Ever since Nancy first brainstormed the plot of The Husband Diet with all of us in Matera, I’ve been longing to read it. The story of Erica, a plus-sized woman who put aside her own dreams to help her egocentric husband get his business off the ground. Fast forward twelve years and Erica is still putting her wants aside for the sake of Ira, who still hasn’t managed to get his business going. But now Erica has two kids to think about. And then there’s Erica’s shallow mother, Marcy, who seems to thrive on making her daughter feel awful and who never provides her with the emotional support Erica desperately needs. Thank God Erica has her gay best friend Paul in her corner to remind her that she is beautiful no matter what size she is and that she is a great mom with kids who adore her. Paul gives Erica the unconditional love and support she’s been missing but she wishes she had someone who could take care of her physical needs as well, and that certainly isn’t her husband who announces that she is too heavy to turn him on.
Enter Julian Foxham, brave spider killer and dead sexy headmaster of the school Erica’s children attend. His good looks and quiet calm set Erica’s heart racing and remind her there is hope for her love life–there are other men in the world and, unlike her husband, they find her incredibly attractive. At first Julian is nothing more to Erica than a perfect fantasy hero but then it becomes obvious he’s interested in more than just a parent-teacher relationship with Erica…well, I won’t spoil it for you.
Take my advice and order yourself a copy of The Husband Diet. If you want a book that will have you laughing and rooting for the heroine from page one until the very end and wishing you had your own spider-killing hottie, then this is the book for you. I loved how Erica shakes off the shackles of her self-doubt (and her deadbeat hubby) and rediscovers her plan to get what she wants in life. It’s lighthearted without being fluffy and Erica’s moments of introspection will have you nodding in empathy–let’s face it, we’ve all had those moments when we don’t believe in ourselves and we need someone else to shake some sense into us. 🙂
Intrigued? Here are the links where you can preorder The Husband Diet for Kobo and NOOK. Kindle readers, the book will be available on 31 May and it’s worth the wait. 🙂
My rating? I give The Husband Diet five stars!
It was such a fun read and I love a book that makes me laugh and empathize with the main characters! 🙂
Happy reading (and writing)!
One of Sue Traynor’s illustrations, © Susan Traynor. Source: istockphoto.com
I’m working on a few manuscripts simultaneously, which should be confusing but my brain seems to be able to handle it. It must be from work–I have to juggle so many projects at once and keep everything straight. Maybe that’s why I get bored when I only have one thing to work on. I suspect I have a touch of ADD–I have a hard time concentrating, I leave things unfinished in my private life because other things distract me so easily. Good thing I have Tord to remind me to finish what I start. 🙂
So now that I found all the chapters of Playing House and I’ve started going through them to see where they need fine tuning, I thought the best way to stay on track was to give myself a deadline and to make a cover. But I couldn’t find a cover image that really captured the mood I wanted.
In my istockhphoto.com search, I found illustrator Sue Traynor. She does great vector images that are fun, colorful and flirty–perfect for a novel about lost loves reconnecting in a small town in Vermont. I found out Sue does custom images and contacted her about my story and what I was looking for. After exchanging a few emails and reference images, we decided we’d work together on this. I’m super excited! We start next week. Soon I will be able to share with you the cover of Playing House, which I want to launch in August.
Also, A Little Night Music, the other novel I am finishing up, will have a cover reveal soon too. Possibly by the end of the month! 🙂
A road in Vermont…
A few days ago, I decided to return to a story I started back in 2007 but never finished. There are a number of reasons why I never finished it. Weird comments during workshop review with my former writers group, especially silly ones like “we don’t want to read about Swedes”–not conducive to writing; hitting the 45K mark and getting stuck, worrying that no one would want to read the story. You name it, I worrired about it. So instead of soldiering on, I put the manuscript aside and forgot about it. Then my old computer died. And I lost my original flash drive. And I thought I’d lost that manuscript forever.
Well, the gods of Fate were kind to me. Maybe they were smiling upon me when they saw I’d cleaned off my desk. Well, I found half of the novel on the PC I bought to replace the computer that died. And I found the entire manuscript on my new flash drive–it was in a folder that had been given the name of another book I started writing but then gave up on because I deemed it boring.
So now I found the old story set in Vermont about Cassie and Michael and I’ve decided to finish it and I will give. I’ve given myself a 30 May deadline to finish the first draft. It’s also the same deadline I have for myself to finish revising Maybe Baby. Well, I like a challenge.
I’ll keep you posted on my progress. 🙂
Happy reading (and writing)!
I will freely admit that I am a sap for a good romantic story, especially a story about two people who should obviously be together but aren’t. Call it the old softie in me, call it me being a romantic dreamer even though I often think I am a cynic. Give me a story like One Day, Notting Hill, Such a Girl, Felicity or A Nice Girl Like Me, and I am hooked. So when I heard about You Had Me at Hello by Mhairi McFarlane, I knew I had to read it.
So what’s it about? Back in university, Rachel and Ben were inseparable. They were so close that everyone assumed they were dating, no matter how many times they denied it. Now’s it been ten years since they last spoke, and time has moved on. Rachel is engaged to Rhys, her long-term wanna-be rock star boyfriend, and Ben is married to Olivia. They’re paths haven’t crossed, though they’ve often thought about one another.
One night while having dinner with her close-knit group of friends (practical Caroline, enigmatic Ivor and quirky Mindy) dinner, Rachel finds out through Caroline that Ben has moved back to Manchester and that she bumped into him at the library. Intrigued, Rachel makes sure she accidentally-on purpose bumps into Ben, setting everything in motion for their reunion and the inevitable quandary spending time together again brings them.
You Had Me at Hello is an emotional rollercoaster of a page-turner. You’ll love Rachel and Ben, even when they’re both being cagey or indecisive. You’ll laugh out loud at Mindy and her crazy bits of advice (that occasionally make sense, even when they really shouldn’t). It is the sort of rom-com novel that makes you a bit nostalgic. I’m completely convinced some production company is going to snap up the film rights to this book…it would make a great movie…
So if you like stories about friends coming together again, about finding your path to love and to rediscovering the true you, then you should read You Had Me at Hello. I loved it. And I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. The title truly does say it all…:)