This is a revenge story with a twist – Paula is making her philandering husband fall back in love with her, so it really hurts when she kicks him to the curb.
The cunningness of this plot just thrilled me to the very core. I can be quite childish like that.
My Sweet Revenge is engaging and witty with some extremely humorous moments and fabulous surprises along the way.
This was the first of Falloon’s books I’d read. As soon as I’d finished, I bought up everything she’s ever written on my kindle. Her writing style is easy-to-read, engaging, sharp as a tack and extremely funny.
Paula and Robert have been sweethearts since their drama school days. When she became pregnant with their daughter it was agreed Paula would take a step back from acting to bring up their family – and to allow Robert the chance to make it.
He’s now a minor TV star on country show, Farmer Giles and one of the UK’s most popular actors. Paula discovers he’s having an affair with co-star, Saskia and sets about making his life hell.
In the greatest acting role of her life Paula is going to make him fall in love with her all over again – and then she’s going to smash his heart to smithereens.
The ultimate tale of revenge on a cheating husband who wants to have his cake and eat it.
Oh how I loved Paula – what a woman! What a plan! After years of marriage and fading into the shadows next to Robert, she has allowed herself to become eclipsed by his ascending star.
Appearance-wise she acknowledges she has let herself go over the years – not aided by the fact she works in a bakery groaning with delicious goods. The novel offers her redemption and reinvention. She plays on how shallow he is by plotting to slowly lose weight – hiding her figure under the baggy clothes that have become her uniform, ‘then when I’m transformed, I’ll emerge butterfly-like and take his breath away.”
While steadily working on her own weight-loss she sets about surreptitiously fattening the vain Robert up. She gets to work in the kitchen whipping up batches of ‘healthy’ treats that are actually laden with enough calories to stealthily pile on the pounds.
As the story develops, Paula remains smart and sassy – with just the right pinch of bitchiness thrown in for good fun.
A total fab read, peppered with hilarious moments and witty observations. I found this a really fun read and found myself mentally rubbing my hands with glee as Paula does wicked things to mess with Robert’s mind.
As the book progresses, Paula forges a faux relationship with Saskia and her husband is later introduced adding more layers of complexity and intrigue to the story.
I won’t spoil the ending but it is utterly brilliant with some fabulous twists by Falloon that literally had me bouncing up and down with excitement and anticipation.
I very much enjoyed the character of Robert who comes across as a total prat, thus making Paula’s kicking him to the curb all the more enjoyable.
Falloon’s writing is extremely sharp and I applaud the chick-lit book that has me guessing right up until the end. Let’s face it – we can normally work out where a story is going to go about halfway through, but not so with My Sweet Revenge.
Get yourselves a bucket of popcorn ready for this one!
“I want to make my husband fall back in love with me. Let me explain. This isn’t an exercise in 1950s wifeydom. I want him to fall back in love with me so that when I tell him to get the hell out of my life he’ll care. He won’t just think, ‘Oh good’. I want it to hurt.” Jane Falloon – My Sweet Revenge
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