Camille Hart is the founder of a successful matchmaking business in New York City so when she is told that her cancer had come back, she only felt it fitting to use her skills on the most difficult client of all: her own husband. In a loving marriage with two kids, Camille worries about the future of the family she will leave behind so she goes about trying to find the perfect woman who can replace her once she’s gone.
The interesting premise was what initially got my attention. What an intriguing, yet morbid, way to look at this situation. The moral and even ethical dilemmas that the characters are faced with are well fleshed out in Goudge’s writing. The husband who, obviously, isn’t too pleased with his wife’s dying wish shows a wide range of emotions at the difficult situation he finds himself in: oppose his dying wife’s last wish or humour her to keep the peace – and at what cost?
The old adage “be careful what you wish for” rings particularly true for the characters in The Replacement Wife but I find “if you love something, then let it go” to be even more apropos. Goudge manages to weave in some lighthearted moments into what would otherwise be a dark & sombre subject matter. In a way, it forces the reader to reflect on the relationships that they know, and what it truly means to have love and happiness. Does the end always justify the means?
The Replacement Wife is a captivating read that keeps you enthralled in this family’s story, wondering how it will all play out in the end.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ (4/5 stars)
The Replacement Wife is currently available in stores.
I received an eARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.