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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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    julianne Eagle, CO, United States 02-09-13
    julianne Eagle, CO, United States 02-09-13 Member Since 2010
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    "So disappointed"

    I am speechless. I have always enjoyed Janet's books, even the somewhat bizarre "Wicked" series. But this one seems to be so contrived. The plot is unoriginal, the narration is poor, Lorelei King even makes a mistake, says "what--oh" and then reads it right. I have never heard that in an audio book before. I just didn't like anything about this book. But in order to be fair, I listened to the whole thing. It took me two tries to get it done.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Melody Haslet, TX, United States 04-13-13
    Melody Haslet, TX, United States 04-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Fast paced fun read"
    If you could sum up The Husband List in three words, what would they be?

    Fast, fun, sweet


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Husband List?

    The history of each connection.


    What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

    Her male voices were not distracting like some


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Lots of lol


    Any additional comments?

    Good book, multiple story lines, couldn't wait to listen

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Corona de Tucson, AZ, United States 01-22-13
    Cindy Corona de Tucson, AZ, United States 01-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Such a good book to take me away from reality."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Husband List to be better than the print version?

    I love Lorelei King. She has a way that brings the characters to life for me. I cant imagine reading any other way. Thank you Lorelei!!!


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

    All of hers. Very steady.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dalmania 01-14-13
    Dalmania 01-14-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Another Book for Evanovich's List"

    Any Janet Evanovich fan will read this. While Evanovich's romances are rarely as excellent as Stephanie's adventures, we fans will read it and enjoy it. I must admit I was surprised that it was a historical romance. The narrator was super as usual.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 12-10-13
    Rebecca 12-10-13
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    "miserable attempt at a Gothic Romance"
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    I'm a huge fan of Janet Evanovich, but this one was really disappointing. I know she will never win a Nobel Price for great literature, but her books are generally fun fluff that provide entertainment and great (rather mindless) escapism. However, The Husband List was just wrong. Wrong historical accuracy, wrong dialog and wrong story line. Lorelei King's reading is great for the Stephanie Plumb series, but didn't sound right for this one. I'll continue to read and enjoy Janet Evanovich, but will read the summary more carefully from now on before I buy the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DB 03-15-13
    DB 03-15-13
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    "Who wrote this book???"

    What was Janet Evanovich thinking when she co-wrote this book... Do not waste a credit. What a disappointment.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy 03-07-13
    Tammy 03-07-13
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    "Enjoyable"
    If you could sum up The Husband List in three words, what would they be?

    I love Janet Evanovich and she and Dorien Kelly did the readers proud with The Husband List.


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    Michelle Paine Saratoga Springs, NY United States 03-04-13
    Michelle Paine Saratoga Springs, NY United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I loved this book."
    If you could sum up The Husband List in three words, what would they be?

    surprising. entertaining. interesting


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

    I love her and she is great with all of Janet Evanovich's books. You always know which character is speaking.


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

    yes. I could have


    Any additional comments?

    When I purchased this book, I thought it would be a lot like her other books but I was surprised. I usually don't like books that are set so far back in time, but I loved this book. It was so interesting. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves Evanovich's other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Manon St-Léonard, Quebec, Canada 03-01-13
    Manon St-Léonard, Quebec, Canada 03-01-13 Member Since 2006

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    "Something is missing, Ah Yes! the action"
    What did you like best about The Husband List? What did you like least?

    Lorelei King, easy the constant torment of Caroline by her mother


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    There is not enough action at least not for a Evanovich book, no explosion, no car chase thouth in this world it would have been a carriage chase, the book is not bad, but it's missing the action where used too, and it shows.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Caroline has the bad guy at gun point and Jack propose


    Was The Husband List worth the listening time?

    yes and no, I was willing to give the book a chance, but if I knew the only really big action was at the end I would have skipped a lot of chapters, I almost left the story a few times, I like old style tales, but even those need a few bumps in the road to interest me, this book was more about pleasing the parents and sneaking around, cute but booring after a while.


    Any additional comments?

    if you love a sweet and slow romance with not much action, this is for you, but if you need more Kaboom in a Evanovich book then go in another direction, thought you do get the happy ending, it's slow and sometimes frustrating to get there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Spring, TX, United States 02-25-13
    Carolyn Spring, TX, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Good Listen"
    If you could sum up The Husband List in three words, what would they be?

    Different era topic


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the character of Caroline and her perspective of her life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where Caroline leaves dinner to get away from her mother and her plans for Caroline's marriage.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Before women were empowered.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy Janet's books, her character is always a different take on a similar woman in different times or settings but always fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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