Not Quite a Husband
Sherry Thomas
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Not Quite a Husband
Sherry Thomas
352 pages
May 2009
rated 3 of 5 possible stars

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I very much enjoyed Sherry Thomas's previous books Private Arrangements and Delicious but found myself a little disappointed with Not Quite a Husband.

The story has many good points, including an unusual heroine - a doctor - and a setting in India. However, it's also a dissatisfying story, in part because the motivations of the hero, Leo, aren't really clear.

Bryony Asquith married Leo Marsden, a man she had loved for many years. When she discovered him being unfaithful just before the wedding, it soured their new life and she left him. Now, several years later, her father is ill, and Leo has been asked to fetch her back to see him. Bryony doesn't trust Leo and can't forgive him, but as they travel together through India and into danger, she has to re-evaluate what she believed happened in their marriage.

The author has a good way with words, and I liked the strength of her heroine Bryony but was unconvinced by the love story.  Why would a man like Leo fall so hard for her? It isn't an un-put-down-able book (in fact, I read a couple of others at the same time as this one), and some of the scenes in the siege in India feel perfunctory. Ultimately Not Quite a Husband is a good read but not as good as Thomas's previous offerings.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Helen Hancox, 2009

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