An Ideal Husband: Unabridged edition

By Erica James, Read by Lucy Scott

‘Wonderful on characterisation and family dynamics, and done very deftly, with that wry humour of hers. I was very entertained by her clever, tongue-in-cheek plotting.’ Marian Keyes

The uplifting new story of fresh starts and second chances from the Sunday Times bestselling author Erica James…


After a long and seemingly happy marriage, and a wonderful family Christmas, Louisa is stunned when husband Kip asks for a divorce on Boxing Day. He’d never seemed unhappy – and they’ve raised three children together.

For months, Kip has been secretly seeing a younger woman – and if that wasn’t bad enough – it’s the woman who broke their youngest son’s heart.

Now Kip is moving out and embarking on a new life with Zoe, and Louisa is left to pick up the pieces. Their beloved family home, Charity Cottage, is up for sale, and tensions are running high.

Yet, despite the betrayal and anger, when Louisa lays eyes on what might be a unique and welcoming new home, she feels a first glimmer of hope that life might be taking a turn for the better.

And while Louisa is making exciting plans, Kip finds himself facing challenges of his own and begins to learn that living the dream may not be as simple as he thought…

Sunday Times bestseller Erica James returns with an uplifting, wryly humorous new family drama

Praise for An Ideal Husband:

‘Erica James explores the complexity of family relationships with skill and sympathy and her vividly drawn characters leap from the page. I couldn’t put it down!’ Sarah Morgan

‘We’re certain you’re going to love it’ Glamour

‘So, so good… shades of dark and light in every character which are gloriously done. A deliciously satisfying story’ CathyKelly

‘A beautiful tale of self-discovery’ Woman

‘Erica James writes upliftingly and humorously about family life’ My Weekly

‘So warm and kind in the face of betrayal. I can highly recommend’ Fern Britton

‘This compelling family drama puts a spotlight on how a family can evolve and re-invent itself… Effortlessly elegant storytelling from Erica, as ever’ Veronica Henry

Format: Audio-Book
Release Date: 25 Apr 2024
Pages: None
ISBN: 978-0-00-841380-4
Detailed Edition: Unabridged edition
Erica James is the author of twenty-five internationally bestselling novels, including most recently A Secret Garden Affair, which was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller. Her books are loved by readers looking for beautifully drawn relationships, emotionally powerful storylines and evocative settings.A keen gardener, Erica lives in Suffolk and has a growing obsession for doll’s houses. She is also a keen follower of F1 motor racing and, when possible, loves travelling to Japan and the US to see her sons.

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'Pure reading joy. So easy to glide through… You can identify with the characters and lose yourself in their stories.' Netgalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ -

'Another brilliant novel by Erica James. One of those books that I was really sad to finish… I was totally invested.' Netgalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ -

'I couldn't put the book down, and really grew to love the characters… I think most of us can relate to some of the things that happen in this book, which makes it such an enjoyable read.' Netgalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ -

'I love Erica James and her new book does not disappoint. She brings a real warmth to her characters and also a poignancy to her story telling. Highly recommend.' Netgalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ -

'Erica James does it again… I loved this book and could not put it down.' Netgalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ -

'This novel is truly beautiful… This could have been a story of bitterness and just deserts, but it is much more. Thought provoking, yet at the same time a most uplifting and positive read.' Netgalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ -