The Husband Games, Jamie Farrell
The Husband Games, Jamie Farrell
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
I’ve not read any of Jamie’s work before but was in the mood for a fun read and this proved to be just that. Yes at times its cheesy, and the whole concept of the Husband Games etc is somewhat hard to take – but as fiction I let that pass by and just entered in the spirit of the read.
There are some real gem characters here, Kimmie the Klutz – that’s me, mum used to say she didn’t know anyone who could fall UP the stairs but I did regularly. Sadly my general accident proneness has followed me into adulthood – it gave the hospital staff the sniggers when I broke my hip falling of of my wheelchair as I’d forgotten I had no left leg, and tried to stop it tipping that way…15 years and I still wasn’t used to it being gone….if there’s something I can trip, slip or spill I’ll find it! So my sympathises were with Kimmie – and I have weird dreams too so hers sounded right up my street. ( mum used to joke I should never tell anyone what I dream as I’d be locked up) Then there’s CJ’s family – what a great crowd, 11 sisters and Father Basil and his Holy pronouncements and looks, and of course CJ himself who is a fabulous man, one with a sense of humour and a heart. I was rooting for him. Of course the Queen General, Kimmie’s mum, ruled everyone with a rod of iron and was dedicated to her position. Her pronouncements starting with something like “ In my position, with the interested vested in me as Chair of…” made me laugh. She was a real Mrs Nasty, a kind of modern day Medusa and all good stories need those. The bar owner and his alimony problems, the college bad word fund, Natalie herself – it was a story packed with humour with a little bit of reality woven in, showing human fragilities – how we hide often behind excuses or portray an image that isn’t really true of the person inside. My favourite character though has to be the Dinosaur/Stegosaur/dress loving Noah – he was such a charmer. Four going on forty at times, and he reminded me of my youngest grandson who has a similar outlook. Recently he was in the car with me and his older brother and sister while mum and dad popped in to Tesco. “ They shouldn’t really have done that should they Nan?” he murmured… “What honey?” “Left us in the car without an adult”. His brother is almost 16 , sister 13 and I apparently don’t count as an adult as I’m in a wheelchair. He says I’m a “little person” ….Mum was chatting to me recently, Brennan was chopping carrots and wanted a container with a lid, mum had given him one without and he was protesting. “ That one will be fine” she said, carrying on chatting to me – then he mutters “ for Gods Sake Woman! Dad. she’s just not listening to me” See – he’s also 4 going on 40…
Anyway Noah and one other thing gained the book an extra star, he was such a charmer, a real gem and so realistic and in the midst of the weirdity that’s the Husband Games he was much needed! The other thing? well the wedding part of the Games also seems to be tagged with the title Knot Fest, and its referred to constantly in the book but..my schoolgirl humour kept seeing Knob Fest instead…. and I had to give myself a mental slap several times. Its a fun read, just put aside any idea that this Just Wouldn’t Happen and go with the flow and you’ll be sniggering too. and for lovers of a HEA its perfect, and has a few surprises thrown in too
Stars: Five, its a great fun read, a lovely story, though one I’m unlikely to re read.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers.