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3.2 out of 53.2 out of 53.2 out of 53.2 out of 53.2 out of 5 3.20 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maggie Alderson Narrator: Catherine Milte Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN:
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From the best-selling author of Cents & Sensibility, Pants on Fire, and Mad About the Boy (all published in audio by Bolinda).

Maggie Alderson brings her deep understanding of the human heart to this new novel about the compromises we make in life, and about those rare moments of grace when we decide to risk everything for the chance to be truly, madly and deeply happy.

Amelia Bradlow seems to have everything she needs to be happy - a handsome husband, a beautiful home, money, good looks and a glamour job. Everything, that is, except the thing she wants most - a baby. Ed, her husband, is funny, affectionate and sophisticated but simply not interested in parenthood. He likes his life neat and tidy. And he likes having a wife who attends solely to his needs.

As she approaches 37, Amelia is faced with a life-changing decision, aided and abetted by Kiki, her hopelessly disorganised but ridiculously rich friend. Should Amelia stay in her nearly happy marriage, or expose herself to the vagaries of single life and the distant possibility of meeting someone who wants to start a family? Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 2/15/2014

    " I loved this book addressing a modern dilemma. A marriage where one partner wants a baby and the other doesn't. Everything about the marriage is great except for this. Amelia is almost 37. The book is humorous and yet confronts the issue and the emotions involved. looked forward to reading it each night. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roxy | 1/22/2014

    " This book was my first introduction to 'Chick Lit' and I absolutely loved it and couldn't put it down!!! It was witty, romantic, sad, funny. All the things you could want in a good book. It really makes you think about the choices you make in your life and the compromises we make for the ones we love and if we should settle for something because life is comfortable or start over and have the opportunity to be truly content. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy White | 1/6/2014

    " As chick lit goes, How To Break Your Own Heart isn't bad, but neither is it particularly good. I'm a bit of a fan of Maggie Alderson but she's definitely written better. The story here come to an unsatisfactory conclusion at much too swift a pace. However, it started well and I found myself attached to the main character early on. The sex scenes are better than a fade-to-black, but decidedly average in the grand scheme of sex scenes. Overall I would say that this novel is a good choice if you like Maggie Alderson's fashion-focused novels, but otherwise there's better chick lit out there that might be a better option. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peg | 12/18/2013

    " A good read. Captures the dilemma many women face as they approach 40 and realise that time is running out and they must face that life-changing decision as to whether they really want to have children. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bluesky | 12/12/2013

    " Good holiday read. You might want to kill Amelia's husband Ed, though. Suggest you read with a good chocolate supply to distract you from any violent inclinations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 11/24/2013

    " Chick-lit, nice easy read with a happy ending :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianevans12 | 11/19/2013

    " This was a perfect Boxing Day read. Nothing too strenuous or surprising about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 10/22/2013

    " I was surprise how much I enjoyed this book about the changing dynamics of a marriage. Made we want to start gardening and grow my own veggies :/ "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maggie | 8/5/2013

    " What a waste of time! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 7/28/2013

    " This was a fun easy read. Inspired by her friend Kiki starts on a new adventure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alissa | 6/6/2013

    " This book made me go "awwww" and I have already kind of forgotten what it was about. Which makes it almost perfect chicklit, really. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 5/8/2013

    " I agree with Marian, a good summer read. But why does the Australian character have to be such a Caricature - bold brassy outspoken party girl! I found that sooo annoying - are we really like that? Hmmmm. I like Maggie Alderson but that distracted me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 3/26/2013

    " Really enjoyed driving about listening to this one. Felt like inventing reasons to be out on the road! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara Cole | 2/27/2013

    " A good bit of chick-lit. This is a heart-breaking read about a woman who fell in love with a man who did not want children, and she did want them. It is a little predicable but an enjoyable and easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Georgina | 11/12/2012

    " I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Fairly standard chick lit but mostly good fun. My one major disappointment - a reference to Lindsay Lohan during a chapter supposed to be set in 1992. It bugged me for the rest of the book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renae | 10/14/2012

    " I get a bit sick of the predictability of Maggie Alderson's books. They're a fun read, however each book has the same set of characters, just different names and jobs. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sara Carey | 12/10/2011

    " A stupid, "weekend read" - not worth wasting the weekend on though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 12/7/2011

    " Another great book by Maggie... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara Anderton | 11/30/2011

    " Maggie Alderson is a great writer. The characters in this story where relateable and fun to hear from. I enjoyed reading this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leanne Bishop | 11/17/2011

    " Makes you stop and think that if you aren't happy with your relationship situation, to do something about it and not just stay together because it all seems too hard. I think Amelia made the right decision in the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 11/12/2011

    " Pure fluff! Easy holiday reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 10/13/2011

    " An all time favourite, I love Maggie Alderson's work "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kari | 10/10/2011

    " I found the blurb a little misleading as it took about halfway through the book before it addressed the issue of being in a marriage where one partner doesnt' want children. It was still a good read though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison Condliffe | 3/11/2011

    " Perfect holiday reading, while actually managing to touch on some serious issues. Well developed characters, story line and London setting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renae | 2/25/2011

    " I get a bit sick of the predictability of Maggie Alderson's books. They're a fun read, however each book has the same set of characters, just different names and jobs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 1/25/2011

    " Really enjoyed driving about listening to this one. Felt like inventing reasons to be out on the road! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leanne | 3/21/2010

    " Makes you stop and think that if you aren't happy with your relationship situation, to do something about it and not just stay together because it all seems too hard. I think Amelia made the right decision in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kari | 3/16/2010

    " I found the blurb a little misleading as it took about halfway through the book before it addressed the issue of being in a marriage where one partner doesnt' want children. It was still a good read though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bluesky | 1/24/2010

    " Good holiday read. You might want to kill Amelia's husband Ed, though. Suggest you read with a good chocolate supply to distract you from any violent inclinations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 1/9/2010

    " Chick-lit, nice easy read with a happy ending :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sara | 9/21/2009

    " A stupid, "weekend read" - not worth wasting the weekend on though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Georgina | 7/4/2009

    " I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Fairly standard chick lit but mostly good fun. My one major disappointment - a reference to Lindsay Lohan during a chapter supposed to be set in 1992. It bugged me for the rest of the book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peg | 1/26/2009

    " A good read. Captures the dilemma many women face as they approach 40 and realise that time is running out and they must face that life-changing decision as to whether they really want to have children.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 1/7/2009

    " I agree with Marian, a good summer read. But why does the Australian character have to be such a Caricature - bold brassy outspoken party girl! I found that sooo annoying - are we really like that? Hmmmm. I like Maggie Alderson but that distracted me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianevans12 | 12/30/2008

    " This was a perfect Boxing Day read. Nothing too strenuous or surprising about it. "

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