About the Book:
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?
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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.
Worn Out Wife Seeks New Life is the story of two women who want more from life.
Tess Simpson is a wife and mother who feels like no-one appreciates her at home or work.
River Romero is a scriptwriter from LA who wants an escape.
From the synopsis, I was reminded of the film The Holiday which I loved, for this book has the same escapist vibe. I did find it was easy to get into for the first few scenes and then felt let down when I realised this was a daydream. It was so atmospheric.
Then much of the first chapters was work-centered which I didn’t find that enthralling as it took away from the fun opening but which did provide some of Tess’s workplace backstory and a sense of “this is my dream life versus this is the reality. ” It did feel very drawn out.
I was much more interested when Tess and River ended up in their respective hose swap properties. For River, it was Tess’s rural home and Tess ended up in LA. Once the swap begins, it’s fun, and there are some funny parts but we also experience each character’s reality in life before, during and after the house swap. Will they appreciate what they really have? Will they want to come home? Will others in their life appreciate them more?
I did find it hard to relate to Tess and River at times.
Worn Out Wife Seeks New Life is an escapist book and it’s well-written but I would have liked less chapters filled with exclusively work-related situations for Tess and I expected the swap to take place sooner.
Thanks to Carmen Reid, Boldwood Books and Rachel’s Random Resources for my ARC in exchange for an honest and voluntary review.