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In her debut novel, Bond offers readers an enjoyable but predictable read. When traveling prosthetics salesman Raymond Carmichael has an automobile accident, three Mrs. Raymond Carmichaels meet for the first time at his hospital bedside. First wife Beatrix is an aging socialite who uses booze and home shopping to solace the loneliness of a moribund marriage. Second wife NatalieAthe character Bond lets readers know best and who appears to be the most distraught about the turn of eventsAis a harried but good-hearted small-town doctor who has just discovered that Raymond has plundered their marital assets. Ruby, his third bride, is a 20-something stripper with a baby on the way. Raymond soon dies, apparently of a heart attack, leaving the women to cope with his betrayal even as they battle over everything from funeral arrangements to inheritance. The plot thickens further when it is discovered that Raymond was poisoned. Since all three wives have both plenty of motive and access to the poison, they're immediate suspects. Bond's fun and frothy story keeps the plot twists coming and offers up an appealing love interest in pawnbroker Brian Butler, a charmer who is genuinely interested in Natalie and eventually wins over her bruised heart. At the book's center, however, is the transformation of three very different women from enemies into allies. Husbands may come and go, but girlfriendsAhowever unlikelyAare forever. Booksellers should be aware of this talented new author, whose first work reads like an ultra-light twist on Terry MacMillan's Waiting to Exhale. Agent, Ruth Kagle, Jane Rotrosen Agency.
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"I'm going to kill him," says Dr. Natalie Carmichael when she's informed of her husband's car accident shortly after she's found out that Raymond Carmichael, a prosthetic limb salesman, had defaulted on secret loans secured by Natalie's jewelry and inherited home. Arriving at the hospital she discovers that Ray hadn't really divorced Beatrix, his wealthy socialite first wife, and that the shapely young red-haired stripper kissing him is Ruby Lynn, the third Mrs. Carmichael. A sudden heart attack widows all three women, and an autopsy determines that Ray was murdered. As the three fight murder charges and snipe at each other, they realize that they have to find the murderer themselves. Bond's memorable and heart-warming romance is funny, irreverent, and thoroughly enjoyable. Diana Tixier Herald
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  • File Size: 1033 KB
  • Print Length: 293 pages
  • Publisher: NeedtoRead Books (November 7, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 7, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0065QV4GW
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Stephanie Bond was several years into a corporate computer programming career when an instructor in her night school MBA program remarked she had a flair for writing and encouraged her to submit one of her projects to academic journals. "But," Stephanie says, "all I could think was 'I wonder if I could write a romance novel?' "

She spent every spare moment the next couple of years writing and submitting manuscripts before selling her romantic comedy IRRESISTIBLE? to Harlequin books. After selling ten projects in two years, Stephanie walked away from her corporate career to write commercial fiction full time. To date, she's published over 70 romance and mystery projects with Random House, St. Martin's Press, HarperCollins, Mira Books, and more recently, under her own imprint.

Stephanie's independently published romantic comedy STOP THE WEDDING!, a Kindle bestseller in three languages, is currently in development at The Hallmark Channel for a 2-hour movie.

Stephanie lives in midtown Atlanta and is probably working on a story at this very moment.

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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Maudeen Wachsmith VINE VOICE on October 28, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What happens when three very different women find they are married to the same man? And then what happens when he suddenly dies and each becomes a suspect in his murder? Readers will find out in OUR HUSBAND the first single-title release by Stephanie Bond (aka Stephanie Bancroft) who has entertained romance readers with her romantic comedies.
However, OUR HUSBAND isn't really a romance, but a comedy with mystery -- and as such it works very well. The three wives couldn't be any more different from one another -- one is a socialite, one a doctor, and the other a stripper! Readers who enjoy the books of authors such as Olivia Goldsmith and Jane Heller are sure to like this book. Filled with the witty repartee which has become Stephanie Bond's forte, readers will laugh out loud at this very enjoyable, entertaining story. I've enjoyed her books ever since IRRESISTIBLE and am thrilled to continue to follow her as she takes this new path.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By I.A. on August 1, 2012
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Have you ever been shopping at the grocery store, seen a cute, single (well, at least ringless) man that catches your eye, whom you hope to bump into "accidentally" at the cantalope display? Your eyes lock for just a brief moment, until you both look away. You imagine that this might be your Sleepless in Seattle guy, your very own Tom Hanks--cute, but not too good looking; fit, but not to the point that you feel subconscious; funny, but never crude. Later at the event, you finally meet, only to find out sadly that there's just no chemistry, and he's about as interesting as broiled chicken with a head lettuce salad. Sorry to say it, but that's the analogy for this book.
After a great beginning, (and promising setting, ripe with potential) the novel really goes nowhere; it plods along slowly with no new revelations in plot or character development. Remember SHOW and TELL from grade school? Well there was a reason they had the SHOW part--that was the interesting half; the TELL part was just details. The biggest problem this story has is that it rarely SHOWS us any character development via legitimate conversation or action, but rather TELLS us narratively what the characters are thinking and feeling--boring. Second problem? The female doctor is completely unbelievable, whether you watch Gray's Anatomy, or have doctor friends, I guarantee you've never known one like this. Female doctors are driven, determined, take charge, and usually throw themselves into their work when faced with personal problems--if that wasn't their M.O., they probably wouldn't have made it thru med school. Third, the last 80% of the book is dull, or maybe it's just a let down after the promising introduction. It's really written at the "what I did over my summer vacation" level. Readable, but no where near as good as the ratings it's getting.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Bitsy C :-) on April 7, 2012
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I just finished reading 'Our Husband' and absolutely LOVED it. I laughed out loud numerous times, and thoroughly enjoyed all three of the wives characters. I told my husband (who only has ONE wife) numerous thoughout the read that I thought this would make a hilarious movie! I can't wait to read more Stephanie Bond books - off to download more now!!
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Talley on December 14, 2001
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I was impressed with this off-beat story about three wives and one dead husband. The humor was rich and the mystery great, it had you wondering althrough who the killer was. This is a first from Ms. Bond and I will be reading more from this talented author!
~Take one blonde socialite, post-menopausal and fuming mad. Beatrix always suspected that her husband Raymond Carmichael married her for her money twenty years ago, but never imagined he would take on two more wives in the process!
Take one smart brunett. A very well respected doctor in a small town. Thirty-five-year-old Natalie had only wanted one thing in her marriage to Ray, honesty. This was the very reason she was ready to kill the man when she found out he was married to two other women!
Take a gorgeous redhead, twenty-one and an exotic dancer. Also married to Ray. The only problem here is she was pregnant from the lying jerk!
Fate has thrown these three mismatched women together when the only husband they have ever known gets into a car crash and ends up in the hospital only to be further shocked when all 3 of his wives show up to see how he is! Suddenly he suffers a massive heart attack and leaves the three angry wives to sift through his muddled life.
Fate is nowhere near done with the women and they find themselves in trouble with the law when they are all suspected of killing the man and conspiring with each other, only they all know each one would never do such a cold-blooded thing.
Clues soon begin to surface and the truth is more shocking than what they had imagined. Now they are all in danger and must trust one another to survive this mess!
Very funny and witty. I will always remember these characters!
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41 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Mikael Darell on August 14, 2012
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Great book. Stephanie Bond is a great writer. Her choice of words make this reading pretty funny. This book had me laughing many times. Very engaging, it kept my attention all the way to the end. The three wives characters made this reading enjoyable.

Recommendation: After you read Our Husband and now you're in the mood for a more serious mystery book, check out Mystery Novels: The Expert's Target by Larry Schultergorm. I read it recently and I absolutely loved it. It has twists and turns with an incredible plot that will keep you hooked. If you are familiar with authors like James Patterson, then you'll find The Expert's Target very enjoyable and at a fraction of the cost of Patterson's books.
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