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review 2018-09-18 14:01
Return of the Procurer
From Courtesan to Convenient Wife - Marg... From Courtesan to Convenient Wife - Marguerite Kaye

Now Procurer is a bit of a problematic title and usually has certain implications but in this story it's a woman who finds women who need help and match them to men who want a no-strings attached woman.  There's a promise of no non-consentual activity but this is a romance novel and we all know that there will be nookie, eventually.

 

Jean-Luc Bauduin is a wealthy wine merchant but there is a possibility that he's also the heir ro an aristocratic title, lands and a promised wife.  He is not interested in an arranged marriage so he hires the Procurer to find him someone who will help.  Lady Sophia Acton is out of luck and almost destitute, playing the wife is easy enough but leaving him once he's finished investigating things?  That could be a different story.

 

I liked it, you could see where the tension arose with them, however, no woman in posession of a brain in the period would fritter away monies that were her own, no matter how much they trust their husband, the question is would they trust that his heir would treat them kindly if he died suddenly.

 

Even today, a woman should take good care of her own finances and know that paperwork after death is a royal pain.

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text 2018-09-09 00:05
Update: The Case of the Unsatisfying Ending (Possibly The End)
The Wife - Meg Wolitzer

If you've been following along at home: http://carissagreen50.booklikes.com/post/1788732/literary-mysteries-the-case-of-the-unsatisfying-ending

 

I took the Target-purchased copy, along with the library's book, to the reference librarian the other night. 

"I checked out this book, and the ending was terrible," I said.

 

The poor woman looked at me with the "It's a half-hour before closing, and you're the 29th crazy person who has talked to me today." 

 

So I let her off the hook: "Long story short," I said, "the library's book is missing almost 30 pages." I did leave the Target copy with her.

She couldn't have been nicer about the whole thing. We both hope the library can get a credit for their bad book, too. 

 

-cg

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text 2018-09-05 02:11
Literary Mysteries: The Case of the Unsatisfying Ending
The Wife - Meg Wolitzer

Yesterday, I finished "The Wife," by Meg Wolitzer. Or - I thought I finished it. 

 

The book was really good. Compelling story and excellent sentence-level writing. I enjoyed it a lot. Until I got to the end. The ending was a let-down, frankly, and disappointing compared to the rest of the book. It ended on a quote. Which if you've read as many novels as I have over the years is odd, but not unheard-of. But the quote, although cutting, did not resolve the situation between the characters arguing. But there you go: The end. No more pages. Literally. 

 

Literally.No.More.Pages. It ended at the bottom of a page - which sometimes happens - and there were no more pages in the volume. Page 192, if you're keeping track at home. No more endpapers. No advertisements. No author bio. Odd, but I suppose it's a quickie movie tie-in, so whatever. 

 

But it bugged me: Why did the book end so unsatisfactorily? I Googled some reviews today, and everyone talked about the "big twist" at the end. Big twist? Hmm. There was no big twist. A bunch of clues, but what I thought those clues were leading to didn't happen. And then I got suspicious . . . 

 

Maybe I really didn't get to read the whole book.

 

So I went sleuthing. The internet tells me the book should have been more than 200 pages. Mine (the Public Library's, actually) was 192. Hmm. But the book cataloging site is notoriously inaccurate much of the time. Still not proof. I needed to see another copy of the book. 

 

After work. Campus bookstore = no copies. Local bookstore = no copies. Target. Bless you, Target. Had the book. 219 pages of story. An author bio. The usual useless book club questions. So I bought it. 

 

And finished the book. And the "twist" I saw coming WAS there. (Really, if you've ever read Virginia Woolf's "A Room of One's Own," and paid attention to the clues Wolitzer gave throughout the manuscript, you know it's coming. But it's a double-twist. The end-end is sort of predictable. It could have gone two other ways, but it went the way it went. Much better. As a reader, I didn't love the ending, but I was satisfied that the story was over. Wrapped up and finished. Good job, Meg Wolitzer. 

 

So what next? I'm going to take the bad copy and the Target copy to the library later this week. I hope the library can get a refund from their distributor, and I will offer them my copy, if they wish to have it. I don't have a lot of storage space for books, and this one isn't a "keeper" for me. 

 

I'll update you if anything interesting happens! 

 

-cg

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review 2018-08-29 15:31
The Ex-Wife - Jess Ryder

Natasha is second wife to Nick and mother to toddler Emily, living the high life, lacking for nothing. Unfortunately first wife Jen won’t back off but you can’t expect everything to be perfect! So far so good but then the plot unravels a bit. Who can be trusted and be relied on is what Natasha has to find out. A slow burner, told from several points of view, it was engaging and entertaining and definitely had its moments of suspense. I liked it and it was a great idea - would definitely read other books by this author.

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review 2018-08-25 08:56
Liquid-Plumr: "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger
The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger


“When you live with a woman you learn something every day. So far I have learned that long hair will clog up the shower drain before you can say "Liquid-Plumr"; that it is not advisable to clip something out of the newspaper before your wife has read it, even if the newspaper in question is a week old; that I am the only person in our two-person household who can eat the same thing for dinner three nights in a row without pouting; and that headphones were invented to preserve spouses from each other's musical excesses.”

In “The Time Traveler's Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger

 

 

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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