The Husband: Number One Bestseller

Hachette Books Ireland

Narrated by Katherine Fenton

12 hr 22 min

The Husband is a gripping human story of love in its many guises, of losing everything and ultimately - in the small Midlands village of Glanmilish - of rediscovering the meaning of family. Marian Lescher's steady if predictable life in her native Chicago is upended when she is unexpectedly swept into a love affair with Irishman Daniel Lynch, a star media renowned for his charismatic personality. Soon she has divorced her husband and, in the throes of newfound passion, finds herself quickly remarried to this extraordinary man. Her new husband has unlocked something in Marian and she feels high on life as never before, even when a darker side to his nature begins to reveal itself. Nothing can prepare her for what is to follow, though, as devastating circumstances lead her on a trail to Daniel's home in Ireland, and in turn back to the US, as she tries to come to terms with the enigmatic nature of the man for whom she threw it all away - only to discover that nothing was what it seemed. (P)2017 Isis Publishing
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Hachette Books Ireland
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Published on
Apr 5, 2018
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Duration
12h 22m 56s
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ISBN
9781473689053
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / African American / Women
Fiction / General
Fiction / Romance / General
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Eligible for Family Library

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