My Husband's Sweethearts
Bridget Asher
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My Husband's Sweethearts
Bridget Asher
288 pages
May 2009
rated 4 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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My Husband's Sweethearts is the story of Lucy Shoreman, a woman with a broken heart. When she found out her husband of four years had been cheating on her with not one, not two, but three different women, she picked up and left without a backward glance. Until now. Because now her husband, Artie Shoreman, is dying. With just weeks left for him to live, Lucy returns home to care for Artie and make him more comfortable in his last days. Thereís just one problem with this scenario: sheís still very, very angry.

When she asks Artie why his girlfriends arenít present to take care of him as well, Artie gives Lucy his little black book. He jokingly suggests that she call all of them and invite them over; what Artie doesnít realize is that Lucy is completely serious. Thus begins Bridget Asherís heartwarming novel My Husband's Sweethearts, a story of love and the importance of forgiveness.

Lucy is at the center of the novel, sweet and honest but also damaged. She has been betrayed by too many men to be able to fully trust people. Artieís infidelity has cost Lucy her emotions; she lives day-to-day with walls built around her, making sure that no one can get in.

The rest of the characters are equally appealing. Lucyís mother and her hilarious dog, Elspa the artist, Eleanor the widow - they are all strong women who are drawn together by Artie. And Artie himself? He is impossible to hate. Yes, he hurt Lucy, but even she canít bring herself to hate him, because despite everything that has happened, he still loves Lucy to the core of his being.

The main themes of this book are love and forgiveness, and My Husband's Sweethearts shows us different aspects of love: a husbandís for a wife, a fatherís for a son, a motherís for a daughter. Young, fresh love and mature love that will never die: all are portrayed tenderly and sweetly. But the most important aspect is forgiveness. Lucyís road to forgiving Artie is a bumpy one, and she (along with the reader) learns many things on the way.

Despite the seemingly weighty topic of the book, it is by no means a heavy read. Instead it is fun and enjoyable; the charm with which it is written makes it light and appealing. Itís another great addition to the expanding chick-lit genre.

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