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From the bestselling author of Azur Like it and Farm Fatale comes a domestic comedy set in the world of coupledom and new parenthood Bath, England—the swanky town once home to ancient Roman spas and Jane Austen heroines—is the setting for this brilliant new novel. Birthing class brings together two sets of expectant parents, who couldn’t be more different. Hugo and his sFrom the bestselling author of Azur Like it and Farm Fatale comes a domestic comedy set in the world of coupledom and new parenthood Bath, England—the swanky town once home to ancient Roman spas and Jane Austen heroines—is the setting for this brilliant new novel. Birthing class brings together two sets of expectant parents, who couldn’t be more different. Hugo and his spoiled wife Amanda plan to throw money at the problems of parenthood, making use of private hospitals and nurses, while environmentally friendly Jake and Alice have arranged a home-delivery complete with birthing pool and whale music. When Amanda decides she’s not cut out for motherhood and Hugo must look elsewhere for a sympathetic ear, the couples are inextricably drawn together once again, resulting in hilarious social comedy, as only Wendy Holden can write it....

Title : The Wives of Bath: A Novel
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ISBN : 9780452285897
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Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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The Wives of Bath: A Novel Reviews

  • Meghan
    2019-05-17 19:50

    I'm not sure why I do this to myself, except that I paid a pound for this book in some back alley in Dartmouth so you get what you pay for. It did what I needed to do which was help pass the time on a 10 hour flight with a 4 hour layover. I was tired and didn't want to think about things like plot and character development. But that said, there wasn't much redeeming about this story. The characters were ridiculous (does the author even KNOW any successful attorneys who would give up everything and become essentially slaves to a guy whom they had a one night stand with)? And how does a eco-terrorist masochist turn out to be really a closeted friendly gay man? And some hot shot real estate agent giving up his lucrative business in London, how does he NOT quit the local idiot's firm and interview elsewhere when the local idiot refuses to be "understanding" about him becoming a single dad? If he was so good at what he did, how could he stop thinking he couldn't do he's stuff elsewhere?Oh wait, I'm overthinking this aren't I? It's chick lit lite. You don't think. But come on. I happily admit I like a bit of fluff. I don't have to always watch serious art films. I can enjoy a stupid comedy with a great fart joke. Same goes for books. But suspending my disbelief goes to situations and environments. You tell me this took place on a planet called Pregdimium and everyone rides unicorns, I can go with it. But I can't suspend my disbelief that an intelligent woman, who's successfully climbed the career ladder, would willing STAY in a relationship that was not only emotionally damaging but dangerous* to her and her baby's health because she's "unsure". And then I'm supposed to chock that WHOLE storyline up to "oh the guy really isn't an complete masochist and all around jerk, he's just "pretending" to be one to hide the fact he's gay." WTF?! Disrespecting intelligent women AND gay men. Awesome. [insert sarcasm, heavily dripping with.]And yes, I know I spoiled everything. And no, I didn't put in a spoiler alert.*Yes, I am aware that women stay in crappy relationships for no real good reason. Often these women are incredibly intelligent and talented. And if this was a book about spousal abuse, my comments would be inappropriate. As this is totally a chick lit lite book, the whole story line is completely grotesque and unbelieveable.**This book is also very disrespectful to environmentalists, who are not all crazy radicals and who are actually trying to make a positive impact on this planet.Yeah, I really didn't like this book.

  • Lauren
    2019-05-28 18:58

    I didn't think I was going to like this book as much as I did. I almost put it down after the first few chapters because some of the characters were SO unlikeable and one dimensional it was unbearable. Luckily, in the second half of the book, those horrible characters play a small role and Alice and Hugo become more rounded out and seem more believable. The main flaw of this book is that the characters - particularly Amanda and Jake - are caricatures. It is hard to believe that anyone behaves like they do (at least I hope not). Alice and Jake's relationship is also unbeleivable, particularly since Alice had started off as a well groomed lawyer in New York. It is hard to picture her with a guy like Jake, who is nasty, controlling, and has horrendous hygeine. If she was a successful lawyer before her pregnancy and marriage, it seems unlikely that she was such a naive pushover. Amanda and Hugo's relationship is more believable - even though Amanda is a nasty person, Hugo doesn't start off so great either. Overall, the story line becomes predictable in the second half. However, as the characters become more likeable the predictability is easily forgiven. In the end, I enjoyed the story and I was not sure I would even finish it based on the first third of the book!

  • Chana
    2019-05-28 22:40

    I read this before and liked it. Once again I liked it, found it laugh out loud funny and I enjoyed the happy ending. Two couples meet in pre-natal classes. The women already know each other through a previous work environment. One is a fashionable lying journalist, the other is a lawyer who had the unenviable job of defending the journalist against libel lawsuits. They are not friends. The journalist is married to a flirtatious real estate agent. The lawyer is married to an obsessive recycler intent on saving the planet. The men aren't friends either. The babies are born and the parents struggle with parenthood, or not, as the case may be. Their lives become entangled when the real estate agent and lawyer fall in love while trying to help each other with parenting struggles.It is a cute story. If you are looking for serious and meaningful then skip it but if you want a light-hearted romance you might like it.

  • Roberta
    2019-06-05 21:36

    Nonostante le recensioni pessime e due precedenti esperienze non proprio brillanti con questa autrice, devo ammettere che The Wives of Bath è stato molto meno peggio di quello che pensavo (questo non significa che continuerò a leggere i libri di Wendy Holden!). È la storia di due coppie che stanno per avere un bambino le cui vicissitudini si intrecciano nella cittadina di Bath, in Inghilterra. A questo proposito vorrei fare un applauso a chi ha deciso di tradurre il titolo con Mogli a mollo (!).

  • Natalie Bowers
    2019-06-07 20:33

    I get the feeling Ms Holden set out to write the literary equivalent of a bad BBC sitcom. If she did, she certainly achieved her goal. She used caricatures instead of characters, cliché instead of cleverness, and a sledgehammer instead of subtlety. Having said all that, it was oddly addictive: car crash television for the bookworm.

  • Tsippora
    2019-05-26 23:38

    Thanks again for my sisters for recommending amd lending me this book. It was amazing! Alot of times I hate it when a character's personality is exaggerated, but in books like "Wives of Bath" it fits perfectly!!!

  • Plum-crazy
    2019-06-15 16:46

    Great fun...just what we expect from a Wendy Holden novel. This ones a tale of two sets of parents, Hugo & Amanda & Jake & Alice. Amanda is going for the planned c-section at a chic celebrity clinic, while Alice has plans for an all natural birth...but as babies arrive when they want, neither birth goes according to plan.And things don't go particulary well for either couple after the birth. When Amanda realises a baby isn't a fashion accessory she heads off back to work leaving Hugo to cope alone. Alice meanwhile, may have a gorgeous looking husband but he is a complete eco-fascist & bringing up a baby to his exacting requirements is nigh on impossible. But as is usual in this type of tale everyone ends up happy ever after...but not necessarily with their original partners.... The characters are great fun, if over the top; Amanda is a truly obnoxious, self-centered woman, while Jake's recycling ideas are hilarious - imagine a dinner party where the plates are frisbees & the organic mulled wine is served in jamjars! And anyone who has had a child will sympathise with Hugo -who hasn't experienced baby food that sets like concrete, & the fun of trying to get a nappy on a baby who just will not stay still...happy days...

  • Rebecca
    2019-05-29 22:59

    This book was super cheesy, fake and even slightly entertaining at times. Can a book even be all three?The book revolves around two couples who are in impending parenthood who live in Bath who are totally different but know each other because the wives used to work together at a large magazine company in New York. Alice left on her own merit because she was overworked from dealing with Amanda, a writer who makes up her own articles and then gets sued (and fired), leaving Alice to pick up the pieces because she is in legal. They both leave the company at the same time and don't know it.Alice gets knocked up accidentally at the wedding of her cousin by way-to-into-the-Earth Jake and Amanda decides that have a child is totally in right now and has one with her husband Hugo. They run into each other at a prenatal class and both couples immediately detest each other. Both mothers have their whole births planned out and of course, end up in the opposite situations. Amanda leaves right after the birth to go back to work and leaves her son with Hugo and he of course has a hard time dealing with it. Jake expects Alice to live a total recyclable, Earthy life and she has a very hard time dealing with it. Hugo and Alice run into each other around town and Hugo is smitten with her immediately, especially with Alice not being around Jake when they run into each other. They have an affair and another acquaintance from prenatal class who is friends with Amanda finds out and tells her.Marriages break up and fall apart. Amanda comes back and threatens to take her son away from Hugo and he falls apart at the prospect of that, having grown very close to his son over the past few months. Jake empty threats Alice that he is going to take away her daughter, but in the end, it turns out he is gay and was just using Alice as a cover up to try to convenience himself he wasn't.The last chapter is more of an epilogue that Hugo and Alice get together with their own blended families and have their own child.This book definitely had a really slow start and while very fake got kind of entertaining in a really trashy way at the end. The characters where kind of annoying in that whole, if your partner is an ass, just leave! I hate when the husband is truly an ass hole and annoying (Jake) and it's obvious the wife (Alice) is smart, why they stay around for so long. Hugo's character was kind of annoying because looking back, I can't think of the moment when his heart changed to his son. He resented him when he was born and then when Amanda left, he had to deal with it and he just did, which I guess is noble, but usually there is like a moment when something happens and there was none. The writing still was just kind of ehh. This is the first book I have read from this author, though this isn't her first book.Grade: C-

  • Brenda Haven
    2019-06-02 20:00

    I know that a lot of people gave this book low star rating, but I really did enjoy it. It was a fun, fast, fluffy read. I really enjoy Wendy Holden's novels. They are just entertaining to read. I did dislike Amanda from the beginning and as I read further along, began to dislike the character of Jake also (not because he was totally dislike-able like Amanda was from the beginning, but because he was such a jerk as the book went on). However, it did make it more agreeable as to what unfolded as the plot went on. Loved the ending and really enjoyed seeing how Hugo went from being totally self-absorbed into becoming a real person with a little baby-totally absorbed in someone else besides himself.

  • Susan
    2019-05-21 20:40

    A cast of two-dimensional characters and cliched and engineered situations somehow manages to be both funny and at times very touching. I wanted to finish it, and I did want things to work out for Hugo and Theo but the others I didn't care for at all. If only real life could be tidied up so neatly and satisfactorily in the space of a few pages. Funny, moving, touching, even maybe a little bit of a message in our perceptions of the Laura character, don't expect anything more and you won't be disappointed.

  • Redfox5
    2019-06-06 19:48

    It's been a while since I read an awesome chick-lit. I love Wendy Holden, she is one of the better storytellers out there. I loved Hugo and his attemts at looking after Theo. I really felt for Alice with her ego bully of a husband. I'm not sure how she stood for it for so long and the used condoms. eeeewww. Dispite the fact that she got pregnant because of it, what about all the health issues. She could have caught anything! This is one of those easy books where the pages practically turn themselves for you.

  • Susan Bazzett-Griffith
    2019-06-16 19:57

    I've read and enjoyed a lot of terrible chick lit in the past 20 years, and I have to say, this one was barely worth 2 stars. The characters are downright unlikable and dimwitted (though we're supposed to believe that most of them are very successful professionally), even the ones readers are clearly supposed to like/be rooting for. The plot was predictable, and the ending clunked like the author just got tired of writing. I wanted to like it more, as I was really in the mood for something silly and fun, but though it was insipid, it wasn't even that fun. :/

  • Roxanne Sukhan
    2019-06-02 20:36

    An absolute delight! A great and really fun plot, with just the perfect balance between humour and drama. Well formed, really real characters ~ ones that you absolutely hate or really love. The author did a masterful job of putting it all together. I will definitely seek out more titles by this author. Full review [HERE].

  • Intan Suffian
    2019-05-23 21:39

    Well this is awkward. I was only 13 or 14 when I received this book as a birthday gift from my best friend. She's not the type that reads so she just snatched a random book.First of all,this is an adult book. Else than the fact that I should not have read this book, it was a very fun book. It's a chick-lit novel which makes you laugh and the elements in the book are very, I say, "kinky". So if you are mature enough to read this book, dig in.

  • Abigail Tee
    2019-06-05 00:54

    Imagine a husband that is an eco freak? A wife that thinks that pregnancy will shoot you to fame? A husband that can forgo his multi million career on a housing estate agency to just look after a baby? Man, Wendy holden just knows how to make a book lovely. Good read to pull you through the weekends.

  • Blue
    2019-05-17 16:49

    Do not pick up this book if you aren't looking for a fluffy, non-challenging and pretty predictable read. There is no literary brain food here, nothing worthy of a reading group, or even a conversation starter at a dinner party. But? If you just want something non-taxing to relax with on a rainy day The Wives of Bath might be what you are looking for.

  • Courtney
    2019-05-28 17:48

    There is NO WAY I would have finished this book if any other reading material had been obtainable. I was furious when I realized that I had a work project that I could have been working on instead. That is how bad this book was - I would have rather spent the time on a Saturday morning WORKING than finish this book. Absolutely ridiculous and a waste of time.

  • Laura Head
    2019-05-18 17:39

    I really liked that this novel spoke about the lives of Alice and Hugo after they had had their babies. Most books focus on the pregnancies, not the struggles of childhood. I thought that it was a good that the book focused on a Father and wanting to get custody of Theo. Overall I really enjoyed this book :)

  • Lime
    2019-06-13 23:59

    From my blog, 2005:Not the greatest book I’ve read. But there were babies involved ;) and humor and love and really bad spouses…. It gave me some nice hours of reading and the ending made everyone happy –> and I love a happy ending :D Perfect for reading when travelling or before sleeping or out in the sun.Mine was a paperback, though, but the same cover...

  • Janet
    2019-05-22 17:52

    Cute, farce about couples who meet in a birthing class. Turns out they are married to the wrong people; the eco-terrorist is gay, and the career-woman can't stand motherhood, leaving the way clear for Hugo and Alice to unite.

  • Stephanie
    2019-06-05 19:40

    Ok, I bought this book from a bargain bin because it was set in one of my favorite cities in England. Not the best recommendation, so I wasn't too disappointed. Mostly predictable, yet over-the-top. Entertaining enough for a one-time read when you need some light distraction.

  • Minoli
    2019-05-31 20:00

    It was not the best out there, or among the best, even for chic-lit. But it is a good read for a lazy Sunday, and a fluffy enough story that you can finish within a couple of hours.I think I found it good enough to go along, because it has babies. Two, in fact! :D

  • Vanessa
    2019-05-23 16:50

    It was not a terrible read, I did finish the book. I just found the story line predictable, No character pulled me in. It was nice to see the male role the dominating parent, and was humorous at times. It was such a large book filled with really nothing.

  • Kim
    2019-06-11 16:42

    Overall, I just thought this book was ok. A couple of the characters were pretty over-exaggerated, and the ending wasn't very believable. But it was entertaining enough, I suppose, and a quick read! :)

  • Senator
    2019-06-17 00:57

    Although the plot veers off into crazy land and thus becomes dry, you will find some enjoyment from the novel. Just give it a lot of leeway! .. please read the full review at:

  • Danielle
    2019-06-06 21:47

    Picked up cheap in the airport when I finished the only book I brought with me on vacation. Definitely an easy and fun read when you're stuck in an airport though. Unfortunatley the characters are extreme and hard to relate to, but it is a light read that easily can keep your attention.

  • Gabriella
    2019-05-28 21:46

    It was a very funny book which was a pleasure to read. The characters are hilarious although there are some that cannot exist in the real world - no one is that self-centered, selfish and utterly insane.But I enjoyed it, a light bedtime read and the happy ending satisfied the romantic in me.

  • Shahna
    2019-06-14 17:43

    I read this one by accident. I wasn't paying attention to what I was ordering for school and this is what I bought instead of the right one. But I read it anyway! And it was entertaining. Made me laugh.

  • Robyn
    2019-06-12 19:47

    The plot was interesting, and the character development was good, although some of the characters were too unrealistic. Also, although I did learn new things about England (health system, vocabulary, etc) which may be helpful, there was too much profanity for my taste.

  • Phee Sunantarod
    2019-06-02 22:53

    I found it's difficult to finish the first half of this book. It's boring. Maybe it's because i don't have baby myself so i thought it was too slow. However, last half was ok, enjoyable but also predictable.