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Stand-In Wife (Those Manning Men #2)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  698 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Paul Manning, a grieving widower with three small children, turns to Leah Baker for help and comfort. When that comfort begins to grow into something else, Paul discovers that he wants more than a Stand-In Wife.
ebook, 400 pages
Published January 15th 2013 by Mira Books (first published March 10th 1992)
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Leah and Diane are sisters and have always been close. With no other family they have always been there for each other. Diane is married to Paul and has cute twin boys. When she finds out she is pregnant her husband and her are elated. After the birth of their 3rd child Diane dies after childbirth. Diane convinced her sister would have done anything if their situations were reversed she does everything to help Paul and his three children. After 6 months after Diane's death she decides she should ...more
Donna Halloran
Apr 19, 2012 Donna Halloran rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't love this one. The story was just a little creepy to me - wife dies in childbirth, sister takes over, sister and husband fall in love and marry in less than a year.
Mar 20, 2014 Julianna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Sweet Contemporary Romance
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Stand-In Wife is another gentle contemporary romance in Debbie Macomber's Those Manning Men series. As with the other Manning books so far, this novel didn't have a very involved plotline, but overall, it was sweet and enjoyable. In this one, Paul Manning is suddenly widowed when his wife dies of complications following childbirth. She leaves him with young twin sons and a newborn baby girl to raise. With the multiples stresses of child care, home care, his job, and griev
Mar 02, 2012 Alice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I'm sure that there's a remote chance of this happening, it seemed fanciful to me.
Feb 19, 2013 Diane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not much there for a story. Premise not believable that husband would love again so quickly after loss of wife he supposedly loved so much.
While a Debbie Macomber fan I have to say this one didn't hit the mark. A sister dies and steps in to take her place with her husband by moving into house didn't do it for me. Seemed slow and draggy
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Paul Manning tidak menyangka bahwa Diane, istrinya, akan meninggal begitu cepat setelah melahirkan anak ketiga mereka. Dalam masa sedihnya, Leah, kakak Diane, selalu mendampingi Paul sampai pada akhirnya Leah memutuskan bahwa yang terbaik adalah Leah tinggal di rumah Paul untuk mengurus ketiga anaknya yang masih balita. Kebaikan dan kasih sayang Leah akhirnya membuat Paul menyadari kehadiran Leah dan mulai memperhatikannya lalu jatuh cinta. sehingga ketika orangtua Paul menyarankan agar keduanya ...more
Feb 24, 2016 Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Stand-In Wife, Paul Manning’s wife, Diane, dies during childbirth leaving her grieving widower with twin boys and a new little girl to raise. Paul is determined to do it on his own without the help of his family. Leah, Diane’s sister, has a different idea. She will quit her job teaching at the college and move in with Paul and his children and care for them until they are all in school. Since the children are now her only family and she wants to do this for her sister, Paul reluctantly agrees ...more
Jennifer Goins
Jan 25, 2016 Jennifer Goins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow just got done reading the book called Stand-in Wife by the author Debbie Macomber . I got this book from my step mom for Christmas . I just started to read this book this morning and at first it made me cry reading this book but then it started to get so good that I couldn't put it down I had to finish the book to see what happened at the end . I would give this book a 5 star rating and tell everyone to read this book . If you love romance then you are going to love this book .
Debbie Heaton
Jun 28, 2014 Debbie Heaton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Macomber’s romance novel, widower Paul Manning is shattered following the death of his wife. Left to raise their three young children alone, he struggles to come to terms with his grief. When Leah Baker enters his life, he seeks both help and comfort from her. But when that comfort blossoms into something more, Paul believes that Leah will complete their family. Leah is hesitant but Paul is determined to find a way to make her see that they belong together.

Heartfelt and tender story.

Dear Karyn,

There is a reason you don't read books like these - you don't like them and they make you want to either slap someone(s) in the book or pull your hair out. The next time you want to read another one of these books, just slap yourself instead and save yourself the time.

Let's just say... I loved the twins and Paul... Leah was too good to be true... and miscommunication was always from her side... Paul was quite straightforward while Leah was shy and secretive

I would have loved if they had explored their relationship even more...
Patricia Solla
Apr 13, 2010 Patricia Solla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
This Manning brother book involves a brother who has lost his wife and is coping with raising his children. He has the help of his parents and sister-in-law. The fun begins when the sister-in-law moves in when his parents decide to take a much needed vacation.
Jul 09, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was a quick, interesting read. Kept thinking that this was far fetched, and yet I kept reading. Not the strongest or most interesting of the series...
Better than book 1...
Apr 01, 2016 Rogetwhi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars!!!
May 06, 2013 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
its blah. Already have it firgured out. it feels like her earlier work. not sure but it just doesn't pull me in and I love sappy romance.
A bit better than book 1.
Emily Higgins
Jun 24, 2013 Emily Higgins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Paul Manning's wife dies after giving birth to their third child. Grief-stricken, he asks his wife's sister, Leah Baker, to step in to help him care for his children. A really good book.
Rachel Rogers
Started this months ago but couldn't take it. Better with this read. A little repetitive, she harps on things a bit. Still, it was a pleasant, upbeat read.
Melissa Nelson
Apr 03, 2015 Melissa Nelson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book your such an amazing writer
Apr 19, 2015 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just like the stories that Debbie writes and this is just another interesting one.
Nov 05, 2016 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A loss brings hope and new love expands. Good story.
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Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 990 weeks on the New York Times ...more
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