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This woman took a year out from marriage to sleep with strangers - and wrote a book about it

Book: Robin Rinaldi
Book: Robin Rinaldi
Her ex-husband Scott Mansfield
Her ex-husband Scott Mansfield

A woman who took a gap year from her marriage in order to have sex with other people has released a book about the experience.

Writer Robin Rinaldi (50) and her husband Scott Mansfield, who have been married for more than 17 years, agreed to take a break from one another for a year to sleep with other people.

Prior to marrying her husband, Robin - who is from San Francisco - only had slept with three men and said her sex life 'lacked spontaneity and passion', the Independent said.

During the experimental year, Robin moved out of her home for five days a week.

The year of experiment came with three rules: Do not sleep with mutual friends, do not get into any serious relationships and do not have unprotected sex but the couple broke all three in the space of 12 months.

Under the terms of her new deal, Rinaldi took out an apartment, where she lived from Monday to Friday and would bed her conquests.
 
But over the weekend she would go back to Mansfield, and the two would live as a married couple, without asking what the other had been doing while they were apart.

Throughout the year Robin slept with ten men and two women who she met online, in bars and a sex commune.

In her book she wrote: "I refuse to go to my grave with no children and only four lovers… If I can’t have one, I must have the other.

"As the door to motherhood closed, I found myself rushing towards this whole other outlet of heightened female experience - taking lovers."
 
Unfortunately, Robin’s marriage did not survive the year-long sexual experiment as she fell in love with a man who she calls 'Alden' in the book.
 
“After reconnecting with Alden and falling deeply in love with him, there was no going back", she said. 
 
She’s now been with 'Alden' – in a monogamous relationship – for five years, "while Scott has also moved on,” she wrote.
 
The tell-all memoir is titled 'The Wild Oats Project: One Woman’s Midlife Quest for Passion at Any Cost.'
 
Speaking of the book, Robin’s husband Scott said: “You have to write it. If you write it well, it won’t really be about us, it will be about lots of marriages.”