‘My Husband’s Wives’ by Faith Hogan

mhw fhSTORY: Better to have loved and lost, than never loved.

Paul Starr, Irelands leading cardiologist dies in a car crash with a pregnant young women by his side.

United in their grief and the love of one man, four women are thrown together in an attempt to come to terms with life after Paul. They soon realise they never really knew him at all.

The love they shared for Paul in his life and which incensed a feeling of mistrust and dislike for each other, in his death turns into the very thing that bonds them and their children to each other forever.

As they begin to form unlikely friendships, Paul’s deaths proves to be the catalyst that enables them to become the people they always wanted to be.

REVIEW: When Grace Kennedy meets Paul Starr, she is working in an art gallery and caring for her widowed mother and sisters. Paul is a very successful heart surgeon in Ireland and is married. He and Grace begin an affair which results in her getting pregnant and giving birth to Delilah. Paul is thrilled. He says he has divorced his wife, Evie Considine Starr, and marries Grace. Over the years together, Paul wants more children and is disappointed that Grace never conceives again. When he finds that she has been taking birth control pills, he is hurt and angry. Grace still loves Paul but knows he is upset and she thinks he will learn to accept it.

That is when Paul meets Annalise who had been working in TV and had been Miss Ireland. She has to return the crown because she made a comment when being interviewed on TV that showed her ignorance of a part of history. When Annalise becomes pregnant, Paul is thrilled. They have one son and soon after have another son.

One day, a news flash reports that Paul has been killed in a car accident and there is another woman in the car with him believed to be Annalise. When Annalise hears this, she is devastated at the loss of her husband and wonders who the woman is who was with him. This news reaches Grace and Evie as well and they all rush to the hospital to identify Paul.

The meeting of the three women is fraught with all kinds of emotions as they all find they were all still married to Paul. The woman in the car turns out to be Kasia, who is from Romania and she is pregnant. Is she another of Paul’s wives?

How will they handle the fact that they had been married to a bigamist? Will their love for Paul help them overcome their grief and betrayal?

This is an interesting plot, but I found it a bit too contrived and too drawn out. However, I think that readers will truly enjoy the book.

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

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