Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Review: The Weekend Wives by Christina Hopkinson


The Weekend Wives by Christina Hopkinson
Published by Hodder & Stoughton 2016 (Paperback)
310 Pages

Thank you to Hodder & Stoughton for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

Weekend wife n. 1 a wife whose husband works away and only comes home at the weekends. 2 a wife who misses her husband when he's gone, but wants him gone when he's at home.

Emily's vision of country life was building dens with the children, walking a glossy hound and cosy nights in by the fire. But her kids are more interested in their smartphones, the family dog has 'issues' and she's permanently freezing. And when husband Matt is home, he still seems worryingly distant.

Sasha and her husband Ned used to have a great connection, but nowadays the only connection between them is via Skype. And when a woman from Ned's past comes with news that threatens the perfect life she's built for her children, Sasha feels further from her husband than ever before.

Tamsin's husband might be away during the week, but he's never truly gone. He seems to know her every move, which is fine, sort of - until her first love reappears in the most mysterious of ways...

Thoughts

If you are a frequent reader of Amy's Bookish Life you will know that I do love a good chick lit. They make me feel good and I love just being able to read normal stories from time to time. So when The Weekend Wives arrived on my doorstep I was really interested to read it. It seemed like it was going to different than previous chick lit books I have read so I was looking forward to devouring it. 

The Weekend Wives is the story of three women; Emily, Sasha and Tamsin who are all, as you may have guessed Weekend Wives. What is a Weekend Wife you ask? Well it is a term for a wife whose Husband works away during the week and only returns on weekends. It can also be interpreted as a wife who misses her husband when he is gone but also wants him gone when he's home for that short while. We follow these three women as they come to terms with their husbands being away. They may be part time wives, but each of them does have full time secrets. We soon end up discovering things that we didn't expect to discover.

Before I carry on, I will just say that this book does deal with a few sensitive/triggering topics such as rape, emotional abuse and bullying. I'm quite an open minded person so I went into these topics with a clear mind, but even I started to feel a little bit uncomfortable. I personally have never been through the things mentioned, but when reading I felt like we really got to feel the pain the characters had been through. I know some people reading may be triggered by the sensitive issues, so bear that in mind if you are looking into reading this book. 

I felt a connection to some characters more than others throughout reading. The character I felt the biggest connection to was Tamsin. When I was reading her parts I just wanted to jump into the book and give her the biggest hug ever! I hated what was happening to her regards to her husband John and I just kept screaming at her in my head to leave him. However, my heart burst with joy when she got her happy ending in the end, after years of abuse. I also really felt something for Sasha's daughter Bailey. I know what it's like to be bullied so I really felt for her, but I was also glad that she got everything sorted in the end. 

The Weekend Wives was a quick read, but it certainly wasn't easy. Especially because of the sensitive topics involved in the plot line, which like I said could trigger some people. It is a very adult style type of chick lit and I really do think you should go into it with an open mind. It was certainly not what I was expecting, but I did enjoy it nonetheless and it was a good way to spend a few days.

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