31. January 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Melody H, Romance

The Husband List by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly, 309 pages, read by Melody, on 01/23/2013

All hail the queen of fluff, Janet Evanovich.  Do you the reader like books with well-drawn, predictable characters, sparkling dialogue that has nothing to say, and an ending, though mildly satisfying, that you can see from page 20?  Then I have the book for you, The Husband List by the prolific bestselling author Janet Evanovich.  This is the  printed version of a marshmallow peep, sweet, likable, and all air and sugar.  I apologize to the very large fan base of Ms. Evanovich but she is just not for me.  I found the premise of a headstrong society heiress in 1894 New York with an overbearing mother and titled unwanted suitor irresistible even though I have never liked anything else by the author.  I should have resisted.  I did manage to finish the book so I didn’t loathe it  but I could have spent my time reading something so much more worthwhile.  Don’t get me wrong, I am no book elitist.  I just like a different sort of book trash.  Having said all that, many people will love The Husband List.  Evanovich is a talented writer with a deft hand at plot development and likable characters, that is why she sells a bazillion books. Just not to me.

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