The Husband Diet by Nancy Barone

Erica Cantelli’s life feels more suffocating than a size 4 dress.
On the surface she’s maintaining the image of successful career woman, perfect wife and a doting mother with two wonderful children.

In reality she’s running out of hours in the day; 6 dress sizes bigger than she wants to be; and the only man who shows her any affection is her gay best friend.

In fact fantasizing about how to kill her increasingly disinterested husband is just about all that keeps Erica sane. That and a whole different type of fantasizing about the incredibly handsome new school principal, Julian Foxham.

When her husband jokes about trading her in for two size tens, Erica knows something has to change. But is another diet really the answer? Or is getting rid of him the fastest path to happiness? Now if she could only stop thinking about the gorgeous Mr Foxham…

For any woman who’s ever felt under-appreciated, or thought about giving up on their dreams, Erica is a hilarious breath of fresh air.

I think everyone can relate to feeling like a failure at some time or another and our heroine isn’t any different.

Erica feels as though she’s failed at life, yes she’s married and has two children but somewhere along the way she lost herself and her dreams.
One day she was youthful and full of ideas, now she finds her scales screaming at her and her ideas pushed aside.

But is what Erica believes, true? Or does she in fact have the opportunity to change it around?

Although the story took a bit of getting into, I found Erica and her best friend Paul to be lovely characters.
Paul is a fantastic friend to Erica and sees everything she doesn’t. I found Erica to be an easy character to relate to and I was happy to see that Julian could see the real Erica, unlike Ira who seemed to have enabled Erica’s low self confidence.

I thought that the way the story dealt with tough issues was extremely sensitive and overall the message throughout the story is very positive.

A definite holiday read.

5/5

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