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From New York Times bestselling author Eileen Goudge comes a poignant new novel that asks the question, “What would you do if you were told you had only six months to live?” For one professional matchmaker the answer is heart-wrenching: She must find her husband’s next wife.


Camille Hart, one of Manhattan’s most sought-after matchmakers, has survived more than her fair shar
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ebook, 482 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Open Road Media (first published January 1st 2012)
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Diana
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
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Dinjolina
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Connie
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
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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
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Betty-Anne
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,
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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
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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
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Sarah
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Elise Smith
Sep 03, 2012 Elise Smith rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: absolutely no one
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Kim
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
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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,
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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
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Diane
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
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Arlena
Author: Eileen Goudge
Published by: Open Road E-rignal
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
Blog Review For: GMTA
Review:

"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... front....center to the end.
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Melissa ( Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf)
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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
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Pragya
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
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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
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Naomi
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
Kari Anderson
Camille Hart is a wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, cancer survivor and match maker. Her family and her job are the most important things in her life, so when she finds out her cancer has returned, she brings her job home. She isn’t given very long to live and wants to find her replacement, someone she can trust to keep family together.

Since she runs a match making business, she already has a few ideas of who to hook her husband up with. He isn’t completely on board, but wants her to be as
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Heather
This book really grabbed my attention, in the same way that Emily Giffin does. She had me thinking how I might feel in that situation, and I kept thinking about the story for DAYS after finishing it. Camille has the perfect life – she is successful in her job, has wonderful children, and a solid, loving marriage.
When her cancer returns, she decides that what she wants most is her husband to find love and her children to have a strong bond with their new “stepmother.” Putting her skills to good
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Naberius
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
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
A heavy book in two ways, quite a chunkster in pages and a heavy topic that at times was hard to swallow, but in a good way. From the beginning you fall head over heals for Camille, a mother of two young children who are on the cusp of the teenage years and need a mother now more than ever. She has already battled cancer once and now facing it again, the prospects look grim. With a profession as a match-maker, she decides that fixing her husband up with a future partner will help the family avoi ...more
Michele
This, and other reviews can be found on my blog Just a Lil Lost

Camille Hart is the founder of a successful matchmaking business in New York City so when she is told that her cancer had come back, she only felt it fitting to use her skills on the most difficult client of all: her own husband. In a loving marriage with two kids, Camille worries about the future of the family she will leave behind so she goes about trying to find the perfect woman who can replace her once she’s gone.

The interesting
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Danielle
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
L_manning
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
Cindy
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
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Ellen W-S


This review is not going to rehash the plot line as it has been done already. I loved this book and I will tell you why, this story is going to stay in my mind for a long long time. The plot was a unique love story with a few twists and few turns. Yes, yes, I agree with all that has been said before, the theme is definitely “be careful what you wish for”, it might come true and some of twists were frustrating to read as the characters placed themselves in uncomfortable situations. This story pla
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Vi Louise
Camille, who is a matchmaker, has survived a bout with cancer. When it returns in the form of stage 4 she decides to match her husband with her replacement.

For me this was wrong on so many levels I almost refused to finish this book. But because it was an audio version and the reader, Susan Boyce, was pretty good, I completed it.

The author did an excellent job of character development and personal motivations. I can't be mad at that: I personally didn't like the route the story took LOL.
Melly
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
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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
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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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