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Summary

Actress Jodi Ludlum returns home to Ireland to raise her young son in the leafy South Dublin village of Bakers Valley - even if coming home means leaving her husband and waking old ghosts.

Meanwhile Francine Hennessy, queen of the coffee mornings, was born and raised in Bakers Valley. She takes pride in juggling her children, her beautiful home and her high-powered career.

But behind closed doors, Francine’s life is crumbling around her. As Jodi struggles to keep her secrets to herself and Francine comes to terms with some life-changing news, the two become unlikely friends.

When they do, they quickly discover that there’s no such thing as the perfect wife or the perfect life.

©2015 Emma Hannigan (P)2015 Oakhill Publishing

Critic reviews

"Anybody chasing perfection should read Perfect Wives - if you're not, savour a novel from an author who knows what makes people tick. No wonder she is back where belongs on the bestsellers' list." (Clodagh Finn, Irish Independent)
"A moving tale celebrating the bonds between women, Emma Hannigan beautifully captures the difficult and wondrous thing that is loving and learning to let go...just a little. An excellent read." ( Irish Tatler)
"Warm, wise, uplifting...a wonderful storyteller." (Cathy Kelly)
"Hannigan's novel, much like the vivacious author herself, is brimming with hope, joy and inspiration." ( Sunday Independent)
"Unmissable." ( U magazine)

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Good story by awful narration

I really enjoyed the story but the narrators voice was irritating and off putting especially when doing children's voices.

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Dreadful Narrator

Storylines so so, but couldn’t stand the narrator voice when she did the children, so didn’t bother listening to it, as it grated on my nerves.