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The Younger Wife

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Absolutely enjoyed reading this novel.  Great job in characterization.  Humm wife beater, person with eating disorder, person with schizophrenia or alcoholism, person is kleptomaniac, person with dementia?  You'll have to read the book to find out what really is going on and you might be surprised.  Was totally engrossed with the characters.  Thought the ending was unexpected but an interesting.  This was my favorite of Ms. Hepworth's novels.
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An entertaining quick read about a family with a lot of problems that ends with a twist.  ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.
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Sally Hepworth can write! I have read quite a few of her novels and am never disappointed. "The Younger Wife" is an easy read but it is also filled with deep characters. This story feels so realistic; therefore easy to get into. Another great novel!
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Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth is a family melodrama and rom-com disguised as a domestic thriller.  The story revolves around three women: sisters Rachel and Tully, and their father's soon-to-be new wife Heather.  When the two sisters' father announces that he plans to divorce their mother and get married again to a much younger woman, the two sisters are understandably upset.  How can he just divorce their dementia-stricken mother like that?  Is Heather just another gold-digger?  And what secrets are each of them hiding?

Here is an excerpt from the Prologue, which is from an unnamed person's perspective:

"She leads Stephen and his new wife into a room to the side of the altar. The trio is followed by the two little boys, plus Rachel and Tully and Pamela, who is still clutching the candlestick. Will someone take that poor woman home? I think.
With the bridal party out of sight, the guests start chatting among themselves.
It seems as good a time as any to take my leave. I stand, gathering my things, and that’s when I hear it. A young woman’s scream and then, a dense, meaty thud. I rise at the same time as every other guest. I look to the front of the room, but my view is obscured by large hats and bald heads. I am craning to see through the gaps between the guests when the celebrant reappears. Her face is ashen and her white pantsuit is covered in blood."

Overall, The Younger Wife is an interesting look into the lives and relationships of three women and the familial bonds between them.  It maintained my interest from beginning to end, and I ended up finishing this book in a day.  I would not call this book a domestic thriller though.  I took off 1 star because I was expecting there to be a lot more thrills in this book. During the first half, I had to keep checking to make sure I was reading the correct book.  The action does pick up in the second half, and there was a surprise that I did not see coming, but I was expecting more from this book overall.  If you're intrigued by the excerpt above, or if you're a fan of Sally Hepworth's previous books, you can check out this book when it comes out in April!
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I was so excited to read this early! Sally Hepworth never disappoints! I thought this was a  really good family drama, with an air of mystery that kept me throwing pages! I felt that she described the characters so well and made me care about them. I look forward to whatever comes next!
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It’s almost a cliche, a man marrying a woman the same age as his daughters. The only fly on the ointment is that Stephen already has a wife, still she’s in an assisted living facility doe people with dementia; it shouldn’t be that had to get a divorce. Rachel and Tully are sure that Heather, their father’s paramour is nothing more than a gold digger and they don’t intend to sit by and let her, and their father, disrespect their mother.But Heather has her own reasons for wanting to be married to Stephen; everyone in this book has secrets and no one is what they seem
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Thanks to NetGalley for the e-ARC of this book.

An older rich man (Stephen Aston) wants to marry a young beautiful woman except he's still married to his wife who has dementia. Obviously his two daughters are not thrilled about this turn of events and secrets are revealed showing no one is who they say they are.

I usually enjoy Sally Hepworth's books and have had this one on my to read list for quite awhile. Overall it was a quick read but it lacked any real depth for me. By the end of the book I expected a big twist or something but things were left somewhat nebulous. It didn't seem like there were any answers given to many of the questions raised. The story I really wanted explored was between Rachel and Darcy. That seemed much more interesting than whether or not Stephen was an abuser.

Overall, it was a quick and easy read but not very interesting to me.
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Stephen Aston divorced his wife Pam, who has dementia, in order to marry their much younger interior designer, Heather.  Heather is actually younger than his two daughters, Tully and Rachel.

The story starts out on Heather and Stephen’s wedding day where an incident happens causing the police and an ambulance to arrive.   We then step back in time to the events leading up to the wedding day and learn that everyone has secrets they are hiding.

I could not put this book down.  It was well written and the charterers were well developed and believable.  All the secrets kept me turning the pages.  This is a must read.
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More like 2.5 stars. I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review, This is the first book by this author and unfortunately I couldn't get into it so it took me awhile to finish.
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I received an advance copy of, The Younger Wife, by Sally Hepworth.  Stephen wants to get married trouble is he already is married to someone else.  His daughters are not happy with his choice, of stepmother.  Will they get married, will the family come together?
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A fast moving entertaining novel from Sally Hepworth. Not a thriller, more of a domestic mystery or a lite women's literature with questions. 

The setting is the wedding of Stephen Aston. Stephen is marrying a (much) younger wife, younger than the newly divorced wife that is present in the church! His adult daughters and grandchildren are present. Is it a happy occasion? By the end of the first chapter, the wedding ends abruptly and an ambulance is called. What transpired?

I truly enjoyed the characterization. Each member of the B family was interesting, complex and engaging. Learning more about their trial and tribulations kept the book moving and outshone the actual mystery in my opinion. This book could have been a great study of family relationships. 

The ending is somewhat ambiguous and I am not sure how I feel about it. I don't think it actually matches the tone of the rest of the book. 

Overall, very enjoyable. I am personally tired of the frail wife who cannot stand up to others. This book instead offered plenty of good and evil in each character. Recommended for those who enjoy a good beach read or slow mystery.  Thank you to @NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for a fair review #TheYoungerWife #NetGalley
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If you're looking for a suspenseful book that draws you in, this is it.  Stephen surprises his daughters Tully & Rachel with the news that he is getting married again.  The big surprise behind this news is that his new wife, Heather, is the same age or younger than his daughters, AND he is still married to their mother who is suffering from dementia.  The girls try to get to know Heather while being skeptical of her true intentions.  As the story unwinds, it becomes clear that there are several secrets within the family, and each person may have something that they are trying to hide.  This was a welcomed page-turner for me.
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Sally Hepburn does it again with this great book.  I was immediately drawn into the characters in the story.  I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next and I really really loved this book.
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Sally Hepworth does it again! 

I read this book in one sitting - it’s THAT good. Whilst I would have liked Rachel’s story to be a bit more fleshed out, this book kept me engaged and wanting to keep reading until the very last page. It’s mysterious, exciting and got a great ending. I absolutely adored it.
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Sally Hepworth did it again! It's fun. It's fast-paced and it's a good family story that will take you on a bizarre journey with some serious issues.

Who has a dad that is planning to get married to a woman that happens to be a little younger than his two daughters? And he still is married to a wife with dementia. Does this even happen in the real world? The story begins at the wedding with a loud scream and someone being rushed out on a stretcher.

The father, Stephen, is a successful heart surgeon who is in love with Heather, an interior designer. His daughter, Tully, with her family lives in a wealthy neighborhood. The other daughter, Rachel, is single and has a thriving bakery business. They are close and visit with their mother, Pam in the nursing home often. 

It sounds normal,...right? Well, every character has something going on in their life. At one point, Rachel said, "I'm baking my feelings" after she took more than a few bites out of a couple's wedding cake just before it was to be delivered.

I learned a few things and enjoyed a book that was easy to read with a family that I felt like I knew. It made me pause when a psychologist said, "We are all products of what we experienced as children." The ending was perfect and after I put the book down, the characters were still moving around in my head.

My thanks to Sally Hepworth, St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for allowing me to read this advanced copy with the expected release date of April 5, 2022.
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Sally Hempworth is the queen of domestic suspense books, and I really enjoyed this one! Two sisters, Tully and Rachel, have to grapple with their father falling in love with a women, Heather, who is their age, all while their mother is suffering from dementia and unable to speak for herself. Secrets are revealed when Heather comes into their lives causing increased anxiety around the family and drama to erupt on the day of the wedding. It ends with some ambiguity that I will leave you shocked.
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This is the 2nd novel that I have read by Sally Hepworth and I am officially hooked!  This book grabbed me right from the start and I could NOT put it down! The suspense kept me engaged throughout and every chapter left me wanting more and desperately needing to know everything!!! Let's just say that I was very disappointed when I had to pause my reading to do "adult" things, but I was still able to finish within 24 hours! 

Her writing style is easy to read and I love how it is not filled with fluff or wordy, unnecessary descriptions that leave you bored and your mind a wandering. She just tells you only what you need to know. Her characters are always portrayed as being "human" and relatable, which makes for a very convincing and believable story. I was personally drawn to Pamela's character. My aunt has been struggling with short-term memory loss for the past few years, which is now starting to develop more to dementia. She still recognizes me, but has recently forgotten my name. It's disheartening. I felt that the author portrayed the symptoms and struggles of this disease quite perfectly. 

If I have learned anything from Hepworth's books, it's that no one is quite who they seem to be. You can never really no someone else. And communication is VERY important. Oh, and that I highly recommend this book!!

Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for allowing me access to read a digital ARC of this book. Loved it!!
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Fun and well-paced psych thriller!  I couldn’t put it down, and could almost feel the 5 stars being earned, but alas, the end fizzled out a bit for me.  Lots of intriguing build-up with a bit of an ambiguous ending left me wanting just a little more from this story.  The Family Next Door is still my favorite from this talented author!  

Thank you very much to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the advanced reader’s copy of this book.
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Sally Helpworth never disappoints! I couldn’t wait to read this book and it lives up to the hype! Could not put this book down and finished in less than 24 hours! Without spoiling too much - everyone (and no one) is suspect with guessed until the final page. Hepworth has a unique plot story in this novel and some flawed characters that lend to the intrigue. I would definitely buy this book for a friend and can’t wait until Sally Hepworth releases her next book! Thank you for the advance copy!
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I love Sally Hepworth's books so read this in one sitting! Stephen is getting remarried--even though technically he's still married to his wife who's in care home with dementia. And of course Heather is younger--just about the same age as Stephen's two adult daughters. We see a very dysfunctional family here and we're not really sure where that comes from until secrets long buried are unearthed. Daughter Tully has a penchant for stealing insignificant things and Rachel "bakes away her feelings." It's a truly heartfelt story of a family in turmoil and I cared about all of the characters no matter how quirky they were. Another win for Hepworth!
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