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The First Wife
     

The First Wife

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by Tara Taylor Quinn
 

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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

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The First Wife (Chapman Files Series #1) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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dhaupt More than 1 year ago
Meet super successful magazine editor Jane Hamilton who's been on a roll in her professional life but not so much in her personal life since her divorce from her philandering husband. With her platonic best friend Brad Manchester by her side she feels she can rule the world, there's only one problem, she can't until she shakes off her protective skin and comes clean about the too real skeletons in her closet. A call to testify in her ex-husband's trial and a closer look at she and Brad's relationship brings it all to a head. Ms. Quinn has created quite a quandary for her readers in this her first chapter in the Kelly Files where Dr. Kelly Chapman expert witness psychologist is in the periphery of the story and we get to see it unfolding from a unique standpoint, which makes her story line a little different from the rest of the genre. Her characters are interesting and you'll want to keep turning pages to get to the outcome. Her hero Brad and heroine Jane are oblivious to what the readers can see and so it makes it fun to watch them stumble their way to each other. The romance is sweet, mixed with intense feelings and utter confusion on the part of our protagonists. The love scene is tame and inoffensive to any audience. So if you like contemporary romance, you will like this, if you like series, this is for you if you are a Harlequin fan, you can't go wrong, so be sure and give The 1st Wife a try, it's a strong romance and will attract a wide audience especially since the rest of the series is published by Mira, Harlequin's Romantic Suspense division.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In Chandler, Ohio, the police arrest two time bigamist James Todd for murdering his second wife Lee Ann Todd. His third wife Marla Anderson is paying for his defense. The Ford County prosecutor Sheila Grant asks a local clinical psychologist Dr. Kelly Chapman to interview the first wife Jane Hamilton. Jane has come a long way since her accident-prone marriage to James. She runs the Twenty-Something magazine that targets strong women. However, Jane is taken aback when asked to testify at her former husband's murder trial as she has no idea what she can bring to the proceedings. Her best friend attorney Brad Manchester and Kelly get Jane to open her eyes to the truth that her ex spouse was abusive towards her; an adversarial relationship; of which she did comprehend back then as such, but suppressed. Looking back, Jane begins to believe James could turn to murder if his desires are thwarted. This is an excellent psychological thriller with a romantic subplot between Brad and Jane supporting the prime story line of whether James was abusive to his first wife. Character driven, readers will appreciate this powerful tale as Jane realizes her activities at the magazine and as a volunteer since the divorce are motivated by her relationship with James. This is fabulous contemporary thriller. Harriet Klausner