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The First Wife (The Chapman Files #1)

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Jane's rule about marriage: if at first you don't succeed, don't try again...

A bigamist ex-husband, an anonymous stalker, a murder inquiry. Magazine editor Jane Hamilton is not having a good month. But with the support of her best friend, Brad Manchester, she's coping—until they become lovers and Brad complicates things even more by proposing marriage.

Brad understands Jane
Paperback, Large Print, Harlequin Super Romance, #1656, 315 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2010)
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Cheryl Gatling
In a romance, it is necessary that something keep the couple apart until the end of the book. Otherwise there would be no story. When the couple are as obviously perfect for each other as Jane and Brad are, this long refusal to allow themselves to give in to love can be frustrating to the point of being painful. Come on, kids. Get it over with! This is love, duh! Admit it. In the case of Jane and Brad, both are burned by their past failed relationships. Brad copes by having meaningless sex with ...more
I liked Brad, I liked Jane, and I liked Dr. Chapman very much. Brad's and Jane's romance had the longest, slowest build-up and it resolved so beautifully at the end that it makes you cry. Brad's letter, Jane's doll, and reading Dr. C's excellent insight were my favourite parts. The crazy manipulation she underwent made it easy to see why Jane was fooled into thinking what she did.

Having seen both Jane and the third wife through the Dr.'s eyes was a brilliant stroke by TTQ. I had an inkling of wh
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This one was just not my cup of tea, all stress & angst until the end.
realistic look at an abused wife who although she was no longer with the husband still was in denial that she had been abused even though she was herself involved in helping abused women. She gets pregnant by her best friend. They work things out while also being involved in her ex husband's murder trial. Strongest point is how the hero learned to deal realistically with being in a relationship with a formerly abused woman. Not real light reading.
Michele bookloverforever
as a survivor of spousal battering, I identified with the main character and understood her difficulty in trusting her own choices when it came to making life decisions outside of career choices. I understood how difficult it was for her to even admit she was a victiom of spousal battery. Denial is comonplace, self-blame a way of life. I liked the ending.
Story line was ok-relationship was frustrating-I obviously liked the premise to buy it but not passionate love for me. The ending was touching and symbolic but I like a little romance to go with the couple. Yes they had a great base of friendship to start a relationship out with but I didn't feel the passion.
Jan 20, 2013 Susie rated it did not like it
I usually like this author, but this book wasn't any good. It's the first book of a series for her, so hoping the others are better since I have a couple to read yet.
Carol DeVaney
Oct 22, 2010 Carol DeVaney rated it it was amazing
A well written story that will appeal to every woman who's been abused, and those who have not. I can't wait to read the entire Chapman series.
Honestly, I can't remember this book. I read it during my chemo phase and for the life of me; it is gone. Sorry!
Jul 24, 2011 Tracy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit rushed at the end... Going to try the next in the series.
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Dec 24, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good book for a quick read.
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