The Hired Wife

Rated 3.75/5 based on 4 reviews
A Regency Romance. Marshall Godfrey the 8th Viscount Raynham needs a wife, but all efforts to acquire one through normal channels have failed. Time has run out. His twin sisters are being launched into society, but he can only hear sounds close by. He plans to hire a woman to hover at his shoulder and repeat into his ear what people are saying, but he can’t take a secretary into polite society. More
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About Cari Hislop

I’m an American married to an adorable English Goblin who makes me laugh every day. I’m an artist with a degree in fashion design, but I’ve always been a story teller. Stories are everywhere; in every scent, every glimpse out of the corner of the eye. The most magical moments of my life have been born of ‘what if?’.

I’ve been making up stories as long as I can remember, but I was ten before I 'wrote' my first story. It was a romance - the young girl’s parents are killed by a plane falling on their house so of course she moves to England. Don’t ask me where she got the money or the passport!

I knew I wanted to grow up to be an author. All my artistic talents converge on my favorite subject: people. I find both individuals and general humanity endlessly fascinating.

My genre: Regency romances (historical romances set in late Georgian England)

Rated: PG13 (PG13 as in 1985)

Style: Each of my stories tend to have their own humor depending on the character's personalities, but they always make me laugh. My plots are character driven and my stories evolve with the characters. Other than the hero and heroine somehow ending up together at the end, I never know what will really happen in the story until it happens.

Note: After much deliberation I decided to use English spelling rather than American English spelling in my stories. This will sadly irritate some people, but the USA is the only country to use American spelling while the rest of the English speaking world uses English spelling.

I don't think of my books as a series, but all my characters inhabit the same Regency Universe. Most of the main characters are either related or know of each other so my stories often intertwine.
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Reviews of The Hired Wife by Cari Hislop

Crystal Dawn reviewed on June 7, 2013

Cute, romantic and like the other stories i've read by this author.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Gloria Cartwright reviewed on Jan. 31, 2012

I enjoyed this story.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Susan Bischoff reviewed on May 4, 2010

I really enjoyed this story. I am a huge sucker for "plain" (or unattractive) characters falling in love in a world (ours, and the romance world) where beauty is so important. In this story, this is both main characters.

Due to his disability, the hero has a habit of shouting and a general lack of refined manners that cause most of society to consider him a brute. (The author handles the hero's challenges, his problems, and way they have shaped his character in a way that shows and excellent understanding of the handicap and great sensitivity as a writer. There is no heavy-handedness in this area.) The heroine's social position is far below his, and on top of that is not ravishing young beauty. Yet this couple soon discover something society will never look close enough to see: that there is so much more beneath the surface.

Who doesn't love a story like that?

To carry this unfolding of character and romance, Hislop tells a very competent tale of silly females on the husband hunt that turns to intrigue and even multiple murder. There is plenty of storyline to keep the characters and the reader occupied.

I won't say that I /couldn't/ put it down--it's not really that kind of story. But I didn't /want/ to put it down, and felt compelled to read on and see these characters through to their Happily Ever After.

I recommend The Hired Wife to those who enjoy light period romance and especially to those who enjoy the Ugly Duckling motif. Download the free portion and give it a chance.
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)
Crookie reviewed on April 16, 2010

I liked this book needed a little more storyline
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
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