Wednesday 19 August 2015

Review: A Better Man by Leah McLaren

A Better Man by Leah McLaren
Publisher: Corvus
Release date: 6 August 2015
Rating: **** and a half
Back cover blurb: Maya wants Nick to be less of a workaholic, to come home earlier, to spend some time with his children. Nick wants a divorce. With his mind made up, Nick is determined to leave quickly and with dignity, but it comes as an unpleasant shock to realise how much it will cost him to walk away. As a stay-at-home mum, Maya is entitled to everything. Nick is resolute, so when an unlikely solution presents itself he gives it everything he's got. If Nick becomes a better husband and father, if he encourages his wife to rediscover herself, the more self-sufficient Maya will become: and the cheaper Nick's pay-out. But as Nick pretends to be a better man he becomes one. He remembers his connection with Maya, their ability to be a couple and not just parents who share a house. Everything seems to be back on track. Until Maya finds out exactly what Nick has been planning...
A Better Man is this month’s Curtis Brown Book Group read. One thing I love about this book group, is that it introduces you to novels that ordinarily you may not have chosen for yourself.

From the outside Nick and Maya Wakefield have everything, he is the successful owner/partner of a hot-shot marketing firm, and she is a former divorce lawyer (now a stay at home Mum). But Nick and Maya have let their marriage take a back seat after the birth of their twins, Foster and Isla.

Nick decides that he wants out, he feels that he no longer loves Maya and wants to be free to have pursue relationships with other women.

He consults his good friend Gray who delivers the bad news of how much a divorce will actually cost him. He advises Nick not to pursue this avenue, and instead learn to be ‘A Better Man’ a sure way of his divorce costing less if he decides that what he still wants.

What Nick doesn’t bargain for is falling in love with his wife all over again.

Maya is at first suspicious of her husbands ‘better’ behaviour, but she learns to accept that he is trying, and their marriage may well be back on track.

Just what would happen if she discovers that Nick’s behaviour is part of a cold and calculated plan to divorce her?

Well you will have to read to find out...

Told alternately from Nick and Maya’s points of view, A Better Man is a perfect Summer read.
A Better Man is available to buy now from Amazon online and all good book shops.
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 Thank you to the Curtis Brown Book Group who sent me a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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