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Published by HarperCollins Australia on September 1, 2015
Genres: Fiction, Romance, General
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Luisa has met the love of her life ... now she just needs to figure out what to do with her husband.
Luisa has fallen madly in love with sculptor Jarvis, so she comes up with a plan to find a new wife for her husband Luke so she can exit stage left. She wants to screen potential stepmothers for her 8-year-old son Max and has strict criteria: the woman must be a single mother; have no more than two children; she can't be authoritarian; she must be creative, nurturing and not much prettier than Luisa.
After a few carefully orchestrated meetings with different women that fail to raise a spark, Luke finally connects with a potential replacement wife. However, Luisa isn't prepared for the fact that Luke's interest in the other woman makes him a better man and a more attractive husband. After suffering for years in a half-dead marriage, Luisa starts to remember what it was about Luke that she originally fell in love with. But is it too late?
♦ So I went back and forth on requesting this book to review. I am not a fan of adultery and generally dislike books and movies about it. However, something kept drawing me back to this book. And it wasn’t bad. The writing was solid, pacing great and the world building was spot on. However the theme of the main character Luisa actively trying to encourage her husband to cheat did rub me the wrong way. The true saving grace in this was that neither spouse was in the right so it made it easier to not have hatred of Luisa just an instant dislike of her. I did like that the parents made their son the main priority in all of their drama. And while the ending was mostly satisfying it seemed abrupt. The story seemed to be clipping along nicely and then it was done. I think an extra chapter or two fleshing out Luisa’s story would have benefited this book. But for a book I went into with very low expectations I was pleasantly surprised. This was not a knock my socks off good book, but it wasn’t bad. And sometimes a middle of the road book is just what you need.
◊ Favorite lines from Chapter 34 – “My day of reckoning was about to happen; it was time to admit to everyone that my relationship was a failure. The image of a perfect family that people had seen would be revealed as smoke and mirrors. It was time to be dragged through the streets, tarred and feathered.”
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