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The Replacement Wife [Kindle Edition]

Eileen Goudge
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Book Description

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.

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“Eileen Goudge writes like a house on fire, creating characters you come to love and hate to leave.” —Nora Roberts

About the Author

Eileen Goudge (b. 1950) is one of the nation’s most successful authors of women’s fiction. She began as a young adult writer, helping to launch the phenomenally successful Sweet Valley High series, and in 1986 she published her first adult novel, the New York Times bestseller Garden of Lies.
She has published fifteen novels in all, including the three-book saga of Carson Springs, Thorns of Truth—a sequel to Gardens of Lies—and 2012’s The Replacement Wife. She lives and works in New York City.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1183 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1453258140
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (March 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00729PV0G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,509 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating book August 9, 2012
I liked the description of the book's plot, and listened to it on CD, fortunately from the library. If I had purchased this book I would feel very regretful. Plowing through the depth of extraneous detail about peripheral characters and events that had absolutely nothing to do with the story was frustrating and annoying, and slowed the narrative down to a crawl. There is a difference between giving a reader bits of detail to enrich the story and nattering on about every possible person, place and action within the main character's field of vision. For heaven's sake, I had composition and creative writing teachers in college who would have torn apart the writing of this story. Where were the editors of this book? What were they thinking?

However I did care enough about the main characters to persist in listening to it unfold. Spoiler Alert: I'm talking about how it ends so stop here if you don't want to know. The heroine is a matchmaker and wants to find her George-Clooney-gorgeous, doctor-husband his potential next wife for his sake and their kids...someone to be waiting in the wings. He's upset but goes along with meeting her candidates, just to please her. But then he finds someone on his own, falls "in love", and unable to wait for his frail wife to drop dead, has a lusty sexual affair with the other woman, a character I wanted to like, but her behavior was as ugly as his was. The wife's terminal illness is miraculously reversed by a new drug, the affair comes to light, they try to save the marriage, but he ends up marrying the other woman. How sweet and cozy!! What a happy ending!! Just what we would want to happen. Actually by that time I didn't much care what happened and was just glad it was over. This story idea had potential, which was mostly squandered by poor plot and narrative choices, in my opinion.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf Reviews March 27, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a long and incredibly emotional read. I'll preface this review by saying that you'll need to make sure that you have a box of tissues at the ready while reading and someone to hug when you've come to the conclusion...because you will need a hug.

Camille's character captures one's heart from the first few chapters...and how could she not. She's a matchmaker...and not just as a means to live by...but because she genuinely wants to help people find love and companionship. She has what appears to be the perfect family: two great kids and a stalwart husband who has stood by her literally "in sickness and in health" and who she loves so much that when the dreaded happens (her cancer returns) she worries not about herself and her future but for those of her husband Edward and her children.

I can't say that I agreed with much of Camille's logic, but I definitely felt her pain and understood her motives. Certainly a lot more than I could understand those of her counterpart Edward. (But much as I want to I won't say too much on that count..I hate spoilers) Suffice it to say that there were as many moments in this book that I wanted to yell at and strangle characters as there were moments where I couldn't read through the tears. And there were many such moments. Perhaps that is the greatest compliment that one can give an author....the experience of such a range of emotions all within one times all brought out by one character.

I will say that I feel that this book is a pretty good example of human nature. Of the lengths that we will go to secure the happiness of our loved ones as well as the lengths that we will go at times to escape their sadness as well...regardless of the costs.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hauntingly Beautiful Story March 27, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
What would you do if you had terminal cancer, and you didn't want your family to fall apart after you're gone? Would you try and find your husband / wife a replacement spouse, and your children a new mother? What if your "arrangement" worked out, but a miracle occurred and you are in remission, will you be able to deal with the ramifications of what you brought into your marriage?

Forty-two year old Camille Harte, is a successful Manhattan matchmaker, mother of two and happily married for twenty years to the love of her life. After a tough year of fighting for her life, her cancer was in remission and life resumed until the latest PET scan revealed that the cancer was back and had spread, and that this time it was terminal. With possibly only six to nine months left to live, Camille planned to find her husband and children a replacement wife, so that her family would not fall apart after she was gone. Her husband, Dr. Edward Constantine, was not a willing participant at first, but finally agreed to humor her, while holding out hope that she still had a chance to beat the cancer once again. The arrangement creates many changes within their marriage, and ultimately has life changing ramifications ... like the old saying goes ... "be careful what you wish for"...

The Replacement Wife is a hauntingly beautiful story that will pull at your heartstrings. The storyline is well written and incredibly powerful and compelling. The plot is intriguing and thought provoking, it leaves the reader pondering what they would do if they were in Camille and Edward's position.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I think this was a julia roberts movie( the stepmom)
Published 11 hours ago by j swaney
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great story
Published 5 days ago by Janet C.
3.0 out of 5 stars Liked it enough to want to read Garden of Lies.
This is a book about loss and gain, change and growth.

Camille has cancer for the second time when she decides to put her matchmaking skills to work on her own husband. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Allie Stoller
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Too predictable!!
Published 15 days ago by BB
2.0 out of 5 stars Long bumpy ride to a not so happy ending
It's like getting 1 novel with 4 other romance novels cut and pasted in. The premise is intriguing but the process and results are torturous. Read more
Published 23 days ago by L. Jensen
5.0 out of 5 stars ... a while since a read it but a very good read. Didn't want to stop
Been a while since a read it but a very good read. Didn't want to stop. Good plot
Published 27 days ago by T. A. Fischer
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read - add it to your book list!
Great read - superb plot & story for the old adage - be careful what you ask for, you just might get it. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Life Enthusiast
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it
A book I couldn't put down .... Really enjoyed it
Published 1 month ago by tammy ware
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed mostly.
Interesting but convoluted premise. Fun for a not very serious read. Would recommend with reservation for light reading and not too much learning involved.
Published 1 month ago by Kay N. Johnson
1.0 out of 5 stars Thought it would never end.
Sorry, but I simply did not like the way the book is written. There was too much description of every little thing. The basic story was of some interest. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Diane L. Welty
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More About the Author

I was born on the Fourth of July, and it's been fireworks ever since. I began writing at age eight, with short stories and poems, and I haven't looked back since. From the early days of mostly collecting rejection slips, I went on to publish thirty-two novels for young adults, thirteen (and still counting) of women's fiction, as well as numerous short stories and magazine articles, and one cookbook.

Often I'm asked where I get my ideas. Fortunately, I have a wealth of life experiences to draw from. Starting when I dropped out of college to get married, at age eighteen. Two years later I was divorced, with a baby son and no means of support. I ended up briefly on welfare, and stood in line for government surplus food. But every cloud has its silver lining, and this one led to my determination to make it as a professional writer. I borrowed a typewriter, and lacking a desk, plunked it down on the living room floor. The rest, as they say, is history.

Following a string of young adult novels, I published my first adult novel, GARDEN OF LIES, in 1986. The saga of baby girls switched at birth---one rich, the other poor---went on to enjoy a combined total of 16 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, in hardcover and paperback. Though there's no such thing as an overnight success, I felt like one, having gone in a matter of months from not knowing how I was going to pay the rent to wondering what I was going to do with all that money. The first thing I did was fulfill a fantasy born of years of wearing hand-me-downs: I walked into Saks Fifth Avenue and bought a dress... without even looking at the price tag!

I've since gone on to write many more novels. My most recent, BONES AND ROSES, is my first mystery novel and the first in my new Cypress Bay Mystery series. Please visit me on my on my website at I would love to hear your comments. Or, if you would like to sign up for my newsletter, you can find out what's coming next and/or what I'm up to. Everything I do in life is inspiration.

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