Title: The Wife Maker
Author: Karey White
Release Date: February 2015
Length: 169 pages
Series?: The Husband Maker #3
***** Review *****
The saga of Charlotte’s life continues, and comes to a close in this final book in The Husband Maker trilogy. I am so glad that I have been able to be a part of the tours for each book in the series, and I have enjoyed (and lamented) Charlotte’s journey through a bevvy of events and I am a little sad to see it come to a close.
I have loved Charlotte since first meeting her two books ago. I immediately identified with her dating struggle – although the whispers of being “the husband maker” don’t haunt me…well, not that I would know anyway.
A piece of advice – all those Hallmark movies my mom watches are a bunch of garbage. They’d have you believe that all it takes for the best friend to win the leading lady’s heart is a courageous declaration and a romantic kiss.
The end of the first book left her in shock waves after her break-up with Kyle. The second sees Charlotte taking some risks and exerting her independence with her trip to Scotland, and it also ends similarly with Angus’ bombshell news.
This final book brings Charlotte’s determination, strength and resilience out in full force. She has never been more set on a goal in her life. And this time she’s going after it. She is embracing her well-known moniker as the husband maker and using it against – and for – herself to become the wife maker.
Chuck is one of those girls that doesn’t know how gorgeous she is. She looks like a supermodel, but better, because she never looks like she’s trying too hard.
Only problem is, Angus is a complete jerk. COMPLETE. JERK. More than a jerk. I wanted to punch him on more than one occasion, but it was hard to feel that way when this installment in the series was heavily dependent on Angus’ point of view and he was so utterly vulnerable in his narrative voice. Everything he was saying was opposite of what he was thinking and really felt inside.
How many of us have had this very struggle with a man? I know I have, and it’s hard because we know that’s not what they really want to say or the way they really want to treat us. It’s utterly frustrating. I wanted to punch Angus and yet shake him till he came to his senses at the same time.
What I loved was how Will’s character was utlized in this final book. Although he and Angus have always strongly identified with one another because they grew up together – and hello, they’re boys – Will hasn’t always really stood up for Charlotte. He’s typically let Charlotte make her position clear in the past, and followed suit in his support. But this time, he is not doing things the same way. He is advocating for Charlotte in so many ways, and he is truly a stand-up brother throughout the book.
Charlotte takes a big life plunge and she’s betting everything on Angus. Funny thing is, he’s playing a gambling game, too. The only difference is that Charlotte is betting on Angus…Angus, not so much.
“I hate to see you become a gambling man.”
“What?” I’d never had an interest in gambling so I wasn’t sure what he was talking about.
“If a man goes to a casino, he’d better be willing to do without whatever he puts on that table because most likely he’s going to lose it. You should never gamble with something you’re not ready to live without.”
Charlotte has to break through the walls Angus has put up to protect himself, but he cuts her off at every opportunity. She doesn’t want to take the easy way out and risk losing how far she has come, but Angus makes it hella hard.
***** About the Author *****
Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist.
She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.
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