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Blog tour - Worn Out Wife Seeks New Life by Carmen Reid


Tess Simpson needs a break!

Under appreciated at home, overlooked at work and now her beloved dog Bella has died. Tess has simply had enough!

So in a spur of the moment act, Tess books a holiday of a lifetime for her, her two grown up kids and useless husband Dave. Maybe they can use the break to reconnect with each other?

But when the kids refuse to go, and Dave breaks his leg, Tess’s dream holiday looks seriously in doubt. And then there’s River Romero, the glamourous LA screen writer who is supposed to be house-sitting for Tess whilst she’s away….

Everything about River sounds so much more exciting than Tess’s boring life in Stratford Upon Avon. From her beautiful LA condo and the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, Tess wonders whether a bit of River’s LA life might be exactly what she needs? So when River suggests a house swap, Tess jumps at the chance!

With Dave happily ensconced in the summer house at the bottom of the garden, the kids not needing mum anymore, Tess packs her bags and heads off for the adventure of a lifetime.

But real life isn’t like the movies, and when Tess arrives in LA, things aren’t exactly as they seem.

Will Tess find what's she's looking for or is getting away from it all isn’t all perhaps not all it’s cracked up to be?



Thank you, Ms Reid, you had me bawling my eyes out before I was even a quarter of the way through this book! It might seem like a light-hearted story on the outside, but on the inside it deals with some pretty hefty issues, and is brilliantly written.

I love it when I seriously empathise with a character and right from the start I could put myself in Tess's shoes. She had me nodding along in sympathy and I cheered for her when she decided to go on an adventure on her own. River, on the other hand, was an absolute cow. I disliked her intensely - brash, shallow, self-absorbed, loud... Ergh! But people aren't two dimensional and neither are Ms Reid's characters, so as I got to know both of these ladies my opinion about them mellowed and changed, until at the end I was rooting for them equally. Dave and Alex (Tess's son) were also well drawn, and had their own paradigm shift.

This is a story about facing who you are, what you want out of life, and asking yourself some searching questions. It's also a story about love, acceptance and being prepared to make changes. And, despite some of the topics, it's a brilliantly uplifting read.

About the Author

Carmen Reid is the bestselling author of numerous woman’s fiction titles including the Personal Shopper series starring Annie Valentine. After taking a break from writing she is back, introducing her hallmark feisty women characters to a new generation of readers. Her first title for Boldwood will be published in July 2021. She lives in Glasgow with her husband and children.

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