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 really enjoyed this book. I found the character of Ella easy to relate to and couldn’t help but feel for her as she struggles to deal with her somewhat unconventional family. Dealing with Ella’s own relationship problems, her wayward teens and her parent’s marriage trouble, this book focuses on the complexity of different relationship and I think there is something in here which will strike resonance with all readers.
Alliot’s style is warm and emotional. There were times I laughed out loud and times where tears welled up in my eyes.
This book would make a perfect beach read and I give 4.5/5.
I received an advanced reader copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.