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Second wives
Blake, Cindy.
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First U.S. edition.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
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321 pages ; 25 cm
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A fun, fast-paced story of second wives: it's not all champagne & chocolate.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

The four Preston sistersÄMeg, Beth, Amy and (instead of Jo) LeonoraÄare a formidable force when it comes to the world of romance, marriage and remarriage. Their mother, emotionally unstable after she accidentally ran over and killed their beloved older brother, died while they were young, and their father was too busy with the demands of his own life and career to be the supportive parent they needed. Now Amy and Meg are married (both are second wives), while Beth, a therapist, has decided that marital unions are more trouble than they're worth. But all the Boston-based sisters rally when 22-year-old Leonora, called Leo, falls in love with a married man 18 years her senior. With snappy dialogue and details of clothing and hairstyles, Blake individualizes her main characters and a roster of supporting players, and takes readers through the spirited sibling bickering of four opinionated women, as well as the daily complications and traumas of modern-day stepfamilies and ex-wives, each of them questioning the dubious staying power of the words "I do." What starts out as a chatty tale of three women ready to rescue their baby sister from an ill-advised love affair ends with a chaoticÄand ultimately violentÄChristmas gathering that includes a dozen or so "blended" family members. The awkwardly extended family of upper-middle-class professionals gets a serious reality check when Jackie, ex-wife of Leo's fianc‚, Nick, invades the holiday gathering brandishing a gun. Blake, an American writer living in London, has published three novels there. In her first U.S. publication, she sticks to a satisfying if predictable trajectory, involving supportive sisters, jilted wives gone loco and a brave woman's quest for enduring love. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Meg, Beth, Amy, and Leo Preston are sisters who grew up in a family profoundly affected by the accidental death of their brother, Steven, run over by their mother, who was literally driven mad by grief and guilt. Steven's death, before any of the girls was born, has marked their lives, which becomes increasingly obvious as the sisters come together to cope with various crises that arise when Leo, the baby they've all tried to protect, falls in love with an older, married man. Set in Boston, this novel makes for amusing, compulsive reading that anyone looking for a fast-paced, involving, and often funny story about relationships between men and women will enjoy. Readers with sisters will probably recognize bits of their own family here. Fans of Jane Heller (Sis Boom Bah, LJ 4/1/99) should take note. This is the fourth novel by Blake, an American living in London, and her first hardcover to be published in the United States.ÄElizabeth Mary Mellett, Brookline P.L., MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.