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The Husband List | [Janet Evanovich, Dorien Kelly]

The Husband List

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Based on the family from the best-selling Love in a Nutshell, the story of an heiress longing to marry for love or not at all. From the New York Times best-selling 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.

©2012 The Gus Group (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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    Vicki Irving, Texas, United States 02-15-13
    Vicki Irving, Texas, United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very Average Book"

    I really like Janet Evanovick (in particular, the Stephanie Plum series), but this book lacked the fun and excitement of her typical books. It is a historical novel that is very predictible, somewhat formal and old fashoned. I really expected better from Janet. It was really hard to get into the book or the characters. I got tired of hearing "yes mama" over and over as her mother scolded her on her manners. If you want to listen to this, wait for it to go on deep disount before you buy, as it is not worth a full credit.

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    Maddy KALAMAZOO, MI, United States 02-14-13
    Maddy KALAMAZOO, MI, United States 02-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Light hearted fun!"
    What did you love best about The Husband List?

    This book is an easy listen. Although the storyline is predictable, it's fun to see how the love story unfolds. If you liked Love in a Nutshell, you will thoroughly enjoy this listen!


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    GranAnne Eastern PA, United States 02-10-13
    GranAnne Eastern PA, United States 02-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not your typical Janet & Dorien"

    I enjoyed this book. It's slightly more serious, not as much of a romp as some of their previous books but thoroughly enjoyable

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    Judith Chelsea, AL, United States 02-08-13
    Judith Chelsea, AL, United States 02-08-13

    Annie

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    "Boring Novel of Manners"
    Would you try another book from Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly and/or Lorelei King?

    I love Janet Evanovich's quirky characters and Lorelei King's spot-on narrations, but even these trusted names cannot overcome this novel's lackings.


    What was most disappointing about Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly ’s story?

    Most disappointing was the lack of these quirky characters and the predictable, lifeless plot.


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

    King's narration attempted to breathe life into the work, but even a ventilator and defibrillator couldn't have successfully revived this text.


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

    I was disappointed in the story. I tried to recast my expectations for Evanovich's usual genre and pretend I was listening to a bad Jane Austin, but even that didn't make this a good listen.


    Any additional comments?

    For listeners who enjoy the novel of manners, with it's overemphasis on adhering to the constraints of society, this might be enjoyable. But if you expect the quick wit, colorful characters, zany plot, and quick pace of other Evanovich novels in contemporary settings, give this one a pass.

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    Lois Fort Myers, FL, United States 02-04-13
    Lois Fort Myers, FL, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Entertaining"
    Where does The Husband List rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Typical Janet Evanovich, easy listening. The characters are delightful if not predictable. A really enjoyable time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The time it was set in.


    What does Lorelei King bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love the tone of her voice. How she makes the people come alive for the listener.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


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    Kim mccook lake, SD, United States 02-04-13
    Kim mccook lake, SD, United States 02-04-13
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    "Always fun!"

    I buy all J. Evanovich books because not only are the story lines good, they are also peppered with humor. All kinds of humor, from subtle to dry, even blatant sarcasm to slap your knee funny. Excellant reads! And this book does not disappoint my expectations.

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    Christiana United States 02-04-13
    Christiana United States 02-04-13
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    "Cute!"
    What did you love best about The Husband List?

    Love the vintage love story. This was very different from Janet Evanovich's usual stories, but I was pleasantly surprised with its outcome.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mischievous Caroline of coarse


    Which character – as performed by Lorelei King – was your favorite?

    Jack


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


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    jeaan atlanta, georgia, United States 02-04-13
    jeaan atlanta, georgia, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "a good book and entertaining"
    What did you love best about The Husband List?

    i thought it was an accurate portrayal of what it was like to be a woman in the past.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the lead female because i liked her passion for life and determination to be herself at any cost.


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

    yes. i have listened to all the stephanie plum novels.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    there were so many moments in the book that moved me.


    Any additional comments?

    i thought this book was less funny than janet evanovich's other books. i have listened to most of them and sometims twice. she is one of my favorite authors.

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    M.K. Woodstock, IL USA 01-31-13
    M.K. Woodstock, IL USA 01-31-13 Member Since 2009

    I love a good mystery

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    "I Hated this book!!!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    An interesting plot


    What was most disappointing about Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly ’s story?

    The whole book was disappointing, not at all like Janet Evanovich's usual books.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lorelei King?

    Love her as a narrator


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    julia Malvern, PA, United States 01-30-13
    julia Malvern, PA, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Slow, tedious, uninvolving, juvenille"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    HS and JR HS girls...


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance wasn't the core issue


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

    Disappointment, Boredom


    Any additional comments?

    Slow, tedious, uninvolving, juvenille. Pre-Ordered. Didn't know it was going to be intended as a "period piece"... found it unlistenable!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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