Busy Woman Seeks Wife

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 28 September, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 28 September, 2008, 12:00am

Busy Woman Seeks Wife

by Annie Sanders

Orion, HK$105

Best known for Goodbye, Jimmy Choo, Annie Sanders is actually two authors - Annie Ashworth and Meg Sanders - making Busy Woman Seeks Wife the second collaboration this week. While it is fun and easy to read, the novel is notable for hardly having one original idea, character or theme on any of its pages. We have a heroine, Alex, who is 'fiercely independent', but unable to organise her flat, let alone her life. Her mother, suffice to say, is a nag, who moves in with Alex following a fall. At least The Wheel of Darkness has a Buddhist FBI agent called Aloysius with luminous grey eyes. Keen to prevent an outburst of matricide, Alex advertises for a 'wife' to help with her chores - fiercely independent Alex might be, but a feminist she is not. Cue Ella, desperate for a job. But here comes the first twist: she is even worse than Alex (as if that is possible) and so (let's twist again) she has her brother, a hunky actor called Frankie, do the housework. A hunk! Doing housework! Shock. I wonder how Alex will react when she finds out? That it took two whole people to invent this plot-by-numbers reminds one of the old joke. How many writers does it take to change a light bulb? Two. One to hold the bulb, another to twist the room.


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