After years of being ignored in her marriage, Luisa has fallen for Jarvis. She comes up with a plan to find a new wife for her husband Luke so she can exit her stagnant marriage while keeping everyone happy.
It's been no easy task, but she has finally connected Luke with a suitable replacement wife and stepmother for eight-year-old Max, and the new relationship is taking off.
What Luisa's careful plan hasn't taken into account is the renewed spark of emotion when she sees Luke at his best again, rising up out of his slump to show another woman the care and attention he hasn't shown Luisa for years. She starts to remember what it was about Luke that she originally fell in love with ... but is it too late?
'This is more than a simple romantic comedy -- Wiseman aims for something much truer and deeply honest about modern marriages' Kate Braithwaite, author
'I know far too many Luisas and Lukes, making this all the more painfully real' Raven Haired Girl
'A serious, sobering and thought-provoking story ... a painfully real read with flawed characters and plenty of heartbreak' Bookaholic Confessions
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Luisa and Luke live in Melbourne with their son, Max, age 8. Luisa is a book editor working from home and her husband owns a rooftop garden center. When Luisa runs into an old flame, Jarvis, she is smitten. He works as a sculptor and is very happy to see Luisa again. When Jarvis starts to send her emails, she begins to have feelings for him. While she doesn’t actually meet up with Jarvis, their affair continues just to be a verbal one. Luke is a good provider and father. He helps around the house and with Max, but he also enjoys his downtime at night watching TV, sipping a cup of coffee, and eating a little chocolate. But, things have been a bit blah with no activity in the bedroom for quite awhile now. So, Luisa comes up with a brilliant idea to find a new wife for Luke, preferably someone who is good with kids and even better with one or two kids the age of Max. If she can get him to fall for another woman, she won’t feel bad about the breakup of their marriage and she will be free to be with Jarvis. The story follows Luisa as she searches for the right person for Luke. While some women seem to be a good choice at first, they end up fizzling. Luke doesn’t understand why Luisa is trying to arrange for him to meet these people. At first I thought that Luisa was a huge twit and her idea was really juvenile. However, as the story continues and she gets Luke involved with some of these women, I realized that this was becoming more than a silly harebrained scheme. That’s when my interest really perked up and I couldn’t read the book fast enough. Without giving out any spoilers, let me just add this: Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it.