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22 June 2010

Book Review: Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives by Josi Brown

Title: Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives
Author: Josie Brown
Publisher: Downtown Press
Publication Date: June 1, 2010
Paperback: 331 pages
ISBN: 978-1439173176
Genre: Fiction, Romance


From the Publisher:

Suburbia is a jungle, filled with lots of vicious creatures.

Take the Paradise Heights Women’s League board. Lyssa Harper should have warned golden-haired DILF du jour Harry Wilder what he was getting into when she invited him to meet the mommies who run their suburban, gated community. At least he brought cupcakes. Since meeting the former Master-of-the-Universe turned stay-at-home single dad, Lyssa has been his domestic Sherpa, teaching him the ins and outs of suburban life. She just didn’t realize her friends would show up at his house unannounced with casseroles, leopard-print bikini briefs, and plans to rearrange his kitchen cabinets.

The truth is, if Harry and his wife, the neighborhood’s "perfect couple," can call it quits, what does that mean for everyone else? Lyssa’s husband, Ted, is a great father, but he pays her Pilates-pumped momtourage more attention than he does his own wife. Her friends gossip about the neighbors while ignoring their own problems: infertility, infidelity, and eating disorders.

When Harry sets boundaries with his new fan club, he is exiled from the neighborhood’s in-clique. But Lyssa refuses to snub him. What she never expects is the explosive impact her ongoing friendship with Harry will have on her close-knit pals—and on her marriage.

My Review:

I was not planning to write a review for the book Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives by Josie Brown but decided I should at the very least mention why I rated this popular book as I did. The story moves along blessedly quickly but I really was not interested in the characters' lives, the cattiness, jealousy and rivalry amongst adults. At times the novel is quite witty and does indeed have some valuable lessons to be gleamed, but all in all it was not my style of writing, hence my rating. However, for those who are Desperate House Wife fans, enjoy melodramas, and the behind-the-scenes lives of husbands and wives living in suburbia, then I highly suggest giving Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives by Josie Brown a chance. Please check out other reviews before making a decision as I have read almost all glowing reviews of this book. Just because it was not my style does not mean others will not find this a delightful summer read.

About the Author:

Josie Brown’s celebrity interviews and relationship articles have been featured in Redbook and Complete Woman magazines, as well as AOL, Yahoo,,, and She lives in Marin County, California with her husband and two children.

I received a complimentary copy of Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives by Josie Brown from Simon & Schuster to review. Receiving a free copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.



Sassy Brit said...

Sounds like a treat to read. Glad you enjoyed it.

Have a great day!

Ann said...

As I read the few paragraphs from the book, I was thinking this doesn't sound like my kind of reading. And after reading your review, I still think it is not my kind of reading. Thanks for the honest and frank review.

Bobbie said...

This doesn't sound like a book I would like. I know all about not liking popular books. Everyone I know loved Before I Fall and I hated it. Sometimes you just like what you like:) I am now following you:)
Thank you for stopping by my Monday reading post!

bookmagic said...

I don't think I would like this either. Not a big fan of this kind of drama. Thanks for the honest review