Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Husband List Book Review

I finished all the books from the library and all the books that I had to review so I went to the shelf to find something else to read from the books that I own that I haven't read.  The Husband List: A Novel by Dorien Kelly was at the top of the pile so I was excited to read this book that was next in one of the series that I had previously read from the library.  I was really surprised when I started the beginning and it was a historic fiction book because I totally wasn't expecting that because I didn't remember any other book being historical but I went forward and I wasn't let down.

Based on the family from the bestselling Love in a Nutshell, the story of an heiress longing to marry for love or not at all... From The New York Times bestselling 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.

I thought that this book was super funny and obviously needed to be set back in 1894 because of the different behaviors and thoughts. There was a list of all of the men that were acceptable for Caroline to marry to improve her social status of her family.  Her mother is working to marry her off to a Duke or other royalty but she is not interested.  She is interested in leading her own life and getting to travel to new places.  Lord Bremerton decides that he is going to marry her to get her money so that he could live like he is used to living even though he has lost all his money.  Lord Bremerton tricks her mother into thinking that this is a good match but he is a very mean man.  Caroline isn't interested in this marriage and at the same time starts to fall in love with someone who is totally not suited to her mother's list.  Make sure you pick up the book and check it out for yourself.  I enjoyed the book and really thought that the interesting setting and change of countries was interesting.  I think that you will enjoy this historical fiction book even if it isn't your normal reading.  I enjoyed it a lot and can't wait to read more by this author!!

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