An Ideal Husband

Out now in Hardback on 29 February 2024.

An Ideal Husband coverAnother uplifting, wryly humorous family drama from Sunday Times bestselling author Erica James…

After 30 years of 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 a sparkling tale of new starts and second chances.

Praise for An Ideal Husband:

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

‘Navigating the breakdown of a relationship is never easy but this was 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 without breaking down all together. Effortlessly elegant storytelling from Erica, as ever.’ Veronica Henry


Published by HQ Stories in Hardback and eBook on 20 February 2024 and in Paperback on 14 September 2023. View online retailer buying links.

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Hardback ISBN-10: 0008413827 ISBN-13: 9780008413828

An Ideal Husband is also available in Audio Book

  • Length: 10 hours and 40 minutes
  • Unabridged

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