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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, Harlequin Super Romance, #1656, 251 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Harlequin Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Apr 06, 2017 rated it liked it
The First Wife is the first book in the Chapman Files series by American author, Tara Taylor Quinn. Divorcee Jane Hamilton is editor of Twenty-Something, a magazine that supports women. Lawyer Brad Manchester is her best friend. They support each other in any way they can. And right now, Jane needs a bit of support: anonymous threatening letters have been arriving at work, she’s found out her ex-husband is a bigamist, and she’s been called to testify against him in a murder trial. But James was ...more
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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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.
Sep 15, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Michele bookloverforever
Feb 07, 2011 rated it liked it
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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.
Jul 23, 2016 rated it liked it
this book started out so slow...I didn't really get interested until the fifth or sixth chapter...I decided to give it a chance and finish it...was not a total loss...left me wanting to know more of the plot...decided to go on to book two of the series...
Dec 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Pretty good book for a quick read.
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Jan 20, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Honestly, I can't remember this book. I read it during my chemo phase and for the life of me; it is gone. Sorry!
May 19, 2016 rated it liked it
This one was just not my cup of tea, all stress & angst until the end.
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Jul 16, 2011 rated it liked it
A bit rushed at the end... Going to try the next in the series.
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Carol DeVaney
Oct 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Tara Taylor Quinn began her love affair with Harlequin when she was fourteen years old and picked up a free promotional copy of a Harlequin Romance in a hometown grocery store. The relationship was solidified the year she was suspended from her high school typing class for hiding a Harlequin Romance behind the keys of her electric typewriter. Unaware that her instructor loomed close by, Ms. Quinn ...more
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