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The Practice Wife

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A Practice Wife is defined as; a woman who a man dates right before he settles down with someone else, and Misha London has had three exes, who within months of breaking up with her, got married. Misha, the only daughter of religious parents, cleaned up Carson Rivers for two years, improving him from head to toe, forgiving his bad sides and focusing on his good sides. And just like two of her former boyfriends, Carson is getting married. But instead of getting married within a year or even a month of breaking up, Carson is getting married the very next day, and Misha finds out on Facebook. At 44 years old, Misha is devastated. She yearns to be married with children, and has even gone through the process of freezing her eggs. Will she no longer be the bridesmaid, not wife material, destined to be what her best friend calls, happily single? Maybe that wouldn't be so bad after all. But then, in walks handsome, single father, Dr. Devonta Hill.

270 pages, Paperback

Published October 11, 2016

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Marissa Monteilh

21 books85 followers
Originally self-published in 2000, Marissa Monteilh (Mon-tay) is a bestselling author who signed with Harper Collins in 2001, and has since written over twenty mainstream novels and novellas, which include titles under two pen names. Marissa conducts monthly conference calls with aspiring self-published authors as a way of giving back. A former model, FOX TV news reporter, and commercial actress, Marissa was born and raised in Los Angeles. She now resides just outside of Atlanta with her family. For more information, please visit her website at www.marissamonteilh.com.

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Profile Image for Teresa Howell.
Author 6 books81 followers
January 21, 2018

This is my first time reading this author’s work. I must say I was hooked after chapter 3. I could identify with some of the Birmingham streets due to living there for 2 years. It had some twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. I will definitely start reading more of this authors work! Great Job!
1,384 reviews2 followers
October 16, 2017

This book was thought provoking. The characters were well developed and relatable. It appears the author did a lot of research, as the process of IVF was informative. There were so many issues dealt with, but they all came together cohesively. I loved the chapters and the titles. The counseling with Misha's pastor was enlightening. That the author used 9/11 to memorialize another tragic event, and even brought in the President and current issues was creative and added more realism to the book. This book was way more than I thought it would be; touching, warm and profound. I loved the family relationships, especially with her brother. The lesson learned by the parents was sad, but it opened their eyes. Loved this book. I will be reading more of this author's work.
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20 reviews1 follower
October 25, 2017
This book was EVERYTHING

I laugh, cry and was overwhelmed with joy. This speak so much to the current dating scene every professional single woman needs to read this
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Author 22 books68 followers
November 17, 2017
Flaws & Imperfections

This was an excellent story about finding love in spite of a person's flaws and imperfections. Ms. Monteilh did an excellent job of digging into the desires and dreams of the individuals, while allowing them to grow through their flaws.
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2 reviews2 followers
October 11, 2016
Loved this book. It takes you through all the emotions having you laugh, cry, saying Amen to the Pastor's sermon, and singing along with the music that the characters listen too. Misha London is tired of being the practice wife so she decides to do something about it. The story takes you through her personal experiences with the men her family and friends. I am never disappointed when I pick up a book from Marissa Monteilh. I started reading her books in 2009. I was given an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for Michelle Wright.
137 reviews16 followers
November 2, 2016
This book spoke to me on so many different levels. It filled me with so many different emotions from happy to sad to utterly heartbroken. It is a wonderful story of being a practice wife for men who turn around and marry someone else. A man will truly only be with one he feels he can't live without no matter how you felt in relationship. This story also shows that God is truly in control an works things in his timetable and all you think you don't have God will bless you with them substantially.
Profile Image for Cassandra Baker-Durham.
Author 8 books43 followers
January 16, 2017
This is an unusual story that I found to be both hilarious and moving at the same time. Poor Misha London, her boyfriends breaks with her over the phone because his wedding is the next day..say what now? In walks Dr. Devonta Hill. who has more sketchiness that one can shake a stick at. Can Misha look past his crazy baby momma, and weird kids t find her happy every after? You'll have to read it and find out. This book makes me want to read more by this author.
50 reviews1 follower
April 20, 2017
Great book

This book had a great story line. It opens your mind up to how many relationships we all have went through to prepare us for the right one. It also shows the pain families go through when losing a love one when things are unfinished. The storyline also showed the hatred there is in the world for all cultures and races. I loved the book. An amazing story with some what of a cliffhanger.
18 reviews1 follower
February 5, 2017

I just finished this book. It was amazing how much I could relate to some of what Misha went. through. Im taking inventory on myself. All I can say is thank you Ms. Marissa for such an enlightening book and for shedding light for many women that have been the "Practice Wife," but won't admit it. This is a must read, a definite page turner.
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60 reviews4 followers
October 31, 2016
I enjoyed reading The Practice Wife. The characters are all relatable. You will have all kinds of emotions. The story is deep, spiritual, emotionally driven and so much more. Get the book, you won't be disappointed.

**I received a copy of the book from the author for an honest review.**
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787 reviews113 followers
October 19, 2016
The Practice Wife is a good read.
This book will take you through lots of different emotions.
The title of the book fits the storyline perfectly.
I look forward to reading more by this author.

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22 reviews
January 27, 2017
Good read

I enjoyed the read completely believable characters and story lines. I will read something else by this author looking forward to the read
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Author 2 books4 followers
August 15, 2017
It warmed my heart to read Dr. Devonta Hill and Misha London’s love story. Devonta was a true man in my opinion. No matter how much Misha turned him down after the start of their short-lived romance, he didn’t stop pursuing her. His pursuit was pure genuine and wasn’t just until he was able to win the chase. Devonta loved Misha, so much that he was even willing to undo a procedure he had done years before in order to give her what she wanted…a child. This book will take you on a whirlwind of emotions. From the painful realization that her boyfriend of two years – Carson Rivers – had broken up with her to marry another woman (the second time this had happened to Misha), to finally getting what she wanted at the end with a tremendous loss that rocked her world. There was never a dull moment with this book. I truly enjoyed the Practice Wife and learned about a term that is obviously circling around. Grab this book and read Misha’s story. You will not be disappointed. It’s a true page-turner that may just have you evaluating your own relationship.
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64 reviews3 followers
October 14, 2017
Awesome book!!!!!

This book was so good! Loved the fact that it wasn't the typical drug dealer abused girlfriend book. Not that there's anything wrong with that but this was definitely a welcome change. It was so relatable and I'm right down the road from Birmingham so it was cool that I knew some of the places mentioned in the book. I loved that Devonta was successful and he was portrayed like a real character. He already had kids which most people do these days and Misha was definitely on a rollercoaster ride of men and emotions but she found her happy ending even though it didn't come easy.
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136 reviews3 followers
October 12, 2017

I loved this book! From the beginning to the end. Misha got on my nerves with her indecisive self and treating that good man like that! And when I tell you I cried like a baby reading about Chanman and Giovanni! The ending definitely left room for a sequel. I hope Misha gets her trifling self together and her man forgives her and puts a baby in her!
Profile Image for Page Turner.
1,394 reviews
November 26, 2017
This was my first read from this author and I was impressed. I wasn't sure what to expect from this read because I didn't actually read the book description first, I just went off of the name. It was so much more than I expected it to be and I loved the character
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1,142 reviews5 followers
October 3, 2017

I enjoyed this book it was really good I want to check out other books by this author I felt some of the pain when the death hit the family
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87 reviews5 followers
October 10, 2017

Deep, interesting, well written, thought provoking and a bit sad. Loved this read. . PRACTICE MAKES BETTER. Not perfect but perfect for your perfect mate.
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26 reviews1 follower
January 25, 2017
DNF 40%
I had two issues with this book.
First and foremost, the dialog. Book imparted too much information through dialog, and it came off, at least to me, as unnatural and forced. Now, couple this with stilted first person narrative that is overwhelmed with unnecessary details.
I think author at least should've read her book out loud .

H:"I'd love that.Giovanni ( brothers husband) isn't a sports fan?"
Brother: "Not until basketball season.You know he's from L.A., so he's all about his Lakers."
H:"I remember him telling me that.Purple and gold everything."

“How are you, doctor?”
“I’m well. And you?”
We proceeded down the hall. “I’m fine, thanks. Good to see you.”
We went into a small room and she closed the door. “You can put your purse on the hook if you’d like, and then have a seat there, please.” She pointed to the padded table.
I did both.
She sat upon a stool.

Doctor:"Have your initial reasons for freezing your eggs changed? Tell me again why you wanted do it in the first place?"
H:"When I first met you it was more then six years ago. I think the embryologist froze about forty eggs, right?"

And second issue was too much Lord everywhere. But this one was personal because I am not religious. I understand that others can be very religious and that God can be in forefront of their mind, but constantly referring to Lord and biblical quotations are a bit too much for me. The best part could have been how to reconcile IVF and religious beliefs,but it is barely touched upon.

So this one was not finished.Other readers, particularly those who are very religious Christians, might enjoy reading this if they can forgive too much unnecessary detail, not too stellar dialog and perhaps a bit judgy main character.
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925 reviews32 followers
November 11, 2016
I have never read this Author's work before and I enjoyed it ! I bonded with Misha right away, I liked her and I rooted for her . When Devonta bumped into her I knew he was the one , at least I hoped he would be , because the author introduced him in a way , that let you know he was special , but like Misha I had my reservations . I cried a couple of times while reading this book because there is some real sadness in this story , but I laughed too , because it was equally funny . The author took me to church a few times but I didn't feel overwhelmed because it fit the story . I recommend you read this book , I believe you will enjoy it . 4.5 stars
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72 reviews7 followers
April 29, 2018
Life Lessons

This story has so many life lessons, I laughed & cried , I really enjoyed Misha’s story. The ending has me wanting a part two because I feel Carson is up to something . Love covers a multitude of sins & my heart go out to her parents because regret can be a tormenting thing .
1 review
November 5, 2016
Overall a good read

Was hard to get into at first and difficult to follow. After I got into the characters it was easier to finish. I enjoyed it because I can relate to it. I only gave three stars because it was predictable at times.
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403 reviews75 followers
November 3, 2016
I was up late reading....I haven't done that in years...

Another Grown Folks Relationship Drama...but with such relatable situations and characters... I was invested from the first Chapter.
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2,945 reviews65 followers
November 24, 2016
This was my first read by this author. The storyline remained interesting & held my attention throughout. Misha's trials & tribulations with her relationships were well written. Situations presented were realistic & characters had good dialog. This is a great story I recommend all to read
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1,067 reviews17 followers
March 1, 2017
Frogs First

The fairy tale says you must kiss the frogs and witches before you get to your Prince or Princess. This was very true in the case of Misha London and Dovonta Hill. A superb read with highs and lows, very realistic touching on all emotions. A must read.
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Author 6 books26 followers
April 8, 2017
New (to me) author

I loved this book! The characters were hilarious and felt completely real. Even the titles of the chapters were funny. The later events made me cry but were handled delicately. I'll definitely be reading this author again
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298 reviews5 followers
October 6, 2017

This was absolutely one of the best reads of this year and my first by this beautiful author. It reminded me of a relationship I had about 7 years ago and I now have a name for it. Thank God I was his practice because I did meet and marry a fine, fun and God loving man!
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157 reviews
October 20, 2017
Great Book

I really enjoyed this book.
The story was right on point.
I have friends that went through the same problem. I will be sharing this title with them. I will also read more books by this author.
Loved it !!!
1,359 reviews11 followers
October 21, 2017
Raw and emotional

This is my first read by this author. I was engaged from beginning to end. This book was so raw and emotional and so real. The characters were relatable and story was well executed. I laughed and shed tears. I look forward to reading more from this author.
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Author 1 book
June 27, 2018
I've never heard the term, "Practice Wife" before reading Marissa's book. Of course, the title ties in very well with the material and truly brings to light the full definition of a practice wife. I enjoyed the book. The characters were vibrant, dynamic and well crafted. Kudos to Ms. Marissa!
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