Wednesday, January 24, 2018

My Husband's Wives by Faith Hogan - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

When Paul dies in a car crash he leaves three grieving widows behind. None of his wives were in the car with him, instead he was with a young pregnant girl, Kasia. Kasia survives the accident. When Evie, Paul's first wife, is being asked to identify her deceased husband she contacts Grace, Paul's second wife, who had no idea Paul was still married to Evie. Paul never left either woman, but later also married Annalise. After his death the women in Paul's life have a lot of questions about their husband. Why was Paul married to all of them, who is Kasia and whose baby is she carrying?

While in life there was distance and dislike, after Paul's death the love they felt for their husband binds Evie, Grace and Annalise. They want to get to know each other and they're curious about Kasia, who was clearly important to Paul as well. They never interacted with one another, but now that Paul is no longer there they form tight friendships. Grace's daughter finally gets to meet her siblings, which is a huge delight. Evie has help to fight the loneliness she's had to deal with for years, Grace is no longer bound to a man who's always around, but never there and might be able to open her heart again, Annalise finally has a chance to build the self-confidence she so desperately needs and Kasia finds loving company and protection. Will the women get their answers to the questions they have about their late husband and will his death bring them more than grief and mysteries?

My Husband's Wives is a fantastic story about four incredible women. I absolutely loved Evie, Grace, Annalise and Kasia. They're all amazing strong women. They each had a different relationship with Paul and what he's done to them might be unfair, but he's also brought them something precious, each other. That's what I loved the most about this story, nothing is black or white, it has such an original subject and it really works. The bonds between the women are slowly forming and they are wonderful to read about. Paul's wives are very different. Evie used to be daring, but by waiting for Paul she's given up quite a lot of herself. There was quite an age gap and she never managed to give him a family. Grace is talented, famous and dignified. She had one child, but also couldn't give Paul exactly what he wanted, but he always remained in her life. He married Annalise, a beauty queen with a disastrous career, to get what he was missing with his other wives. Annalise needs a purpose. She's a good mother, but her career doesn't satisfy her and Paul rescued her from a terrible future. However, Paul was restless, what was going on inside him? Kasia is the last woman Paul was seen with and I was curious to find out more about their connection. She's sweet, caring and brave, but her life has always been difficult and I kept hoping she'd have a happier future ahead of her. I loved the beautiful connection between the women and admired the gorgeous sympathetic way Faith Hogan carefully builds her bridges. I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to find out what would happen to the women in Paul's life.

Faith Hogan is a skillful storyteller. She always manages to surprise me with the creativity of her writing. I love how she slowly reveals the secrets her main characters are keeping. I was incredibly eager to find out more about the ones in My Husband's Wives and this kept me glued to the pages. Faith Hogan knows how to make her readers curious and effortlessly keeps them interested, which is one of her biggest strengths. She combines this with an intriguing story filled with unexpected twists and turns. I really enjoyed reading My Husband's Wives, it's a brilliant story and I highly recommend it.

Advice

If you love complex family stories about strong women you should definitely read My Husband's Wives.

About Faith Hogan



Like most writers I didn’t take the direct route into publishing, I gained an Honours Degree in English Literature and Psychology from Dublin City University and a Postgraduate Degree from University College, Galway. I have worked in all sorts of jobs, as a fashion model, an event’s organiser and in the intellectual disability and mental health sector. The constant throughout has been a love of books! I have read and written all of my life.

For many years, I wrote scraps of poems, just joined up lines of thought, that conveyed life as I saw it. My ‘everyday poetry’ was written in waiting rooms, on serviettes, left over note books and sometimes stuffed into the back of my wallet! When I began to write longer fiction, the experience was very different, sometimes the thread would come from overheard words or a notion of ‘what if…’ For the novels, I needed quiet, time and a little planning and structure. My first attempt was a ramble of long narrative that brought me along for eighty thousand words and left me feeling incredibly fulfilled. I could do it. I could actually write a novel. Since then, the ambition has been to write a novel that I’m happy with and that is going to appeal to a wide audience – that’s a tightrope order, but with My Husbands Wives, I hope I’ve managed it.

I was a winner in the 2014 Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair – an international competition for emerging writers, the feedback was very positive and complimentary and suddenly, there were possibilities beyond just scribbling a few lines here and a few lines there.

My debut novel, ‘My Husband’s Wives,’ is a contemporary women’s fiction novel set in Dublin. It was published initially in digital format by Aria, (Head of Zeus) in May 2016 and has been a top ten best seller in the US, Canada and Australia. In 2017, it debuted as a top ten best seller in Ireland when it was released in trade paper back.

In February 2017, my new book, ‘Secrets We Keep,’ was released. This is a contemporary story with echoes from the past, it is about secrets and second chances, it is about love old and new and it is about being brave enough to become the people we’ve always wanted to be. It is very much inspired by where I live and for that reason among others I really enjoyed writing it and I’m so excited about bringing it into the hands of readers.

I am currently working on my next novel which is due to be released in December 2017. I live in the west of Ireland with my husband, four children and a very fat cat called Norris.

Links

Website: http://faithhogan.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Faith-Hogan-1063828353674397/?fref=ts
Twitter: https://twitter.com/gerhogan

Giveaway

Three very lucky readers of With Love for Books will receive a signed paperback copy of  My Husband's Wives by Faith Hogan.

The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

22 comments:

  1. Love to read this book

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  2. sounds wonderful
    jan

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  3. My Husband's Wives sounds like an engrossing story of love, loss, friendship and forgiveness with plenty of twists and turns along the way.

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  4. I love the sound of this story, it sounds very interesting how the wives interact with each other.

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  5. Sounds interesting. Will try to read it. Nice review Suze.

    www.onyixtus.com

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  6. Sounds like an intriguing and interesting story.

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  7. This is exactly my kind of book. I love a story with lots of twists and turns, really keeps me gripped.

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  8. I loved Secrets We Keep so I can't wait to read My Husband's Wives.

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  9. It sounds like a great mystery, and I'd love to find out about Kasia and the baby.

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  10. WHat a promising plotline - I love books where the heroine(s) discover their strength in adversity!

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  11. Love a strong woman. Sounds interesting.

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  12. sounds amazing hope to be reading your book next.

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  13. This book sounds terribly interesting - It would be perfect for transporting me to a different world as my baby girl naps.

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  14. I'm glad the ladies have each other to help get thru the tough time.

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  15. Thank you for the great review :)

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  16. great review and giveaway - sounds like an excellent read xx

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  17. This sounds interesting, especially when the wives find out they aren't the only wife he was married to! I would love to see how this story plays out.

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  18. Used to do lots of reading challenges, not so much lately, don't read as much as I want to.

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  19. Sounds like a good read. Thank you for the chance xx

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  20. Love the review. The cover is so pretty.

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