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The Husband List by Janet Evanovich

The Husband List (edition 2013)

by Janet Evanovich, Dorien Kelly

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Title:The Husband List
Authors:Janet Evanovich
Other authors:Dorien Kelly
Info:St. Martin's Press (2013), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 320 pages
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The Husband List by Janet Evanovich

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I expected this to not be very good but it was okay. If you are expecting a Janet Evanovich book, you will be disappointed. I didnt see a lot of her writing in the book. If you just read it as an historical romance, it was not bad, not great but not bad ( )
  lmcalister | Jul 16, 2013 |
Caroline Maxwell is an independent 1890's woman... or at least she'd like to be. Unfortunately she's blessed with a managing mother who'd like nothing more than to see Caroline married off to an English title - and mother dearest even has one all picked out. Caroline's husband list runs more to one name: Jack Culhane, an Irish brewery owner whose friendship with Caroline's brother Eddie is appropriate, but whose marriage to Caroline would definitely not meet with parental approval.

Cute, fluffy, and amazingly forgettable.
  SunnySD | May 30, 2013 |
Listened to this through Audible.com. Cute little departure for Evanovich as she goes back in time to the Gilded Age where many English lords were looking for American wives with money to shore up the family estate. The story was interesting and the characters were people I wanted to know more about. Hard to imagine the motivations of the people during that time period. So thankful for the women's liberation movement! ( )
  dd196406 | Mar 29, 2013 |
I picked up this book solely based on the fact that I am a fan of the Stephanie Plum series (although those have been decreasing in substance). I liked some parts of this book but it felt rushed the entire time and then just ended. The main characters, Caroline and Jack, were likable enough but I wasn't really rooting for them. I honestly kept hoping the villain would end up having redeemable qualities and would actually be competition for Caroline's hand. Also, the mother was DREADFUL and I don't think she nearly got what she deserved at the end. Overall, this felt like a rush job by two authors and I was not too impressed. ( )
  LissaJ | Mar 27, 2013 |
This was a fun and engaging story and I absolutely loved Caroline. I would have been delighted to see more done with the mystery behind Bremerton. He was wonderfully creepy and there could have been a lot more said to draw out Caroline's unease and keep the reader on the edge of their seat worrying for her. I adored the little clips written in about Caroline scaring off her suitors and would have enjoyed seeing more of that as well. It was a bit disappointing that with the title being The Husband List, only one person (Bremerton) ever really showed up on it. It would have been fun to see a few more clips of Caroline being rebellious and frightening others off as her mother tried to foist back ups on her. One thing I truly loved about this story though was how Caroline was head strong, determined, and in control of herself without the authors resorting to her putting down other women in the story to elevate Caroline. Even if she didn't agree with her mother's determination to marry her daughters off to rich men, Harriet's pursuit of Jack without knowing anything about him, or Amelia's romanticism, there was never scorn or derision hurled in their direction. It allowed for there to be several strong female characters be present and be strong in their own fashion without it being competitive. It's rare to find a romance novel that isn't only enjoyable but where the interaction between the women of the story is fun and does justice to the characters, and I appreciate that. ( )
  ElizabethChristine | Feb 27, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312651325, Hardcover)

Based on the family from the bestselling Love In A Nutshell, the story of an heiress longing to marry for love or not at all

From The New York Times bestselling writing duo Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly, comes the story of a young woman’s search for true love. Caroline Maxwell would like nothing more than to join her brother, Eddie, and his friend, Jack Culhane, on their adventures. While Jack and Eddie are off seeing the world, buying up businesses and building wildly successful careers, Caroline's stuck at home frightening off the men her mother hopes will ask for her hand in marriage.  When her mother sets her sights on the questionable Lord Bremerton as a possible suitor, Caroline struggles with her instincts and the true nature of her heart.  She longs for adventure, passion, love, and most of all . . . Jack Culhane, an unconventional Irish-American bachelor with new money and no title. A completely unacceptable suitor in the eyes of Caroline's mother. But Caroline's dark hair, brilliant eyes and quick wit have Jack understanding just why it is people fall in love and get married.

Set in New York City in 1894, The Husband List is an American gilded age romantic mystery. It evokes memories of the lavish lifestyles and social expectations of the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers—a time when new money from the Americas married Old World social prestige and privilege. Dresses by Worth, transcontinental ocean voyages, lavish parties, a little intrigue, and a lot of romance await in, The Husband List.

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Pressured by her mother to marry a proper gentleman, Caroline Maxwell reluctantly considers Lord Bremerton while harboring a secret longing for adventure and passion with her brother's world-traveling friend, Jack, whose new money and lack of title render him an unsuitable candidate in her mother's eyes.… (more)

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