When Frannie gets a letter from the daughter she gave up for adoption 13 years prior, she begins to weave a web of deceit. She tells her daughter that she is happily married, rich, and a lot better off now than she was when she gave her daughter, Mandy, up for adoption. However, when Frannie learns that her daughter is going to come for a visit, she must figure out how to make her lies a reality. This is where Frannie’s friends and customers at the diner come in. After rallying together, she has a fancy house to stay in, an expensive wardrobe, and some time off of work. Now all she is missing is a husband.
Clay Coleman, a bachelor afraid of commitment, agrees to play the role of Frannie’s husband. When he moves back in to his father’s house, the house they will be bringing Mandy to, he begins to wonder what exactly he got himself into. He and Frannie have lived in the same town most of their lives, so why hasn’t he gotten to know her before then? And when the lies catch up to all of them, will they be able to make it out the other side unscathed?
Husband Wanted is a fun and carefree read. However, it is a little cliché and everything that happens is pretty predictable. Although I enjoyed reading this book, I’d describe it as a definite “beach” read. One where I can get lost in the “happily ever after” feelings of the novel, and escape the real world for a while. It didn’t take me long to read, as it is a fairly short novel…a little over 200 pages, I think.
I have said this before, and I will say it again: this book reminds me of a Hallmark movie. It ends the way you would expect, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun getting to the end. I would be interested to see if the rest of Hughes’ novels are as “feel good” as this one.
Bethany Kelly is currently getting her MFA at Goddard College and has a BA in English. She is a writer, editor, and stay-at-home mother and wife who spends her spare time (when she has some) reading and cooking. Check out her website at www.bckwritingcorner.com.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Charlotte Hughes. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.