Compiled by Diana McPartlin
by Lisa Armstrong
Sydney is 36 and has two adorable daughters. But all is not well in the land of formula chick-lit. There's a 15-year age gap between Sydney and husband Charlie, a tax lawyer. He's already settled into a mid-life rut - reading the newspaper at breakfast, complaining that the bacon is overcooked, and failing to notice what Sydney is wearing. Sydney's university boyfriend, Dylan, and his young, sexy, American wife, Eloise, move into the house across the street. All the usual romantic elements are here, but the story lacks sparkle. Sydney's character is dull and undefined. The love interest, Dylan, is a spoiled, arrogant, public schoolboy, and it seems unlikely that she, or anyone else, would find him attractive.