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REVIEW: The Replacement Wife by Eileen Goudge, and a note to my husband

on March 30, 2012


From New York Times bestselling author Eileen Goudge comes a poignant new novel that asks the question, “What would you do if you were told you had only six months to live?” For one professional matchmaker the answer is heart-wrenching: She must find her husband’s next wife.
Camille Hart, one of Manhattan’s most sought-after matchmakers, has survived more than her fair share of hardships. Her mother died when she was a young girl, leaving her and her sister with an absentee father. Now in her forties, she has already survived cancer once, though the battle revealed just how ill-equipped her husband Edward is to be a single parent. So when doctors tell Camille that her cancer is back—and this time it’s terminal—she decides to put her matchmaking expertise to the test for one final job. Seeking stability for her children and happiness for her husband, Camille sets out to find the perfect woman to replace her when she’s gone.
But what happens when a dying wish becomes a case of “be careful what you wish for”? For Edward and Camille, the stunning conclusion arrives with one last twist of fate that no one saw coming.
At once deeply felt and witty, The Replacement Wife is an unforgettable story of love and family, and a refreshing look at the unexpected paths that lead us to our own happy endings.

My thoughts:

I was so excited when I found out Eileen Goudge was releasing a new book. I’ve been a big fan since stealing my mom’s copy of “Garden of Lies” while on vacation in Maine as a teenager. I devoured the romantic story in two days on the beach. I was hooked, and with The Replacement Wife, Ms. Goudge does not disappoint.
I love a story with rich characters and great plot twists. This book has both. Goudge has mastered the art of character development. Even minor players have rich back stories and you end up growing to love these characters, for better or worse. While there were a lot of players, plot lines intertwined nicely and there was a wonderful resolution at the end of the book. It was almost like looking at an impressionist painting up close and then taking a step back. Things aren’t always what they seem!

This story really made me stop, think and take stock of my marriage. I love my husband and family dearly, and this book taught me how fragile we all are. What we take for granted today can be gone tomorrow. What we envision for ourselves can ultimately have a very different ending.

This story will make for a great book club discussion of “what if”? This is an emotional, beautiful, romantic and well written story. I was sad when it ended, which for me is always a sign of a well written book.

I recommend this book to book clubs for a rich discussion and married women to take a second and count their blessings.

Five cupcake read!

On a separate note, I want to wish my most wonderful husband a very happy 4th wedding anniversary.
I love you more than you will ever know. Looking forward to many more years of love with you. xoxo


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