The Husband List: A Novel
Janet Evanovich, Dorien Kelly
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Based on the family from the bestselling Love in a Nutshell, the story of an heiress longing to marry for love or not at all...
From The New York Times bestselling 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.
would help in any case.” “Take the help or we’ll both be lectured,” Jack said to Caroline. “Fine.” Jack crossed the wall, which wasn’t more than three feet. He scooped Caroline up in his arms. She smelled pretty, like flowers and sunshine. Some unthinking part of him wanted to hold her. But the thinking part quickly deposited her on the other side of the wall. She landed well, considering his haste. “Thank you,” she said as he hopped back over. “I take it you’re out and about without your
Jack had stretched the conversation as far as he could. “That’s generous of you, Miss Peek.” She nodded. “And now I shall commence my evening constitutional as I had planned.” Annie heaved a sigh of relief when Miss Peek headed south. “That was a close call. I think I’ll be having a few more of those while working for Miss Maxwell.” Closer to one a night, Jack thought. And he was amused by the idea until an unsettling realization set in. Maybe he was a romantic, too. * * * ON SATURDAY
better yet, a minder.” His brows rose as he looked more closely at Jack. “I’m thinking you could use one.” Jack sat opposite Da in a deep leather chair. “No doubt. So why are you unshelving the books?” “Curiosity,” he said. “Harry Benton has no love for books, and he has even less love for banks. I’m looking to see if there’s money hidden, because sure as I’m breathing, Benton didn’t buy these to read.” “Any luck?” Jack asked. “Not yet,” Da replied. “And as long as we’re asking questions,
said aloud. He laughed. “Your mother would keel over if she heard you say that.” She took the fork from him. “Which is why I watch my words in front of her.” “You’re smart,” he said. “And quick, too. If a little greedy with that cake.” “Ha! You try being starved nightly and let me know how it works for you,” she said before taking more. “Eat more in the afternoon,” he suggested. Caroline smiled, but also wished life were that uncomplicated. “Is it so bad having your future mapped out?”
entered the room. That, she supposed, was to express his extreme vexation. He had forgotten that she did not particularly care whether he was vexed. “I’m surprised to find you here, Lord Bremerton,” she said. “Not half as surprised as I, to find that you were not.” He’d delivered the words in a silkily smooth voice that made her pulse jump more than if he’d expressed anger. “I had some personal matters that I needed to attend to,” she replied. “Yes, I saw the Irishman with you outside Lady