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The Replacement Wife | [Eileen Goudge]

The Replacement Wife

Camille Harte makes her living as a matchmaker. When she receives the diagnosis she's dreaded and learns she has only six months to live, she decides to do the unthinkable: Find a replacement wife for her husband. It's a set-up only international mega-bestseller Eileen Goudge could concoct. Goudge's consistent sixteen New York Times bestsellers include Garden of Lies, Once in a Blue Moon, Woman in Red, Domestic Affairs, and The Diary.
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Publisher's Summary

Camille Harte makes her living as a matchmaker. When she receives the diagnosis she's dreaded and learns she has only six months to live, she decides to do the unthinkable: Find a replacement wife for her husband. It's a set-up only international mega-bestseller Eileen Goudge could concoct. Goudge's consistent sixteen New York Times bestsellers include Garden of Lies, Once in a Blue Moon, Woman in Red, Domestic Affairs, and The Diary.

©2012 Eileen Goudge. All rights reserved. (P)2012 AudioGo

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    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 04-03-12
    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 04-03-12 Member Since 2003

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    "Either the best idea or the worst idea..."

    Or that other platitude applies: "we make plans and God laughs".The premise of this book is either the epitome of micromanagement from the grave, or the best way to take care of your loved ones after you're "gone", i.e. dead. Only trouble with that idea is that what if you get waylaid on the way to your funeral, and get to live, and actually see your spouse hook up with someone else?

    I love unusual hypotheticals like this, books that explore the "what if" factor. That's one of the reasons I read, to find out what happens when you stir the pot, test an alternative idea or two, get stuck in a tree and then try and get down.

    I can see the sense in the idea from the children's perspective - why not interview your prospective replacement and make sure your family is kept intact, loved and cared for, and continues as before? But the thing is, people tend to have minds of their own, and what if your spouse takes the problem off your hands and you lose control of the plan?

    The only fault I can find here is that some of the plot lines were way too detailed, and I couldn't make myself care about all the minor characters and their stories. Goudge does a good job of keeping it all under narrative control, but I kept wanting her to go back to what I thought was the "main" story, and became impatient with some of the meandering.

    Anyway, I'll close with another platitude: be careful what you wish for.



    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 05-16-12
    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 05-16-12 Member Since 2010

    Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.

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    "Stranded in a soap opera"

    My goodness this was a long book filled with numbingly unnecessary details. I was attracted to the book for its premise, but I was unable to connect with the characters because I found the writing stilted and self conscious – I doubt the author ever met an adjective she didn’t like. The dialogue resembled the arch and self-aware conversations between soap opera characters, which this plot (for me) resembled. A major flaw was the habit of darting down rabbit trails in the form of overly detailed back stories on minor characters whom we see in a single scene and never again, and who do nothing to progress the storyline. It felt as though Ms. Goudge tried to make the characters real by sheer weight of information, when finding a way to portray their hearts would have done. A strong editor was needed to trim this down to size.

    Accentuating the disappointing writing was the reading by Susan Boyce. If a reading style had posture, this story was told with the upright posture of a whaleboned corset. When Camille's husband's shoulders slumped in discouragement, it was pronounced with hearty "can do" determination. Boyce pronounced every word with the clipped precision of an elocution teacher, constantly inserting little micro pauses commonly used by TV news magazine reporters for ear catching emphasis. Ok for a news story, but ineffective in creating empathy for a character. Would have been better to read in print.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    S. Henry Podunk, OR 05-22-12
    S. Henry Podunk, OR 05-22-12 Member Since 2012

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    "A step above a Harlequin romance (maybe)."
    What disappointed you about The Replacement Wife?

    Formulaic, predictable storyline and insipid characters.


    Any additional comments?

    If this had been a library book I would have abandoned it before finishing. But since it was audio and I needed something for the commute I stuck it out. It was a relief to finally get to the predictable end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    nancy 09-17-12
    nancy 09-17-12
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    "Interesting twist"
    If you could sum up The Replacement Wife in three words, what would they be?

    Thoughtful, insightful, emotional


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were really brought to life and made one pause as to what they would do in a similar situation.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Replacement Wife and why?

    Camille was so strong.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicki 08-13-12
    Nicki 08-13-12
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    "Truly Awful. Don't waste your credits."

    What a tedious, predictable soap opera. A successful career woman (Camille), with two beautiful homes, a handsome, "George Clooney" lookalike for a husband (Edward), and a darling son and daughter, battles cancer. Camille (please Eileen, don't insult our intelligence in the future with such an obvious name choice) decides to find a wife to replace her after she dies.

    I guess she assumes that after her husband loses his wife, and his children lose their mother, they will immediately embrace wife/mommy #2 and then the good times will roll. No mourning period necessary.

    Although Hubby is initially against this crazy plan, he eventually gives in to Camille, (what, he has no backbone?), and surprisingly hearts are broken and he ends up having an affair with another woman (Angie), who works as a caterer hired by Camille for her matchmaking parties. Sure didn't see that one coming.

    And then, miracle of miracles, a new experimental drug treatment puts Camille's cancer in remission. Oh no! Hubby has fallen in love with Angie! Although he tries to hold the marriage together by dumping Angie and attending counseling sessions with Camille, he just can't get the new and improved model out of his mind.

    Dearest readers, can you guess how this story ends? Camille and Edward divorce, and the handsome doctor marries Angie, who is expecting a baby at the end of the story. Camille realizes that although she is alone now, she's been given a new start and life goes on.

    I could not sympathize with, nor did I like any of the characters in this book. Camille is a control freak who was trying to manipulate her husband's and children's lives from the grave, Edward is a self-absorbed narcissist, but then so is Angie, who uses every excuse in the book to rationalize her behavior as a cheater.

    A total waste of time, and the only reason I finished this book was that I didn't want to feel as if I'd wasted my credit. Now I realize I've lost 17 hours of my life I'll never get back. Don't waste your time or your Audible credits. There are much better books out there.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 06-02-12
    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 06-02-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Not what you'd expect"

    I really didn't know if I would like this book, but I decided to give it a try. Despite the strange premise, it was well written, and up until the end I was not sure how it would end. I was conflicted about how I Wanted it to end, which is a nice change from most books that become predictable two thirds of the way thru. Nice pick.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. ricci San Francisco, CA United States 06-02-12
    A. ricci San Francisco, CA United States 06-02-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Worst. Narration. Ever"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story was ridiculous. I didn't like a single person. But what was the worst part was the narrator. She had The. Most. Stacatto. Voice. Ever. and it DROVE. ME. CRAZY.

    Hated this book. Didn't finish it.


    What could Eileen Goudge have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not write it


    What didn’t you like about Susan Boyce’s performance?

    Her voice was AWFUL. Every. Word. Was. Like. A. Sentence.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    boredom


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Cape Coral, FL United States 04-30-12
    Suzanne Cape Coral, FL United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2010

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    "fantastic!!!!!!!"
    What would have made The Replacement Wife better?

    Absolutely nothing! As always Eileen Goudge is at her best.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Replacement Wife?

    The dying wife who didn't die! Been there!


    Have you listened to any of Susan Boyce’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She's a great reader and I totally loved listening to her!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    sadness a bit of anger, but overall, a great book with lots of life-lessons!


    Any additional comments?

    Great book just as I knew it would be!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "unknown" 04-13-12
    "unknown" 04-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Love/Hate"

    This story evoked some powerful emotions, which, I suppose means that it was done well. I have to say I was thoroughly engrossed. If not an enjoyable experience (difficult subject matter) it was certainly interesting, and the reader did a good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    04-06-12
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    "Too predicable"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I could see the ending of the book from the very beginning. It made me angry the way the author protrayed the wife as the victim when she was the one who came up with the brain storm to find her husband a


    Would you ever listen to anything by Eileen Goudge again?

    Maybe


    What three words best describe Susan Boyce???s voice?

    Pleasnt to listen to.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Replacement Wife?

    The scene in the counseling office when Cam yells at Edward regardin his cheating on her.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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