In The Replacement Wife, Eileen Goudge weaves a story of love and loss.
Camille Hart’s mother died early, leaving a 14 year old Camille to care for her younger sister, as their father wasn’t prepared to deal with his wife’s death and raising the girls. Now grown, and married with two children of her own, Camille finds herself facing a similar situation. Thinking she beat cancer, Camille soon finds it has returned, and is given less than a year to live.
As one of NYC’s premier matchmakers, Camille decides that in her remaining time on earth, she needs to find her husband’s next wife. She’s hoping to help her husband find happiness while ensuring her children don’t suffer the same fate as she and her sister Holly. However, as in all truly good novels, the story doesn’t progress as expected. As they say, be careful what you wish for!
The author does an excellent job of developing each character, allowing the reader to feel their individual emotions and understand how that drives their actions. Without giving it away, let me say that I was surprised by the ending. My surprise came not only in the unexpected outcome, but also by how I reacted.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommend it.