The Husband List

The Husband List

by Janet Evanovich, Dorien Kelly
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The Husband List by Janet Evanovich, Dorien Kelly

Based on the family from the bestselling Love in a Nutshell, the story of an heiress longing to marry for love or not at all...

From The New York Times bestselling writing duo Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly, comes the story of a young woman's search for true love. Caroline Maxwell would like nothing more than to join her brother, Eddie, and his friend, Jack Culhane, on their adventures. While Jack and Eddie are off seeing the world, buying up businesses and building wildly successful careers, Caroline's stuck at home frightening off the men her mother hopes will ask for her hand in marriage. When her mother sets her sights on the questionable Lord Bremerton as a possible suitor, Caroline struggles with her instincts and the true nature of her heart. She longs for adventure, passion, love, and most of all . . . Jack Culhane, an unconventional Irish-American bachelor with new money and no title. A completely unacceptable suitor in the eyes of Caroline's mother. But Caroline's dark hair, brilliant eyes and quick wit have Jack understanding just why it is people fall in love and get married.

Set in New York City in 1894, The Husband List is an American gilded age romantic mystery. It evokes memories of the lavish lifestyles and social expectations of the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers—a time when new money from the Americas married Old World social prestige and privilege. Dresses by Worth, transcontinental ocean voyages, lavish parties, a little intrigue, and a lot of romance await in, The Husband List.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312651343
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 08/27/2013
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 330
Sales rank: 428,976
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

JANET EVANOVICH is the #1 bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum novels, a dozen romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author. She lives in Florida.

DORIEN KELLY lives in Michigan with one or more of her three children, two very spoiled West Highland White Terriers, and a handicapped Coonhound named Bubba. She is an award-winning author and the President of Romance Writers of America.


Hanover, New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

April 22, 1943

Place of Birth:

South River, New Jersey


B.A., Douglass College, 1965

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The Husband List 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 83 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read over 20 books written by Janet Evanovich. I did not see any of her writing in this book. The story is only a fair historical romance. It is only worth $3, if that. Definately NOT worth the 14.99 I paid for it.
bookholiday More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. Thoroughly kept my attention. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tedious. I love Janet Evanovich. I find no evidence of her having written any part of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just read sample! I am a fan of Janet evanovich and fan of historical romance. And put them together is awesome!
tlsrn More than 1 year ago
Loved this love story!
Pat_L_K1 More than 1 year ago
If you like Janet Evanovich do NOT buy this book. The characters were 1 dimension, the book was slow paced. This is what happens when the publisher tries to push a mediocre book by slapping the name of a popular author on it. If Janet Evanovich even wrote a chapter heading I would be very much surprised!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVED IT! Stayed up till 2am to read it all in one sitting, I haven't done that in a while. Hoping this will turn into a series
senior-nooklover More than 1 year ago
Not the typical Janet Evanovich, and it was excellent. Highly recommend this book if you love inrigue, romance and comedy. The characters are her typical quirky people and catch your interest and keep it. Loved, Loved, Loved it!!!!!
ofallonmo More than 1 year ago
Greatly disappointed! I read "Love in a nutshell" and enjoyed it for the most Grandfather had a cabin in that part of Michigan so it was 'old home week' for me...however "The Husband List" was boring! I didn't make it half through! I was expecting more Janet wit. Or zany characters or SOMETHING!!! I will not buy another of these combo books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this is the worst book I read in a while.  There is no Janet Evanovich and is nothing like her other book she "wrote" with Dorien Kelly. 
OVREADER56 More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed that this was not at all a Janet Evanovich worthy story. It was a mediocre love story at best and definately not entertaining as I have come to expect from Janet Evanovich.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Janet's books. This is the first time I just wanted to put the book down and never pick it up again. In fact I did put it down for at least 3 weeks. Sorry to say, it was boring, ridiculus thought processing, hard to keep reading. Even the title is misleading. Poor characters and whimpy descriptions plus the title of this book is way off. I comsume books as part of my daily routine and strongly wish I could regurgitate this one from my long list of readings.
ILuvBooks25 More than 1 year ago
I was one of the lucky winners in the Goodreads give away of an ARC The Husband List. I wasn't sure what to expect as I have not read a historical romance of Janet Evanovich's before. It was something different from what I am usually reading which is present day romance or christian fictions.  From the start of the book I new that it was going to be good as I bonded quite quickly with the main Character Caroline. In many ways I was like her when I was younger which kept me interested to see how her story would work out and what gentleman would win her hand in marriage.  Without giving too much away with my review I would say that once again Janet did a great job of mixing mystery with romance and now has added an historical aspect to it. I found that after reading this book and not the first one I would like to go back and read the first one to see what more I could learn of Caroline's family. However, you do not have to read the first book to love this one. Can't wait to see what new book Janet comes out with next.
RobsRog More than 1 year ago
BORING !!!! OK so here we go again..... I had hoped with an additional writer, a new book of hers would be better than the last FEW of the S. Plum series....... WRONG. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first thought was that somene stole our Janet but it wasn't too far into the book before her usual flair showed itself. Her humor and spirited heroine were there ......just in a different time. Fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is sl amazing ! I read it all in one setting
bravewarrior More than 1 year ago
Romance/Hardback: I really thought I was going to hate this book after the first few pages, but I got to liking Caroline and Jack and hating Angus and the want-to-be Duke. It was predictable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Or first named is doing the writing in otherwords it is no longer from notes or outline but last word s the authors name this is not the first under her name and another obit?
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I love this book! I wish there were more written by the combined writers! I don't know why people don't feel Evanovich's writing is in there but I definetly see it, excellent work. Keep them coming=]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It was funny, endearing, and I reread it every couple of months.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disappointing. I expect MUCH better from Janet Evanovich, even when she's paired with another author. The premise of the book is fun and didn't feel stale. Our witty heiress comes off as believable as she acknowledges the activities, gowns, jewels and society reviews attendant to her wealthy station but neither makes a big deal of nor disdains them. She is essentially a good girl, respecting the wishes and expectations of her parents while engineering just enough freedom for herself to be interesting and a bit naughty. She isn't melodramatic and Jack is very much an Evanovich man as he evolves - without intending to - from amusement to protectiveness to love. Those aspects of the book were enjoyable and made for a largely fun read. However, having just finished the book, I am ANNOYED enough that I'm compelled to write my first book review. The book starts right out and we spend the first 271 pages leading inevitably to Caroline being trapped like the quintessential heroine-tied-to-the-train-tracks in need of rescue. She's a strong-willed woman able enough to protect herself physically, but is bound by filial duty to follow her parents' intent that she marry the villain. On page 272 we get the first real move toward changing the circumstances as Jack confronts her father. However, the actual rescue takes place in the last 13 pages when dad announces the perfect husband is a cad and Jack is their sort after all. Voila, she's released from the marriage. Really? This isn't a murder mystery where the reveal is the end. It's a romance but we're left with absolutely nothing except a tied-up villain and 1 page epilogue. Where is the closure? You know, the part when they finally come together as a couple, reveling in the wonder and satisfaction of their now-secure bond. The book may be as rated-G as a romance gets, but at least spend a few pages before or after the wedding concluding their happy story. Leaving that whole part out, leaving it implied and unsaid, leaves me feeling cheated. We might as well have had: Tie him up, dear. Marry me. Happily ever after. The end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love that the story takes place in the late 1800s and the authors are descriptive of the time period in the dress, customs, manners and traditions. The best of the story is more towards the end which kept me reading until I finished the story. If you like stories that take place in a period of time when customs, and dress, etc. were far different than things of today, you will enjoy this story - be sure to read it to the very end to find out what happens to Caroline.