The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth
Published: October 2021 by St. Martin’s Press
The Plot (Goodreads):
A heart surgeon at the top of his field, Stephen Aston is getting married again. But first he must divorce his current wife, even though she can no longer speak for herself.
Tully and Rachel Aston look upon their father’s fiancée, Heather, as nothing but an interloper. Heather is younger than both of them. Clearly, she’s after their father’s money.
THE FORMER WIFE
With their mother in a precarious position, Tully and Rachel are determined to get to the truth about their family’s secrets, the new wife closing in, and who their father really is.
THE YOUNGER WIFE
Heather has secrets of her own. Will getting to the truth unleash the most dangerous impulses in all of them?
How did The Younger Wife end?
I’m giving this book 3.5 stars because I flew through it, and really enjoyed reading it, but at the end of the day, there was only one small twist. The major plot point was predictable and disappointing. I enjoyed the path that Sally Hepworth took the reader down, but ultimately, it didn’t pay off. This was a family drama not a mystery.
Rachel’s reason for not dating was very predictable, and I felt like it was built up like we’d learn more about it and it might lead to a surprising character, but ultimately it was a character moment, and not a twist in the story. I enjoyed her storyline, but felt it left something to be desired.
I was also disappointed with the portrayal of Tully and Sonny’s relationship. I appreciated the way that their challenges were shown, and that Sonny’s fatherly ways and support were shown, but he never took responsibility for losing their savings! This isn’t a spoiler because we learn this issue early on, and it is clear that is a shared burden between him and Tully, even with Tully taking on more of the burden in changing her lifestyle after Sonny’s mistake. Sonny clearly made a bad business deal, and he should have spent a lot of time making that up to Tully, instead the book spends much more time on Tully’s mistakes.
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