Wife for Hire

Elsie Hawkins, Book #3

By Janet Evanovich

ISBN: 9780060598884

Author’s Website: http://www.evanovich.com/


Brought to you by OBS reviewer Caro




Hank Mallone knows he’s in trouble when Maggie Toone agrees to pretend to be his wife in order to improve his rogue’s reputation. Will his harebrained scheme to get a bank loan for his business backfire once Maggie arrives in his small Vermont town and lets the gossips take a look?

Maggie never expected her employer to be drop-dead handsome, but she’s too intrigued by his offer to say no . . . and too eager to escape a life that made her feel trapped. The deal is strictly business, both agree, until Hank turns out to be every fantasy she ever had.


Wife for Hire is an amazing book! First you have Maggie, who just wants some time for herself and to write her book. But she’s unemployed and that isn’t the best of things to her mother and aunt eyes. They would prefer for her to get married and settle down before she gets any older. Maggie definitely will not agree to that.

Then we have Hank, who just wanted a blonde girl to play the role of his dear wife. But instead he gets red haired Maggie, who always has to have the last word. Having no money himself, he agrees to Maggie’s terms and vice versa, each to obtain what they want. Things change when they get to Vermont and Maggie sees the marriage she has signed herself to.

This was such a funny and romantic story. I was caught instantly by its characters and could relate to one or two things. There is not a character I didn’t like, one could probably go and live in that little town just for the fun of it. Elsie Hawkins is just hilarious, along with Hank’s friend Bubba, the ex-girlfriends, mom and dad, practically every living person in town, and let’s not forget Horatio and Fluffy our Dynamic Duo pets.

The fake marriage is only the icing on the cake for all of the crazy events that happen during the time Maggie is in Vermont. I never expected anything like that to happen. But it was well plotted. What a few missed heard words can make you do, and at the same time bring our couple together.

“They had me trussed up like a Thanksgiving turkey, brought here in a flour sack. Can you imagine that? After I paid sixteen dollars to have my hair done too.”

“It looks okay, and we washed the flour sack out last night so it wouldn’t ruin your dress. We tried to think of everything.”

Though Wife for Hire is a book that was published years ago, it is a story you can always go back to and enjoy. It’s a great story for the summer, and if you’re in for some romance and a good read Wife for Hire is the book for you.