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.
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Wasn't for me
It could have been me - not my kind of book. I should have known better.
I was expecting a Evanovich book to have several sub plots to go with a main story - quirky characters maybe some fun historical humor. Sure, it's a historical romance novel, but from these two authors? I was expecting a new kind of historical romance.
How does one...no two... make a romance novel this is so so so MEH...let alone PG rated?
This book had ONE thin storyline that contained little adventure. For me it was not engaging, or spellbinding. The characters had no chemistry or appeal for me either.
One issue that was ever so annoying or was it ever so humorous… whatever it was, it was distracting. One of the main character's name is Jack, who apparently is a very inquisitive character for the phrase 'Jack asked' was used often throughout. Jack should have inquired, requested, grilled, or challenged for when 'Jack asked' is verbalized on Audiobooks it comes out as a malediction. So the reader is listening along to the flowers and butterflies of this ho hum romance novel and out of nowhere - DAMNATION. It was distracting and Yeah, that part was humorous.