- Tapa blanda: 340 páginas
- Editor: Large Print Distribution; Edición: Lrg (1 de marzo de 2012)
- Colección: Thorndike Press Large Print Basic
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 159413538X
- ISBN-13: 978-1594135385
The Replacement Wife (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – Texto grande, mar 2012
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Eileen Goudge writes like a house on fire, creating characters you come to love and hate to leave.---Nora Roberts
A gifted writer with an eye for telling detail.---"Chicago Tribune"
When it comes to pacing, suspense, and control, Eileen Goudge is a pro.---"New York Newsday"
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Camile harte makes her living as a matchmaker. When she receives the diagnosis she's dreaded and learns she has only six months to live, she decides to do the unthinkable: Find a replacement wife for her husband.Ver Descripción del producto
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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.
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 volume...at 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. I actually don't agree with the synopsis that this is a "refreshing look at the unexpected paths that lead us to our own happy endings", but it certainly does show the multitude of paths that we can take as individuals and as part of a family and the variety of consequences/results to which those paths may lead us. Some of them happy, some of them not so happy, some that can be rebuilt into something meaningful and wondrous...and others that can't. But ultimately, no matter the path, no matter the destination...we can survive.
This book broke my heart...and I think that you should all give it the chance to impact upon you as well.
(I actually could not decide if this should be a four or a five star book. My range of emotions was so extreme. If I had 4.5 Timepieces I would have used that)
Note: I recieved a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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. It begs the reader to consider if they would go to such lengths that Camille did to ensure that her family would remain intact; would your dying wishes supersede that of your family; and would you be able to handle the ramifications of your choices and decisions. The characters are realistic and engaging, their complexities and interactions with each other make the story that much more captivating. The attention to detail is outstanding, the palpable emotions and heartbreaking reactions will have you clutching the box of tissues, you can't help but be pulled emotionally into Camille and Edward's story. The Replacement Wife is a unique story that takes a look into a couple's marriage and how they handle various issues within their relationship: illness, family choices, decisions made, paths taken, and ultimately the ramifications that affect their marriage and family.
I haven't read a story that completely wore out my emotions in a long time, and The Replacement Wife did just that. This story engages you from the beginning pages, and captivates you as you go along on the emotional roller coaster ride that is Camille and Edward's story. This novel will make you smile, laugh, scream , and break your heart. It will make you grateful and count the blessings that you have in your life, reminding you to never take anything for granted.
I highly recommend that both men and women should read The Replacement Wife, it could change the way you value your own relationships.
Disclaimer: I received a Kindle edition of this novel from Open Road Media and NetGalley, at no cost to me, for my honest review.
Edward is angry at Camille because she has always taken care of things. She had to raise her sister when her mother died when she was 14 and their dad checked out on them leaving them with a housekeeper. Camille's cancer comes back, but she has no real chance at survival. Edward still spends more time at work leaving Camille to be there for the kids because now he is mad at her for giving up. She plans their son's birthday party and the only thing he needs to do is pick up the cake. Even though she calls to remind him he forgets and then suggests sundaes which puts more work on Camille when the chemo has her worn out. Camille loves her kids and to make sure her daughter is not put in the same position, she decides to find the kind of woman who would love both her husband and her kids and put her in their lives as a friend who could turn into more when her husband is through grieving. May sound a little strange but her heart was in the right place and her kids were her priority at a time when many women would be absorbed in mourning all the milestones they would never live to see.
Meanwhile a caterer she gives a big break to by having her cater a monthly social where her work comes to the attention of the movers and shakers of Manhatten meets Edward. This is the first time in their 20 year marriage that he has ever come to one of her events. He starts talking to her instead of his wife and makes excuses about something he knows is wrong. They start an affair even though she knows what Camille is going through. He is not only unavailable to his wife, but leaves her to pick up the slack with the kid's school projects and picking them up from activities.
Camille still does not call him on it because she suspects he is falling for Elise, the woman she found for Edward. She is jealous and wishes they had waited until after but decides to feel Elise out and finds she had fallen for her husband but he was in love with someone else. He mentions an old friend is in town and they are meeting for dinner. She googles him and finds out he is indicted and under house arrest. Edward confesses when confronted but blames Camille. He breaks off the affair but punishes Camille in a passive-aggressive way. She suggests he move out and they try therapy but Edward blames Camille and the therapist when he could not be honest for months.
My dad had a brain cancer he had no chance of surviving. Instead of spending the time he had left getting his affairs in order and spending time with his children and grandchildren he chose to chase a cure. He died months before his time, had little control over his body and quickly lost his ability to make decisions for himself. Anyone who does research about what they chose to write about will find that Edward as a doctor should know what is ahead for Camille and allow her to make a reasonable decision based on the facts she was presented with.
The author's happy ending is Edward marrying the mistress and having a baby while a test drug puts Camille's cancer in remission. Camille's happy ending is having stretch marks, making things easier on her kids and being classy and her health back with an empty bed. This reminds me of the very classy Elisabeth Edwards who helped her husband with his presidential bid while taking chemo only to find he was paying his mistress out of election funds and they had a baby. Then he wants to be there when the poor woman dies to ease his own feelings. This is not the book that was described. Why do men get away with doing this crap is beyond me, but how a woman could write a book that infers Camille was the bad guy is not logical. I hope the replacement wife does not create a problem for Edward even if it is a disease she can't help. Once the new wears off, she too can be replaced.