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Brit TV producer Fallon takes careful what you wish for to hilarious heights in her debut novel, a comedy of errors triggered by a mistress who discovers thrice-weekly hookups with her married lover are better than a 24/7 relationship with him. Helen, office staffer at a public relations firm catering to desperate D-list celebrities, is fast approaching her 40th birthday with little chance of swimming out of the secretary pool or snagging a full-time commitment from Matthew, her middle-aged lover and relay relationshipper. When Matthew abruptly leaves wife Sophie and preteen daughters Suzanne and Claudia to move in with Helen, she's not sure it's the happy ending she prefers. Thus begins a head-spinning ruse to convince Matthew to go back home and to persuade Sophie and her scene-stealing pair of potty-mouthed children to take him back: Helen invents a new persona, hard-charging PR whiz Eleanor, who befriends Sophie and gives her advice to repair her shattered marriage. The scheme gets more elaborate when Helen/Eleanor falls for Matthew's estranged eldest son. This delightfully fizzy chick lit caper goes disappointingly flat before the finish, but the surprising and rewarding treat is a bright, grown-up story of two women who discover friendship and trust in one another. (Aug.)
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Helen, secretary in a London PR firm, has run afoul of the adage "be careful what you wish for, because it might come true." Boss Matthew, after an affair that has lasted years, suddenly leaves his wife and moves into Helen's flat. Helen's solution is to befriend the wife, using an assumed identity, of course, to persuade her to take Matthew back. But as she gets to know Sophie, she likes her too much to burden her with Matthew again. Office life has gotten dicey because she feels tainted by the affair, but there is another Helen in another department, which helps cloud the identities. Further muddying the situation, Helen meets Leo, a thoroughly attractive man. He just so happens to be Matthew's son from a previous marriage and, naturally, hates the woman ruining his father's life. Can this possibly be sorted out? Does Helen get stuck with Matthew? Do Sophie and Leo discover Helen's true identity? Does she escape her dead-end job and get a real career? Read and find out. Hoover, Danise --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Voice; Reprint edition (August 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401340792
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401340797
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,323,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tracy Vest VINE VOICE on January 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Helen never thought she'd be one of those dreaded "other women," but that's just the predicament she finds herself in when she falls for her boss Matthew, a man many years her senior with a wife and children at home. She constantly wishes that they could spend more time with each other and asks Matthew to leave his wife for her. When he arrives on her doorstep with his bags in hand, she realizes you really have to be careful what you wish for. Suddenly her clandestine sometimes lover has turned into a real person - warts and all. She craves her privacy, and is embarrassed when she finds that the rest of the secretaries think that Matthew is not a catch at all, and schemes to hide her role in his separation. Then she decides the best way to get rid of him is the get him to go back to his wife Sophie, even going to far as to befriend her. The only problem - she likes Sophie more than she likes Matthew.

Fallon's story of the other woman is at times funny. I laughed so hard when Helen was watching Matthew snore (did he do that before?) and noticed his untrimmed nose hairs. But Helen is such a nasty character, that readers may find it difficult to sympathize with her and hope she gets her happily ever after. Sophie's character is what kept me glued to the story. She too had an affair with Matthew and he left his first wife for her. Her musings on getting what she deserves and realizing the role she played in stealing another woman's husbands give her the humility that Helen is sorely lacking. All in all, it was a pretty entertaining story if you can get beyond Helen's selfishness.
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Format: Hardcover
Helen is an assistant to Mathew, an exec at a PR firm and 20 years her senior, and has been having an affair with him for four years. The whole time she's been begging him to leave his wife but just when she starts to feel like ending the story, Mathew shows up at her door step stating that he's left his wife and is moving in. From then on, she tries to find ways to get rid of him. However, not finding an easy way to do that, she sort of resigns herself to trying at having a go of it. Things become really muddled when her curiosity about his wife, Sophie, gets the better of her and she befriends her under a false name.

Sophie then introduces her to a new restaurant owner and sparks fly between Helen and him until she finds out that he is Mathew's son by his first marriage. As things go on, Helen finds herself having to lie constantly to everyone in her life and she wants it all to be over. Finally, she concocts this idea to get Sophie and Mathew back together again so she can have her life back and get back on track. Of course it all comes to a head at the end of the book.

First I will say that although I read this book fairly quickly and it kept my interest, it was a complete cliché. I had read a positive review in People and it looked like it might be an interesting book. I was hoping that this age old story would have an amusing or unique take on it, but it doesn't. Not even close.

Helen is portrayed as the typical home wrecker, a sort of weak, self absorbed woman who goes with the man just because he asks. Of course everyone hates her and blames her for being the person to steal the husband and break up the family. Mathew is the typical cheating male: weak in character, smooth-talking, easily lying, charming guy whose culpability is never questioned.
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Love this book. I didn't want to put it down but I didn't want it to end. Helen is so clever & witty. I found myself laughing out loud @ times. The characters are interesting & the story keeps you involved. I'll miss Helen since I've finished the book. This is one I will definitely read again.
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I LOVED this book! It had me from the beginning. I was sad when I finished it. I know the heroine was not the most perfect person in the world, but she was real and funny and I liked her very much! Her lover was not so appealing, but he was created that way by the author. GREAT fist novel. I would recommend this book to most women, except those who are put off by a little "salty" language. If not, give it a go! You will laugh out loud!
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*This book was supplied to me by Audiobook Reviewer. This review was originally published on ABR's website.*

It’s a rare humor book that’s laugh out loud funny, clever, and complex all at the same time. Humor is a difficult genre to write, especially since it’s easy to alienate readers who don’t share the same sense of humor as the writer, therefore unfortunately appealing to one type of reader instead of a variety of readers and often attracting heavy criticism. Getting Rid of Matthew by Jane Fallon is a joyously uncommon book that’s humor can be appreciated by a mass audience at the same time as it maintains the elusive ideal quality of any book that involves romance: unpredictability.

Fallon gets her characters into situations that seem impossible to get out of, stretching the limits of the reader’s expectations constantly. I found myself saying, “I have no idea how she’s going to get out of this one” and, “I can’t believe that just happened!” many times throughout the novel. Any book that truly takes me by surprise is appreciated by me, but a book that continuously keeps me on my toes with absolutely no clue as to how the characters’ situations will resolve – or whether they will at all – is refreshingly brilliant.

I have listened to this book at least two times and I know I’ll listen to it again and again. I have only ever listened to one other audiobook more than once, and I’ve listened to a large amount of audiobooks in my time, so that should tell you just how well written this book is. Aside from the comedy aspect, the clever turns of phrase used in place of cliches and dry description add so much color to the narrative, even in droughts of dialogue.
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