His 1-800 Wife Hardcover – 2001
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Catherine sets up a 1-800 number in her home. She would scan the callers and choose the lucky man from there. Well one day she recognizes one of the voices. She couldn't put her finger on who the voice belonged to, but knew it was familiar. Catherine runs into her childhood enemy Jarrod Greene. Jarrod has been away for a while. When he speaks to her, she is reminded of the voice on her answering machine. Jarrod is indeed the caller from her 1-800 line. Catherine talks Jarrod into becoming the lucky husband.
Jarrod was in love with Catherine. It seems he has been in love with her since their early teen years. He tries to prove to Catherine that maybe being married to him forever isn't too bad.
His 1-800-Wife was not something you would normally see from the Mystery & Intrigue Queen Ms. Hailstock. This story was really wonderful. Jarrod and Catherine relationship seem valid. The secondary characters added to the story. You could even see a sequel in Elizabeth and Robert. My favorite Shirley Hailstock books are Whispers of Love, Legacy and Opposites Attract, novella in Island Magic was excellent too.
Catherine Carson has decided on plan to get her mother and her very married sister off of her case about not being married. She places a personal ad, 1-800-WIFE, in the local newspaper. She will find a man with the right credentials, get married for six months and then get a divorce. She is sure that there is some man out there who feels the same as she does about marriage and will agree to go along with her scheme. As she listens to her voice mail on her special telephone line, she is surprised to hear a man call her by name in a teasing manner. He knows her! The voice is very familiar, yet she can't place it because of the slight European accent.
When Catherine attends her sisters lavish party, she is surprised to see Jarrod Greene whom she thought he was still in England. She had known Jarrod all of her life and he had teased and taunted her for that long as well. Jarrod was still as handsome as ever and as usual surrounded by women who held onto his every word. As she tries to escape, Jarrod sees Catherine and calls out to her. It was Jarrod's voice, he knew! Catherine continues to walk but he touches her arm. This was not the touch that she remembered. This was new and unsettling.
"Catherine" he says "It's great to hear your voice again." Nothing had changed, Jarrod was still teasing, but would he keep her secret? Since Jarrod had already recognized her voice Catherine tells him about her 1-800-WIFE plan, as they sit on the porch swing. She soon realizes that Jarrod does not want to get married either, and that he is her friend and he will keep her secret. "Jarrod, will you marry me?"
As Catherine and Jarrod embark on their make believe honeymoon, she does not realize that Jarrod has always loved her and has his own plan to win her heart in six months. This is a wonderful love story with a great premise.
Jarrod can't believe that Catherine is looking for a husband this way. When he approaches her for an explanation she asks him to be her husband for six months. Once they are married it is hard to hide their true feelings for one another.
Shirley breaks her tradition by not writing a suspense romance. But she comes strong with a true romance novel. This book will make all the romantics smile. I hope to see more on Catherine's friend Elizabeth. Thanks Shirley for another excellant book.