Title: The Replacement Wife
Author: Eileen Goudge
Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Open Road
Edition: eGalleySource: NetGalley
Setting: New York
Date Completed: May/2012
Rating: 4/5Recommend: yes
The Replacement Wife seemed like a good choice for me, as I was looking for something a bit different from what I'm generally drawn to. I was hoping for a book that wouldn't require a lot of concentration, and for the most part this was true, although it's not an upbeat story, it did hold my interest.
On the surface, Camille Hart, appears to have it all: wife of a physician, mother to preteen children, and a career as a successful Manhattan matchmaker. She's battled cancer once and won, but now she's learned that her cancer is back and it's stage IV and terminal. Camille's mission before her time is up is to to find a good wife and a caring mother for her family.
Camille's own mother died when she and her sister were quite young. Their father was a pilot who was frequently away from home, and the girls were often left to fend for themselves. Although Camille's husband Edward is not happy about his wife's plans for them, he understands where she is coming from and reluctantly goes along. Afterall, she does have their best interest at heart, and a stable life for her children is what's most important once she's gone.
This was a good story about a marriage, and it was not at all predicable as one might expect. There were actually quite a few characters to keep straight, but the author did a great job of creating players that the reader will care about, and it's one of the stories that you may keep thinking about days after you've finished the book. Although the book is was way too long, in my opinion, it is one of those novels that will appeal to many women and would make for some lively book club discussions I suspect.