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Wife for Hire (Elsie Hawkins #3)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  9,913 ratings  ·  433 reviews

Hank Mallone knows he's in trouble when Maggie Toone agrees to pretend to be his wife in order to improve his rogue's reputation. Will his harebrained scheme to get a bank loan for his business backfire once Maggie arrives in his small Vermont town and lets the gossips take a look?

Maggie never expected her employer to be drop-dead handsome, but she's too intrigued by his o

Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published (first published 1990)
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Living in the small town of Skogen Vermont, Hank Mallone’s youthful antics were part of town legends - as entertainment. Needing a loan from the bank to expand his business, Hank found that those past mistakes really can impact his future. Coming up with a scheme to convince the whole town that he had become a responsible and stable member of the community led him to New Jersey to find a wife. The only person to respond to his request was Maggie Toone, she was tired of living under her mother an ...more
Maggie Toone has always been a bit of a problem child. Even now, at age 27, she is driving her mother and aunt crazy because she refuses to settle down - both in a relationship and in her job. She has quit her teaching job (which she wasn't all that good at) and wants to write full time. Her late Aunt Kitty was a Madame and Maggie thinks her diary will make a perfect book. But she needs to earn some money while writing, so she agrees to pose as Hank Mallone's wife for six months. Hank too has be ...more
Good early Evanovich, even though a nearly plotless love story...

We didn't know Janet Evanovich wrote romance stories earlier in her career, but we stumbled across this title and couldn't resist seeing how she did before she got famous with her Stephanie Plum bounty hunter series. The good news is: Janet is just as funny and whimsical here as are her better known recent works. The bad news is, the plot synopsis can be stated in about 20 words: man hires woman to pose as wife, they immediately f
I just love Janet Evanovich!! She writes about real people with real problems!!! Liked the idea behind the story but liked her One for the money, Two for the dough series better.
Silly. Weak. Quick read. Cute trash. Not my kind of book and I was definitely not expecting anything profound or life changing. However, this book belongs to a whole new and superior level of uselessness. I managed to finish reading it at the expense of my intelligence being severely assaulted. This book and its content or the lack of it, is everything that is wrong with the way we approach love these days. So much for diversification - never again.
Rita AlTaji
"Let me get this straight. You want to marry me so you can autograph copies of your book for the quilting club?"
He couldn't resist teasing a little, "I don't know. That's not very romantic. I'm not sure that's a good reason for marriage."

You crack me up Janet Evanovich.

I loved the story, it was fast, simple and funny... Though, I'm glad it isn't the first book I read for Janet Evanovich.
Wife for Hire by Janet Evanovich is a cute, fun and quick read.

Maggie Toone is an English teacher who doesn't fit in. Her grandmother gives her a diary, and asks her to make a book out of it. She decides to do it, but needs time off from work, but also needs an income while she writes it.

Hank Mallone is also a mitfit in his own town. He's a happy-go-lucky type of guy. But after years of having fun, Hank decides to set roots in his hometown. His grandmother left him an apple orchard. He decides t
I'm not a huge fan of romances, so I'm probably not the best person to judge this. I don't think it was a "good" book, per se, and it seems especially flawed when compared to the Stephanie Plum series, but Evanovich certainly scores points for keeping me entertained. While the premise is a little shaky and the characters start out pretty flat, the second half of the book really picks up, and parts of it are very funny. I liked the little mini-mystery; it's enough to keep the book from just being ...more
OK, so this isn't the most emotionally deep or content heavy book on the planet... but it's cute. I hate that word but that is really the one word that popped up in my head over and over while reading... cute.

Longtime Janet Evanovich fans will recognize some similarities between the characters in this book to some of those in the Plum series. Elsie Hawkins is a character in this book as she is in a few of the other early romances written by Ms. Evanovich.

The mystery portion of this book was we

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Wife for Hire is an amazing book! First you have Maggie, who just wants some time for herself and to write her book. But she’s unemployed and that isn’t the best of things to her mother and aunt eyes. They would prefer for her to get married and settle down before she gets any older. Maggie definitely will not agree to that.

Then we have Hank, who just wanted a blonde girl to play the role of his dear wife. But instead he
I did think the book was a funny , cute , and quick read. The plot was weak and was not paced well , in my opinion. Thankfully, Janet Evanovich did better by the time she began writing the Stephanie Plum series.
In this story we have Hank a small town trouble maker , who has come back home to try and run an apple orchard at his granny's old farm. The problem is he needs a loan , but his father the bank manger, will not give it to him unless he sees signs that Hank has matured. Hank thinks the be
A quick, fun read which is just what the doctor orders every once in a while. Yes, it is one of those 'dreaded' romance novels, but with an exceptional quirk as the title suggests. After all, who in their right mind would go out and 'hire' a wife?
Essentially, there are two 'squares' not really fitting into a 'round hole' but still trying to find their way in life. This is the basic premise and there are plenty more strange happenings coming along the way - such as a bank director father, a book
Short book read it in a couple of hours, very predictable, only read it cause my mother in law left it while visiting. Typical romance novel if you like Janet Evanovich you'll like this book.
Cute story about a guy named Hank, who hires a Maggie pretend to be his wife for six months in order to show his father,the bank owner, that he has "matured" enough to get a loan for his apple orchard business. The main character, Maggie Toone, irked me toward the end with her stand-offish ways...but I guess she had to "learn" a few things on her own. A little far fetched with the whole town breaking into Hank's place and him being "ok" with it...but I guess it's the small town way of things. Ha ...more
Lots of fun! Totally light and fluffy, and not at all meant to be taken seriously, which is just what I needed this week. It took about an hour to read.
It was like a bad Hallmark movie. You knew it was going to be okay at the end, but the process made you roll your eyes countless times.
I am a fan of Janet Evanovich's voice but I had never read any of her older romance novels, so I was quite excited to start this book. I liked it...I didn't love it. I loved the snarky voice that I know so well from the Stephanie Plum novels. I loved the concept of the story...and that was where the love ended. I felt like the characters had a total case of insta-love. Honestly? Asking someone to marry you after a week seems a little unrealistic. I felt that, because of the insta-love, the plot ...more
Quick read. Adorable. Made me laugh a lot.
ROFL! too funny! I was talking with my friend about this book and commented "This [book] is a riot! Another old lady with a gun!" and my friend immediately asked if the old lady was Grandma from the Stephanie Plum series! Ms. Evanovich is doing a great job of incorporating witty ladies in their prime (Yes! I just said "in their PRIME") wielding firearms to keep knuckleheads in line!

What a debacle! What a farce! What a hot budding attraction... o.O

As always, Ms. Evanovich can take a story that w
Connie N.
Cute. That's about the best adjective I can find to describe this book. Evanovich has delved into chick-lit/romance, using her humor and light-hearted writing style in this venue as well as she does in the mystery genre. I loved Hank, our hero who had quite a bit of a ladykiller reputation in Skogan, Vermont, of all places! His passion is to grow apple trees and build an empire around apples, cider, and pies. He loves his hometown and the people in it, despite their eccentricities. He has hired ...more
Janet Evanovich is the master at knowing what women wants. If you want a romance, BAM, she delivers. If you want funny, BAM, she's on top of that too. I've not yet been disappointed with one of her books. The plots in her books, however predictable, are always fun and entertaining. And she never fails to deliver a very well rounded happily ever after - and that really IS why we read these books, right?

Janet is also the master of creating characters that you can relate to and are enjoyable. I alw
Jane Night

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I love Janet Evanovich. I love her Stephanie Plum series. Wife for Hire is the first of her romances I have read. I wasn’t real impressed.

Wife for Hire is told with her customary humor. It is a very funny and short read. I laughed out loud several times. The hilarious antics of cat and dog and man and woman were well written.

Wife for Hire didn’t have much going plot wise. The plot it had was not believable. There also isn’t m
Naomi Davis
Janet Evanovich is really good at writing quick easy reads but like most of the stories in the Elsie Hawkins series, this book was overly cheesy with no strong plot. The characters were weak and not well developed. Even Elsie, who seemed like a very lively character in previous books, seemed watered down and dull. The events that happened in this book were so far fetched even for a romance novel. This book seemed to go from 0 to sex in about 30 seconds.
Maggie gets herself away from the hustle and bustle (and nosey mother and aunt) by taking on a job as "wife" for Hank and moving to Vermont. The apple doesn't fall far from this apple farm mayhem though. And Maggie gets a bit more than she can chew. Hank has a dog, who ends up not liking her cat. And then there is a misunderstanding between Hank's dad and the rest of the town. Everyone wants to know what is in aunt kitty's diary. Elsie makes her final debut as housekeeper for Hank and Maggie. Sh ...more
This was a really funny novel. The tension between Maggie and Hank was both humorous and sad. I couldn't help but root for their love, while knowing a fake marriage is only going to make them fall harder in the end. Add small town dynamics and a really weird mystery and one hilarious story unfold. My favorite character has to be Elsie, she is not only comic relief, but down right sassy!
Barbara ★
These early romances from Janet Evanovich are just the cutest things. I've read a few of them and though they aren't up to Nora Roberts' standards they are thoroughly laugh out loud enjoyable.

I loved both Maggie and Hank. Hank from a tiny Vermont town and Maggie from a tiny New Jersey town. Both outcasts who don't exactly live up to their hometown image of how a young person should behave. What starts out as a marriage of convenience (Hank needs a bride to show he's stable so he can get a loan
I love Evanovich, and this book was OK. It was no Stephanie Plum novel. It was fun, as her books usually are, with very colorful side characters. She favors feisty old ladies with big guns. The dialogue and how the characters came to care about each other so deeply in such a short amount of time was not quite believable in how she wrote it. Then she has them living around each other for 5 months, but not speaking - and she just breezes by that like she needed to finish the book quickly - then to ...more
I know this is a rewrite from Evanovich's early days as a romance writer, and I know I'm destined to be disappointed because its not up to my Plum standards, but dangit! when you're jonesin for Plum book and know one won't be out for another 9 months or so, you get desperate....

Of course it had the typical Evanovich details, heroine with curly out of control red hair, fiesty older woman caretaker, a big dog, a hunky irresistable guy....but it wasn't the complete rip off some of her step-children
Saya merasa biasa saja dengan buku ini. Ga nemu chemistry antara hero-heroinenya, ga ada thrillernya pas kejadian pembobolan rumah, mistery siapa pelakunya juga udah ketebak di awal--dan ternyata cuma gara2 salah paham doang. Di beberapa part emang konyol dan lucu, cuma menjelang pertengahan ke akhir jatuhnya flat.
Timothy Darling
Mar 15, 2012 Timothy Darling rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone with time to waste
Shelves: humor, novel, romance
This book is definitely below average. I'm sure Janet is a little embarrassed by it. If not for her current success, the publisher would never consider re-running this publication. If I were Janet I would let them do it only because it's a living. The premise, a girl takes a job to be an apparent wife, for social and business purposes and winds up the vicitm of good natured felonies. it's most unlikely. Beyond that, the characters are like teenagers with too much freedom. I followed it on the au ...more
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Elsie Hawkins (4 books)
  • Back to the Bedroom (Elsie Hawkins #1)
  • Smitten (Elsie Hawkins #2)
  • The Rocky Road to Romance (Elsie Hawkins #4)
One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, #1) Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum, #2) Three to Get Deadly (Stephanie Plum, #3) Four to Score (Stephanie Plum, #4) Hot Six (Stephanie Plum, #6)

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