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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: BET Publications (2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739417290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739417294
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.5 x 3 cm

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 3 April 2001
By Sean D. Young - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Catherine Carson needed a husband so her mother and sister would get off of her back. She needed to come up with a plan that would make her marriage look real, but she would only have to keep up with the charade for 6 months. After that, she could go on her merry way.
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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You must read this novel 15 April 2001
By rcarey22 - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Shirley Hailstock is a woman on a mission - - that mission was to create one of the best romance novels ever "His 1-800 Wife" is just such a novel. In the past Ms. Hailstock has generally written wonderful action-packed romance novels filled with lots of suspense/mystery but "His 1-800 Wife" is pure romance - - romance that will leave you breathless. I completed this novel within a 12 hour span and it definitely left me wanting more. This story of Catherine Carson installing an 800 number to find a husband "in name only" so that she can put a stop to her sister's and mother's matchmaking. Catherine's goal was use the 800 number as a tool in order to find a man, marry, then divorce within six months, which would result in a reprieve from her mother and sister. Unfortunately one of the callers to her 800 number is from Jarrod Greene, a man from her youth, to be exact her next door neighbor who made her life miserable as child (who at every turn plagued her young life with practical jokes and pranks which embarrassed her to no end) but Jarrod was also the brother/"boy" friend she never had, who had been living in England for the past five years and has just returned home. Little did Jarrod know when he called 1-800 Wife that Catherine would be the voice he hears on the answering machine. As fate would have it Catherine and Jarrod marry with the understanding that after six months each would go their separate ways and all parties would free to do as they pleased and their families would leave them alone. Unfortunately things do not always go according to plan, Catherine and Jarrod have had feelings for each other since they were children, the pranks and the jokes were just a cover and now with the two being married and thrown together in close quarters the love that for years had simmered below the surface has now exploded into a love which cannot be denied. The sparks are really flying now. This is truly a fantastic reading experience so don't pass on it cause you will miss one of truly great ones.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 17 April 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is my first book by Ms. Hailstock and I can say that I was not disappointed. I loved the fact that Catherine and Jarrod had been in love with each other since they were teenagers. I felt that Catherines idea of a 1-800 number was a funny and exciting thing to do. Jarrod could be my 1-800 Husband any day. The notes he left her and they way the complemented each other made one of the best romance novels I have read to date. Gooo Job!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic, Sexy Fun 14 Sept. 2002
By Vannie Ryanes - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Shirley Hailstock's "His 1-800-WIFE" is Wonderfully Romantic.
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shirley has done it again! 19 April 2001
By Crystal Hayden - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Catherine is tired of her mother and sister trying to set her up on dates, so she decides to set up a 1-800 number to find her a husband. Everything is going fine until she receives a call from someone who knows it is her.
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.
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