Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Getting Rid of Matthew

By Jane Fallon

Helen wanted to be a publicist but ended up as an executive assistant.  She became involved with her boss Matthew and their affair lasted for several years, even after he was no longer her boss. She was convinced she was deeply in love with Matthew and asked him time and again to leave his wife. But when Matthew finally did, Helen discovered she was totally mistaken in her feelings for Matthew. Now all she wants to do is get him out of her apartment and out of her life. And she figures the best way to do so is to get Matthew back together with his wife and family.
But how to accomplish this? Helen decides to spy on Matthew's wife Sophie and in the process she accidentally becomes friends with her, all without revealing to Matthew what she has been doing or to Sophie that she is the "other woman." And as Helen comes to realize, this can only end in disaster.

I really enjoyed this story a lot. It's not really a romance, it is more a coming-of-age story, even though the one who does the growing up is nearly forty years old. I liked Helen, even though she was a home-wrecker. I wanted to hate her, but I just couldn't. And I really liked the ending, which I thought was simply wonderful. Just an all-around enjoyable read.

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