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Busy Woman Seeks Wife Paperback – April 29, 2009

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From Publishers Weekly

Its title alone should win this frothy fantasy a following among harried gals juggling craven ambition and goddesslike domesticity. It can't hurt that Sanders, the pseudonym for Brit writing partners Annie Ashworth and Meg Sanders, has been there and done that (Goodbye, Jimmy Choo). Here, the duo take traditional gender roles and turn them upside down with busy sportswear marketer Alex and perennially out-of-work actor Frankie. Alex realizes she needs somebody to cook, clean, run errands and babysit her imperious mom, Bean, and through a series of mishaps she ends up with Frankie—a wacky twist that plays out with all the predictable pratfalls. But a tepid love story gets a shot of adrenaline from strong supporting characters, including diva Bean, who strikes just the right balance between fragile and fierce. Delightfully harebrained, there's a method to everyone's madness and an unwavering moral compass: follow your heart, trust your family and friends—and don't be too quick to judge the hired help. (Apr.)
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From Booklist

The winning duo behind the pseudonymous  Annie Sanders—Annie Ashworth, and Meg Sanders—puts forth a highly entertaining story, high concept but fleshed out with realistic, contemporary characters of modern London. What sets it apart are the rich inner lives given not just to the lead couple but also to a sampling of their family and friends. Female sports executive Alex may be too busy to breathe, and struggling actor Frankie may have a rare gift for the home arts; but Frankie’s best friend, Saffron, and his kid sister Ella have their own troublesome problems and complicated situations. This book is equal parts funny, thoughtful, and touching, and it’s sheer joy to watch all of the characters grow and change, adjusting to fit into their own lives. --Valerie Hawkins

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 303 pages
  • Publisher: 5 Spot; First Edition edition (April 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446505447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446505444
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,720,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is such a fun book to read! It is a great book to come home to to take your mind off of the stress of the day. It is funny and witty, and it is a book that I was excited to get home too. It was an easy, leisurely read that I would recommend to any woman looking for a lighthearted, entertaining read. I would definitely read more books from this author.
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Marketing executive Alex Hill is too busy to worry about her domestic fiascos as she spends seemingly 24/7 on creating an ad campaign to introduce a new sportswear product line. However, ignoring her home proves futile when her flighty mother Bean falls and needs caretaker help; the former sixties model moves in with Alex.

Alex seeks a "wife" to clean the house, cook meals, and care for mom. Her friend Saffron finds her Ella, who after one day leaves without notice as she has a better offer. Instead Ella, without informing Alex, pleads with her out work actor brother Frankie to take over her position so that someone is there for Bean. He agrees and enjoys cooking idolizes Bean whom was a paper thin role model, and performs the household drudgery. Saffron and Bean hide Frankie from Alex because each believes the exec would never accept a man doing this type of work well. That subterfuge fails when Alex finds Frankie at her home; she fires him and throws everyone including Bean out. However, not only is her house back to shambles and her eating fast food, the new product launch falls apart. Frankie and his posse of pushy females want to save Alex's butt if she lets them.

Though absolutely predictable in a Lucy- Ethel harebrained way, once all the players are introduced, BUSY WOMAN SEEKS WIFE is an amusing wacky contemporary that plays on gender bending and the role of superwomen in modern society. The key cast members are fully developed with each having several flaws hyperbolized to add to the zaniness of the plot. Ironically, each key character is also very caring of the others in their relationships, which leads to a strange ethics of protecting one another even if that means lying. Fans will enjoy this madcap screwball comedy.

Harriet Klausner
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As the other reviewers said, this book has a great cast of characters who interact with each other quite well. Yet, the story line is predictable.

I noted that the authors (two women, Annie Ashworth and Meg Sanders, using the nom-de-plume of Annie Sanders) are television and print writers. This book would make an entertaining television programme.

My only fault of this book is that someone decided to convert some of the language from British English to American English. Examples are "soccer" in lieu of "football" (but only in one instance, returning to football further into the book); "sneakers" instead of "trainers"; and even a mention of a Jell-o chocolate mousse!

Come on! Are Americans considered to be *that* stupid?

I did go to the publishers' website, but was unable to find a placer where I could make my comments, hence I am writing here.
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