[EBOOK / PDF] (The Good Wife Strikes Back) AUTHOR Elizabeth Buchan

The Good Wife Strikes BackBegin with Brief spates of dialogue would be interrupted by paragraphs of xplanation of who the people were and what their relationship was The following is not a direct uote but this is what it read likeCan you please pass the butter Sacha I askedSacha was my nephew 23 years old He was visiting fromand had lived WITH US SINCEHE WAS IN UNIVERSITYSURE SAID SACHA HE us sinceHe was in universitySure said Sacha He to Chloe and askedChloe was Although I understood why the author was doing this it was really too obvious which I think is what got to me I ve read books which were much successful at both involving me in the story and clarifying the roles of the characters without getting on my nerves It was a bad start and I only got less interested as I read onThe idea of tracing a woman s trajectory from blissful blind love to uestioning her self sacrifice to mid life crisis has been done before but it still has potential Unfortunately although this book tried it didn t make it Buchan wanted to make Fanny s life and psyche complicated and I guess a little less clicheed a mother who abandoned her as a child with whom she still has a relationship the ambivalence re the alcoholic live in sister in law whom Fanny would like to kick out of the house but can t uite but somehow despite these various subplots and complications I found Fanny and her struggles kind of boring and nothing God's Choice: The Total World of a Fundamentalist Christian School else in the book compensatedIt did make me wonder why some books manage to be deep or otherwisengaging and some books just don t I have read books with plots that were similarly typical but I didn t get as bored Maybe I liked the characters maybe the twists in the circumstances were interesting or better developed maybe the writing

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better I t know what it was xactly but writing was better I don t know what it was xactly but it was this book didn t have it Elizabeth Buchan is a writer for ladies of a certain age Her heroines are usually in their 40s married with children They are highly relatable In The Good Wife Strikes Back Fanny Savage is a 40 something wife of a politician and daughter of a late teens daughter She considers herself a good wife always standing by her husband as an unpaid co worker in his political life and taking care of their daughter This book is the story of Fanny s rediscovering herself and it is very satisfying Not nough happens in it Fanny and Will and Meg are well drawn characters but as I found I was waiting for something to happen and then realised that nothing much was going to apart from a lot of soul searching I try and avoid soul searching my own and other people s So by. Ten path—and finds much than she bargained for After nineteen years of being the perfect wife to an ambitious politician Fanny Savage is restless Tired of merely keeping uiet and looking good at public ngagements she remembers the career she abandoned and the lif.

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The time she was in Italy three uarters of the way through I was speed reading And she didn t ven sleep with Raoul so I felt cheated way through I was speed reading And she didn t ven sleep with Raoul so I felt cheated of the sex scene Anybody could see that Meg was going to come to a sticky Foraging for Survival end too I recommend The New Mrs Clifton over this one much better interesting characters satisfying plot line I like that she s writing about the lives of ostensibly uite ordinary women and scrutinising them We need coverage Read in one day and one sitting but couldn t finish it Really don t know why I chose this Elizabeth Buchan over Rose Tremain the two novels were sitting on my desk but having read 200 pages I really can t stand the thought of wasting any time OK the story line has been done but not done to deathand will be done again with much greater feeling Butach of the major crises in her life first being abandoned as a child by her Mother wh goes off to live in the States second the birth of her daughter Chloe third the discovery that her husband had shagged his Secretary in the marital bed then fourth the sudden unexpected death of her Father were all so bland and lacking in sensitive feeling and reported in the passive tenseI decided to call it a dyad donate the book to a charity shop and guess what There were others on the shelf Buchan wrote a nicely crafted novel of a woman who has tried to be a good wife and a supportive wife to her politician husband Although she has a job in the family wine business it seems as though her husband does not consider that side of his wife and uses her as adornment or an accessory to his career He fully xpects her to maintain a complete slate of political activities including taking his place at vents when slate of political activities including taking his place at Foundations of Tropical Forest Biology: Classic Papers with Commentaries events when can t be there Fanny finds herself becoming overwhelmed by all these demands and starts wishing she werelsewhere What would she have become if life had taken her down a different path Is there time to take that path now Added into the mix are an alcoholic sister in law that her husband has added to Fanny s load her daughter and her nephew who has also come to live with them After her father s death Fanny decides to go to Italy as she and her father had planned It seems asier to breathe in Italy Should she stay Is a new life possible Can you leave your old life behind and become a new person Really njoyed it the twist the relationships Meg a book you can disappear into to I njoyed this book and its complicated themes of family loyalties I believe the longer you ve been married the better you ll understand the meaning of the title. E she left behind as a successful partner in her father's Italian wine business She has devoted two decades to being the Good Wife Was it worth it after all Could it be time for a trip back to Italy—to the pleasures of sun wine and food Could it be time for a chan. ,

I didn t ready any reviews before reading this book Based On The Title I Was Expecting A Funny Story on the title I was xpecting a funny story a traditional wife who turns verything upside downthis is not that book I m still not sure what her strike was supposed to be Most of the book was flashbacks about how much of a jerk her husband iswas 23 of the way through she goes to Italy on her ownwhere nothing happens In the nd she goes on her ownwhere nothing happens In the One Ticket To Texas end she goes to her jerk of a husband and continues to be a good wife I was very disappointed in this book it could have been so much better Sorry I know this might have been better received by others but I found this book boring unfocused but I muddled through to thend and still I found no redeeming ualities it was just bad After reading some tough books I needed a lighter read Because I loved one of Buchan s other books I wanted to give this one a try The interesting glimmers revolving around alcohol addiction and grief did not make up for the overall blah feeling The character of Fanny annoyed me as did her husband and for that matter many of the other charactersOnward upward Meh I give the author credit for trying to be a little deep but somehow she didn t succeed The plot felt clicheed and predictable to me simply a longer version of its blurb with characters who didn t grab me and not much Helpmate else to offerBrief summary if you read this paragraph you ve basically read the book Fanny forty something and facing thempty nest as her beloved college aged daughter departs for Australia is beginning to reevaluate her life of self sacrifice on the altar of her husband s political career She has worked hard to be the perfect politician s wife from painful regular appointments to dye her Art, Culture, and Cuisine: Ancient and Medieval Gastronomy eyelashes so her mascara won t run in the pictures to giving up her own career to dealing with her husband s public and standing in for him periodically to forgiving her husband s one time dalliance to taking in her husband s alcoholic sister to live with them As the book proceeds Fanny is growing increasingly irritated with the demands of her Stepford wife role not to mention with her husband himself and with her intrusive and high maintenance live in alcoholic sister in law About halfway through the book her beloved father s death sends her into a tailspin She departs for her father s native Italy where shencounters her pre husband beau who is still attractive and amorous and she is faced with the decision of whether or not to return to the husband who has taken her for granted all these yearsThe book was slow and annoying to. Elizabeth Buchan's New York Times bestseller Revenge of the Middle Aged Woman was hailed as “a thoughtful intelligent funny coming of middle age story” by The Boston Globe Now she's back with another wise and ntertaining novel about a woman who veers off the bea.

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