Victoria Cooke comes to the blog today with a new release that is full of missteps, growth and the eventual happy ending. Please read on for my review of
Who Needs Men Anyway?
I’m being completely honest when I say that I hated – yes HATED the main character Charlotte for a good 2/3 of the book. Smug, materialistic, meddlesome, prone to thinking she is the ONLY person who knows what is best for everyone she encounters. She’s so very unrealistic in her view of the world – even though she does work hard for charities and has developed this persona to make up for her rather unremarkable start in life. Even knowing all of that information from Charlotte’s pov – her consistent inability to curb her own meddling impulses was more than frustrating – particularly when things started to go pear shaped.
Married for eleven years, she is finally finding her life isn’t all she hoped: making a ‘perfect’ house for her lawyer husband, purchasing just the ‘right’ dress, and working out regularly with a personal trainer, especially in moments of freak out when an extra dinner roll just may have ruined her perfect figure. Self-indulgent to the nth degree, the ONLY saving grace for Charlotte is her determination to see others happy. When she discovers her personal trainer’s fiance in a compromising situation, then follows the other woman to ‘get information’ – her obsessions look less than honorable. Not surprisingly, the chickens come home to roost as she discovers her own husband’s infidelity with the wife of her gardener – a shock yes, but one she was wholly unprepared for as she felt herself (smugly and wrongly) in the perfect marriage, even with his extra hours of work.
I don’t know how Cooke managed to keep me reading on with such a distasteful character in Charlotte, but her moments of clarity – where you actually saw her good intentions were clearly defined, and it wasn’t until her own calculation and missteps caught up with her – and she saw the result of losing someone she had come to care for with her own manipulations that she starts to see the error of her ways. With a feisty, take no prisoners, bent on revenge friend, a series of ‘getting back their own’ acts, and uncovering the depths of her own husband’s deception, as well as finally having someone and something to call her own in the form of a much longed for baby, Charlotte starts to become the woman she was meant to be – stripped of all pretense she finds the value of a life fully lived – even without the designer labels. An interesting, if difficult read that showed great growth, plenty of heart and a surprisingly wonderful ending.
Title: Who Needs Men Anyway?
Author: Victoria Cooke
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Romantic Elements, Setting: Britain
Published by: HQ Digital
Published on: 2 April, 2018
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Don’t get mad, get even…
Thirty-something Charlotte’s Emsworth’s life is a sickeningly perfect round of charity events, hot yoga, and romantic gestures for sexy lawyer husband James. But, patiently waiting to get pregnant, Charlotte is bored. And when she’s bored, she has a tendency to meddle…
First, it’s her personal trainer Megan’s cheating fiancé, then the gardener Sam’s wife’s ‘late nights at the office’. But soon the meddling, however well-intentioned, lands Charlotte in way over her head, and all the time spent ‘managing’ other people’s lives makes her blind to the cracks appearing in her own…
Getting even is one thing, but what about getting happy?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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