Saturday, 7 May 2016

Blog Tour - Review of My Husband's Wives by Faith Hogan & Q&A

My Husband's Wives
By Faith Hogan
Publication Date: 1st May 2016
Publisher: Aria Fiction (Head Of Zeus)
Pages: 261
Genre: Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Format: eBook
Source: Netgalley 

Amazon UK / Amazon US


Better to have loved and lost, than never loved.
Paul Starr, Irelands leading cardiologist dies in a car crash with a pregnant young women by his side.
United in their grief and the love of one man, four women are thrown together in an attempt to come to terms with life after Paul. They soon realise they never really knew him at all.
The love they shared for Paul in his life and which incensed a feeling of mistrust and dislike for each other, in his death turns into the very thing that bonds them and their children to each other forever. As they begin to form unlikely friendships, Paul's deaths proves to be the catalyst that enables them to become the people they always wanted to be. 



Grace has always said that marriage and children were not for her, her art was her world and her baby. She knew she didn't want a life like her parents and having to look after her sister for years had given her enough time to realise that these things were not for her. That is until she meets, Paul Starr at one of her art shows, his charming behaviour and instant connection made her rethink everything she has ever said. 
There is only one issue...he is married.
The story covers a couple of points of view, which is great to hear what each of the women have to say and their story about meeting Paul and their ideas of his marriages and his wives that he has had. The story encounters many reveals and secrets that each of the women have held in for a long time. Each of them have a personal idea of who Paul is and their life with him but none of them are right. He held things back from each and every one and it is only now that he is gone do they finally meet face to face to figure out what was a lie and what was the truth. 
I would have to say my favourite character from reading the book would be Grace, I felt sorry for her on a number of occasions whilst reading her version of the story and it tugged on my heartstrings when she went through a rough time after her daughter was born. That bit of the story many women can relate to and it is great that Faith drew on that subject in her book. 
My Husband's Wives is an amazing read that will take you into the world of these women and their reasons why they fell for the charming doctor and the lessons they learnt along the way. With it's heartbreaking issues and decisions, it will take you on a journey of  life, love, marriage and above all else friendship.


Relatable, Beautiful & Fantastic. 



23 Review Street:
Q&A with Faith Hogan

Hi Faith! Thank you so much for chatting to us today on 23 Review Street. Your new book ‘My Husband’s Wives’ is getting published by Aria on the 1st May which is an amazing read and has a gorgeous cover to match the wonderful story. So without further ado, here are the questions: -
What a lovely introduction, it’s really super to be here, 23 Review Street is the kind of blog I could get lost on for hours and hours and hours… but onto the questions!

‘My Husband’s Wives’ is your first novel, how does it feel to have your book published?
Strange and all as this sounds, I never actually imagined what it would be ‘like’, before I signed with Aria. I mean, I knew I wanted to write, but perhaps the idea of actually being published was, as it is for many, just a possibility that happens to others.
Now that it’s here? I truly couldn’t have imagined how good it would feel or how it would change so much, no matter how hard I might have tried. Even now, so many months after signing on the dotted line, I take a moment to just revel in it – it’s truly great!

Your book is set in Ireland, what made you decide on that location for your book?
A little like Harry Potter, where ‘the wand choses the wizard,’ I’m not sure we really get the choice about what we’re going to write. Sometimes you have to go with the flow!
My next book has a more rural setting and it is inspired by a place I know very well.
With ‘My Husband’s Wives,’ although the backdrop is Ireland, I think the themes are international, which of us does not relate to love, loss, jealousy and misunderstanding after all!

How did you come up with the plot for your book?
My Husband’s Wives, began on the premise of ‘What if…’ and I suppose I wrote from there. It is very much a character driven story and so very often, it felt as though I wasn’t necessarily in the driver’s seat anyway. Annalise and the other ‘wives,’ had to have their say and to be honest with you, they aren’t women to take a whole lot of direction!

Do you have any plans for your second book?
I signed with Aria Fiction for three books and Book 2 is almost ready to go to my agent now. She is extremely wise and I am happy to have her keen eye on everything before it goes any further.
Book 2 is different from My Husband’s Wives and for now the title and story are very much under wraps, but I must say, I’m very pleased with it and I’m a pretty picky reader, especially when it comes to my own work!

What is a day in a life of writing for you?
Long, long, long!
I’m an early riser and I love the mornings, which is just as well, because I have four children and a husband who are all very distracting in the best possible way! I write in the mornings and if I get a chance, I’ll set to and write or catch up on correspondence in the evenings. I set aside one day per week just to write also. My biggest diversion is the internet, so I find times when the Wi-Fi can be switched off and my phone left in a different room are best.
I love writing, always have. Even on the days, when you have an inkling that half of what you wrote will end up being cut, it’s still the most decadent thing to go into a quiet room and let your imagination run riot across the page. Bliss!

If you had to sum up your writing style in three words, what would they be?
Authentic, flowing and natural.

Those are the words that come to mind when I think of the actual process.
A friend of mine read My Husband’s Wives after having been a fan of my crime fiction forays. At the time she said – ‘well, it’s still a Faith Hogan!’ so, I guess that means there’s something distinctive about the writing, but to be honest, I write as I speak and that is all of the above!

Thank you so much for joining us on 23 Review Street!
It has been an absolute pleasure, thanks so much for inviting me!

Another day, another book, 
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