The New Husband by D.J. Palmer
How had Nina not seen the signs? Her husband obviously wasn’t perfect, but to have lied to her for two years after he lost his job! What else had he hid from her? And was he dead or alive?
It hadn’t been that long since Glen was gone but then she’d met Simon Fitch. Good job, handsome, knows all her favorite foods; cooks; handy; her son adores him; romantic. He checks all her boxes. What could be more perfect? Other than the fact that her daughter Maggie couldn’t abide him.
Nina Garrity was gun-shy after having been deceived by her missing/dead (?) husband. She couldn’t confront Glen, but here with Simon she had a perfectly nice man who wanted to make all her dreams come true. She was in love again!
Taking the plunge - half way - Nina and Simon buy a house together with a ‘someday’ wedding date. The adjustment is going somewhat well except for her daughter Maggie who sees a different person than what her mom and brother see. Not everything is as perfect as Simon would like this new family to be, but how far would he go to make it perfect?
Right from the start I was hooked into this novel - where even I sensed Simon was not the perfect man – even if he did cook! For some reason I could feel Maggie’s thoughts which lead me to the ability of this author to write with such intensity that I could sense the deceit from a man ‘too good to be true’.
I understood the obsession of Simon trying to insert himself in all areas of Nina’s life and pulling her away from friends and wanting her all to himself. Especially the way he kept her from wanting to be a stay-at-home-mom rather than having her own independence and a career and finances of her own.
Bottom line: This book is highly recommended. If you feel that you are being cut off from family and friends by an obsessive compulsive person can and feel you are being abused with no where to turn - read this book.
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