I’ve been a Sheila O’Flanagan fan for years, but hadn’t got round to reading her latest books which are more domestic/family drama than the softer books that she wrote originally. When invited to be on her blog tour for Her Husband’s Mistake, I really looked forward to reading her fabulous writing again. And I was not disappointed in any way. I’ll definitely be trying to catch up on the books I’ve missed out on. She’s a fabulous author that I’ve definitely been missing out on over the last few years.
About the book
Roxy’s marriage has always been rock solid.
After twenty years, and with two carefree kids, she and Dave are still the perfect couple.
Until the day she comes home unexpectedly, and finds Dave in bed with their attractive, single neighbour.
Suddenly Roxy isn’t sure about anything – her past, the business she’s taken over from her dad, or what her family’s future might be. She’s spent so long caring about everyone else that she’s forgotten what she actually wants. But something has changed. And Roxy has a decision to make.
Whether it’s with Dave, or without him, it’s time for Roxy to start living for herself . . .
So what did I think?
This is a slow burning, domestic drama. Not a new concept as a storyline but a well written, emotional one of a woman going through grief after the loss of her father and at the same time, literally walking in on her husband, in bed with the next door neighbour.
I really took to the character of Roxy, torn between wanting to be with the man that she’d been married to for years, someone that she’d made a life and a family with, and starting a new life for herself, in which she could see him in it, but when he started to tell her what she can and can’t do. Her Mum was also a fab character and it was lovely to see her look at her life going forward and making a new life for herself too after the loss of her husband while comforting her daughter who was going through the same grief but that of a parent.
It’s strange that someone can be married to a person, and when they died, they can if they want at some point, go on to love again and find a new partner, but you only have two parents and they can’t be replaced, so there are different types of grief that they were helping each other through.
The author has taken a very relatable topic and created a real page-turner. One minute you want Roxy to get back with her husband and the next you want her to go it alone and make the business that she inherited from her dad a huge success. I did find myself shouting at her a couple of times I must admit. I was really routing for her and wanted her to make a decision that would work for her. I really enjoyed her meeting new people in her life and them being an important part of her journey in many ways.
This was a really entertaining read that I thoroughly enjoyed.
About the author
Sheila O’Flanagan is the author of many bestselling novels including The Hideaway, What Happened That Night, The Missing Wife, My Mother’s Secret, If You Were Me, and All For You (winner of the Irish Independent Popular Fiction Book of the Year Award). She lives in Dublin with her husband.