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Friday, December 19, 2008

Your Roots Are Showing...Review

About the book:
Lizzie Buckley has a life many women dream of - a gorgeous husband, a beautiful home and darling (when they're not fighting) three-year-old twins. But ever since the birth of her children, she's had a fantasy about locking herself in her bedroom for twenty-four hours with a good book and a box of chocolates.

Unfortunately, her husband James doesn't understand her feelings. And when Lizzie unburdens herself in a flaming email to her sister Janie, then hits send at the wrong moment and accidentally shoots it off to James instead, her fairytale life gets a big dose of reality. With the word "divorce" ringing in her ears, Lizzie finds herself moving out and embarking on a totally different life - working hard to reinvent herself as a runner, a gardener, and a writer of children's books.

But despite transforming her body, her neglected career, and her libido (courtesy of the local landscape gardener), Lizzie can't get over her soon-to-be ex. As Lizzie discovers, sometimes the fairytale ending is just the beginning of the real story.

Lizzie Buckley has what appears to be a perfectly wonderful life: a lovely home, a handsome husband and two beautiful twin toddlers. But, as so often happens to tired young mothers, she suffers from exhaustion, some depression and a decreased desire for s*x. She writes an email to her sister, venting about her frustrations and, unfortunately, sends it to her husband by mistake.

What follows is a charming novel about life and love, and family and friends, and what happens when two people who really love each other forget how to communicate. After her husband leaves, Lizzie must pick up the pieces of her life and put it back together. As she does this, she finds herself again.

A funny, enthralling novel set in contemporary England. Lizzie's voice rings true and while you both cringe and laugh at her antics and misjudgments, you cry with her frustrations.

Elise Chidley captures what it's like to be a wife and mother. A terrific debut novel. I can't wait for more.

Thanks to Hatchette Books for the opportunity to review this book. You can find out more about Elise Chidley here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 12/08

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4/5 Stars


  1. This book sounds like it could be very interesting for my wife to read. I will have to remember this title when her birthday comes around.

    Tony Peters
    Author of, Kids on a Case: The Case of the Ten Grand Kidnapping

  2. Somehow, that's not what I thought that book was about at all. It sounds great!

  3. This sounds like a great story. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Great review. I've got this one on my nightstand to tackle in the new year. I'm looking forward to it.

  5. Great review. I LOVED this book. One of the best of the year.
    Sararush at hotmail dot com

  6. This book reminded me of one of the mass market romantic commedy movies, except mostly it was depressing to me. I can see maybe it had something to say to someone going through a similar situation but maybe it was too young and yuppy for me. I just didn't care for it. It felt a little raunchy with the JC word thrown in too often. Half way through I should have just gone straight to the ending.