She'd never dreamt she'd wind up being a mum before she had a baby.' When Annie was swept off her feet by handsome widower Simon, she willingly promised to have and to hold all that he held dear, including his daughter, Lydia. Lydia's mother died years before in a sailing accident and it's clear from the off that the young girl doesn't welcome her new stepmother. As a lucrative job offer for Simon forces them all to decamp to America, Annie has a lot to learn. How do you fit in in a close-knit US town? What makes her daughter tick? And how do you try to convince your new husband that he's done the right thing in marrying in haste? For every woman who's had to juggle the complexities of step-parenting, this sharp and funny look at the world of modern famililes will ring very true indeed.
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Your Roots are Showing aka The Wrong Sort of Wife
Lizzie Buckley has a seemingly perfect life- gorgeous husband James, lovely house and beautiful twins. But Lizzie is tired and bored and James just doesn’t understand So Lizzie types an e-mail to her sister, packed with her problems and hits send. Too late she realises she’s sent it to James by mistake.
As Lizzie’s life starts to unravel she begins to wonder if she’d still be with James if she’d have been thinner, better dressed, or was her mother-in-law right all along and she was just the wrong sort of wife?
The first novel by Elise Chidley (whose short stories have previously been nominated for several awards) this is brilliant read which I’d highly recommend to anyone who enjoys books by Katie Fforde or Marian Keyes."--Alison Kerridge, WATERSTONE'S BURY ST EDMUNDS
"Look no further for a delicious, romantic story, written with wit and a light touch."--Elizabeth Buchan, New York Times bestselling author of Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman
"Toe-curlingly observant and wonderfully heartwarming--I loved it!"--Gemma Townely, author of The Importance of Being Married
"Absolutely wonderful . . . a charming debut, not to be missed." --Jane Porter, author of Flirting with Forty
"Chidley hits it out of the park with her debut novel. She finds humor in the mundane and absolutely nails Lizzie's character arc. With spot-on writing, Chidley has created a heroine readers will care about."
--Romantic Times BOOKreviews on YOUR ROOTS ARE SHOWING
"A page turner. Lizzie Buckley has a life many women would dream of. but lately she's been fantasising about swapping lives with a single woman. When Lizzie hits 'send' on the wrong email everything starts to unravel.-- EASTERN DAILY PRESS
"Lizzie seems to have the perfect life... but when she vents her frustrations with married life in an email, only
to accidently send it to her husband, we begin to see the cracks. This is full of colourful characters and is the ideal holiday read."--PRIMA
"Hands up who’s ever sent an e-mail or a text message to the wrong person by accident? If you’re one of the many (and yes I’ve done it too!) you’ll know that feeling of panic that strikes the millisecond you realise what you’ve done.
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