AUTHOR: BARBARA TONER • CATEGORY: CONTEMPORARY FICTION • PAGES: 375
NOTE- I requested a review copy of Four Respectable Ladies Seek Part-Time Husband from the brilliant people at Penguin Random House Australia in exchange for my honest review. If you wish to see my review policy you can find it here.
‘When Adelaide Nightingale, Louisa Worthington, Maggie O’Connell and Pearl McCleary threw caution to the winds in the most brazen way imaginable, disgrace was inevitable.’
It’s September 1919. The war is over, and everyone who was going to die from the flu has done so. But there’s a shortage of husbands and women in strife will flounder without a male to act on their behalf.
And in the southern NSW town of Prospect, four ladies bereft of men have problems that threaten to overwhelm them.
Beautiful Louisa Worthington, whose dashing husband died for King and Country, is being ruined by the debts he left behind.
Young Maggie O’Connell, who lost her mother in childbirth and her father to a redhead, is raising her two wayward brothers and fighting for land she can’t prove is hers.
Adelaide Nightingale has a husband, but he’s returned from the war in a rage and is refusing to tackle the thieving manager of their famous family store.
Pearl McCleary, Adelaide’s new housekeeper, must find her missing fiancé before it’s too late and someone dies.
Thank God these desperate ladies have a solution: a part-time husband who will rescue them all. To find him, they’ll advertise. To afford him, they’ll share …
I love the way this book is written. Instead of the author sticking to one character per chapter, their storylines bleed into one another. This means you are not left waiting to see what’s happening to your preferred character for very long, because let’s be honest you always have one preferred character.
With four lead characters the author did a great job of making them so individual and distinct. They have their own personalities and nuisances making it easy to distinguish between each character. I sometimes struggle when there are multiple characters of the same sex early on in a book and end up getting them confused. This wasn’t the case with this book and this is no small feat which is a credit to the author.
The story was intriguing and the ending extremely satisfying. I think this is a stellar book that shows a very unique perspective on how difficult it would have been to adjust to life post WWI.
Overall Rating: ￼￼￼￼☕☕☕☕ 4/5 teacups
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Happy reading x