Thursday, March 1, 2012

(27)A Rural Affair by Catherin Alliott

A Rural Affair

Publication Date: March 1, 2012
Pages: 448

Apparently there are some women out there that fantasize about the death of their husbands.  Not that they REALLY wish them dead, they just think about how much easier their lives would be without their husbands.

Poppy Schilling has been guilty of having that fantasy more than once, but when the day actually arrives that she receives the news that her husband was killed (by a falling block of frozen piss from a passing aircraft) her world is shattered.  She is a young widow left with two small children.  But when she receives  news that her husband has been carrying on an affair for the last four years, well it seems like it is the last straw.  Will Poppy be able to pull herself out of the funk that has become her life?

Even though A Rural Affair is one of those British Chick Lit novels that I adore so much, I had a hard time adoring this one as much as I wanted.  I think the only thing that bothered me was the way there were flashbacks and there was no indication or marking of the flashback.  Like an icon or even a chapter title.  It may have just been the format of my E-ARC, but it made it very confusing for me to read.   I will say that there were several times I found myself laughing out loud one minute and then going "Huh??" the next.

A Rural Affair is getting a lot of positive reviews, so I will just assume that it is my issue.  Once you get past that, Poppy is a fun character getting through the most difficult situation of her life.  With her friend, Jennie, the two of them tackle the world after loss and do so in a lighthearted, entertaining manner.  Just like it should be in a Chick Lit novel!


Sara Bell said...

I just don't know that I could handle this one. I feel like I'd have trouble feeling sorry for the character any ways.
I love my husband like crazy, but could you blame me if I started cheating on him for wishing I would die?!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

I have not read a novel by Catherine Alliott for over five years. Although I used to enjoy them your review does not inspire me to pick this one up.

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