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Stephen Aston is getting married again. The only problem is, he's still married to his first wife, even though she is in a care facility for dementia. But he'll take care of that easily, by divorcing her--even if his adult daughters protest. Tully and Rachel Aston look upon Heather as nothing but an interloper. Heather is the same age as Rachel and even younger than Tully. Stephen Aston is getting married again. The only problem is, he's still married to his first wife, even though she is in a care facility for dementia. But he'll take care of that easily, by divorcing her--even if his adult daughters protest. Tully and Rachel Aston look upon Heather as nothing but an interloper. Heather is the same age as Rachel and even younger than Tully. Clearly she's a golddigger and after their father's money. Heather has secrets that she's keeping close, and reasons of her own for wanting to marry Stephen. With their mother unable to speak for herself, Tully and Rachel are determined to get to the truth about their family's secrets, the new wife closing in, and who their father really is. But will getting to the truth unleash the most dangerous impulses...in all of them?


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Stephen Aston is getting married again. The only problem is, he's still married to his first wife, even though she is in a care facility for dementia. But he'll take care of that easily, by divorcing her--even if his adult daughters protest. Tully and Rachel Aston look upon Heather as nothing but an interloper. Heather is the same age as Rachel and even younger than Tully. Stephen Aston is getting married again. The only problem is, he's still married to his first wife, even though she is in a care facility for dementia. But he'll take care of that easily, by divorcing her--even if his adult daughters protest. Tully and Rachel Aston look upon Heather as nothing but an interloper. Heather is the same age as Rachel and even younger than Tully. Clearly she's a golddigger and after their father's money. Heather has secrets that she's keeping close, and reasons of her own for wanting to marry Stephen. With their mother unable to speak for herself, Tully and Rachel are determined to get to the truth about their family's secrets, the new wife closing in, and who their father really is. But will getting to the truth unleash the most dangerous impulses...in all of them?

30 review for The Younger Wife

  1. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    Ugh. Why did it have to end that way? The Younger Woman is a family drama about the relationship between a successful doctor and his new, younger girlfriend. Their engagement and impending nuptials bring about serious family drama and dark, hidden secrets that lead to a bloody and startling conclusion. When Rachel and Tully’s father, Stephen, announces his engagement to a younger woman, Heather, the two sisters are less than joyous, to say the least. Their new stepmother is a few years younger t Ugh. Why did it have to end that way? The Younger Woman is a family drama about the relationship between a successful doctor and his new, younger girlfriend. Their engagement and impending nuptials bring about serious family drama and dark, hidden secrets that lead to a bloody and startling conclusion. When Rachel and Tully’s father, Stephen, announces his engagement to a younger woman, Heather, the two sisters are less than joyous, to say the least. Their new stepmother is a few years younger than them. Oh, and did I mention that their father is still married to their mother, who is suffering from dementia? This was not the juicy story that I was expecting--which was a good thing. It goes in quite a different direction than I was anticipating. The narrative is divided between three characters: Heather, Rachel, and Tully. Tully was hard for me to like. She grew on me a little, but in the end, I really didn’t care about her. Rachel was my favorite character. However, her relationship with Darcy didn’t feel real --his corny jokes and perfect looks still didn’t explain her instant ability to connect with him. Heather--I still feel like there was more to Heather’s character than the reader got to see. She had the most potential, but sadly the ending unraveled all of that. This novel deals with a host of very serious topics: rape, eating disorders, anxiety, kleptomania, verbal abuse, and domestic violence. However, these issues are glossed over, especially the abuse and rape. Some characters overcome, but the process felt transactional in nature. I was missing the emotion. Then there is the ending. I like that it casts doubt on what we think we know as readers. At the same time, it casts doubt about one of the issues mentioned above. And while it results in creating an interesting and intriguing reading experience, it angers me deeply as it paints the female characters as hysterical, delusional women who overreact. With the ending, Hepworth takes us back 100 years and undoes the progress of women who have fought back against their abusers. 4 stars for the first 90% Zero stars for the ending I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michael David

    Sally Hepworth scores again with this new domestic suspense tale! The Aston family has issues. Tully and her husband are about to lose their home due to a bad investment. Tully also has a shameful secret. Her sister, Rachel, is obsessed with cooking/baking, and hasn’t dated anyone since she was 16...almost 20 years ago. Nobody stops to think there could be a reason for it. Tully and Rachel’s father, Stephen, is about to get married to a woman named Heather. The only problem is, he’s already marrie Sally Hepworth scores again with this new domestic suspense tale! The Aston family has issues. Tully and her husband are about to lose their home due to a bad investment. Tully also has a shameful secret. Her sister, Rachel, is obsessed with cooking/baking, and hasn’t dated anyone since she was 16...almost 20 years ago. Nobody stops to think there could be a reason for it. Tully and Rachel’s father, Stephen, is about to get married to a woman named Heather. The only problem is, he’s already married to their mother, Pam. However she has dementia and he plans on divorcing her. As for Heather, she’s younger than both Tully and Rachel, but is going to marry their father. Heather has a dark past, and she wants to keep it hidden. Not everyone will make it past Stephen and Heather’s wedding unscathed. Hepworth’s writing is always compulsively readable, and that is no exception here. This is the kind of book that had me saying, “Just one more chapter before bed...Ok, I’ll just read one more.” Needless to say, I flew through it. I loved reading about these characters - some I really liked, and some I couldn’t stand. My initial feelings about them may not have been right. I questioned who each of them really were more than once. The twisty reveals are well done, but I did have a few minor issues after I finished the book. However, it didn’t diminish my enjoyment whatsoever. If you’re looking for a book that you won’t want to put down, grab this one! The Author’s Note is fantastic as well! 4.5 stars rounded up. Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Expected Publication Date: 4/5/22. Review also posted at: https://bonkersforthebooks.wordpress.com

  3. 5 out of 5

    MarilynW

    The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth *Update: The extremes of what others think happened surprised me because I know what I think happened. Now I'm not feeling like the conclusion is so ambiguous, I'm just not sure the author meant the story to be so open to interpretation as it seems to be. I'd love to hear her intentions with this story* I enjoyed this story very much, up to a point. The story is told from the view point of three women, sisters Tully and Rachel, and Heather, their dad's soon to be The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth *Update: The extremes of what others think happened surprised me because I know what I think happened. Now I'm not feeling like the conclusion is so ambiguous, I'm just not sure the author meant the story to be so open to interpretation as it seems to be. I'd love to hear her intentions with this story* I enjoyed this story very much, up to a point. The story is told from the view point of three women, sisters Tully and Rachel, and Heather, their dad's soon to be new wife. Heather is younger than the sisters and to marry Heather, their dad, Stephen, divorced his wife and the mother of his daughters. The wife, Pam, had no say in the matter because she's living in a care facility due to quickly progressing dementia. So, yeah, Tully and Rachel are suppose to welcome new step mommy with open arms. Heather is excited to be marrying Stephen, but she's way out of her comfort zone. Everyone has issues, including little toddler Miles, Tully's son. Secrets abound and things aren't helped by utterings by Pam, which may or may not have any connection to reality. For the first half of the story, I took a lot of things at face value, but couldn't help side eyeing how the two sisters could hide their secrets so well. How did their parents not know important matters in their daughters' lives. Each girl has some fuzzy and disturbing memories about both parents and eventually I realized we have a book-ful of unreliable narrators. What is true and what is not true? The story had me captivated and I really looked forward to knowing what was going on. But in the end, I felt like I had entered a crazy house of mirrors and I'm supposed to pick out the truth myself? I'm not good at such open, pick your own truth kind of non resolutions and that's where I ended up being disappointed in the story. It's fun to wonder and guess and suspect but I don't consider if fun to never find out if my suspicions are correct. Still the journey to get to the end of the story was very engrossing, I just wish I knew where I was at the end. Expected publication: April 5th 2022 Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for this ARC.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jayme

    Sally Hepworth is a MASTER of DOMESTIC SUSPENSE/FAMILY DYNAMICS! In the opening scene we find ourselves at a wedding, which is being described by an unnamed narrator, who confesses that she is a woman of a certain age, watching the man who still takes her breath away, marry a woman young enough to be his daughter. Our narrator is shocked to also see Pamela in attendance. Married to Stephen Aston for 34 years, Pamela was divorced By Stephen, when she got dementia and was moved to a care facility, Sally Hepworth is a MASTER of DOMESTIC SUSPENSE/FAMILY DYNAMICS! In the opening scene we find ourselves at a wedding, which is being described by an unnamed narrator, who confesses that she is a woman of a certain age, watching the man who still takes her breath away, marry a woman young enough to be his daughter. Our narrator is shocked to also see Pamela in attendance. Married to Stephen Aston for 34 years, Pamela was divorced By Stephen, when she got dementia and was moved to a care facility, allowing him to marry again. What a guy! She is even more shocked when Pamela makes her way to the alter during the ceremony picking up a candlestick when she reaches the groom. There is a scream, a thud, and someone ends up covered in blood. But, who? REWIND to one year earlier…when Stephen’s daughters, Tully and Rachel, are meeting their Dad’s new girlfriend, Heather, at a luncheon, for the first time. From this point on, the story will unfold from the alternating perspectives of these three young women-yes, the “bride to be” gets her say, as well as Stephen’s two daughters. Is it love?? Each woman has their secrets-some from the past and others in the present, and we get to hear them all, in this FAST PACED, UNPUTDOWNABLE drama, until the past catches up to the present, and we are back at the scene of the crime/wedding. The last 7% is where this book gets controversial. I read it with friends and we were divided on what we think the last chapters implied. No spoilers here-but how YOU interpret it-will determine how you feel about the ending. If you view it one way-you might be angry-if you view it the other way-as I did-you will be thinking-how CLEVER! It was fun to discuss!! In fact, I just decided to round up! 4.5 ⭐️ Be sure to read the author’s note on what inspired this story, too! Thank You to St. Martin’s Press for my early gifted copy! It was my pleasure to offer a candid review! AVAILABLE April 5, 2022.

  5. 4 out of 5

    L.A.

    Intricacies of family relationships is played out in a twisted slow-paced read. Some authors use the conclusion to reveal a shocking ending and validate the whole story and then there are those that have you wondering at the end what just happened. Dr. Stephen Ashton is planning his wedding with a much younger wife Heather. The only thing is his ex-wife who has dementia shows up at the wedding. You know that something tragic has happened during the wedding, but not sure what or to whom. The book Intricacies of family relationships is played out in a twisted slow-paced read. Some authors use the conclusion to reveal a shocking ending and validate the whole story and then there are those that have you wondering at the end what just happened. Dr. Stephen Ashton is planning his wedding with a much younger wife Heather. The only thing is his ex-wife who has dementia shows up at the wedding. You know that something tragic has happened during the wedding, but not sure what or to whom. The book plays out the family's complex and complicated feelings leading us up to the wedding day. There are strong bonds and obvious resentments of dad and his younger wife-to-be and his daughters that are close in age to Heather. Rachel and Tully are dealing with a lot of mixed emotions and feeling somewhat betrayal of what they thought was their perfect family and feelings of guilt for their mom. Mom has more going on than memory loss and has a lot to say even when no one is paying attention to her rambling...😉 Heather is dealing with her own memories of a childhood gone awry and her dad is spending life in prison. You do not know who to feel sorry for and certainly do not know who is telling the truth or even remembers what the truth is. I was confused by all the vague misguidance or information that maybe wasn't a lie??? Sound confusing?? Wait until you read this!! It is worth the confusion for that last twist I'm still duped by the chicanery. Thank you NetGalley and St Martin's Press for the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion and review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Wow! This is spectacular novel with impactful, scandalous opening scene at the wedding, slow burn- character driven- balanced pace with impeccable psychological character analysis which powered by three narrators who are suffering from different mental health issues and look the part by hiding their struggling pasts. And the mind blowing conclusion of the story made us remember we’re reading another remarkable story of ultra talented, extremely brilliant author! For 2021, her novel “good sister Wow! This is spectacular novel with impactful, scandalous opening scene at the wedding, slow burn- character driven- balanced pace with impeccable psychological character analysis which powered by three narrators who are suffering from different mental health issues and look the part by hiding their struggling pasts. And the mind blowing conclusion of the story made us remember we’re reading another remarkable story of ultra talented, extremely brilliant author! For 2021, her novel “good sister” was on my top 3 favorite thrillers list and this one already guaranteed its place at my top 3 thriller reads of 2022! ( you may think it is early to decide but when you get the taste of great literature you already know other books can hardly outshine its brilliance) The story starts at the wedding ceremony of charming and successful doctor Stephen Aston. He marries with a beautiful and very young woman: actually she’s at his half age and she’s even younger than her two daughters. But who cares the age when you find your real soul mate? An uninvited guest narrates the opening scene: she might be middle aged woman and till the first half we don’t learn who she’s and what her intentions to attend this wedding. But it seems like she knows a lot about Stephen and her family. Then we realize Stephen’s ex wife Pam also attended the wedding and after Stephen and his new wife tell their wows, she follows the couple to the back alongside with daughters and grand kids. Then a young woman’s scream cuts the entire cacophony! The celebrant reappears as her face is ashen and her pantsuit is covered in blood. Then we go one year back to witness Stephen’s dinner with her eldest daughter Tully and younger daughter Rachel to introduce them his new girlfriend/ soon to be wife Heather ! They met when he hired her as interior designer to remodel their house he was living with his wife Pam. But as soon as his wife Pam’s dementia deteriorated, he reluctantly sent her the nursing home where she still lives without recognizing any of her family members. Thankfully Heather gives her entire support to console the poor/ heartbroken doctor and now Stephen declares he’s gonna divorce Tully and Rachel’s mother to marry his beautiful girlfriend. Of course her daughters find this decision too soon and get suspicious about Heather’s motives: she might be a golddigger who is after his father’s money. As we read the POVs of three women we realize both of them deal with serious issues, keeping secrets from each other. Tully’s husband lost his money to a real wrong investment : they can loss their house and everything they cared for. But Tully hides more serious mental condition till her teenage years just like Rachel who never dates with anyone, acting gluttonous to cover another traumatic secret about her teenage years. Heather’s mental state is also fragile because she lies about her past and her family and dear Stephen is so worried about her alcohol consumption level. In the meantime we return to the present time and learn what happened during the wedding ceremony. This is amazing psychological thriller keep you hooked up till the end! I liked how the author wrapped up the entire execution! She’s fantastic storyteller! No more clues! I already gave too much away! I highly recommend this unputdownable read by giving my shiny five stars! Special thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for sharing this amazing digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest thoughts.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Rachel and Tully, sisters in their thirties have reluctantly agreed to have lunch with their father, Stephen and meet his new girlfriend. Interior designer, Heather met Stephen and his wife Pam while working on a makeover for their house. Pam unfortunately is now living in a nursing home and Stephen and Heather have become close while the design work was being completed. Nevertheless, Rachel and Tully are shocked when Stephen announces that he and Heather are getting married, just as soon as he Rachel and Tully, sisters in their thirties have reluctantly agreed to have lunch with their father, Stephen and meet his new girlfriend. Interior designer, Heather met Stephen and his wife Pam while working on a makeover for their house. Pam unfortunately is now living in a nursing home and Stephen and Heather have become close while the design work was being completed. Nevertheless, Rachel and Tully are shocked when Stephen announces that he and Heather are getting married, just as soon as he can divorce Pam. After all Heather is younger than both of them, so why the rush and why is she interested in marrying a man who is thirty years older than her anyway? The novel opens with Stephen and Heather’s wedding, where not all goes as planned. It’s such a riveting beginning that it dragged me right into the book, wanting to know about all these interesting characters and their lives. And boy, does this family have some issues! I felt compelled to keep reading to find out about all their secrets and how these were all going to resolve. The novel is a perfect mix of character driven domestic suspense with a touch of psychological thriller. Highly recommended! 4.5★ With many thanks to Pan Macmillan Australia and Netgalley for a copy to read

  8. 4 out of 5

    Susan - on brief hiatus

    It's Relative. Rachel and Tully are roped into meeting their future step-mother against their better judgement. Their father, sixty year old Stephen wants everyone to be family, but Rachel and Tully aren’t on board with accepting a gorgeous interloper who’s closer to their age than their dad’s. Most everyone in this story came with heavy baggage and while their issues were exposed to the reader, they weren’t visible to those around them. So many secrets! At first glance, the compilation of the nu It's Relative. Rachel and Tully are roped into meeting their future step-mother against their better judgement. Their father, sixty year old Stephen wants everyone to be family, but Rachel and Tully aren’t on board with accepting a gorgeous interloper who’s closer to their age than their dad’s. Most everyone in this story came with heavy baggage and while their issues were exposed to the reader, they weren’t visible to those around them. So many secrets! At first glance, the compilation of the numerous phobias would be laughable. However, top billing for weighty subjects of domestic abuse, rape, eating disorders, and kleptomania caused me to become a little anxious myself while reading about these neurotic people. Whew! Skilled writing at its best! And murder. Let’s not forget about that. The book isn’t entirely dark as a few comedic sequences involving Tully’s son provided respite while she questioned her parenting skills. A sensitive child on the cusp of three, he was grappling with life changes which “produced” unexpected results. Poor little guy was a treasure in the midst of noxiousness. The ending will surely be uniquely interpreted by each reader to reach a conclusion that will not be uniformly agreed upon. From early reviews and my own spirited discussion with a friend, I foresee many debates. Which is desirable in my opinion, as lively repartee with others enhances the reading experience. Let the games begin! 4.5 Stars rounded up. Thank you to NetGalley, Sally Hepworth, and St. Martin’s Press for my advance electronic copy due to publish on April 5, 2022.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Stephen and Pam have been happily married for decades and have two adult daughters, Tully and Rachel. But when Pam ends up suffering from dementia so severe she has to be moved to assisted living, Stephen quickly moves along to a relationship with his interior decorator (ahem, designer) Heather, a woman younger than either of his daughters. The book follows the three women as they navigate the tenuous relationship they’ve been thrown into while each also deals with their own personal issues. By Stephen and Pam have been happily married for decades and have two adult daughters, Tully and Rachel. But when Pam ends up suffering from dementia so severe she has to be moved to assisted living, Stephen quickly moves along to a relationship with his interior decorator (ahem, designer) Heather, a woman younger than either of his daughters. The book follows the three women as they navigate the tenuous relationship they’ve been thrown into while each also deals with their own personal issues. By the time Stephen heads to the chapel to wed Heather, each is questioning their realities and assumptions, and someone will end up being taken out of the church on a stretcher… Based on the title, I assumed this was going to have a much stronger focus on drama between the daughters and the new wife and was pleasantly surprised it didn’t. I ended up reading this in one sitting and could not put it down. This is going to generate lively, maybe even heated, discussion in book clubs, let me tell you... This is a well-paced domestic drama with complex, generally relatable characters and a whole lot going on. Perhaps too much. Every single character was going through some kind of major issue, and while Hepworth slid between perspectives with ease and made each woman feel very real, I can’t help but come away feeling like not enough time could be given to any one issue or woman because all three were going through so much. Rachel, in my opinion, was particularly shortchanged. I also wish I could have known more of Heather’s backstory, especially about her previous romantic relationships. The Younger Wife is my second book by Hepworth, and in both I’ve noticed the romantic plotlines involve an all but perfect man who says and does all of the right things and accepts the woman no matter her flaws and quirks, with no questioning or hesitation. In the first book, I was willing to just go with it, but here it bothered me. Rachel’s arc either deserved far, FAR more care and attention, or it should have been left out entirely. The “easy” resolution would have been insulting regardless, but coupled with a problematic overall ending to the book, it feels extra uncomfortable. (One could also make the argument that there is a second unrealistically understanding man in the book, depending on how one views certain events…) This is a really hard one for me to rate. On the one hand, if you divorce (ha ha ha) the subject matter and messaging from the plot, this is very clever. I love the idea of casting doubt, creating ambiguity, and making the reader question everything they think they know, but I think this subject was shaky and loaded ground to do it on. I do think readers will be split on whether or not a certain someone is guilty, and I’ve already had a really great discussion with a GR friend about it. I just find it extremely difficult to slap a high rating on something I feel like a men’s rights activist could hold proudly in the air as an example of hysterical women and their “false” accusations hurting men. (As a note for those who don’t regularly read my reviews, I am just as quick to call out misandry) I’m settling on 3 stars because honestly I really liked this one. Until I really, REALLY didn’t. Expected Publication Date: April 5, 2022 Many thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for an advanced copy of this title for review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Virginie

    Two years ago, I gave The Mother-in-Law a 5-star rating. Will this one be as good?🤞 Answer: not as good, but still a really interesting and captivating read that I recommend! Oh, how I like Hepworth's writing and the characters she creates! Her writing flows so easily and I particularly loved reading about Tully and Rachel, the two sisters with unique personnalities. As in The Mother-in-Law, it's a slow-burn and the plot is mainly about the dynamics between every character and the secrets they hav Two years ago, I gave The Mother-in-Law a 5-star rating. Will this one be as good?🤞 Answer: not as good, but still a really interesting and captivating read that I recommend! Oh, how I like Hepworth's writing and the characters she creates! Her writing flows so easily and I particularly loved reading about Tully and Rachel, the two sisters with unique personnalities. As in The Mother-in-Law, it's a slow-burn and the plot is mainly about the dynamics between every character and the secrets they have for each other. In The Younger Wife, I feel like the mystery was less significant, so don't read this book thinking it will be suspenseful. Yes, there is a mystery, but it's clearly a family drama (a very good one!). About the ending... The readers' opinions are mixed and I totally understand. I'm in the ''a-bit-disappointed team''. I'm not frustrated, but I was hoping for something different. All in all, this book confirms that I love this author and I'm sure going to read The Good Sister before the end of the year!📚 Many thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for the ARC! Publication date 05 Apr 2022

  11. 4 out of 5

    DeAnn

    4.5 dramatic stars This is my sixth Sally Hepworth book, and she continues to wow me with her domestic drama. Her characters are so well developed and seem like real people with realistic flaws! In this tale, we have two sisters – Tully and Rachel – and their father. He’s about to get married again to a (you guessed it!) younger wife. Tully and Rachel’s mother is currently in a facility for dementia but still has a part to play in the story! I really liked Rachel in this book, she is a master cake 4.5 dramatic stars This is my sixth Sally Hepworth book, and she continues to wow me with her domestic drama. Her characters are so well developed and seem like real people with realistic flaws! In this tale, we have two sisters – Tully and Rachel – and their father. He’s about to get married again to a (you guessed it!) younger wife. Tully and Rachel’s mother is currently in a facility for dementia but still has a part to play in the story! I really liked Rachel in this book, she is a master cake baker and seems to really have her life together. Except for the fact that she hasn’t dated anyone for 20 years. Tully has some issues, but I loved how devoted she was to her family. Her husband’s managing of their money has led to some serious problems for them and that doesn’t help her anxiety. Then we come to Heather, the younger woman, and I was prepared to really dislike her, going after an older man with money, classic case, right? Leave it the author to write a character that got my sympathy rather than my ire. The book opens with things going very wrong at the wedding and then we flash back in forth in time to get the pieces of the story, building up to a very interesting conclusion. The final parts of the book caused me to question what I had just read, and my fellow readers interpreted things differently than I did! Thank you to St. Martin's Press for the early copy of this one through NetGalley. Scheduled to release 4.5.2022.

  12. 4 out of 5

    James

    The Younger Wife is the latest book from author Sally Hepworth. I've read and enjoyed most of her previous work, and I was thrilled to get an early copy of this one from NetGalley. A mix of family drama and suspense, this out-of-order novel makes for a great guessing game. You know from early on that someone is attacked or hurt at a wedding. Was it the new or former wife? The groom? One of his adult daughters? The mysterious guest we know little about... so much to keep readers wondering what's The Younger Wife is the latest book from author Sally Hepworth. I've read and enjoyed most of her previous work, and I was thrilled to get an early copy of this one from NetGalley. A mix of family drama and suspense, this out-of-order novel makes for a great guessing game. You know from early on that someone is attacked or hurt at a wedding. Was it the new or former wife? The groom? One of his adult daughters? The mysterious guest we know little about... so much to keep readers wondering what's going on behind the scenes. The characters are fantastic in this novel. Each has flaws, and they all make you want to root for them, except possibly the patriarch. Jury is out on him from the beginning. Is he abusive? Or is it all being misunderstood? I suppose someone could fall a few times, misread a situation where someone's trying to help you but it appears like they hit you. I'm not giving away spoilers here... this is the premise of the story. A 65-70 year old man introduces his grown daughters to his new fiancée; the only problem, he's still married to their mother. She's suffering from dementia and in an institution / facility to watch over her. She claims she was abused and hates him too. The daughters don't like the new girlfriend at first, but she grows on them by midbook. At the wedding, we see everything climax, especially after the history of the mysterious guest is revealed, as well as the long-lost memories of the daughters and the first wife. Now the second wife is remembering what happened to her too, when she visits her father in prison. How is it all connected? I was worried it would disappoint, but the ending is apropos given all that we learn. Definitely had a few strange elements and I wish we had a definitive conclusion as to the patriarch's true sense of character. Lots to consider, possibly open to interpretation... that said, it is a dramatic one. 4.25 stars!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Heather~ Nature.books.and.coffee

    I have loved every book I've read by Sally Hepworth, but I gotta say, I was most excited to read THE YOUNGER WIFE because I won Sally's giveaway last year to have one of the main characters have MY NAME! 😱🤩 So...the "younger wife" in this book, is named Heather Wisher! 😂 Thank you Sally Hepworth for this….I will definitely be proud to have this one on my shelf. This is special to me! This book was excellent, as always!! I love Hepworths story telling and writing! She has this way of really makin I have loved every book I've read by Sally Hepworth, but I gotta say, I was most excited to read THE YOUNGER WIFE because I won Sally's giveaway last year to have one of the main characters have MY NAME! 😱🤩 So...the "younger wife" in this book, is named Heather Wisher! 😂 Thank you Sally Hepworth for this….I will definitely be proud to have this one on my shelf. This is special to me! This book was excellent, as always!! I love Hepworths story telling and writing! She has this way of really making these stories so real, and suspenseful. Bit by bit, secrets are exposed. Loved it! Rachel and Tully Astons father Stephen, is marrying a younger woman, Heather. In fact, younger than them. He is still married to their mother, who has dementia and is being put into a facility, and he is planning to divorce her. Each character in this book has their own issues that you will read about. Rachel hasn't dated since she was 16, and has an obsession with baking. What could be the reason that she hasn't wanted to date in 20 yrs?! Tully and her family are losing their home because of a bad investment, and Tully has a secret herself that even get husband doesn't know, and she will need help. Heather has a past that she doesn't want anyone to know about. What exactly is the reason Heather wants to marry Stephen? Is it his money?? And even Stephen has his secrets! 🤯 🔥Guys, this was such a page turner, not to be missed. I know it's not out until April, but you'll want to add this to your list. I'll definitely remind you on pub day! Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for the gifted copy. All opinions are my own!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gloria Arthur (Ms. G's Bookshelf)

    ⭐️5 Stars⭐️ 👰🏻‍♀️The Younger Wife by Australia’s queen of domestic suspense Sally Hepworth is compulsive reading. I flew through this book in less than twenty four hours, it’s a fast paced read and I loved the author’s inspiration behind the story! 👰🏻‍♀️The beginning of the book pulls you in PDQ! The story starts off at the wedding ceremony of the charming Dr. Stephen Aston, who’s in his sixties and his bride to be Heather who is in her thirties. We wonder why she is interested in a man old enough ⭐️5 Stars⭐️ 👰🏻‍♀️The Younger Wife by Australia’s queen of domestic suspense Sally Hepworth is compulsive reading. I flew through this book in less than twenty four hours, it’s a fast paced read and I loved the author’s inspiration behind the story! 👰🏻‍♀️The beginning of the book pulls you in PDQ! The story starts off at the wedding ceremony of the charming Dr. Stephen Aston, who’s in his sixties and his bride to be Heather who is in her thirties. We wonder why she is interested in a man old enough to be her father, is she a gold digger and what secrets might she be hiding? 👰🏻‍♀️The daughters of the groom are older than the bride and are somewhat emotional. Sisters Rachel and Tully are in their thirties, they are both damaged and carrying traumatic and shameful secrets of their own. 👰🏻‍♀️The very recently divorced ex-wife Pamela has Alzheimers disease and is currently residing in a nursing home but she’s also a guest at the wedding! 👰🏻‍♀️An univited guest is narrating the opening scene, she knows a lot about the Aston family. 👰🏻‍♀️Straight after the ceremony a woman’s piercing scream is heard and the celebrant is seen covered in blood and coming from where the wedding party are in a room to the side of the alter. 👰🏻‍♀️We’re then taken back in time leading up to the fatal wedding day……. 👰🏻‍♀️This is a character driven story and if you love domestic drama, you’ll love this, it will keep you guessing till the end. Publication date 26 October 2021 Thank you so very much Pan Macmillan Australia and Sally Hepworth for the opportunity to win an advanced copy of The Younger Wife

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    THE YOUNGER WIFE is a domestic/suspense psychological thriller by New York Times bestselling author, Sally Hepworth. She is the author of six novels, most recently The Good Sister, which was an instant bestseller. Her Novels Include: The Secrets of Midwives (2015) The Things We Keep (2016) The Mother's Promise (2017) The Family Next Door (2018) The Mother-in-Law (2019) The Good Sister (2021) The Younger Wife (2022) This is my review of The Younger Wife. The story opens with a wedding ceremony betwe THE YOUNGER WIFE is a domestic/suspense psychological thriller by New York Times bestselling author, Sally Hepworth. She is the author of six novels, most recently The Good Sister, which was an instant bestseller. Her Novels Include: The Secrets of Midwives (2015) The Things We Keep (2016) The Mother's Promise (2017) The Family Next Door (2018) The Mother-in-Law (2019) The Good Sister (2021) The Younger Wife (2022) This is my review of The Younger Wife. The story opens with a wedding ceremony between a successful heart surgeon, Stephen Aston and a much younger woman, Heather Wisher. Stephen is marrying a woman young enough to be his daughter’s sister! Stephen Aston is getting married again. The only problem is, he's still married to his first wife, Pam, even though she is in a care facility for advanced dementia. So, Stephen divorces Pam, in order to move on with his new life. But his two daughters, Rachel and Tully disapprove. Rachel is the younger sister, beautiful, charming, single and a “foodie” who runs her own cake business. Tully is married to Sonny, a criminal lawyer and they have two young kids, Miles and Locky. Heather is an interior designer and had been responsible for redesigning their mum and dad’s house, and enjoys yoga and gardening. But as soon as his wife Pam’s dementia deteriorated, Stephen had her moved to a nursing home with a special wing devoted to dementia. Tully and Rachel Aston look upon Heather as nothing but a gold-digger after their father’s money. Heather is the same age as Rachel and even younger than Tully. What had attracted this woman to their dad? Money? Status? So many unanswered questions… Heather has secrets that she's keeping close, and reasons of her own for wanting to marry Stephen. Each chapter is devoted to the POVs of the three women: Heather, Rachel and Tully, and is used to great effect. This is a family drama where dark hidden secrets are slowly revealed on a need-to-know basis. All the characters have secrets that they choose to stay hidden. With their mother unable to speak for herself, Tully and Rachel are determined to get to the truth about their family's secrets, and who their father really is. This was a well-developed domestic/suspense psychological thriller that keep me hooked from beginning till the end. Well worth the read! Highly recommended! Many thanks to the author and St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for my digital copy of this book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a psychological thriller with Family Drama mixed in. I have to say I was living for the first part of this book. The first part pulled me into, and it made me want to keep reading. I loved getting to know these characters. I hate to say that I really did not enjoy the ending and the last half of this book. At the end I knew what this book was trying to do, but I just did not think the ending was done how I want for a thriller. I think if this a women's fiction with a mystery I would be o This is a psychological thriller with Family Drama mixed in. I have to say I was living for the first part of this book. The first part pulled me into, and it made me want to keep reading. I loved getting to know these characters. I hate to say that I really did not enjoy the ending and the last half of this book. At the end I knew what this book was trying to do, but I just did not think the ending was done how I want for a thriller. I think if this a women's fiction with a mystery I would be ok with the ending to this book. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (St. Martin's Press) or author (Sally Hepworth)via NetGalley, so I can give an honest review about how I feel about this book. I want to send a big Thank you to them for that. This book is schedule to be release on April 5-2022.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    I have to admit that I did squeal with delight when this one was delivered! Sally Hepworth always writes such compulsive stories and I couldn’t wait to get started. Less than 24 hours later I had finished.it was so easy to get caught up the Ashton families dramas and need to know more. As always, it was funny, topical, emotional and addictive. The Aston family are seriously a mess. Looking in from the outside you wouldn’t know it, but they all have their secrets and they are not little. Sisters T I have to admit that I did squeal with delight when this one was delivered! Sally Hepworth always writes such compulsive stories and I couldn’t wait to get started. Less than 24 hours later I had finished.it was so easy to get caught up the Ashton families dramas and need to know more. As always, it was funny, topical, emotional and addictive. The Aston family are seriously a mess. Looking in from the outside you wouldn’t know it, but they all have their secrets and they are not little. Sisters Tully and Rachel are still coming to terms with the fact that their mother is in a care home suffering dementia when their father Stephen announces that he is divorcing Pam and marrying Heather. Not only that, but Heather is their age. This is start of the unraveling of the family. We begin the story at the wedding where a quite serious incident occurs and then we go back to see how they could possibly get there. These poor characters really go through the ringer! Secrets from the past that they have been keeping from each other look to destroy everything that they have. If you love be a good family/domestic drama then Sally Hepworth is your girl. Highly recommend this and all of her previous books. Thank you so much to Macmillan Australia for my advanced copy of this book to read, it was fantastic l

  18. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    I definitely think this is an outlier opinion, but I didn't love this one. It's not an awful read by any means, but it's just mediocre. In fairness though, I was also not a huge fan of The Mother-in-Law either, so it is possible that Hepworth and I are just not a good fit. I was sucked in from the prologue where you know something terrible happens at the wedding of Stephen and Heather, but then the backstory began that centers mainly around Stephen's daughters, Rachel and Tully, and it started t I definitely think this is an outlier opinion, but I didn't love this one. It's not an awful read by any means, but it's just mediocre. In fairness though, I was also not a huge fan of The Mother-in-Law either, so it is possible that Hepworth and I are just not a good fit. I was sucked in from the prologue where you know something terrible happens at the wedding of Stephen and Heather, but then the backstory began that centers mainly around Stephen's daughters, Rachel and Tully, and it started to drag. The girls discover that their still-married father whom they adore, has a girlfriend, Heather, who besides being their age, also happens to be the interior designer that their mother hired. Strikes one and two. Their mother, who has dementia and is in a home, then starts to offer up ominous tidbits about her husband to Rachel and Tully, creating a perfect storm when Stephen announces that he’s going to divorce their mother and marry Heather. Strike three. A series of events cause the girls to begin to analyze childhood events and things that happened with their parents, and they start to wonder if their dad is actually a monster. Heather is also dealing with her own demons and independently starts to question what kind of man Stephen truly is. Secrets begin to come to light, and the women realize that they have more in common than they ever thought. But are they right in their thoughts? That is the prevailing question. So, my first gripe is that this is hands-down more of a domestic drama than a thriller. Other than a violent death, there isn't much to classify this as a thriller in my opinion. Second of all, Tully, Rachel, and Heather all are a hot mess, and none of them endeared themselves to me in any way. It's another book in which all of the women are trainwrecks and the men are saints - this trope is becoming tiring. Lastly, I don't care for books with open-ended conclusions, so the ending of this one just didn't work for me. There is no big reveal, which made it all feel flat. The only positive for me is that it is an enlightening journey into trauma and how everyone copes with it in different ways. Overall, the cons outweighed the pros for me on this one. 3 lackluster stars.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tamar...playing hooky for a few hours today

    I love Sally Hepworth, and her latest novel was no exception. A wedding is taking place in a church. Demented prior wife shows up and climbs the dais, disrupting the service. Off-stage, a loud noise ensues and (view spoiler)[groom dies (hide spoiler)] . ...several months earlier, two Sisters meet their father in a restaurant for lunch and are struck with the unexpected and unwelcome announcement that pop is getting married to a women their own age. The biggest hitch is that he is already hitched t I love Sally Hepworth, and her latest novel was no exception. A wedding is taking place in a church. Demented prior wife shows up and climbs the dais, disrupting the service. Off-stage, a loud noise ensues and (view spoiler)[groom dies (hide spoiler)] . ...several months earlier, two Sisters meet their father in a restaurant for lunch and are struck with the unexpected and unwelcome announcement that pop is getting married to a women their own age. The biggest hitch is that he is already hitched to their mother who is now living in an institution caring for sufferers of dementia. Over the months resentment toward bride/stepmother-to-be is replaced by a genuine camaraderie, as sisters and future bride reveal troubling pasts and suspicions regarding the true nature of the Patriarch. The characters of the women were interesting and I found myself invested in their stories. This book goes in an unexpected direction towards the end, and although there is a healing process for some there is a vagueness regarding the true nature of the Father/Groom. This uncertainty is triggered by, among other things, the unreliable assertions of the demented prior wife, and the readers are left to reach their own conclusions regarding the father's/groom's behavior. Inconclusive endings do not unsettle me, so I was fine with the ambiguity. There is an interesting epilogue that does nothing to resolve the ambiguity but cleverly answers a question that could not be answered within the time-frame of the book. Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for and ARC and opportunity to review the latest book by one of my favorite authors. It did not disappoint.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Whitney Erwin

    I love Sally Hepworth’s novels, she knows how to write family/domestic suspense. With that being said, this one has to be my least favorite books I’ve read by Sally so far. This one started out strong for me and was a page turner. I loved the storyline and everything was good right until the very ending. Then I felt a huge letdown, there was so much more potential for this novel and it just fell short for me. This would have been 5 stars if it wasn’t for the ending. Thank you St. Martin’s press I love Sally Hepworth’s novels, she knows how to write family/domestic suspense. With that being said, this one has to be my least favorite books I’ve read by Sally so far. This one started out strong for me and was a page turner. I loved the storyline and everything was good right until the very ending. Then I felt a huge letdown, there was so much more potential for this novel and it just fell short for me. This would have been 5 stars if it wasn’t for the ending. Thank you St. Martin’s press and Net Galley for an ARC in return for my honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    A.

    4 Stars This is crack for lovers of character-driven mysteries with family drama and quirky characters. Sally Hepworth has some serious talent and skill. I just wish she moved beyond the superficial. If you choose to deal with a serious topic like domestic violence then you make it believable and strong and unambiguous. What the hell was that? It seemed like a parody of sorts. Domestic violence and dementia are some serious issues that shouldn't be trivialized, not even in fiction. I know this was 4 Stars This is crack for lovers of character-driven mysteries with family drama and quirky characters. Sally Hepworth has some serious talent and skill. I just wish she moved beyond the superficial. If you choose to deal with a serious topic like domestic violence then you make it believable and strong and unambiguous. What the hell was that? It seemed like a parody of sorts. Domestic violence and dementia are some serious issues that shouldn't be trivialized, not even in fiction. I know this wasn't the author's intention but the way she handled it left a bitter-ish taste in my mouth. Anyhow, I enjoyed this book a lot despite its flaws and I have high hopes for this author.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Belle

    Holy wow did I love this book! Am now a #sallyfanforlife 😍

  23. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    If I say that one thing I love about Sally Hepworth’s novels is that they are a “lighter” kind of read, I don’t mean that they lack depth. I am merely referring to the same tongue-in-cheek Aussie humour that makes a lot of Australian crime fiction such a pleasure to read. On one hand we have a mystery to sink our teeth into, on the other we are able to have a giggle here and there. Isn’t that just the perfect balance? THE YOUNGER WIFE is all about family secrets, so if you love that theme as much If I say that one thing I love about Sally Hepworth’s novels is that they are a “lighter” kind of read, I don’t mean that they lack depth. I am merely referring to the same tongue-in-cheek Aussie humour that makes a lot of Australian crime fiction such a pleasure to read. On one hand we have a mystery to sink our teeth into, on the other we are able to have a giggle here and there. Isn’t that just the perfect balance? THE YOUNGER WIFE is all about family secrets, so if you love that theme as much as I do, you’re in for a treat. Imagine your father introducing you to his new girlfriend, soon to be wife, who is a few years younger than you. Now step it up one notch and imagine that your mother is still alive and still married to your Dad, and is in a nursing home dying from advanced Alzheimer’s. How would you feel? It’s a complex question with no right or wrong answer, but everyone will be able to relate to Rachel and Tully on some level as they grapple with their own feelings about this. But in the process of this upheaval, new family secrets are being brought out into the open, begging the question whether it really is the new wife they should be afraid of .... I love the way Hepworth slowly twists the lens and shifts the focus so the edges of the perfect family blur slightly as the shadows come more into focus. Has everything Rachel and Tully have believed about their family been a lie? How much denial does it take to keep up the pretence of a happy marriage and family life? There are some very complex themes here, which may have been heavy handed or disturbing in other books, but which Hepworth handles with a gentle insight and care that made me feel deeply emotionally connected to the characters. THE YOUNGER WIFE will appeal to readers who enjoy a lighter mystery that focuses more on the slow reveal of family secrets than the crime. Full of warm wisdom and tongue-in-cheek humour, it made a compelling and enjoyable read I was loathe to put down. Very enjoyable! Thank you to Pan Macmillan for the free copy of this novel and for giving me the opportunity to provide an honest review. *blog* *facebook* *instagram*

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cherlynn (cherreading)

    WE HAVE A COVER! WE HAVE A COVER!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Christina McDonald

    A slow burn domestic suspense/family drama with elegantly drawn characters that are intriguing, compelling and flawed. The story is character-driven, with much of the suspense coming from the structure. The story begins from an unknown person at the wedding of Stephen and Heather, his much younger new bride, at which time something shocking happens that the reader doesn’t know yet. The plot then moves between the wedding and the drama that took place within this family prior to the wedding. What A slow burn domestic suspense/family drama with elegantly drawn characters that are intriguing, compelling and flawed. The story is character-driven, with much of the suspense coming from the structure. The story begins from an unknown person at the wedding of Stephen and Heather, his much younger new bride, at which time something shocking happens that the reader doesn’t know yet. The plot then moves between the wedding and the drama that took place within this family prior to the wedding. What elevates this story is the exceptional writing. Well done to Sally Hepworth for this uniquely told story.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Val

    Another 5 star read from Sally Hepworth for me! She has the ability to pull me in immediately to her stories and her characters. Some I hate, some I love - but I am always vested in every one. An auto-buy author for sure. Here Sally introduces us to Rachel and Tully, two sisters trying to cope with a Mother living in a shell of who she was - wracked by Alzheimer's, and now trying to navigate a new relationship in their father's life. Heather is a beautiful, put together interior decorator who is Another 5 star read from Sally Hepworth for me! She has the ability to pull me in immediately to her stories and her characters. Some I hate, some I love - but I am always vested in every one. An auto-buy author for sure. Here Sally introduces us to Rachel and Tully, two sisters trying to cope with a Mother living in a shell of who she was - wracked by Alzheimer's, and now trying to navigate a new relationship in their father's life. Heather is a beautiful, put together interior decorator who is entering Tully and Rachel's lives as their Dad's girlfriend and now fiance'. While their successful and fit surgeon father is in his 60s, Heather is in her 30's and is a year older than Rachel. The family dynamic is one of what I would term, "detached love." They all love each other yes, but they don't take the time to really see what is going on in each other's lives. One daughter deals with a trauma at 16 that she has kept silent about, by baking and eating through the pain. The other sister steals things just to get the "release" it offers. As one could imagine, the newest developments in their father's life do not do anything to help the mental status of either sister. Both girls hide their issues from the family, and to a degree, even from themselves. Add to that simmering doubts about Heather, about accusations their Mom blurts out in her demented state and a hot water bottle filled with cash that Rachel finds, and now friends, we have a captivating story. I read this book in a day, I just could not put it down. To say I devoured it would be correct. The character development was so strong and the mental issues that the book covered were so important. I would not consider this one a Thriller, rather an excellent psychological drama. Character-driven with an air of mystery and mind-bending issues that had me second guessing myself and some characters several times during the story. To me, that is one of Sally Hepworth's outstanding writing traits - she puts her characters in situations that have you doubting their validity. She leaves seeds of doubt, and even in the end, you are not completely sure you were right in whatever you decided happened. I 100% recommend this one. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the advance copy to read and review. Pub date: 4.05.22

  27. 4 out of 5

    ABookwormWithWine

    4.5/5 I love Sally Hepworth's writing and to date, my favorite of hers has been The Mother-in-Law. It is still my favorite but my god if The Younger Wife isn't a very close second! I was so sure I knew how it was going to end (I didn't), but the biggest thing for me was the characters. The book is told from the viewpoints of Heather, Rachel, and Tully (AKA Natalie), and I read it very slowly and deliberately because I loved them all so much. The book is also interspersed with 'the wedding' and th 4.5/5 I love Sally Hepworth's writing and to date, my favorite of hers has been The Mother-in-Law. It is still my favorite but my god if The Younger Wife isn't a very close second! I was so sure I knew how it was going to end (I didn't), but the biggest thing for me was the characters. The book is told from the viewpoints of Heather, Rachel, and Tully (AKA Natalie), and I read it very slowly and deliberately because I loved them all so much. The book is also interspersed with 'the wedding' and this was such a great way to keep the reader wondering what happened. There were times the story even brought tears to my eyes thanks to what each female character is dealing with, and I loved the mix of drama, suspense, and touching moments. The ARC seems to have created quite the controversy over the ending, and that was really all I was hesitant about after I finished. Thanks to one person in my buddy read reaching out to Hepworth, I now know exactly what she was trying to convey to the reader, and it put all of my hesitations to rest. Luckily, I have heard the finished copy corrects this issue, and hopefully, that will make the resolution less polarizing to readers. The Younger Wife is definitely on the slower side which would usually bother me, but for some reason, it completely worked for me with this storyline. I thrived on getting to know each character individually and was just so engrossed with each one of their stories. Hepworth really knows how to write domestic suspense and I am thrilled with the way The Younger Wife turned out! I received a complimentary digital copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mags

    Couldn't put this novel down and read it in one day. Two sisters have to navigate their father falling in love with a younger woman while their mother languishes in a dementia ward. Drama ensues at the wedding and the deceitfuless and the confusion that permeates the family dynamics comes to an unfortunate tipping point. Loved it! Couldn't put this novel down and read it in one day. Two sisters have to navigate their father falling in love with a younger woman while their mother languishes in a dementia ward. Drama ensues at the wedding and the deceitfuless and the confusion that permeates the family dynamics comes to an unfortunate tipping point. Loved it!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    Thank you Netgalley for allowing me to read a book for an honest review. I always feel a bit indebted when I receive a book for free for an honest review but that is what we both agreed to. So an older man wants to marry a woman younger than his two daughters, but he happens to still be married to his wife who has dementia. All the women have dramatic & serious issues. All the men in this story are fabulous, no real problems at all. Men all fine, women all messed up. The ending, well I don't eve Thank you Netgalley for allowing me to read a book for an honest review. I always feel a bit indebted when I receive a book for free for an honest review but that is what we both agreed to. So an older man wants to marry a woman younger than his two daughters, but he happens to still be married to his wife who has dementia. All the women have dramatic & serious issues. All the men in this story are fabulous, no real problems at all. Men all fine, women all messed up. The ending, well I don't even know what to say about the ending. I did finish the book. Possible triggers for women: rape victim, abused women both physically and mentally, kleptomania, children from abused family, abusive fathers, dead parents. Oh and lets throw in a bit about covid being responsible for business failure.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    The thing I love about Sally Hepworth’s books are that they are never EVER what they seem. They are always multilayered and surprising- every dang time! My absolute favorite part of this book was the women. Hands down. Sally writes such beautifully flawed characters and I fell in love with Rachel, Tully, and Heather. It was a privilege to get to know them and see their inner struggles and triumphs. They were so very lovable and I rooted them on every page of the way. The ending of this book will The thing I love about Sally Hepworth’s books are that they are never EVER what they seem. They are always multilayered and surprising- every dang time! My absolute favorite part of this book was the women. Hands down. Sally writes such beautifully flawed characters and I fell in love with Rachel, Tully, and Heather. It was a privilege to get to know them and see their inner struggles and triumphs. They were so very lovable and I rooted them on every page of the way. The ending of this book will most likely be divisive, but I enjoyed it because it was so different than what I would have ever expected- I was so certain I had it all figured out until the very end! Sally’s books just feel like home and this is no exception. Thanks to St. Martin’s Press for an advance copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

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