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Title: The Replacement Wife

Author: Rowena Wiseman

Genre: Romance, Contemporary

Publisher: Loveswept

Published: Feb 23rd 2016

Goodreads Rating: 3.16

My Rating: 2/5

“ARC given for an honest review”

Luisa has met the love of her life … now she just needs to figure out what to do with her husband.
Luisa has fallen madly in love with sculptor Jarvis, so she comes up with a plan to find a new wife for her husband Luke so she can exit stage left. She wants to screen potential stepmothers for her 8-year-old son Max and has strict criteria: the woman must be a single mother; have no more than two children; she can’t be authoritarian; she must be creative, nurturing and not much prettier than Luisa.
After a few carefully orchestrated meetings with different women that fail to raise a spark, Luke finally connects with a potential replacement wife. However, Luisa isn’t prepared for the fact that Luke’s interest in the other woman makes him a better man and a more attractive husband. After suffering for years in a half-dead marriage, Luisa starts to remember what it was about Luke that she originally fell in love with. But is it too late?

First Sentences

It was my brother Chris’s fortieth birthday party, and I was in the kitchen helping my sister-in-law prepare salads.

My Thoughts

This was a depressing read. I thought that this would have been a light hearted read about a woman in a marriage rut who falls for an old friend and decides to find her husband a replacement bride so that she can leave blamelessly.

I really wanted to like this book, I loved the writing but the just the plot line I couldn’t quite take. I was hoping that it was going to be humours but instead it was like reading a diary of a whiny, self-centred woman who’s only interested in her own fantasies.

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