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HABO: Wicker and Divorce

It’s HABO Monday: all day, we challenge the memory of the Bitchery, which automatically has to be better than ours.

The first request comes from Lacinda:

I remember reading a book about 8 years ago, maybe more, featuring a woman who was essentially kicked out of her house when her husband served her divorce papers. She had a business with a friend restoring furniture (mainly wicker?), and she ends up getting together with his smokin’ hot self.

There may also have been a lighthouse, but I was young and there were lots of romance novels around, so it’s hard to say.

Wicker! Divorce! Possibly a lighthouse? Now that is romance.

 

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  1. 1
    Theresa says:

    Oh, am I still first!  I actually know this one.

    Barbara Delinsky, A Woman’s Place

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    Joanna says:

    does it have a lighthouse in it?

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    Theresa says:

    I honestly don’t remember about the lighthouse.  I read it a long time ago.  But the husband is a real asshat, going after custody of their kids in part to inflict pain and suffering on the heroine. 

    Other stuff I remember are the daughter having a nut allergy attack.  Uh, ok that’s the only other notable thing I remember.

    There’s a lighthouse on the cover on amazon.

    Here’s a blurb: “Claire Raphael is a successful entrepreneur in addition to being a good wife and mother. She and her business partner, Brody, own a chain of furniture stores across the country. Things appear to be going swell, until one day a life-altering jolt comes straight out of left field: Claire is served with papers notifying her that her husband not only intends to divorce her but also has obtained custody of their children—and, as if those things aren’t bad enough—she must vacate their house immediately. Surrealistic nightmare that this may seem like, Claire simply can’t sit back and wait to wake up; her plight is all too real, and she must battle preconceived notions of “a woman’s place” at every turn before achieving a happy ending (with the love and support of partner-turned-lover Brody). “

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    Bkwyrm says:

    I’m seconding Theresa – I read that book a while ago, and it’s still sitting on my shelf.  Barbara Delinsky it is!

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    Claire is served with papers notifying her that her husband not only intends to divorce her but also has obtained custody of their children—and, as if those things aren’t bad enough—she must vacate their house immediately.

    No lawyers were harmed in the making of this summary.

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    SusannaG says:

    No lawyers were harmed in the making of this summary.

    That’s a relief!

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    Casey says:

    Wanna hear something weird?  I’ve been trying to think of this book for I don’t know, two years now, and just the other day was thinking about sending in a HaBO request. 

    Isn’t there something weird in this book, like Brody sending her a postcard with a secret message inside?  That was the only part I could remember, and that it was a Readers Digest condensed book.

    Thanks for helping a second bitch out too!

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