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Wife for Hire

(Elsie Hawkins #3)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  11,968 ratings  ·  576 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
Mass Market Paperback, 234 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Harper (first published 1990)
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Dec 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Wife For Hire is a pre-Plum novel by popular American author, Janet Evanovich. It is the third book in the Elsie Hawkins series, on whom, Evanovich says, Grandma Mazur was modelled. Fans of the Plum series will be interested to know that in this book, Grandma Mazur’s famous big gun in the handbag has its prototype.

Maggie Toone needs to get away from Riverside, away from her mom and Aunt Marvina: she needs somewhere quiet to write her novel. Her Aunt Kitty was once a madam in a brothel, and she l
Nov 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Wayland Smith
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Before she made it big with the Stephanie Plum books, Janet Evanovich wrote several screwball romances. This is one of those books. If you like Stephanie, you'll probably really enjoy this, too. You can see the pieces coming together for what will be that series. Maggie, the main character in this, is sort of a proto-Stephanie, just more together... mostly.

Maggie Toone wants to at least take a year off from her teaching job, if not outright quit, to write a book based on the diary of her Aunt K
Oct 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
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.
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.
Dele Haynes
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series so when I saw she was the author I grabbed this book. I wasn't disappointed.
Wife for Hire is the third in her Elise Hawkins series. Maggie Toone is hired to bt Hank Mallone's to act as his wife in order to get a loan from the bank. Maggie sees this as a good opportunity to write the book she has been planning. Since nothing is really required of her besides appearing as Hank's wife, she takes the offer. Then the fun ensues.
This book is laugh out l
May 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2007
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
Jerry B
Jul 24, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Rita AlTaji
Jul 16, 2013 rated it liked it
"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.
May 24, 2016 rated it liked it
A quick funny read to break up my harder quests. This is the first of Evanovich's numerous titles that I've read. It was fun to just get lost in this for a few hours and laugh along with the characters. There was a LOT going on, REALLY fast paced and a super quick wrap up. Good for in between some of my lengthier more emotional reads!
Aug 07, 2015 rated it liked it
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.
Teresa Scott
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tower-teams-iv
This book was a quick read and really funny. I love the between the Plum stories.
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Caro

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
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
Jul 12, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
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
Aug 29, 2008 rated it liked it
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.
Dec 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: janet-evanovich
Loved this book. Really enjoyed this. and just loved how it ended actually shed a tear
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
I listened to this one in the car on my way to and from work. It provided many laughs. I love Elsie Hawkins's character, she is just such a fiesty old lady.
Sep 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
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.
Jun 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Quick read. Adorable. Made me laugh a lot.
Apr 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Prior to becoming the author of the beloved Stephanie Plum novels, Janet Evanovich wrote some fluffy romance novels. Evanovich herself says, "Romance novels are birthday cake, when life is normally peanut butter and jelly." This book is fluff, but I think everyone can use a little fluff in their lives sometimes, and would recommend it for those who don't necessarily take their reading too seriously all the time.

Bachelor Hank Mallone has spent a lot of time sewing his proverbial wild oats. As a
Jennifer Robb
Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: readers of Evanovich
Recommended to Jennifer by: YMCA book exchange
I prefer Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series to this earlier book, but after reading other reviewer's comments I now see some parallels between her Plum characters and this book. Elsie and Grandma Mazur do have some similarities: both don't always have verbal filters and both have a tendency to carry large, loaded guns in their purses. Maggie is a bit like Stephanie in that she doesn't conform to the norm for women--Stephanie doesn't want to get married and be a housewife--instead she's a bounty h ...more
J Jares
I can't believe I read the whole thing! This book is definitely LIGHT reading; you won't even need to engage your mind!

Its typical Evanovich (which is a good thing), without the plot (which starts to show after a while). Both of the 2 main characters are adorable and over-the-top-gorgeous/handsome (of course).

Hank Mallone hires Maggie Toone to play his wife so he can appear stable enough to get a loan. He needs a loan from the town's banker his father. Hank has sowed heaps of wild oats in his no
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This is a review of the following:

1. Back to the Bedroom (1989) 4 stars
2. Smitten (1990) 4 stars
3. Wife for Hire (1990) 3 stars
4. The Rocky Road to Romance (1991) 4 stars

OK, so these are EARLY Evanovich, but they are particularly interesting because you can see her growth. Apparently, that woman could write even back when she first started and was writing romantic love-at-first-sight drivel for cheap-o publishing houses. But they raise above the level of drivel because they are funny, they are
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

In the past, I've been a fan of this author. Her books are simplistic but entertaining. Perfect for a long car ride or a wait at the doctor's office. I've mostly read her bounty hunter books. I've tried a few of her stand-alone romances. Couldn't get into the first two I tried. This one I read all the way through, thinking it would get better. Unfortunately, I ended up very disappointed 😞. As usual,the author's composition and vocabulary were good, but the story just plain stunk. Ba
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Hated it. I got about 1/3 of the way through (a little more) and couldn't buy any of it. he has no money... so he hires a housekeeper to entice the protagonist to pretend to be his wife. There are scenes where they are arguing loudly and the housekeeper says the guests can here... and the argument included discussion about the fake marriage. But, magically, that part isn't heard. Or even from the very beginning, he meets her, knows she's trouble and he'll want her, but hires her anyway. And is m ...more
Sally Lindsay-briggs
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This reminded me a little of the Stephanie Plum series. I loved that series and this one as well. It was funny, quirky and it had the added perk of an on/off love affair between Maggie and Hank. Hank was an apple farmer who needed a loan from his father (bank president), so he made a contract with Maggie to be a pretend wife. Maggie agreed because she wanted a quiet place to write a book based on her aunt's diaries. The aunt was closely associated with a bordello. You will enjoy this fun novel a ...more
Dana Cusick
Feb 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
I see her name pop up often so I thought I would read one of her books. Good thing it was short because it was dreadful. It felt so fake and stupid that instead of envisioning the characters all i could picture is some creepy old lady typing this book. Also she uses so many cliche phrases like “nape of the neck” I had my eyes rolling. I had to skim so much of this book because it was empty fluff. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book before that was so bad, so devoid of everything important in a n ...more
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Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Trouble Maker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author, as well as the Fox and O'Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg.

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