Step into Alliott country with the fabulously funny and wonderfully heartwarming My Husband Next Door.
When Ella married the handsome, celebrated artist Sebastian Montclair at just nineteen she was madly in love. Now, those blissful years of marriage have turned into the very definition of an unconventional set-up. Separated in every way but distance, Sebastian resides in an outhouse across the lawn from Ella's ramshackle farmhouse.
With an ex-husband living under her nose and a home crowded by hostile teenaged children, gender-confused chickens - not to mention her hyper critical mother whose own marriage slips spectacularly off the rails - Ella finds comfort in the company of the very charming gardener, Ludo.
Then out of the blue Sebastian decides to move on, catching Ella horribly unawares. How much longer can she hide from what really destroyed her marriage . . . and the secret she continues to keep?
I had planned on reviewing this sooner, but unfortunately I found myself reading it slowly and at one point I put it down and actually forgot I'd started it.
However I did persevere and I'm glad I did, the ending was lovely.
'My Husband Next Door' is packed full of a great mix of a characters and it's due to these that I kept reading.
Once my emotions were invested in the characters, I wanted to discover more.
In fact I would admit to being more interested in the stories that run along the main characters, there was a uniqueness to the characters involved.
There is a lot happening in the book, with interweaving stories and I'm sure it will be a popular read, unfortunately for me I felt it was missing something and I've tried to work out why it didn't grip me.
On paper it has it all, great characters, sub plots, a lovely ending but it just didn't ignite a want to consume chapter after chapter and for that I feel bad.
I will read books by Catherine Alliott in the future as I'm a big believer in every book is unique and even though I didn't love it, I know others will.