The Rules currently governing my life are these. Rule Number one: there is no justice. Rule Number two: contrary to a husband’s hopes, a second wife does not have the Karma Sutra tucked into her handbag. It is more likely to be aspirin. Rule number three: never complain, particularly if you have been instrumental in demonstrating Rule number one. Rule number four: never serve liver or tofu. It is not clever. So says Minty Lloyd as she struggles to make her life work as Nathan’s second wife. Mother to six year-old twins, sidelined at family gatherings by Nathan’s hostile family, ostracised by his friends, she is haunted by the shadow of the glowing, successful Rose Nathan’s first wife. The trouble is, ‘she concludes, everything I do is second hand.’ Yet, such is curious nature of fate, Minty finds herself united in loss with an unexpected ally the woman she once betrayed. Buchan’s signature gift for capturing women’s daily joys and struggles is beautifully deployed in “The Second Wife”, an irresistible story of love, grief and renewal that explores that nature of friendship and the bonds that grow strongest when stretched to breaking.