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'Affairs are easier to have than you'd think.' Jill and Rob are happily married - until they discover that it's Rob's fault they can't have kids. It isn't the end of the world for Jill. She's just happy to have a trustworthy husband who loves her deeply and presses all the right buttons in the bedroom. But Rob's gone off sex and refuses even to discuss it. In fact, all communication between them has come to an infuriating halt. And Jill just yearns for a bit of fun. It wouldn't be so bad if one of her best friends wasn't having the best sex of her entire life (albeit behind her husband's back) while her other friend has a stunning husband who she's still in lust with. But are things ever what they seem? How well do we ever know our husbands, our best friends or even ourselves? Jill is about to find out when she faces infertility, infidelity and the truth head on...

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    Recommended? You Betcha!
    June 30, 2008

    I got this book from the author Carol Mason, a few days ago and really enjoyed it! The story is about 3 long time friends who are all married and struggling through different aspects of their relationships. Jill has a great relationship with her husband, Rob, but since they found out he can't have kids, he's been off sex and she is feeling desperately neglected. Wendy seems to have the perfect relationship, but all is not necessarily as it seems. Leigh is married to someone she does not respect and decides to have an affair, which she enjoys so much she brags about it to Jill.

    Author Carol Mason described it as "Sex and the City" for marrieds, and it kind of is - but without the clothes. The book is published in 12 countries and 7 languages and has just been released in Canada. I was worried at first it would be one of those books that made affairs sound like a good thing, but it does not. I doubt there is any married woman who would not identify with this book on some level. It's very real and the characters feel very authentic.

    The story is set in Newcastle so the expressions and dialog take a little getting used to, but once you do they're cute and often quite funny. I keep waiting for an opportunity to call someone a "wally".

    The climax of the story is so gripping, I stayed up really late and couldn't go to bed until I knew what was going to happen. I'll admit I even cried at one point.

    This is Carol Mason's first book and it won't be her last. It's really well written and the story lines are quite gripping. It's one of those stories you think about for some time after. I highly recommend it.

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