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Wayward Wife (Harlequin Presents) [Reading] ➿ Wayward Wife (Harlequin Presents) ➶ Sally Wentworth – Thomashillier.co.uk Unwanted companyAfter eight years of marriage, Boyd Russell loved and desired his wife than ever And he wanted her by his side as he climbed to the top of the corporate ladderBut Clare had changed She Unwanted companyAfter eight years of marriage, Boyd Russell loved and desired his wife than ever And he wanted her by his side as he climbed to the top of the corporate ladderBut Clare had changed She loved Boyd and wanted to share his success, but she also wanted She had ambitions that had nothing to do with his ambitions he refused to see or understand Would she really be forced to make a choice, or had Boyd already made the decision for her.


10 thoughts on “Wayward Wife (Harlequin Presents)

  1. StMargarets StMargarets says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This is a marriage in trouble story that is feelslike women s fiction than an HP romance Sally Wentworth addressed some of these issues in Semi Detached Marriage and she s doing that again here H h have been married for 7 years Heroine is an artist Hero is an up and coming businessman in some sort of corporation The heroine has wanted a house and family life in the country, and their combined salaries have allowed them to purchase the house, but the heroine has had several miscarriage This is a marriage in trouble story that is feelslike women s fiction than an HP romance Sally Wentworth addressed some of these issues in Semi Detached Marriage and she s doing that again here H h have been married for 7 years Heroine is an artist Hero is an up and coming businessman in some sort of corporation The heroine has wanted a house and family life in the country, and their combined salaries have allowed them to purchase the house, but the heroine has had several miscarriages and has despaired of ever having children At the beginning of the story the heroine is feeling resentful about all the demands the company is making on her husband and on her There are parallel stories about another company couple whose wife hasn t coped so well, and an artist friend who wants to get an antique business off the ground against her husband s objections Other problems the hope of adopting Polish twins which the hero balks at a lecherous French art gallery owner who is interested in the h s paintingsa lecherous secretary who is panting after the HIn the last quarter of the story, the heroine separates from her husband after he is violently jealous of the lecherous Frenchman, but she is miserable on her own When they are asked to watch the hero s nephews for a weekend, the heroine comes back to the house to help They have such a good time together that they patch up their differences The hero is going to look into adopting the Polish twins and spendingtime as a family.It s a very abrupt ending but then that s the way these things work when you re hit upon a solution It looks like a simple solution because SW portrayed the angst and confusion of the heroine so masterfully Since this is the solution SW provided, then what the heroine really wanted was a family life All the career talk and art talk and company wife talk and jealousy talk was ancillary to the real want a baby a family And because the hero demonstrated on that weekend that he could be part of family life, the heroine can now be content The hero even left work early for his nephews so that s a signal he s about to embrace family life with as much zeal as he did climbing the ladder.I find so many elements of the story to be fascinating The attitude toward work and careers that have changed so much in the past 25 years, for one There isn t a lot of company loyalty these days, or perks, or pensions or even health insurance for that matter But there is still a lot of sacrifice when it comes to earning a living commutes, changing locations, long hours, constant interruptions,profit pressures,changing technology etc The career family life tension is still there it s just different I m also struck by the fact that SW didn t feel the need to fix everything for this couple to have an HEA The hero s work will probably be a problem now and again but like the H h says we ve come through this, we re okay The heroine will probably have days when she is tired of the twins and will need a few hours at the easel That s just life, I suppose and why this feels like woman s fiction I like second chance stories because I like to see how the couples re evaluate what they have I like when the characters come to appreciate each otherand learn from their problems They were a team at the end of this story in a way they weren t at the beginning


  2. boogenhagen boogenhagen says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Re The Wayward Wife Sally Wentworth brings us a Corporate Wife Rebel h in this HP outing that iswomen s fiction and marital seven year itch than actual HP courtship drama.When the book starts, the h and H have been married for seven years They are in love and happy except the h has the nesting instinct BADLY and unfortunately, she just isn t able to incubate the eggs long enough for the little fledgling mini h and H s to appear Her husband doesn t seem to care, he is too busy getting h Re The Wayward Wife Sally Wentworth brings us a Corporate Wife Rebel h in this HP outing that iswomen s fiction and marital seven year itch than actual HP courtship drama.When the book starts, the h and H have been married for seven years They are in love and happy except the h has the nesting instinct BADLY and unfortunately, she just isn t able to incubate the eggs long enough for the little fledgling mini h and H s to appear Her husband doesn t seem to care, he is too busy getting himself made into a company director and shackling her into the non paid and pain in the hiney position of a dutiful corporate wife The h has been supportive for years now and she is happy that her husband is accomplishing his goals.But the h s goal is not to be the junior partner Sally Helpmeet for a corporation that seems to expect a lot in devotion and commitment for what the h sees as very little reward She has her own career to pursue and her own interests, none of which include playing sycophant for a bunch of bloated, parasitic lecherous corporate gluttons and their snobby, snappy, stuck on themselves wives Sure the h and H havemoney and a lovely country home, but they never have much time to spend the money in pleasurable pursuits together and the house is lovely, but a fantastic painting studio doesn t seem to make up for the long hours of alone time and rare moments of h and H togetherness The h is also resentful that the H doesn t seem to recognize that she really wants kids, he wasn t as supportive as she would like during her miscarriages and he isn t really keen on adoption Yet the H seems to have no issues asking her to sacrifice her dreams to fulfill his and the h is ready to make a change.So when the H callously commits evenof her time to his corporate activities after achieving his directorship, the h stages a mutiny She decides to help a friend establish her trunk antique business, devotetime to her painting and maybe branch out into graphic design and definitely refuse to allow her husband s corporate directives to fill up her valuable time with smoozy cocktail parties and sucking up to the bosses The H on the other hand, doesn t seem to get it He doesn t understand why for seven years the h has been the perfect corporate wife and now won t even have a midnight lurve up when he has the notion to cop a feel or two Plus, his lovely lady office assistant seems to be making the moves on him, he took her to Italy and bought her a beautiful scarf and the h is pretty sure that the OW is looking muchattractive, now that her H s home life is becoming distinctly colder.But the h looks around and sees her friend s relationships becomingandunsatisfactory From her BFF, whose partner is completely non supportive of her new attempts at an antiquing career, to the young new corporate wife with three kids and no time and no social graces who continually makes corporate party social gaffes, much to the dismay of her up and coming corporate husband.When the h meets a French gallery owner who seems to like her paintings, the h thinks this may be her big chance to really kick off her art career But the H isn t supportive of that either, he checks the guy out and concludes that what the old guy really wants is a fling with the younger and attractive h The H is also angry about the h refusing to jump when the corporation demands and hostess whatever events they deem fit to schedule for her, angry that she isn tconformist in brainwashing the young corporate wife newbie to the company party line and really angry that the h is pretty much done with exercising his lurve club on demand So like straws and camel s backs, things are heading for a breakdown It finally happens when the h and H do a company trip to Bruges The h sees the H and his OW office assistant acting like they are the married couple and the h herself meets the French gallery owner and has to fight off his advances The h gets a double helping of disappointment when the old gallery owner derides her painting and then the OW stirs the pot with reports of the h s meeting with him in his hotel The H naturally assumes the worst, that the h is having a bit of afternoon delight, and the h is just done She can t believe the H is acting like this, especially when he deliberately hid the letter from the Polish orphanage that has a pair of lovely twins the h and H could adopt The h believes the H is really driving it home that he doesn t want kids at all and his deliberate deceptions about hiding the letter just seems to be the final straw he doesn t seem to care about her needs, as long as she devotes herself to his The h packs her bags and goes home, ready to kick the H out of the family cave But the H won t leave, it is his house, he pays for it and the h says fine, if he won t go, she will And off to a clean, but shabby bedsit we go The h gets a job that pays her small expenses and several weeks go by.Then the H calls, the h had promised his sister that her two children could stay with the H and h for a weekend, while the sister in law and hubby go out of town The h reluctantly returns to the family home to commence baby sitting duties To her surprise the H hangs around to help out too, even tho they are in separate rooms The H really seems to take to the fathering aspects of watching two little boys Then drama strikes, one of the boys gets stung by a bee or wasp and goes into anaphylactic shock The H and h rush the child to hospital in a state of dread panic.The little boy is going to be fine, but the H confesses that he misses the h He loves her and wants to work things out, cause he doesn t want to lose her He offers to help her get a gallery showing for her art and he confides that he had his office assistant moved because she was getting aggressively flirty the office assistant did not like that and quit the company The h misses her husband and she loves him too, we have a big, joyful explosion with the lurve mojo force and the H suggests a short honeymoon to Poland there is a pair of twins that need a new home So the H and h reaffirm they love each other and vow to keep working their differences out, the h gets her nesting instinct filled with fledglings and we leave the happy couple to lurve it up somefor a happy conclusion to this HP outing.I like this one a lot SW does a great job on the frustration and little molehills that start building up into a mountain of resentment between a couple and how that might play out I also like that I can just glue the rosy glasses on my nose and go with the pretty convincing reconciliation.SW does a good of selling into the belief that the H isn t using the twin adoption as a pacifier bribe to get the h back into dutiful corporate wife harness, that the h isn t going to feel evenstymied and alone as the H works himself into an early death by heart attack and that these two really love each other enough to stay faithful and work out their problems together I can totally gulp the kool aid down with this one, it is a pretty cute story and I liked the HEA, so that makes this a great day in HPlandia non HP HP adventuring


  3. Naksed Naksed says:

    Sally Wentworth s Wayward Wife is an intelligently written, totally on point, portrait of an imploding marriage Though it was published in 1992, the battle of the sexes and marital inequalities, as well as illustration of the double standard between genders in the workplace, do not feel dated at all Though the fact that the local college offered a training course on how to become a company wife was absolutely hilarious Still, nowadays, there are still colleges that offer Mrs Degrees so Sally Wentworth s Wayward Wife is an intelligently written, totally on point, portrait of an imploding marriage Though it was published in 1992, the battle of the sexes and marital inequalities, as well as illustration of the double standard between genders in the workplace, do not feel dated at all Though the fact that the local college offered a training course on how to become a company wife was absolutely hilarious Still, nowadays, there are still colleges that offer Mrs Degrees so there you go, thethings change, etc Every resentment, disillusionment, and suffocation, felt by the heroine has been felt by me, and I gather, many, many women, married or not, at some point or other in their lives The lucky ones are the ones who don t feel these negative emotions on a 24 7 basis and manage to alternate them with all the immensely joyful, enjoyable, unique and fulfilling qualities that companionship, partnership, basically marriage in any form, can bring to one.The problem is that this book is also a Harlequin When I pick up a Harlequin, I want to escape into a fantastic, or romantic, or hilarious world where I can leave off common sense, logic and everyday problems and just bask in the over the top craziness of a love story with characters whose outlandish emotions and behavior are like a fun house mirror distortion of my real life self I definitely did not get that here and I came away from the way too facile conclusion of the book view spoiler after a trial separation, the husband and wife reconcile and decide to heal their marriage through the adoption of a pair of babies hide spoiler feeling depressed and disconcerted that a myriad of issues had really never been resolved between them, making their long term future prospects rather doubtful, in my humble opinion view spoiler The main issue is children I was appalled that despite the husband s obvious reluctance, the heroine chose to stop taking her contraceptives WITHOUT TELLING HIM Then, she felt bitter and resentful that husband, according to her, used her miscarriages as an excuse to make the decision to never put each other through that again He then hid a letter that was addressed to his wife concerning the issue of adoption under the pretext that he did not want her to feelhurt on what was obviously a touchy subject This is high handed and condescending at best, manipulative, wildly selfish and completely dishonest at worst This is never fully discussed or resolved I don t believe children can heal a crumbling marriage fraught by dishonesty, miscommunication and resentment The solution to jump in with an adoption is not a satisfactory conclusion to that dilemna.The secondary issue was the husband s workaholic, materialistic ways and the wife s resentment of constantly playing second fiddle to the husband s ambitions when she was so desperately trying to kick start her own independent graphic artist career The husband kept undermining and sabotaging her I was glad that she stood up for herself but weary that during the reconciliation, the husband and wife didn t really discuss how they were going to improve this thorny issue The forced early retirement of a colleague who developed an ulcer under the stress of work and looked twenty years older than his age seems unfortunately to be the future of the husband, and on top of that, now he will have to bear the additional cross of being an absent father to a set of twins that the wife will now wholly turn her attention to since the guy is absent most of the times It is almost like he did not take her career seriously so in order to pacify her, really, like putting a pacifier in a baby s mouth to keep them quiet, he compromised on the issue of children so she would have something to content herself with while he devoted himself guiltlessly to his career.The issue of infidelity was also swept aside and I, for one, did not buy it for a minute I might accept the fact that the husband did not engage in technical adultery with his brash, ambitious personal assistant, if the definition of adultery is that he had to have entered her But for me, there are many types of betrayals and emotional is the BIGGEST There is no doubt that the husband was confiding in the personal assistant about his marital problems otherwise there is no way she would have felt smug enough to condescend to the heroine and give her blatant hints that she was on the prowl for her husband and her husband wasthan receptive She was just way too confident in herself to risk her career by flaunting her relationship to her lover s wife like that if she was not sure that the marriage was on the rocks and he showed his enthusiasm to acquire her as wife number two There were lots of hints about them going beyond the border of appropriateness on the out of town business trip they took together I am sure the husband gave her enough encouragement, in the form of flirtation he was an inveterate flirt with many members of the opposite gender throughout the story and even some steamy kisses and groping even though he probably didn t actually go all the way, but only because he would be able to rationalize that he was technically not a cheater It was rather telling that prior to the reconciliation, the hero actually had the p.a transferred to another department, and this is without the wife ever making an issue out of it she was too proud to show him how jealous she was and how inappropriate the p.a was being and prior to the reconciliation So I smell definitely guilty feelings there As for the wife, she obviously got involved with the OM only as a business relationship at the outset but was just too dumb not to put the brakes on it when it was obvious that he intended , and that this would drive her husband absolutely bonkers Speaking of which, there is an unforgivable scene where the husband, in a fit of jealous rage because he thinks his wife has cheated on him heheguilty feelings and transference here , actually tries to rape her only to back out at the last second and then, he has the nerve to cry out What have you made me become as if to say that she drove him to it This nasty episode of domestic violence is also swept under the rug, never to be discussed again Now, I like a stiff British upper lip as much as the next gal but come one These two need therapy hide spoiler All in all, this is not an uplifting read so if you are looking for escape, unicorns and rainbows, try again


  4. EeeJay EeeJay says:

    Lemme begin by saying this I am currently watching a Pakistani drama serial where there s a youngish couple who s been married for 7 years and has one kid The wife is an architect and the husband works for a multinational company Their s is a love marriage but now they re shown to be fighting because the guy never wanted his wife to work both his mom and his wife s mom were house wives and he expects his wife to be part of a team lead team worker set up instead of equal partnership while th Lemme begin by saying this I am currently watching a Pakistani drama serial where there s a youngish couple who s been married for 7 years and has one kid The wife is an architect and the husband works for a multinational company Their s is a love marriage but now they re shown to be fighting because the guy never wanted his wife to work both his mom and his wife s mom were house wives and he expects his wife to be part of a team lead team worker set up instead of equal partnership while the wife wants the husband to contribute equally in their daily life The drama is stuck at a phase where the wife has left the husband and I m still waiting to see what happens After seeing that drama I m ripe for this sort a story and its implications.Why is this important a I m going to be frank, I m a girl from the east and while it was usual for the women in my grandparents generation to live to serve their husbands, my parents generation has seen women becomingindependentb This independence comes at a cost, though How worthy is it Is it worth it to lose your marriage over it I think for some girls it is because the divorce rate is creeping up in Pakistan steadilyc Even though the couple in the book was childless, who s responsibility is it to look after the kids, transport them from one place to another The mothers, right Why d Why is there a struggle over this I believe it s because traditionally women were unpaid housekeepers and a such were weak financially Now that they areaware and financially independent, they want an equal partnership marriage but then again for a guy that means losing their hold and losing the unpaid housekeeper so they re fighting that.This is a thought provoking book for sure It seems like it could be the story of a million house holds even if the scenarios aren t exactly the same, the arguments are still valid.P.S If you understand Urdu Hindi YOU NEED TO SEE THIS DRAMA IT S THAT GOOD AND THAT RELEVANT


  5. Debbie DiFiore Debbie DiFiore says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I really liked the book very much I think the husband was faithful and I still believe in Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny too I took one star off because of the h She annoyed me Maybe I have been reading HP s too long but her attitude was just too beligerent almost I didn t like the advice she gave to the poor doormat Melanie or her friend Angie She was just too much And it was obvious that her husband loved her and yes he was a bit of a Corporate Creep, but I think he l I really liked the book very much I think the husband was faithful and I still believe in Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny too I took one star off because of the h She annoyed me Maybe I have been reading HP s too long but her attitude was just too beligerent almost I didn t like the advice she gave to the poor doormat Melanie or her friend Angie She was just too much And it was obvious that her husband loved her and yes he was a bit of a Corporate Creep, but I think he liked to show her off too And Velma the Vamp I kept picturing her as the character in the Scooby Doo cartoons and I just couldn t move past that Especially with the scarf, because Velma wore one too in Scooby Doo LOL I loved when she hit the call button on her husbands desk and Velma the Vamp came in and saw them in a passionate clinch I think she probably ran back to Shaggy after that scene Hopefully she will get a Scooby treat and stop trying to be a heartless homebreaker and leave married dogs, oops I mean, men alone I liked that the H let her go and promised her he would be waiting no matter what I liked that he went to that guys apartment to save the h from that dirty old man She did pretty good on her own with the fireplace poker Great scene I wish I knew what happened with Melanie and her louse of a husband and whether they adopted those kids An epilogue would have been nice All in all a good Marriage in Trouble book which I like Only if there is no cheating and as I stated above, I think he was faithful please.


  6. Laur Laur Laur Laur says:

    This was a really good marriage in trouble story, where the husband refused to acknowledge any problems or even talk about any issues Unfortunately the ending had no resolutions, it felt that they just decided that they could not live apart and the wife would have to give up her dreams so that they could be together The potential adoption of children was literally one line at the very end of the book But they really did seem to love each other, so good luck with the hea.


  7. Chitra *CJ* Chitra *CJ* says:

    Wayward Wife is the story of Clare and Boyd.In this tale, we explore the complex marriage of our MC Clare and Boyd have been married for 7 years now Boyd is the super ambitious and rising executive of a company, Clare is his ever supportive wife who goes to all his functions and encourages him through all his victories.However, when Clare starts having a feeling of void in her life, things start to change She has had three traumatizing miscarriages, after which Boyd insists on stopping due Wayward Wife is the story of Clare and Boyd.In this tale, we explore the complex marriage of our MC Clare and Boyd have been married for 7 years now Boyd is the super ambitious and rising executive of a company, Clare is his ever supportive wife who goes to all his functions and encourages him through all his victories.However, when Clare starts having a feeling of void in her life, things start to change She has had three traumatizing miscarriages, after which Boyd insists on stopping due to the extreme distress they both go through She also had a career as a graphic designer, but becoming lost in Boyle s promotions pushed it into the sidelines Can she get over her wariness, and find satiety in her marriage again Ok so here are the positives first Clare and Boyd love each other It s evident in page one, and until the last page Whatever happens anger, jealousy, tragedy one thing we cannot doubt is that they are utterly made for each other, and do not want to give up on that.Now to the negatives This was no Unwanted Wife or The Ultimate Betrayal The story is NOT about a housewife yearning forbecause of a husband who hates working women She already paints on the side, just not as a full time career She likes to support her husband She is selfish and rude at times, he is utterly blind at the others Both characters have shades of grey that in situations make them unlikable for instance, both of them ridiculing a fellow colleagues wife when she is socially awkward, and might have potentially harmed her money hungry husband s career.The issues with the heroine are her wanting to have kids, her inability to have them and her unwillingness to adopt them She also sort of wants a career, and is feminist at times when convenient.The hero He is crazy about the heroine, but is equally absorbed in his career and success He does not want the h stressing, so his suggestions about her having not to work but not at one instance does he discourage her.So overall, semi likable characters have tiffs, lots of sex, a small separation and a hint of HEA in this one Nothing is resolved on the page, and we end in the hope that they will eventually resolve all their issues once view spoiler the babies are adopted and Boyd maybe helps Clare publish her work hide spoiler This was OK.Safe2.5 5


  8. sbf20112011 sbf20112011 says:

    This one was SUPER angsty, too much so for my taste Or maybe it wasthat the ending didn t tie up enough loose ends Their big, sad, dramatic split was resolved in like 2 pages, and realistically they had not addressed some of the major problems in their marriage Or maybe we were supposed to assume that view spoiler children would solve Clare s desire for her own life Actually, probably we were hide spoiler Anyway, this was a good read if you re in the mood for some major marriage This one was SUPER angsty, too much so for my taste Or maybe it wasthat the ending didn t tie up enough loose ends Their big, sad, dramatic split was resolved in like 2 pages, and realistically they had not addressed some of the major problems in their marriage Or maybe we were supposed to assume that view spoiler children would solve Clare s desire for her own life Actually, probably we were hide spoiler Anyway, this was a good read if you re in the mood for some major marriage angst


  9. Su Su says:

    Example of 80s and 90s subtle imposition reconstructions attempts of women minds of feminist idea which refused the role given women by society and by nature innate motherhood and nesting feelings since Adam and Eve We see the results of that attempt after 3 decades in today s world Many women lost their femininity and many men became emasculated by either women dominance or in seek of old time femininity Family as a unit barely exist.Feminism took femininity of women away Whereas, we ne Example of 80s and 90s subtle imposition reconstructions attempts of women minds of feminist idea which refused the role given women by society and by nature innate motherhood and nesting feelings since Adam and Eve We see the results of that attempt after 3 decades in today s world Many women lost their femininity and many men became emasculated by either women dominance or in seek of old time femininity Family as a unit barely exist.Feminism took femininity of women away Whereas, we needed other ways of seeking justice for women that wouldn t take away our femininity and destroy our family lives, make us all unhappy


  10. Vanessa Vanessa says:

    Clare and Boyd have been happily married for several years However, she has changed and is learning that she wants something a little different than the role she has been assigned in their marriage She has had to be there for Boyd and his rise through the company for years, and now she finds that she has her own dreams and ambitions and wants Boyd to support her in them Yet she seems to have to fight for her dreams before she realizes them and she comes to see that he does support her too It Clare and Boyd have been happily married for several years However, she has changed and is learning that she wants something a little different than the role she has been assigned in their marriage She has had to be there for Boyd and his rise through the company for years, and now she finds that she has her own dreams and ambitions and wants Boyd to support her in them Yet she seems to have to fight for her dreams before she realizes them and she comes to see that he does support her too It really wasn t that angsty for me I thought a few times something would spin it out of control but overall Boyd was a good guy if a bit of the old style from way back when, and Clare was the new woman emerging from the dictates of society Yes, she had a job but it seemed that was just to occupy her unless and until Boyd needed her for something She was unable to have children even though she really wanted them, but she learned that being the company wife wasn t HER dream either She stumbles a few times as she comes in to her own in their marriage, but she soon sees that despite what she believed of Boyd he really was there to support her in all her dreams There were a few instances of OW trying to make trouble but Clare wasn t falling for it, until she started feeling insecure about other things I really enjoyed her showing this OW in the office scene though Then, of course, there was OM who tried to support Clare, but she had been forewarned and she saw the light in that situation and even though we weren t privy to Boyd s confrontation w him I liked that she showed him the error of his ways Overall it wasn t a bad read, it just wasn t stirring me up enough to care one way or the other


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