How to Marry Your Husband by Jacqueline Rohen
Publishing Date: 1st May 2020
Source: Received from the publisher, thank you!
Number of pages: 464
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance
He broke her heart. Now it’s her turn.
Rachel has just seen her husband David kissing another woman and she knows her marriage is over.
To make matters worse, she has just discovered that her romantic destination wedding wasn’t exactly legal.
No marriage means no divorce. Heartbroken and angry, she and her friend hatch a foolproof plan:
Step one – Make David fall back in love with her.
Step two – Marry him
Step three – Divorce him and break his heart.
Rachel just has to be careful that she doesn’t get swept up in the romance and end up falling in love with him…
Rachel and David’s 15th anniversary is approaching quickly and they’re looking towards a weekend full of celebrations. But when Rachel spots her husband, who is supposed to be picking up a cake for the above mentioned celebrations but instead is kissing another woman, much younger than Rachel, she is convinced this is the end of her marriage. Moreover, she then also discovers that they’re not even legally married, as the proper forms have never been filled after they got married in some exotic surroundings. So, how can you divorce your husband who isn’t really your husband? And – does she really want to divorce him? Or is there a second chance for them?
At the beginning the story was told only from Rachel’s point of view, and I liked it, so the chapters told by David were a kind of surprise and I must admit that I, well, I started to think that maybe he really isn’t the perfect choice for Rachel? He somehow sounded a bit spineless, lacking fibre compared to the quirky, full of life Rachel. Actually, all the female characters in this book were brilliant, strong women with distinctive voices, don’t you think? They knew what they want from life and they went for it, and I truly adored this fact – finally strong, likeable and believable group of confident and opinionated, modern women. And I simply couldn’t root for the relationship between Rachel and David, no matter how often they tried to assure me that they can’t live without each other, that they’re each other’s The Ones – so why, oh why, didn’t you communicate? Why didn’t you speak with other? Why? It was so, so annoying!
Now, I’m going to be totally honest with you. The book sounded so promisingly brilliant and I started to read it with huge expectations, hoping for a humorous, witty revenge book, something like Jane Fallon maybe? The more I read, the more hope I had but, sadly, in the end the story didn’t live up to my expectations. It focused much more on the inner thoughts, the characters were talking about the same thing over and over again without actually doing nothing – and I think this is my biggest problem with this story. Except for the few sentences with Rachel’s ideas how to take revenge on David, and except for a few pages when David complained that things are so strange there was nothing more about it, so no getting even, sadly.
The book had it moments, of course it did but too often I had a feeling that the writing is a bit chopped, not as polished as it should be. Nevertheless, it is a light – hearted story that also touches upon some more serious issues, and altogether it is truly a lovely read, and a brilliant debut novel with tons of potential, and I will be more than happy to read the author’s another release. There are secrets aplenty, lies and misunderstandings but also brilliant friendship and true love – love so strong that can blind you completely. The characters were full of flaws and dysfunctional but it only made them more realistic and relatable.
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