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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (900 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bridget Asher Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9781455194599
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What would life be like with the one who got away?

For Gwen Merchant, love has always been doled out in little packets—from her father, who buried himself in work after her mother’s death, and from her husband, Peter, who’s always been respectable and safe. But when an old college boyfriend, the irrepressible Elliot Hull, invites himself back into Gwen’s life with a surprising proposition, she suddenly starts questioning everything she’s ever expected from love.

Elliot, it turns out, is in need of a pretend wife, just for the weekend, in order to fulfill his dying mother’s last wish. But as Gwen finds herself drawn into Elliot’s quirky, wonderful family—and uncovers a few secrets about her own—a pretend relationship just might turn out to be the most real thing she’s ever known.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Asher brings an abundance of warmth and wisdom to this tale of lost-and-found love.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Balances the lighter side of life with the sadder realities. Surprising, poignant moments pave the way for a…satisfyingly happy ending.”

    Booklist

  • “Succeeds with the aid of humor, insight and an appealing heroine. If this one has not yet been optioned for film, it soon will be.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A sexy rumination about love and loss, truth and lies, marriage and friendship, with a daring, propulsive plot…I ate it up.”

    Lisa Gabriele, author of The Almost Archer Sisters andTempting Faith DiNapoli

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 2/19/2014

    " I actually kind of liked this story. It was a nice read. Kind of scary for those in comfortable relationships, but exciting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky Yurchiak | 2/16/2014

    " I didn't know quite what to expect when I started this book. I really enjoyed it and am anxious to read more by this author. It's more thought provoking than I first thought! Couldn't wait to see how it ended! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori K | 2/12/2014

    " Very sweet. I have the audiobook version. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cami Hensley | 2/4/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. Its a love triangle of sorts. A married woman meets up with her college fling (it was only 3 weeks thats why I am calling it a fling even though it was so much more) and ends up agreeing to pose as his wife for his mothers dying wish. I felt like it flowed nicely and had some great lessons about finding who you really are. I highly reccomend this one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cecily | 2/2/2014

    " I would have preferred less cussing, but it was a pretty good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 1/11/2014

    " She writes in a very interesting way...her characters are well developed and I like the ending. It was an ok book, not great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christen | 1/4/2014

    " Nothing about this book kept me wanting to read....I don't think that Bridget Asher is that great of a writer and the story was weak and far fetched (really what husband would lone his wife out to another man for a weekend). The only thing that kept me reading is my somewhat Type A personality that almost refuses to not finish a book I start. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 1/3/2014

    " "Life is a tangle." Very likable book. Family and marital relationships. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathleen | 1/2/2014

    " summer read..finished in 5 days..okay "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 11/30/2013

    " This was a fun read, with some twists. Nothing heavy, but pleasant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judith | 10/23/2013

    " Sometimes you think that the wrong man is the right one for you -- and when that wrong man suddenly appears back in your life, it all falls back into place. Clever maneuvering of the "fill in for my fictional wife" plot. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Clare | 8/28/2013

    " Oh, I so wanted to like it but was bored. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 8/23/2013

    " Very easy book to read, and very enjoyable "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 8/7/2013

    " It was ok. I liked the concept more than the actual boof. I wish it had been better. The characters' struggles are not as big as they make them out to bem and the miraculous recovery was too predictable "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Englandjennifer | 7/7/2013

    " nearly a 5 star, I really enjoyed this book. I loved the ending, how the story evolves. I just had a difficult time with the philosophical parts of the book. Some may not like the storyline it seems morbid, just plain wrong in so many areas but to me I liked this book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 5/1/2013

    " A little deeper and more layered than I anticipated. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashley | 4/24/2013

    " Not my forte or a book I would usually be interested in reading, but it was ok. People who like modern day romance stories will really like this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ninja Neko | 12/2/2012

    " Very fast read, but I thought some parts were a bit too convenient... they fell in love so fast I kept wondering why. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 8/22/2012

    " This our book club book for August. A great discussion book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Wade | 4/30/2012

    " I did like it- although it bothers me to say that since it was a book about a married woman who gets reunited with her college boyfriend and realizes she loves him instead. It was sweet love story, but I wish the main character had been engaged instead of married. It would seem less scandalous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iris | 1/31/2012

    " Sometimes you pretend what you really want. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rochelle | 12/26/2011

    " Fun read. Not sure where it was going so like Kristy said, I was a bit worried, but I liked how it ended. A lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie McGinty | 8/23/2011

    " I liked her first book, My Husband's Sweethearts, better "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathy Nelson | 6/16/2011

    " didn't finish...couldn't get into this book at all... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Niki | 6/12/2011

    " Cute book. Takes a look at relationships and settling for "good" versus fighting for that one love of a lifetime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chanda | 6/5/2011

    " A cute, easy read. At one point toward the beginning of the book (when they are at Helen's party) I got the giggles so bad I couldn't stop laughing for twenty minutes. My husband thinks I'm a lunatic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 5/4/2011

    " Loved this book! It was a nice light read that made me laugh and cry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 3/17/2011

    " I wish Bridget Asher would write faster. I love her characters. My Husband's Sweethearts should be a movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eloisa | 2/20/2011

    " Gread read, loved the characters even the children are charming "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Yolanda | 2/17/2011

    " Meh. This book really didn't grab me. And now that I am finished with it, I don't know what made me want to read it in the first place. But it wasn't a total suck. Just a partial suck. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 1/20/2011

    " As someone who sometimes wonders...what if? this book was a good one for me. I could relate to Gwen, the main character, seeing some of myself in her life.

    I enjoyed this book and will look for more by the author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zoe | 1/9/2011

    " Just what I needed. Positive without being corny or cliche or too wrapped up in a pretty bow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devak | 11/28/2010

    " Surprisingly enjoyed. Light read with a great message - don't settle for less! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 11/20/2010

    " Interesting look at this womens life and her take on marraige. "

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About the Author
Author Bridget Asher

Bridget Asher is the author of My Husband’s Sweethearts, The Pretend Wife, and The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted.

About the Narrator

Carrington MacDuffie is a voice actor and recording artist who has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has been a frequent finalist for the Audie Award, including for her original audiobook, Many Things Invisible. Alongside her narration work, she has released a new album of original songs, Only an Angel.