Secret Confessions: Sydney Housewives – Camilla by Mel Teshco

In brief: The second last in the Sydney Housewives series reveals more about Camilla, who has gone waitress to wife of a very rich man. (Read more about the story here).

The good: It was good to hear Camilla’s story at last.

The not-so-good: I would have liked to have known a bit more about Camilla and how she and Drake met.

Why I chose it: Really enjoying this series. Thanks to Escape Publishing for the eARC.

Year: 2015

Pages: 36 (eARC)

Publisher: Escape Publishing

Setting: Sydney, Australia

My rating: 7.5 out of 10

The Secret Confessions: Sydney Housewives series has certainly shocked, educated and entertained me in equal measures. I think I’m going to miss the series when it finishes (there’s one more story, Darla, to go and you can also buy the whole series in one big book now). Camilla is a character who has remained on the fringes of the Double Diamond Dinner Club – some of the housewives seem to actively dislike her while others go out of their way to include her. (Surprisingly, it’s not the women you would expect to be nasty that actually are – Jorja, who we know to be quite insecure from her story is very, very mean to Camilla).

In this story, we find out Camilla’s secret. It’s not that shocking to the majority of us, who are just like her (well, until she married a zillionaire) – Camilla is an ordinary, everyday person. She was a uni student and waitress until Drake swept her off her feet. She’s never been rich until now – her mum brought her up alone and Camilla can’t quite get used to spending up big. Drake is also over twenty years her senior. He wants a baby, she doesn’t. (It would have been good if Camilla’s thoughts on this matter had been explored a little more). However, Drake is determined to make things as easy as he can for Camilla – new wardrobe, event organiser for her turn to host dinner, hot sex etc…

I can’t say that this episode was shocking for me – there was really only one scene that there was a bit out there. I did really enjoy the probing (pun not intended) into Camilla’s backstory and why she’s always been on the fringes of the group. It was lovely to see Virginia, the original ice queen, making a defrosted return in what could have potentially been a Pretty Woman-style moment. The story was a fun and quick read and has me wondering how Darla will end the series…

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