Last night I finished the latest BritMums Book Club book – A Better Man by Leah McLaren published by Corvus Books.
About A Better Man:
Maya wants Nick to be less of a workaholic, to come home earlier, to spend some time with his children.
Nick wants a divorce.
With his mind made up, Nick is determined to leave. But it comes as a shock to realize how much it will cost him to walk away. As a stay-at-home mum, Maya is entitled to everything.
Then an unlikely solution presents itself: Nick needs to act like a better man. If he plays the part of a good husband and father, Maya will become happier and more self-sufficient – and Nick’s pay-out to her will be far cheaper.
But as Nick pretends to be a better man he becomes one. He remembers why he fell in love with Maya, and what a great couple they can be. Everything seems to be back on track. Until Maya finds out exactly what Nick had been planning…
I was surprised that I enjoyed this book as much as I did. On the face of it there’s not much to like about Nick and Maya, stuck in a rut and barely surviving the joys of parenthood. They are a cliche until Nick decides to change his ways and realises how lucky he is. Of course there is a twist when his best friend betrays his confidence but will it destroy his marriage?
I don’t want to spoilt the book as it’s a really good read. The last chapter surprised me a little but perhaps there was only one way the book was ever going to end.