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The Replacement Wife

3.09 of 5 stars 3.09  ·  rating details  ·  1,183 ratings  ·  259 reviews
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 doct...more
ebook, 419 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Open Road Media (first published January 1st 2012)
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While I don't hate this book because it is well-written enough to keep me reading, the story is wretched. Not one primary character here is sympathetic.

I suppose that I empathize the most with Camille. While she is officious and micro-managing - and the architect of her own misery - she is a cancer victim with a damaged childhood, so perhaps her judgement is justifiably awry. Still, it is hard to have much compassion for her.

Her "wonderful" husband, Edward, who is absentee at best and self-obses...more
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Tara Chevrestt
I wanted to like this book as I have enjoyed this author in the past, but this one didn't work for me.

I have no problem with the issue of cheating. It happens. To find it in literature is unavoidable. I'm a firm believer in mimicking life, that not every book should be about skipping through flowers and sunshine. But I must relate to or sympathize with the characters somehow. I couldn't stand a single soul in this book...except the kids maybe.

Caroline is playing with fire. She is dying. Instead...more
I think this may be the first Goudge book I have read, and now I will look for more by her. I very much like her style of writing, and I was able to get a "feel" for her characters.
I was surprised that my sympathies did not lie with Camille, but very much leaned toward Edward. What would any couple do in this situation? I don't know and hope to never have to find out. But Goudge took us through not only Camille and Edwards relationship but all the "other" relationships in their lives....and t...more
I received an ARC through the LibraryThing Early Reviewer program in exchange for reading and reviewing it.

If I had to write a tag-line for this book, it would probably be “be careful what you wish for – you just might get it”. Initially, the premise was what caught my attention about The Replacement Wife. A woman who is a career matchmaker is battling cancer, and before she dies, wants to choose her husband’s next wife. I’m not much of a fan of formulaic romance books, but I love a good story,...more
Kristin Edwards
I started this book with a lot of excitement. The plot sounded so heart-breaking and real. I thought that Eileen Goudge had found something sensitive and touching to write about. I was right. This book was wrought with frailty and human emotions that are very easily believed. I cared about all of the characters and wanted so much to see them become whole again. That is where the book's short-comings come in.

First of all, the characters were over-detailed and over-developed. I usually have the o...more
Kitty Bullard
Book Title: "The Replacement Wife"
Author: Eileen Goudge
Published By: Open Road Media
Age Recommended: 18 +
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
Raven Rating: 5

Review: I've just finished "The Replacement Wife" by Eileen Goudge, and I'm still sitting here wondering what it would be like to be told you only had a few months to live. A few months left with your children, your husband, friends, and family... what would you do? What would you do if you were a business-woman whose job was to find matches for people...more
Sometimes when I’m bored I scavenge Barnes and Noble’s website looking for what I call “book oddities”. What I mean by this are books that completely shock me plot-wise. These could be off the wall, like Fifty Shades of Grey, or quite depressing like The Replacement Wife. Every once in a while I feel that I need a book to give me a good cry. After reading the plot of The Replacement Wife by Eileen Goudge, I felt as if I found a book that fit the bill.

Camille Hart thought she had been through it...more
Lydia Presley
When I read the summary for The Replacement Wife by Eileen Goudge, I got a little bit of a thrill inside. It'd been a while since I had read a straight-up chick lit book and I was craving some emotional, doesn't-require-a-lot-of-thought, reading and thought this would fit the bill perfectly.

What I was unprepared for was the completely unseen twist that the book would take halfway through and send me spiraling into rage instead of pleasure.

But I cannot blame that on Eileen Goudge, or the story,...more
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Elise Smith
Sep 03, 2012 Elise Smith rated it 1 of 5 stars Recommends it for: absolutely no one
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I must be very honest in this book that I reviewed for Netgalley. Although, I liked the general storyline of this book, I found it incredibly "wordy" and that there were numerous scenes which I had tried to figure out their "purpose" in the storyline except to lengthen it. A word of warning, this book is a behemouth of a book at almost 500 pages. Although I regularly read books of this magnitude, in much shorter time periods, this one was almost painfully long because of the situation discussed...more
I liked that all of the characters seem realistic (even if their lives seem a bit too charmed at times). What I also liked was that the characters had flaws. For all of her good intentions, Camille doesn't ask her husband what he really wants before starting down the path of finding him a new match. Edward's a bit self-absorbed at times. I didn't always like either of them (and actually, liked one of the supporting characters more than either of the two main people .... even if that character wa...more
Catherine Coffman
For starters, I almost threw this book across the room on numerous occasions. The only thing that kept me from doing so was the knowledge that I was reading on my Kindle and I don’t want to break my Kindle. I was so freaking mad at this book. Ask the hubs if you don’t believe me.

Camille Hart and her husband Edward have been married for twenty years, surviving any number of ups and downs, including Camille’s bout with cancer. They’ve got the perfect relationship. I mean really, they make chick fl...more
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 s...more
Author: Eileen Goudge
Published by: Open Road E-rignal
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
Blog Review For: GMTA

"The Replacement Wife" by Eileen Goudge was some interesting romantic read. How Eileen Goudge was able to bring all the characters together was a simply remarkable in how she was able to have such interesting people through the whole story... and there is a long list.... get ready... and still the main focus was on Camille Hart... to the end....more
This book is the perfect example of a book that I would highly recommend to people who like this sort of book even though I rather hated it because I don't like this sort of book. I'm not even sure why I read it, but I did. The story centers around Camille, a professional matchmaker, who has recently been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and who most likely only has a few months to live. Her mother died when she was a young girl and her father unprepared to raise his two children alone following th...more
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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...more
Camille Hart has a great job, great family, and really great husband. As a matchmaker, Camille gets to help people find as much love as she has found. Then one day, Camille discovers the cancer she thought she had beat is back with a vengeance. As Camille tries to make plans for the future, she realizes her husband is not ready to be a single father. Camille decides to use her matchmaking skills to find her own replacement, but this proves to be much more difficult in reality. Everyone's lives w...more
What would you do if you were told you only had a short time left to leave? That story is one I have thought before... if I died, would I want my spouse to find love again? Would I even go as far to help him find love again before I even died?

Warning: if you are looking for a happily ever after book, you won't find it in this book.

Spoilers: I didn't care for the characters. While I understood Camille's logic based on her occupational as a matchmakers and her childhood, I didn't understand her gi...more
Phew, this was a long read, almost 500 pages.

I was on a whirlwind rollercoaster throughout this book.

There were times when I wanted to scream, ‘NO YOU CAN’T DO THAT. NO, NO, NO. WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING, DAMNIT?’

There was a point when I really wanted to stop reading, when I wanted to give up on the book. Not because it wasn’t interesting or it got boring but because it was so shattering, almost like the earth beneath my feet had been swept away. I just wanted to kick the hell out of him (I m...more
Lyn  Ching
Camille and Edward have been married 20 years. Both are successful in their professional lives (he a doctor; she a professional matchmaker) and are parents to two kids. Things are seemingly perfect after a year of hell due to Camille’s cancer. They thought they had it beat, but it came back worse…much worse. Camille’s cancer has spread. She is dying.
Having lost her own mother in childhood, she doesn’t want her children to grow up without one. So she told Edward her dying wish, which he vehement...more
The Replacement Wife should come with a warning label, “BE PREPARED TO HAVE YOUR HEART RIPPED OUT OF YOUR CHEST AND PUT BACK TOGETHER PIECE BY PIECE.” This story hit me hard. It’s written beautifully. I knew from reading the synopsis that this was going to be one tough cookie to swallow, but my goodness, I couldn’t breathe at times.

These characters have haunted me over the past few days. They are so real. It feels as if I were to fly to New York I could find them. Eileen Goudge did an excellent...more
Ellie Contursi
I found the whole premise annoying. Camille is a happily married matchmaker. Her husband is gorgeous, devoted and completely in love with her. They have 2 children. When Camille has a cancer relapse and she decides instead of fighting it, she would let it run its course, not wishing to be 'chained' to a hospital bed. She has also decided to choose her husband's next wife. Huh? Yes, that's right. This plan is completely against her husband's wishes. The whole idea just bothered me and guess what....more
Apr 02, 2012 Mum rated it 3 of 5 stars
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I thought the ending would never end, and I don't think our heroine was all that wonderful. She clearly had tragic flaws that were never addressed. Likewise, her husband. They felt like cardboard characters who needed something to jump off the page and become real. To the author's credit it would be hard to write about all these flawed characters in one novel. If I had come away sensing growth in the main characters, I think I would have enjoyed the book more. The main character belonged in a TV...more
Mardel Fehrenbach
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Carmen the matchmaker (yes, a real business) is dying of cancer. She cooks up the idea of selecting her replacement before she goes so that her kids (and husband) will be well cared for after her death, unlike her own experience in which her dad left hiis two motherless daughters essentially on their own. The book is mostly romantic fiction with a tinge of "realism" since the main romance starts off as cheating. But romance wins because the cheaters have no thoughts other than their love objects...more

I was drawn to keep reading it but also kind of hated it. I know people will say Camille made her own bed, but I also think you have to be in an end of life situation to understand her thoughts at that time (and hers were also likely accentuated by her own childhood experiences). I still view Edward as a man acting only for himself in the end. And Angie never should have acted on her physical desires, she's a home wrecker in my eyes.
was not crazy about this one...I thought I would feel sorry for the wife, but in the end, not so much. In her desire to be generous, and look after her family she lost sight of what matters most and in the end suffered for her decision. Careful what you wish for...
Honestly, I don't even know where to start, this book was kind of a hot mess. The concept of the story was different...knowing you are dying and picking out the future wife for your husband. Ballsy to say the least. There were so many ups and downs with each character. You wanted to feel for Camille and Edward and the bleak future they were facing, but I just hard a hard time doing so. Angie, I could have done without...I found myself skimming through her parts, but in the end she seemed to be t...more
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“Looking at him now, she saw a study in contrasts. Someone who was kind and loyal but who could also be stubborn and intractable; who was his own man but also your typical man from Mars; who was always there for her but who had a tendency to hold back when showing his own emotions; who was forgetful at times but who never forgot was was most important. In short, someone who wasn't perfect but perfect for her, because of rather than in spite of his flaws.” 2 likes
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