The Two Mrs Robinsons by Donna Hay Orion, HK$104 There are, curiously enough, two literary Mrs Donna Hays. One is a prolific Australian cookery writer. The other is an English author of romantic fiction whose books include Waiting in the Wings, Kiss & Tell and No Place for a Woman. If nothing else, The Two Mrs Robinsons represents a huge improvement where the originality of Hay's titles are concerned. The plot is as follows. Oliver Robinson has two women: his live-in girlfriend Anna, who is young enough to be his daughter, and his first wife, Eve, who is old enough to be his partner. While Oliver has moved on with his life (he and Anna have a three-year-old son), he has neglected to obtain a divorce. In fact, Eve is very much the third person in this relationship. Having ploughed through mountains of second-rate chicklit, I found The Two Mrs Robinsons a refreshing change. The setting is familiar without being tedious and Hay occasionally offers sharp insights into the problems of modern male-female relationships. Her prose is stripped down, which adds to readability and avoids the sludge that bungs up so much romantic fiction. I especially like Oliver and Eve's teenaged daughter, who compares her mother's romantic aspirations to those of Mrs Haversham - or 'that mentalist in the wedding dress in that Dickens novel' they had to read at school.