The Starter Marriage, Paperback Book

The Starter Marriage Paperback

3 out of 5 (3 ratings)


A terrific novel about marriage, mistakes and moving on from the bestselling author of THE SECRET SHOPPER series.Tess thought matrimony was for life, but her husband has decided that their marriage is the relationship equivalent of a starter home: cramped, claustrophobic and something he's definitely outgrown.Now, at thirty-five, Tess is in the biggest mess of her life.

Known to all her friends as 'Tip Top Tess' because of her dogged pursuit of the perfect home, the perfect marriage and the perfect career, she's now a candidate for How Clean Is Your House? And it's all because Barney has walked out. But there's a life raft on the horizon: The Divorce Survival Class.

It may be uncomfortable, overcrowded and nearly sinking under the weight of excess baggage, but it's a boot-camp for the broken-hearted.

Over eight weeks, Tess and her battle-weary classmates will lay bare the darkest secrets of their failed marriages - from the thrills of a threesome to the monotony of monogamy. And course leader William, an alchemist for the unloved and rejected, will turn their lives around in truly spectacular style...


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Contemporary Chick Lit, very amusing, light reading material. Borrowed from library as a hivers Audio Book, well-read by Jilly Bond.

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i>She moves towards me as if she's going to kiss me, but then thinks better of it. I wonder if that's why Barney left me. I am the most self-contained person I know, someone whose personal space might as well be staked out with barbed wire.</i>I read this author's first book "Old School Ties" before she did an author talk at the BCUK Unconvention a couple of year's ago, and her second novel is equally enjoyable. Set in Birmingham, it is the story of Tess, a primary school teacher whose best friend persuades her to join a course on surviving divorce, since she is not coping at all well with her husband's desertion.

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This book tells the story of Tess who struggle to overcome and accept the separation and betrayal from her husband found her lifeline when she attended a divorce survival class. The plot mainly focused on the members of the class; i.e. William , the organiser, Carol Ann, Jo, Natalie, Rani, Aaron, Tim and Malcolm where the author narrate their story. Each of this characters have their own story which i find it interesting. However, it is worth noting that the plot was rather slow and at times, it bored me and hence, i do admit that i actually skipped some pages to move it to the other part of the story.