Book Review: The Replacement Wife by Eileen Goudge

Posted March 27, 2012 by Melissa in Book Review | 5 Comments


The Replacement Wife



Title:  The Replacement Wife
Author:  Eileen Gouge
Reading level:  Adult
Genre:  Contemporary
Size: 482 pages
Release Date:  March 27th 2012
Publisher: Open Road Media
Stand Alone or Series: Stand Alone
Source: Open Road Media via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

First Line:  “We had a nice time,” Kat said.

Summary (from GoodReads):
Camille Hart, one of Manhattan’s most sought-after matchmakers, has survived more than her fair share of hardships. Her mother died when she was a young girl, leaving her and her sister with an absentee father. Now in her forties, she has already survived cancer once, though the battle revealed just how ill-equipped her husband Edward is to be a single parent. So when doctors tell Camille that her cancer is back—and this time it’s terminal—she decides to put her matchmaking expertise to the test for one final job. Seeking stability for her children and happiness for her husband, Camille sets out to find the perfect woman to replace her when she’s gone.


But what happens when a dying wish becomes a case of “be careful what you wish for”? For Edward and Camille, the stunning conclusion arrives with one last twist of fate that no one saw coming.


At once deeply felt and witty, The Replacement Wife is an unforgettable story of love and family, and a refreshing look at the unexpected paths that lead us to our own happy endings.


My Thoughts:

This was a long and incredibly emotional read.  I’ll preface this review by saying that you’ll need to make sure that you have a box of tissues at the ready while reading and someone to hug when you’ve come to the conclusion…because you will need a hug.
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.


Was it worth my Time?

(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)

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5 responses to “Book Review: The Replacement Wife by Eileen Goudge

  1. This sounds good..but i really need to be in the mood for a tear jerker. I did the whole box of tissue,scare my family thing last month with Night Roads….i will add this to my list for when the mood strikes.

  2. Wow. o.o This one sounds fantastic! I love books that makes you feel and this one definitely seems like one of those. Woosh! I’ll have to add this to the to-read pile for when I want an emotional read, no doubt. Awesome review!

  3. I loved your review of this one. I adore books that make an impact on me even if it means that I’m sobbing for a while afterwards!! I have a copy and soon I will be reading it!

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