04 10:08

    I guessed from early on what was going to happen and it just made the rest of the book a little predictable to read.

  • Jb62
    2019-03-17 13:22

    Found the main character very frustrating as she was incredibly weak and apologetic. Of course probably how the author wanted her to be. It was a decent book

  • Teresacooks
    2019-03-22 11:13

    This book was a waste of reading time. So predictable, the characters were all so unlikeable. Ugh. Can't believe I even picked it up.

  • Anna Elliott
    2019-03-10 10:14

    Louise Candlish is a mesmerising writer who held my attention from the first page. This is an intense tale of a mothers love for her children. Worth reading.

  • Sarah Arlen
    2019-03-19 13:29

    One of the worst books I've read in a long, long time. I only finished it to be fair to the author. But I shouldn't have wasted my time...