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The Husband List

(Culhane Family #2)

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  9,692 ratings  ·  1,150 reviews
Based on the family from the bestselling Love in a Nutshell, the story of an heiress longing to marry for love or not at all...

From The New York Times bestselling writing duo Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly, comes the story of a young woman's search for true love. Caroline Maxwell would like nothing more than to join her brother, Eddie, and his friend, Jack Culhane, on th
Hardcover, First Edition, 309 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by St. Martin's Press
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Pat YES!!!!!!!!!! I read the first book first. There are some similarities between the 2 books. The Culhane family members and beer. I think that it would…moreYES!!!!!!!!!! I read the first book first. There are some similarities between the 2 books. The Culhane family members and beer. I think that it would be better to read the 2nd book first actually.(less)
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Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Much better than Evanovich's usual stuff. As much as I've enjoyed her antics, Stephanie Plum is starting to wear a little thin. This is a nice change.
Feb 23, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, audiobook, humor
Though my ratings reflect my personal opinion, I do try to ask myself, "who would like this and why?", especially if it isn't a book that was successful for me. It's been some time since I've read Evanovich, but I was curious about the genre change, and King can usually be relied on for a good listen.

The only conclusion I can offer is that this book is for someone either who is looking for the lightest of escapism or who has a great deal of residual author goodwill built up (though I'm hearing f
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
singularly unsatisfying on any level.

well, maybe that's a bit harsh. it wasn't *terrible*, but it left me feeling cheated and felt unfinished. don't get me wrong, all was tied up in a neat little bow by the end, but i still felt like there should've been more to the story.

at first i thought... hmmm... maybe i've read too many erotic romances so i can no longer appreciate a more restrained and conservative love story. but then i remembered i'm the biggest jane austen freak i know (and there is d
Christina White
This was a fun, light read. The writing was easy to follow and the story flowed very nicely. The authors were able to successfully transport me to another time and place without drowning the story in boring unnecessary details like most historical fictions books I have read. The characters were also very well developed and each one had their own voice in my head. The romance left something to be desired though. There was just no chemistry between the two main characters. I felt no butterflies, t ...more
Jan 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
A co-worker's mom read this first, thought it was 'meh'. My co-worker read it, also thought it was 'meh'. I started reading it and thought 'meh' was being too generous, it was terrible. Just, bad. I wish I could give half stars or negative stars.

Basically nothing happens in the first 222 pages. It should have been title "What Life Was Like for American High Society in the Late 1800's", granted that's a bit long. =P Finally in the last 100 pages they tried to bring in a mystery, but it just can't
Feb 07, 2013 rated it liked it
All hail the queen of fluff, Janet Evanovich. Do you the reader like books with well-drawn, predictable characters, sparkling dialogue that has nothing to say, and an ending, though mildly satisfying, that you can see from page 20? Then I have the book for you, The Husband List by the prolific bestselling author Janet Evanovich. This is the printed version of a marshmallow peep, sweet, likable, and all air and sugar. I apologize to the very large fan base of Ms. Evanovich but she is just not for ...more
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Husband List is not your typical Janet Evanovich novel. It is not set in the modern day with a sassy detective named Stephanie Plum caught in a love triangle. It is set in 1894 Gilded Age New York with a sassy heiress, Caroline Maxwell and a love triangle between the Irish-American man of her dreams Jack Culhane and the English Lord Bremerton.

The Maxwell family is one of the premier American families during the Gilded Age on level with the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers. Caroline’s mother has
Mar 14, 2013 rated it liked it
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Chelsey Wolford
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I recently started reading the Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich and I must say that I have become a huge fan of her writing. I have not read her first novel, also co-written alongside Dorien Kelly, which released this time last year. That novel, Love in a Nutshell, features the same family that we read about in their new novel and allows us to dig deeper into the Culhane and Maxwell lines. This book follows the American heiress, Caroline Maxwell, as her mother purges her into the arms of ...more
Feb 15, 2013 rated it liked it
This proved to be a bit of a disappointment as Evanovich and Kelly try to latch onto the popularity of Downton Abbey with their usual flair of humorous writing. Caroline Maxwell is from an extremely wealthy and influential family in the Gilded Age. They have a home in Newport, Rhode Island, and there is talk of her probably marrying a British noble. Unfortunately, she would like to find happiness in the possibility of a less traditional life. She would like to be involved in business like her br ...more
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
I have read everything Janet Evanovich has ever written. This was very difficult to get through, because it was just plain boring. Nothing like her usual books, with quirky characters that make them fun reads. I actually put this book down twice and read other books in between because it couldn't keep my interest. Worst Evanovich book, yet.
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great little read. Wonderful details of the upper class during that time period. Independent and wealthy gal doesn’t want to marry a stuffy English duke. Falls for an Irish American family friend who was not a suitable husband at turn of century for a young woman of her class. Unknown facts about the duke cause things to heat up but Mother knows best....
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, borrowed
I didn't realize when I picked this up that it was historical fiction, but was pleasantly surprised with the content. It was romantic with a bit of sass and a little creepy drama.
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A quick read with fun, romance...lots of laughs.
An heiress wants to marry for love, but her family has a different plan. Caroline has fallen for Jack, but her parents insist she marry Lord Bremerton, who they feel is a better match. A quick and amusing historical romance.
Stacey Lockman
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book...
Jul 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Light historical romance read. Enjoyed the main character and her desire to marry for love and not a business arrangement that her parents have set up.
Mrs Giggles
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Caroline Maxwell, an American heiress, is not a happy person. She loves, in that order, Jack Culhane and cake, both of which are denied to her by her mother. That harpy insists that Caroline marries a titled English bloke, after all, while Jack is half-Irish. The list in the title refers to the one Caroline's mother created for her, and Caroline is determined to ensure that she scares away everyone on that list.

Of course, Jack is always nearby, but oh, Caroline is determined to marry for love an
Brooke Banks
I won this book in a First Reads Giveaway and am really glad I did.

I loved it or at least really, really liked it. There are a few minor things that I wish was more flushed out, more brought out but it was such an enjoyable, quick, funny read. The story line isn't new or shocking or original. It was pretty standard fair but I thought it was well done and there's nothing wrong with liking this kind of story. The titled Husband list is mentioned only a few times and I thought the book would take
Kathy Davie
Feb 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, romance
An historical romance set in 1894 Newport Beach at a time when the poor lords of England were hunting the rich American heiresses.

My Take
This is not what I was expecting from an Evanovich tale. It was too bland, too banal, too over the top. Sure, there was some humor in it, but it was somewhat heavyhanded, especially with the women's suffragette message thumping throughout and the evil Snidley Whiplash villain. No, I don't object to the message. Not at all. I'm all for the cake-loving Caroline t
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook


I decided to give this book a try because I just recently read my first Janet Evanovich book, Love in a Nutshell, and I really liked it. This one, not nearly as much.

This is a historical romance, and I read a lot of historical romances, so I think I've become a bit of a snob in this genre. Historical romances have the potential to be such fantastic stories, but most times the authors just fall into what I like to think of as the HR format. In the HR format there must
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I chose this book mainly because I like previous stories by Janet Evanovich that I have read or listened to on audio book. I was quite happily surprised when I picked this book up from my library and read the inside jacket cover, to find that it was a historical romance.
This story is about Caroline Maxwell, an American heiress. She is the eldest of three daughters to Agnes and Bernard Maxwell. Caroline longs for travel and adventure, not a husband but, that is all her mother can think of. Her
I really liked this story. It was a fun, light read. Caroline Maxwell was my favorite type of female protagonist: smart, witty, and with a mind of her own. Jack Culhane was pretty great, too: also smart, witty, and willing to fight for what he wanted.

I was really loving the story for the first 200+ pages: I loved Caroline and Jack together, and really despised Lord Bremerton. I had hoped Caroline and Jack would end up together ((view spoiler)) and feared that Lord
Lindsey Silvestrini
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
LOVED it! First of all, in audio books, the reader can make or break them for me. Luckily in The Husband List, the reader actually made the story seem more real and I was able to get lost in it in a way I typically can’t with audio books. I didn’t find myself tuning out at all which is a testament to a great audio book! She really did justice to Evanovich and Kelly and brought their story to life.

Taking place in the late 1800’s we see a lot of class prejudice, tradition and the importance of fol
Oct 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Goodreads ARC first reads,

As sweet as Caroline's beloved chocolate cake, and just as easy to devour.
The Husband List focuses on the adventures of American heiress Caroline Maxwell and her mothers desperate attempts to marry her off to an English (almost) Duke. This is much to the chagrin of the free thinking, and rebellious (by Victorian standards) Caroline.
Pros: I found the whole thing extremely well written. Having never read any of Evanovitch's previous work, or particularly having an inte
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jackalyn Anderson, Shannon Keillor
Shelves: audiobook
Caroline Maxwell's mother has been prepping her daughter for years to make a good marriage and even has a list of suitable husbands. Unfortunately, Caroline is already in love with someone else and finds the gentleman at the top of her mother's husband list to be most unsuitable -- she also thinks he's hiding something. Can she stall the proposal and wedding planning long enough to find out what he's hiding, and get her mother to agree to let her marry the man she truly loves? You'll have to rea ...more
Paula  Phillips
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
As a fan of Janet Evanovich's work , I have made it my mission to read everything that she has released and since the fact that all her novels that I have read to date have been set in the contemporary world, I had expected her book co-written with Dorien Kelly to be the same. However I was in for a surprise when I started reading it and learnt that it was in fact - a historical romance set in the 1890's and was a society rules type novel. In The Husband List we meet Catherine whose mother is c ...more
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was very fortune to get this book from goodreads first read.

Caroline is an independent young woman who wants to marry for love but it's being forced by her mother to marry an English Lord. She is what they considered a bluestocking, preferring to go to museums and lectures than husband hunt.

Jack is an Irish/American with new money and beneath Caroline's mother husband list. He is Eddie's friend who is Caroline's brother.

Lord Bremerton has a secret past that makes him an unsuitable husband but
This was fun!!! I expected this to be another chick-lit, contemporary romance type read. It is a fun historical fiction. For me that was a nice surprise.

Happy Reading.
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Caroline is a unique women for the time period in which she lived--especially since she wants to marry for love, not the connections it will bring her family. Enter Jack a handsome Irishman who is not of Caroline's class, but certainly is wealthy enough to keep her in a style in which she is accustom.

I love the interaction between Jack and Caroline, especially when Jack starts to view Caroline as a woman and not his friend's little sister. He's a worthy hero who is strong and independent and of
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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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