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Your next summer read! Perfect for fans of Gill Sims, Sophie Kinsella and Jojo Moyes… Three women, three affairs, and a self-help group with a difference… Alice is a harried single mother dealing with a teenage son, an irresponsible ex, and a noncommittal lover. Mavis is juggling caring for her elderly, confused mother alongside her long-standing affair with a hyp Your next summer read! Perfect for fans of Gill Sims, Sophie Kinsella and Jojo Moyes… Three women, three affairs, and a self-help group with a difference… Alice is a harried single mother dealing with a teenage son, an irresponsible ex, and a noncommittal lover. Mavis is juggling caring for her elderly, confused mother alongside her long-standing affair with a hypochondriac father-of-two. And Gabs is a high-class escort who’s fallen in love with someone completely unattainable. All three women are behaving in ways very much frowned upon by the Catholic Church. But their priest, Father Cuthbert is determined to reform them. As the three women strike up an unlikely friendship, each re-evaluates what is most important them. And it seems the not-so-holy trinity of Alice, Mavis, and Gabs can’t be ‘cured’ that easily… WOMEN BEHAVING BADLY is an uplifting romantic comedy about women finding their identities and learning the value of female friendships. It is a holiday read about sex & relationships that is full of humour, wit and tear-jerking reality, from a strong voice in women’s fiction. ‘a deftly painted and witty story’ – Eliza Graham ‘an interesting story well told, with just the right amount of humour’ – librarianwithsecrets.blogspot.co.uk ‘Funny, clever, wry and poignant’ - randomthingsthroughmyletterbox.blogspot.co.uk ‘Frances Garrood is a magnificent writer’ - thebookbag.co.uk


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Your next summer read! Perfect for fans of Gill Sims, Sophie Kinsella and Jojo Moyes… Three women, three affairs, and a self-help group with a difference… Alice is a harried single mother dealing with a teenage son, an irresponsible ex, and a noncommittal lover. Mavis is juggling caring for her elderly, confused mother alongside her long-standing affair with a hyp Your next summer read! Perfect for fans of Gill Sims, Sophie Kinsella and Jojo Moyes… Three women, three affairs, and a self-help group with a difference… Alice is a harried single mother dealing with a teenage son, an irresponsible ex, and a noncommittal lover. Mavis is juggling caring for her elderly, confused mother alongside her long-standing affair with a hypochondriac father-of-two. And Gabs is a high-class escort who’s fallen in love with someone completely unattainable. All three women are behaving in ways very much frowned upon by the Catholic Church. But their priest, Father Cuthbert is determined to reform them. As the three women strike up an unlikely friendship, each re-evaluates what is most important them. And it seems the not-so-holy trinity of Alice, Mavis, and Gabs can’t be ‘cured’ that easily… WOMEN BEHAVING BADLY is an uplifting romantic comedy about women finding their identities and learning the value of female friendships. It is a holiday read about sex & relationships that is full of humour, wit and tear-jerking reality, from a strong voice in women’s fiction. ‘a deftly painted and witty story’ – Eliza Graham ‘an interesting story well told, with just the right amount of humour’ – librarianwithsecrets.blogspot.co.uk ‘Funny, clever, wry and poignant’ - randomthingsthroughmyletterbox.blogspot.co.uk ‘Frances Garrood is a magnificent writer’ - thebookbag.co.uk

30 review for Women Behaving Badly

  1. 5 out of 5

    *TUDOR^QUEEN*

    Thank you to Sapere Books who provided an advance reader copy which I chose to read and review. Months ago I read my first book by author Frances Garrood entitled "Dead Ernest" which I rated 5 stars. I thought to myself, "I've found a really good author here. I'll have to keep my eye out for her future offerings." A short time later Sapere Books offered me another Garrood tome entitled "Cassandra's Secret" which I again awarded 5 stars. Being "two for two" I jumped at the chance to read this one, Thank you to Sapere Books who provided an advance reader copy which I chose to read and review. Months ago I read my first book by author Frances Garrood entitled "Dead Ernest" which I rated 5 stars. I thought to myself, "I've found a really good author here. I'll have to keep my eye out for her future offerings." A short time later Sapere Books offered me another Garrood tome entitled "Cassandra's Secret" which I again awarded 5 stars. Being "two for two" I jumped at the chance to read this one, but was sadly disappointed. Unfortunately, I can barely award this 3 stars and if I was reading this for myself would have probably abandoned it midway. For a brief synopsis, this focuses on the lives of three ladies with very different lives. They all attended a self-help group for adulterers at a Catholic Church. The group was really an "Adulterers Anonymous" of sorts, but to maintain confidentiality, the supervising priest dubbed the meetings "Theology for Beginners." There were meetings like this for other kinds of problems like drug and alcohol addiction, so why not for forbidden relationships? Of the original ten members, some ended their illicit unions, one divorced, another committed suicide...and these three remaining women remained unrepentant. To that end, the supervising priest felt he could no longer host these meetings at the church, leaving them to decide to continue the meetings amongst themselves. *Gabs is a very sexy young woman with a heart of gold. While working part-time for an adult care agency, she is also functioning as a prostitute on the side. One of her regular clients is a gentleman who (while naked) goes on all fours and pretends he is a dog. Gabs doesn't have a boyfriend and has never been in love, but finds herself hopelessly attracted to young Father Augustine at church. *Alice is a journalist and mother to teenage Finn, a product of a drunken one night stand at a party. As Finn's biological father, Trot has been stepping up to spend more time with Finn. Alice barely remembers their coupling on that fateful night, and in the sober light of day is really not interested in a permanent romantic relationship with Trot. However, she has been conducting an affair with married Clifford for many years, a recent retiree with an obsession for his imagined (and sometimes real) medical conditions. *Mavis has been working for decades at Mr. Strong's menswear store, helping confused wives choose socks, shirts and ties for their husbands. She lives in a small home with her elderly mother Maudie who suffers from dementia and drags around her foley catheter that collects urine (makes it so much easier not to worry about it!). For years, Mavis has been involved with a doctor named Jay behind the back of his lawyer wife Angela. Mavis never married or had a child and often thinks she wasted her youthful years on Jay. The story takes place in England (as all of Garrood's books have that I've read) which is always appealing to me. Garrood has a quiet and simple way of writing about ordinary lives that I love, much in the way author Anne Tyler's books affect me. However, this story just didn't gel for me or snag my interest. It's hard for me to put my finger on just what exactly is wrong with this story, but after some hard thinking the words silly and improbable come to mind.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Erika

    A first for me by this author but highly entertaining in a tongue-in-cheek kind of way. 3 very different women... A support group... and Friendship! The story of three very different women told over a years timeline. The people in their life and how the relationships change over time. Interesting and thought provoking regarding the changes and choices they make. Gabs, Alice, and Mavis become invested in each of their journeys. I connected with each of the ladies in different ways. It was amazing t A first for me by this author but highly entertaining in a tongue-in-cheek kind of way. 3 very different women... A support group... and Friendship! The story of three very different women told over a years timeline. The people in their life and how the relationships change over time. Interesting and thought provoking regarding the changes and choices they make. Gabs, Alice, and Mavis become invested in each of their journeys. I connected with each of the ladies in different ways. It was amazing to see how these three women changed the lives of one another. An enjoyable read!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    Three different women. Three different affairs. One Basic Theology Course for Fallen Women that brings them all together. This is a wildly funny read, mostly stemming from the deliciously absurd plot. While each of the three women (Mavis, Alice, and Gabs) join a church group to change their adulterous ways, none of them can seem to kick the habit. Though the official group has disbanded, these three agree to continue having private meetings. Rather than guilt each other, they slowly form a close Three different women. Three different affairs. One Basic Theology Course for Fallen Women that brings them all together. This is a wildly funny read, mostly stemming from the deliciously absurd plot. While each of the three women (Mavis, Alice, and Gabs) join a church group to change their adulterous ways, none of them can seem to kick the habit. Though the official group has disbanded, these three agree to continue having private meetings. Rather than guilt each other, they slowly form a close bond of support, even when it leads to some unsavory behavior. Author Frances Garrood has managed to make the ‘other woman’ the sympathetic character, and most of this stems from her detached focus on the affairs. Though Gabs runs a successful escort business, there’s no real depiction of how this affects her clients’ lives. Similarly, Mavis and Alice have been in long-term relationships, but their wives, though mentioned, aren’t integral to the story. It would have been so easy for readers to dislike these characters, but their stories are weaved to make them utterly sympathetic … For the most part. I’m not completely sure how I feel about a section with Gabs and a priest. And there were a few times I came close to being frustrated by a few of the characters’ choices—mostly inactions. Mavis’ other half is totally unlikable, and I wanted her to dump him within the first chapter he appears. However, Garrood has this wonderful sense of character, and their decisions always feel realistic to their personalities. Note: I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Ritter

    Behaving Badly by Frances Garrood first published as Basic Theology for Fallen Women in 2012, is a most original tale of three very different women. Alice, an early forties journalist and single mother, Mavis., a fifty-something spinster who cares for her aged mother and works at a haberdashery, and Gabs, a young health care worker with the elderly and self described tart, seemingly have absolutely nothing in common. The three women first met in an archdiocese program given the misleading name o Behaving Badly by Frances Garrood first published as Basic Theology for Fallen Women in 2012, is a most original tale of three very different women. Alice, an early forties journalist and single mother, Mavis., a fifty-something spinster who cares for her aged mother and works at a haberdashery, and Gabs, a young health care worker with the elderly and self described tart, seemingly have absolutely nothing in common. The three women first met in an archdiocese program given the misleading name of Basic Theology. The program was actually set up to encourage adulterers to shun their ways and return to their marriages and the tenants of their religion. Alice and Mavis have both been in long term relationships with married men. Gabs has a lucrative sideline of escort of the role playing kind. The program had a large degree of success, leaving only these three women in the group. When the priest in charge feels he can do no more, they set forth to be their own little group inasmuch as they find great solace in having people they can openly talk to about their lives and relationships. Although so vastly different, these women become close and reliable friends. This story encompasses the evolution of their lives, their meetings, and those people closest to them. For Alice it is her son and his ne’er do well father Trot, who is involved peripherally in his son’s life and is a struggling artist. Mavis’s aging mother Maudie is a loving albeit forgetful lady who touches each one’s heart and will make you smile. And Gabs has her sister Steph and all the things her life brings in to play as well as interesting relationships with clients and employers alike. Through their loves, losses, errors, and trials, these ladies prove to be more family than friend. With surprising twists and humor that will bring laugh out loud responses, I truly enjoyed this very unique story. I have never read anything like it before and I definitely recommend this book!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    The stories of three women bought together by the ‘Basic Theology Group’. All from different backgrounds with different experiences bought together by a commonality. I liked the book. I just didn’t love it. I found it slow going up until the last third. The shining star throughout is the character of Maudie. The characters Alice and Mavis start to grate after a while. Not quite as light hearted as I hoped but is entertaining.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    Women Behaving Badly by Frances Garrood I would like to thank Sapere books for an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This was my first experience reading anything by Frances Garrood but it most definitely will not be my last. This is a well-written fast-paced novel about the journey of three women Mavis, Alice & Gabs. Mavis, Alice and Gabs are brought together via their priest who has placed them together in a support group for the ladies to learn from and aide one ano Women Behaving Badly by Frances Garrood I would like to thank Sapere books for an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This was my first experience reading anything by Frances Garrood but it most definitely will not be my last. This is a well-written fast-paced novel about the journey of three women Mavis, Alice & Gabs. Mavis, Alice and Gabs are brought together via their priest who has placed them together in a support group for the ladies to learn from and aide one another with their unique life experiences . As you move along with the characters from chapter to chapter, issue to issue you not only feel the bond of these ladies grow strong from what was at one point strained but you as the reader become more engrossed and attached to them and their journey’s. Will these ladies be able to help one another overcome the obstacles that are holding them back? Pick up a Copy of Women Behaving Badly on 7/5 & enjoy this gem yourself to find out. Warning : you will laugh but you will also cry/feel emotional so have plenty of tissues on hand. Again, thank you to Sapere books for allowing me the opportunity to review an advance copy of this novel.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elise

    People change people. I’ve seen over and over again how true and integral this is to life. I believe that our relationships give us purpose and shape who we are, as is clearly demonstrated in this book. First, their initial relationships with their parents and friends shape their personalities, lifestyles and priorities. Then, when they enter their love affairs this also becomes a new way of defining themselves and what’s important to them. Letting one person walk over you tends to make you pass People change people. I’ve seen over and over again how true and integral this is to life. I believe that our relationships give us purpose and shape who we are, as is clearly demonstrated in this book. First, their initial relationships with their parents and friends shape their personalities, lifestyles and priorities. Then, when they enter their love affairs this also becomes a new way of defining themselves and what’s important to them. Letting one person walk over you tends to make you passive in other areas of your life. Lastly, their friendship with each other and the possibility to be completely honest and share each other’s feelings allows them to reassess their life and priorities, offering an alternative perspective and the potential for reflection. In doing so, they gain more insights into who they are and want to be as individuals, and in that, what is most important to them. They undergo the baby steps of change, and that’s beautiful, because it’s how we grow. This book highlighted the need for taking chances and going after what you want, while balancing that with, and learning from your relationships.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Susan and Nigel Draper

    Unexpected pleasure. When three very different women start to meet up to support each other as they contemplate their situations as mistresses, it seems unlikely that they will become friends. Initially they were part of a group set up by a Catholic priest in an attempt to help them leave behind their sinful ways, but they are reluctant to follow that path and are encouraged to meet in each other’s homes. After all, none of them really have anyone else who really understands their problems. As th Unexpected pleasure. When three very different women start to meet up to support each other as they contemplate their situations as mistresses, it seems unlikely that they will become friends. Initially they were part of a group set up by a Catholic priest in an attempt to help them leave behind their sinful ways, but they are reluctant to follow that path and are encouraged to meet in each other’s homes. After all, none of them really have anyone else who really understands their problems. As the book progresses the three all face different challenges and their friendship deepens. It may seem anachronistic in this day and age, but they are all isolated because of their shame at not being in conventional relationships, but they find support from each other. It is an uplifting tale, and although there is plenty of humour in the absurd situations, there is a depth of compassion for the situation that these three find themselves in. I can imagine them raising a glass of champagne to their shared adventures.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    Thank you for Sapere Books for asking me to read and review the above book. All comments are my own. I find Frances Garrood's books very funny and sometimes emotional at the same time. In this particular book, it hits the bone morally and actually makes you think about the other side of adultery and the seedier parts of other peoples lives. The main and over-riding feelings I was getting as I turned the pages was of a developing friendship that becomes stronger as the book progresses. I like the f Thank you for Sapere Books for asking me to read and review the above book. All comments are my own. I find Frances Garrood's books very funny and sometimes emotional at the same time. In this particular book, it hits the bone morally and actually makes you think about the other side of adultery and the seedier parts of other peoples lives. The main and over-riding feelings I was getting as I turned the pages was of a developing friendship that becomes stronger as the book progresses. I like the fact that the main characters are from different backgrounds and different ages, but it does not stop them becoming firm friends. Within the boundaries of this friendship the developing confidence in them all to overcome what is in holding them back in their lives is wonderful. I would highly recommend it to anyone no matter what genre they read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carmela devito

    After hearing confession, a Catholic priest becomes concerned over the spiritual well being of three of his parishioners. He assigns them to a support group so they can learn more appropriate methods in dealing with their unique situations. The three women- Gabs, Alice and Mavis- initially have difficulty finding a common bond. The story is told with each chapter highlighting each woman's journey Ultimately, gaining strength from each other,the women are able to make painful but ultimately life After hearing confession, a Catholic priest becomes concerned over the spiritual well being of three of his parishioners. He assigns them to a support group so they can learn more appropriate methods in dealing with their unique situations. The three women- Gabs, Alice and Mavis- initially have difficulty finding a common bond. The story is told with each chapter highlighting each woman's journey Ultimately, gaining strength from each other,the women are able to make painful but ultimately life changing decisions. I liked this as I think it spoke to the social worker in me and it was well written as well. I received a free digital. copyof this from Sapere books in exchange for an honest review

  11. 5 out of 5

    Neelam Babul

    It is not often that it happens you read a book and so relate to it, that you actually feel the characters symbolize what you feel or experience. This was a hilarious and emotional read at the same time. This book actually makes you think of the other side of adultery and the parts of other peoples lives that we do not usually consider. The story unfolds at a priest's decision of organizing a club for "the other women" and men cheating on their wives. In the end only three members who are women r It is not often that it happens you read a book and so relate to it, that you actually feel the characters symbolize what you feel or experience. This was a hilarious and emotional read at the same time. This book actually makes you think of the other side of adultery and the parts of other peoples lives that we do not usually consider. The story unfolds at a priest's decision of organizing a club for "the other women" and men cheating on their wives. In the end only three members who are women remain who soon develop a strong friendship . The main characters are from different backgrounds and ages, yet it doesn't get in the way of their friendship. It is a great read that celebrates women friendship and acceptance. A delight to read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Gerri

    The way that the three women meet is totally unexpected but also believable and creative. The three characters are beautifully formed with great supplementary characters all leading to a great mix, I barely put the book down until I had finished. The story was funny and sad in turns and so believable. My Mother In Law has dementia and Maudie was portrayed so well it almost matched her behaviour. It also kept up the high standard right the at through the book, so many tail off and become weaker a The way that the three women meet is totally unexpected but also believable and creative. The three characters are beautifully formed with great supplementary characters all leading to a great mix, I barely put the book down until I had finished. The story was funny and sad in turns and so believable. My Mother In Law has dementia and Maudie was portrayed so well it almost matched her behaviour. It also kept up the high standard right the at through the book, so many tail off and become weaker as they get towards the end. I am looking forward to reading their further adventures during their 'gap year'.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Aleasha

    A fun, quick and witty read featuring 3 women behaving badly (well in the eyes of the church!). They join a group within the church that tries to get them to change their ways, however they then branch off to have their own get togethers (with wine!), joined by Mavis' elderly mother Maudie. The addition of Maudie was so sweet and fun. The men in this were all spineless little weasels but i really enjoyed how the ladies found a true friendship together despite their massive differences in life an A fun, quick and witty read featuring 3 women behaving badly (well in the eyes of the church!). They join a group within the church that tries to get them to change their ways, however they then branch off to have their own get togethers (with wine!), joined by Mavis' elderly mother Maudie. The addition of Maudie was so sweet and fun. The men in this were all spineless little weasels but i really enjoyed how the ladies found a true friendship together despite their massive differences in life and experience. Thank you to the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    MadRead

    A surprisingly enjoyable read! I wasn't sure how much I would like reading about adultery but Frances Garrood does an excellent job of making the characters relatable to the reader and I empathised with each of them despite their questionable relationship choices. The theme of friendship runs throughout the book and I like how the author brought the three otherwise very different women together and developed their bond through the funny, challenging, and heartbreaking situations they find themse A surprisingly enjoyable read! I wasn't sure how much I would like reading about adultery but Frances Garrood does an excellent job of making the characters relatable to the reader and I empathised with each of them despite their questionable relationship choices. The theme of friendship runs throughout the book and I like how the author brought the three otherwise very different women together and developed their bond through the funny, challenging, and heartbreaking situations they find themselves in. Easy-to-read with a bit of a corny ending!

  15. 4 out of 5

    jane king

    I did wonder if I would like this book about women behaving badly but I enjoyed it very much. Gabs was great and the contrast between the two sides of her character were well portrayed. Alice and Mavis both needed a good shake and I was shouting at them to get rid of their useless men who were just using them with no intention of leaving their wives. I was going to say all the men in the book were useless but actually Finn was quite sweet and Trot turned out not too bad. I will look out for this I did wonder if I would like this book about women behaving badly but I enjoyed it very much. Gabs was great and the contrast between the two sides of her character were well portrayed. Alice and Mavis both needed a good shake and I was shouting at them to get rid of their useless men who were just using them with no intention of leaving their wives. I was going to say all the men in the book were useless but actually Finn was quite sweet and Trot turned out not too bad. I will look out for this author again.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Farrar

    I couldn't get past the first couple of chapters. I couldn't connect to the characters and felt that the relationships were portrayed in very stereotypical ways: women want more from an affair than men do, and won't be happy with just sex. Some of the male characters almost, kinda, maybe wanted more, but again in a typical 'I promise I'll leave her but not really'. That may change through the book but I couldn't get past it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Patsy Collins

    The story of Mavis, Alice and Gabs drew me in gradually and I found myself liking them more and more as their unexpected friendship developed. They've each behaved badly in some ways, and continue to do so to varying degrees, but they're not bad people. The book is amusing in places, sad in others, but entertaining all the way through.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    This story reminds me a little of what the television show "The Golden Girls" might have been like if the ages were a little younger. There were moments of laughs and stress but all with the support of ill matched friends. Life is truly just a journey and we need always to surround ourselves with those who love us unconditionally and are there for us when we fall.

  19. 4 out of 5

    julianne

    It's official I love anything Frances Garrod writes. She's witty, clever and poignant with a sense of realism that shines through her writing. Many thanks to the publisher for allowing me to read this before release.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gail Atkins

    Three women who are stranger's have unconventional lifestyles, they are brought together at a group organised by their Catholic church. Will the group work? Can these different characters forge good relationships? I really enjoyed getting to know these ladies and I hope there's a second book!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shiela

    One of the times I struggle with 5-star rating system, coz it's definitely more than a 3, but not quite a 4. Enjoyed it though, so rounding up.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jenelle Rodenbaugh

    Enjoyable read. Three women come into their own after being in relationships that stifle them. No overt sex. Very unlikely friends but it really works

  23. 5 out of 5

    Margaret McLaughlin

    Interesting book I enjoyed the book, but I did want to shake up Alice and Mavis. Adored the character of Maudie. Good read

  24. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    Very enjoyable read I've read a few books by this author and have enjoyed all of them. Well written story with likeable characters. A really pleasant read😊

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shree Mandal

    3.5 stars, a very fun and light hearted read with decent character development. Just a bit plan in terms of style and vocabulary but I suppose that was to be expected!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nicki Fraser

    Excellent read! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. I especially loved the quirky characters and their rather odd friendship. Can't wait to read more!

  27. 5 out of 5

    mrs s j whitford

    Light hearted and easy to read. I enjoyed this book as it was funny and simple in it's storyline. A good read to lose yourself in.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mrs P S Parkes

    Great read Although I wasn’t sure I would enjoy this book I actually did. The lives of the 3 women kept me wondering the outcome.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Quinn

    Women Behaving Badly by Frances Garrood was first published as Basic Theology for Fallen Women in 2012. It details a year in the lives of three very different women. These women are brought together as part of a church program by the name of Basic Theology. However, the program’s true purpose is to teach adulterers how to stop and return to their marriages and good faith. The program has a good deal of success and shortly there are only three women left: Gabs (the high end escort), Alice (the si Women Behaving Badly by Frances Garrood was first published as Basic Theology for Fallen Women in 2012. It details a year in the lives of three very different women. These women are brought together as part of a church program by the name of Basic Theology. However, the program’s true purpose is to teach adulterers how to stop and return to their marriages and good faith. The program has a good deal of success and shortly there are only three women left: Gabs (the high end escort), Alice (the single mother), and Marvis (the caring daughter with her heart on her sleeve). This unlikely trio become friends when the Basic Theology program ends. This book was a very unique read. I connected with each of the three main in very different ways. It was awesome to see how these three women changed the lives of one another. I received a review copy of this ebook from Sapere Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Pin Aiston

    Got bored and didn't finish it

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