Troubador A Quiet Wife

Released: 28/03/2020

ISBN: 9781838593414

eISBN: 9781838596446

Format: Paperback/eBook

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A Quiet Wife

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Sheila McDonald is sixty and recently retired from a job she loved. She looks forward to her husband’s imminent retirement and to the plans they’ve started to make together but John is consumed by work and dismissive of her demands.  


He, and daughter Caitlin, feel she should be content with her lot and focus on family responsibilities including caring for her grandson Milo. Sheila tries to do what’s expected but struggles to find meaning in her new life and feels emotionally distant from John.  

She takes up a short-term assignment back at work and joins a local history club but is made to feel uncomfortable and is ultimately humiliated by two men she believed valued her company and insights. She gradually opens up to her husband, and they begin to reconnect as she carves out a plan for the future – this time on her terms. 

This contemporary novel set in affluent Edinburgh explores a woman’s right to respect and her journey towards rediscovering love.

Sheila McDonald’s world has totally changed. Recently 60, she’s retired from a job she is passionate about, and is ready to start the next chapter in her life with her soon to retire husband, John. When John gets wrapped up with a huge project at work and pushes retirement indefinitely, Sheila is at a loss. Dealing with her husband and daughter’s critiques of what she should be doing with her time, Sheila struggles to adjust to her new life and finding the things that make her happy.

A book for an older demographic, I think some women will really identify with Sheila's story. As a 30something, I found her hard to relate to. I liked her daughter, Caitlin, and felt she really resonated with the younger generation.

by Lauren


I really enjoyed A Quiet Wife, but that being said, I think it appeals to a specific audience.

Me. I am the specific audience. A woman in her 60’s who is looking at what to do with the rest of her life.

Sheila MacDonald is 60 and has just retired from her job. She thought her husband was going to retire too and that they would start doing all sorts of things together, a new chapter. However, he is busy with a new project at work and will probably be working a couple of more years.

So, Sheila is left trying to figure out what to do with herself now.

I found the novel so charming. The way Sheila noticed things that her husband said or did. The soft gentle love that they have for each other that comes with growing together.

I also found her relationship with her daughter, Caitlin, interesting. Sheila is a little jealous of the relationship that her husband, John and Caitlin have. I liked the way it touched a little on how relationships differ within families.

As I said before, I probably enjoyed this novel even more because it was so perfectly suited to me.

by Pam


First I would like to say thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this arc In Return for an honest review. What a plot, I have to say it had me gripped from the start, it had all the different types of betrayal all rolled into one book.. I thought the characters were all well developed, and the different storylines were very original. I throughly enjoyed this book.

by NetGalley review


Epitomizing a wife who has always put her husband's needs and demands first Sheila has just retired from a job she loved and which she excelled at. She looks forward to retirement as her husband has also scheduled his own retirement around hers. They had planned to spend more time at their property in France and had several ideas in the pipeline.

All Sheila's dreams go up in smoke when she realises that John has no intention of keeping to his promise of retirement and that life for him is even busier than ever. He, like always seems to only hear what he wants to hear so that any complaint of which there are very few from Sheila's side is brushed aside as if of no importance.

Sheila starts looking at other things which she is interested in and one is a History group but at home she is being swept into a scheme of baby sitting her grandson without a by your leave even, on a joint effort of both her husband and her daughter Caitlin. It is almost a passive bullying tactic which makes Sheila begin to realise that she has to assert herself or go under.


A pleasant reminder that life does not end at retirement and that you are never too old to stand up for yourself even in a marriage of over forty years! Not being taken for granted is very important and this highlights this.

by NetGalley review


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