Book Reviews of The English Wife (Next)

The English Wife (Next)
The English Wife - Next
Author: Doreen Roberts
ISBN-13: 9780373880973
ISBN-10: 0373880979
Publication Date: 6/1/2006
Pages: 304
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 45 ratings
Publisher: Harlequin
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
This was the first book I ever read in the "next" series and I must say that it was a nice change from the mainstream chic lit that I usually read.I thought the story was very good.Once the main character got to England I really started enjoying this book.
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Helpful Score: 2
He left her a cottage in England...and a photograph with the words "I'm sorry" written on it...

Marjorie Maitland's life was totally predictable-just the way she liked it. But when her husband died, he left her a deed to a cottage in England. The old Margie would have left this alone. But the new Margie had to make this trip to England to discover if her whole life had been a lie...

This book is part of a line of "What's Next?" novels, about women who are looking for what's next in their lives, about rediscovery and reconnection.

There's the life you planned. And then there's what comes next.
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Helpful Score: 1
He left her a cottage in England...and a photograph with the words "I'm sorry" written on it...

Marjorie Maitland was used to a certain routine--she'd built her life around the safety of predictability. Then the unexpected happened--her husband died. But grief was not the only emotion that overwhelmed her. The mystery her husband left behind puzzled her--a deed to a cottage in England. Where had that come from? And who was the woman in the photograph? Margie knew trouble when it knocked on her door.

The old Margie, safe in her suburban home, would have avoided this potentially humiliating situation. But things were changing. The new Margie had to unravel this tangled web and get to the truth. And that meant a trip to England to find out if her entire life had been a lie...or to discover the best parts of the rest of her life.
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Helpful Score: 1
An amazing story. I loved it. Moves right along. I enjoyed the NEXT step, the characters, and premise of this story. Satisfying ending. Recommend. P.S. I love the cover too!
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I love the Next Collection. And The English Wife is such a good read. It was fast, funny, sad and full of "what next is gonna happen". I really liked the charecters and I am in love with this author and would like to read more from her. This Next story was about a woman who's husband passed away, she finds out during the will reading that her husband owned a cottage in England That he had purcahsed apx. 3 months after their marriage and they had been married 27 years, and there was a woman living there free of rent charges. The wife has no idea about the cottage, or the woman and her lawyer says it is up to her to let this woman know her free ride is over and that the owner has died and now as his wife she is now the owner. Fun read.
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A good story about a newly widowed woman who finds out her husband had a family in England she knew nothing about. Nicely written, easy read.
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Great book! Wonderful and touching story.
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Marjorie Maitland was used to a certain routine - then her husband died. The mystery her husband left behind puzzled her - a deed to a cottage in England. Where had that come from? And who was the woman in the photograph? Marge had to unravel this tangled web and get to the truth. And that meant a trip to England to find out if her entire life had been a lie...or to discover the best parts of the rest of her life.

I found this story fascinating, not at all what I thought it would be. I loved it!
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What a heart warming book. I read it in a day, could not put it down a great beach book
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The lawyer said, "I'd think about selling your property in England." But she didn't know property in England was a part of her recently deceased husband's smaller-than-expected estate. That began a journey for Marjorie -- through her mind and heart and finally to England where she would find decisions, challenges and peace.
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A charming story of the quest for truth and the finding of forgiveness plus a renewal of love.
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In Seattle, attorney James Starrett informs Marjorie Maitland that her late spouse fifty-four years old investments consultant Brandon left her a cottage in Miles End, Devon in England. She had no idea that they owned property overseas that he bought three months after their marriage, twenty-seven years ago. The final shockers are an Eileen something or other resides rent free in the cottage and the photo of a strange woman with the note "I'm sorry" on it.

Though one not used the venturing out, Marjorie decides she must know the truth by uncovering the secret that her spouse hid from her in their almost three decades of marriage. The truth is across the ocean in a little cottage where Eileen something or other lives. Marjorie knows what she might learn could devastate her, but England is her destination.

Readers will accompany Marjorie as the audience will want to know what happened and why Brandon hid what he did from his wife. The mystery is clever as it enables the reader to observe a middle age woman forced to put her grief aside because her emotional pull is the truth and its potential affect that her married life was built on a lie. Doreen Roberts provides a strong character driven tale.

Harriet Klausner
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Very enjoyable light reading, with a good believable cast of characters. Well done.
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A beautiful story! Very engaging characters.
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He left her a cottage in England ... and a photograph with the words "I'm sorry" written on it - From back cover.

Very entertaining light read with an absolutely beautiful cover.
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Really lovely book - I really enjoyed it.
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I wasn't a fan of this book's overwrought emotions and trite writing.
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Once I started reading this book I couldn't put it down. It is a wonderful story.
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Great story about finding love and confronting the past and healing. Easy read.
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Marjorie's husband left everything to her in his will. This included the property in England. Marjorie never knew about this cottage. She travels to England and finds that her husband of 23 years had a secret life. Easy and quick read. I knocked out this book in two hours. Easy to figure out the happy ending.