The Husband List by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly
(St. Martin’s Press, 2013, 320 pages)
I never thought that I’d write this about an Evanovich novel, but The Husband List by Janet Evanovich & Dorien Kelly is just okay. The Husband List is set in New York City in 1894. The Husband List is the story of American heiress, Caroline Maxwell, who wants to marry for love, but her mother wants her to marry royalty. Caroline is in love with her brother’s best friend, Jack Culhane. Caroline’s mother wants Caroline to marry Lord Bremerton, grandson of the Duke of Endsleigh. Who will win this battle of wills?
This plot has been done many times so the answer to the “battle of wills” question is easily answered. The Husband List has none of Evanovich’s usually quirky characters or plot twists. There is no evil monkey, no gun-toting Grandma, and no real humor. However, the book is easy to read.
Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly also wrote Love in a Nutshell. Love in a Nutshell features the descendant of the families in The Husband List. Love in a Nutshell is the cuter and better of the two novels. If you want an easy read, The Husband List is for you. If you’re looking for a humorous novel, you might want to choose a different book.