Goodreads Summary: Camille Hart, one of Manhattan’s most sought-after matchmakers, has survived more than her fair share of hardships. Her mother died when she was a young girl, leaving her and her sister with an absentee father. Now in her forties, she has already survived cancer once, though the battle revealed just how ill-equipped her husband Edward is to be a single parent. So when doctors tell Camille that her cancer is back—and this time it’s terminal—she decides to put her matchmaking expertise to the test for one final job. Seeking stability for her children and happiness for her husband, Camille sets out to find the perfect woman to replace her when she’s gone.
But what happens when a dying wish becomes a case of “be careful what you wish for”? For Edward and Camille, the stunning conclusion arrives with one last twist of fate that no one saw coming.
At once deeply felt and witty, The Replacement Wife is an unforgettable story of love and family, and a refreshing look at the unexpected paths that lead us to our own happy endings.
My Views: Phew, this was a long read, almost 500 pages.
I was on a whirlwind rollercoaster throughout this book.
There were times when I wanted to scream, ‘NO YOU CAN’T DO THAT. NO, NO, NO. WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING, DAMNIT?’
There was a point when I really wanted to stop reading, when I wanted to give up on the book. Not because it wasn’t interesting or it got boring but because it was so shattering, almost like the earth beneath my feet had been swept away. I just wanted to kick the hell out of him (I m not telling you who) and bring him to his senses. Dude what you are doing, seriously. Oh, it can’t be. So with a broken heart, I read on.
And then later I was screaming all kinds of abuses, which is so uncharacteristic of me. It was just so unfair. I don’t know I almost cried but I couldn’t. It was almost like I had to be strong for one of the characters. Yes, that is how it was. I was rooting for a character because they are so beautifully etched, it’s like you know them intimately.
This book broke my heart and badly so. I literally screamed and hurled abuses so many times, which is so not me. I believe that the book portrays reality but it played havoc with my heart which yearns for fairy tales and believes in happy endings.
Having said that all, I still liked the book for its novel concept and the way it is dealt with even though I resisted pulling my hair in frustration so many times.
Anyone out there who has read this? I want to chat with you.