Author: Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly
Narrator: Lorelei King
Length: 8 hrs., 34 mins.
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publisher’s Summary: Based on the family from the best-selling Love in a Nutshell, the story of an heiress longing to marry for love or not at all. From the New York Times best-selling 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.
©2013 Janet Evanovich, Dorien Kelly (P)2013 Macmillan Audio
My Review: Although I’ve enjoyed the tag team of Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly in previous audiobooks, The Husband List fell a little flat for me. Also, if you’ve listened to Love in a Nutshell by the pair, you’ll recognize the surname Culhane and the mention of breweries.
Set in 1894, Caroline Maxwell’s mother is determined to marry her off to royalty and Lord Bremerton steps up to fit the bill. Add in Jack Culhane, his father and his father’s former girlfriend for a cast of interesting subjects.
Each character seems to have a lengthy background and while parts of the first half of the book were good, it left a lot to be desired. The second half was much better and kept my attention well. The descriptions of dresses and Caroline’s mother’s attitude and her lack of obvious facts were unbearable. I understand 1894 is a different time and place, but come on!
Overall, this audiobook was okay. I gave it a 3-star rating because I did enjoy the drama, scarce humor and the narrator was amazing. I think The Husband List would be more suited to romance lovers.
Narrator Review: Spot on once again, Lorelei King did a phenomenal job of narrating this book. Women, men, teens, English accents, French accents and more were mixed into The Husband List and King nailed them! 5-star narration!