The Husband Maker

The Husband Maker by Karey White

Charlotte’s a girl with nicknames. She may not love being called Charles or Chuck, but the hardest nickname to take is the one she was given in college, the one that’s followed her now for too many years. They call her “the husband maker” and sadly, it fits. Every guy she’s dated since high school has become his next girlfriend’s husband. Not hers. Not three girlfriends down the road. The next.

Is she doing something wrong or is she just cursed?

When Kyle Aldsworth enters the picture and sweeps her off her feet, Charlotte begins to hope that maybe she’s not destined to be single forever. A senator’s son with political aspirations of his own, Kyle’s wealthy, handsome, and in need of a wife. Will Charlotte be disappointed yet again, or will she finally be able to make a husband for herself?

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My Thoughts

This was a super cute book. Charlotte (or Chuck, Charlie or Chuckers) hasn’t been lucky in love. Read the excerpt below to learn more about her worst nickname though. When her boss sets her up with a friend, she isn’t prepared to lose her heart again, but that’s what happens. Karey White writes a good story. The characters and dialogue were fresh and believable. Many times, I felt like I was sitting in a cafe getting therapy (fattening food for when they break up and need to vent) with them. I loved Charlotte’s character and also the side characters like Angus and Will. You know a book is great when the side characters are so well developed. I gobbled this book up in one day, and am excited to read the sequel that will be out this fall. If you need a good book, read this one.

Karey WhiteAuthor Karey White

Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist.

She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.

 

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Coming Fall 2014 – Charlotte’s Story continues in The Match Maker

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Excerpt from the Husband Maker

Mrs. Shelton’s words bounced around in my head. They call her the husband maker.

“That’s quite a frown you’ve got going there.”
“Sorry.”
Angus dipped his head, forcing me to make eye contact with him.
“Don’t be sorry. Just talk to me.”
“Have you heard anyone call me the husband maker?”
Angus leaned back in the booth and shook his head. His dark, worried eyes watched me. “Who told you about that?”
“So you have?” When he didn’t immediately speak, I knew the answer. I sighed and leaned back against my seat as well.
There we sat, both of us slouching against our seats, looking at each other.
“Why didn’t you tell me?” I whispered.
“Now why would I do that? Why would I purposely tell you something that would hurt your feelings?”
I should have appreciated his desire to spare me, but at the moment, I wasn’t sure what to think. “Wouldn’t a real friend be honest with me?”
“I was honest. If you’d ever asked me, I’d have told you. I wouldn’t have lied to you. But I don’t think a real friend would jump at the chance to share something hurtful. Wouldn’t a real friend be protective?”
I shrugged.
“Who told you?”
“No one.”
“Then how—?”
“I overheard Hannah Shelton’s mom in the restroom. She was telling some other woman that everyone calls me the husband maker.”
“Not everyone, Chuck.”
“You know what I mean. And why shouldn’t they? There I was at Harrison’s wedding. I guess I just made him a husband. I guess I made Skyler a husband. And CJ and Jerry and . . . I can keep going if you want me to.” I would have kept going to illustrate my point, but my voice was starting to quiver, and in a minute, I’d only have two options—cry or yell at Angus. As upset as I was that he’d never told me, I knew he didn’t deserve to be yelled at. He was here for therapy, after all.
“Charlotte.”
His voice was full of concern, and he used my given name, so I knew he wasn’t kidding around.
“What?” My voice cracked.
He shook his head. “Don’t worry about what people say. You’ve had bad luck. That’s all. It isn’t your fault.”
The waitress brought out our food. “Can I get you anything else?”
“This is great, thanks.” Angus wasted no time piling food on his plate. “I hope you’re hungry,” he said after she left.
“I can’t believe we’re eating this much food at almost ten.”
“If the food doesn’t take your mind off all this junk, the heartburn will.”
I laughed.
Angus’s voice turned serious again. “If you wish I’d have told you, I’m sorry I didn’t.”
I nodded. I wasn’t sure I wanted the answer, but I had to ask. “Have you ever called me that?”
“Of course not.”

The Narrows – Zion

DSC02411Here’s another hike my family did back in June. I couldn’t go since I was handicapped with my fractured arm, but I did this hike with my husband back when we were engaged, so I remember it. This is another amazing hike that touches the soul because it’s like you’re viewing a piece of heaven you never get to see in normal life.

My in-laws were beyond kind and drove my family 2-1/2 hours to the drop off point at some ranch outside of Zion National Park. You should have a big stick for support; this helps to check the river depth and gives you an ‘extra leg’ when hiking through the river (which you have to do a LOT on this hike since it’s in the narrow slot canyons).

This year was a low water year, so the water didn’t get above their waists, but on high water years, be prepared to swim many parts of this hike (waterproof your belongings either way). The river is full of slippery, mossy rocks, so wear sturdy shoes with good ankle support and carry a big stick (I sound like Teddy Roosevelt).

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Bring a good camera because you don’t want to miss out on these views. This took my family 10 hours to do. It’s 18 miles from the top to the bottom. You need a permit and have to pick it up the day before and work out logistical details for who will drop you off and pick you up, or if you will pay for a shuttle, etc. On high water years, this takes longer to hike, so start early in the morning to get out before dark.

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Needless to say, don’t hike this if there is a chance of rain. Flash floods are dangerous in the desert and will kill you. There’s nowhere to run when you’re in a tight slot canyon, so get your permit and check the weather before hiking.

This was my husband’s 6th time hiking the Narrows. I think this might have been his favorite time too. He said he’d forgotten how green and lush it is back in those canyons. Ferns grow off the side of the cliffs and the canyon walls keep the brutal sun from baking you in there (so even in the heat of the summer, this isn’t bad).

This hike isn’t for the faint-hearted though. Every one of my kids were sore and almost limping after they returned, but they all agreed that this was their FAVORITE HIKE EVER!

That says a lot.

Angel’s Landing – Zion

DSC02262Back in June, my family did some amazing hikes. This is the first hike they did. I didn’t get to do this with them since I was still in a sling, but I’ve hiked this many times since my Grandma lives only about 40 minutes away. These pictures took me back to my young, spry days when I hiked like a mountain goat and ran down switchbacks without my knees screaming at me. Now that I’m older, I hike more like a dairy cow (Moooo! Give me a snack.)

This trail is amazing! It was made by the CCC’s back during the Great Depression and is a tribute to what men can do when they put muscle and mind to work. It awes me what they did–digging tunnels through mountains, making trails up to the tippy tops of cliffs.

The trail is dug into the side of one cliff and then takes you back through a pretty slot canyon, and up the side of another cliff with 21 steep switchbacks (all paved and bricked), and then out onto a razorback (which can be kind of scary–hence, the chains to hold onto).

If you have vertigo or get dizzy, don’t do this hike (or only go to the top of the switchbacks and then turn back–you still get an awesome view from there, but don’t have to go out on the chain part). I haven’t done it since my honeymoon, and I don’t remember feeling scared at all then…but I think the heights would get to me more now that I’m older). This Youtube video is awesome to get a feel for the hike and the spectacular views up there. Zion National Park is heaven to me! I hiked and played there countless times as a kid, and every time I go there now, it feels like coming home.

 

Murder & Laughter

Murder and laughter usually don’t mix, but Anya Wylde has a gift of making serious things utterly ridiculous and silly. I’ve read all of her books and they are slapstick funny and make me literally LOL (the only time that dumb acronym is accurate).

Her latest novel, Murder at Rudhall Manor is no different, except that there isn’t a romance in it per se (although I wouldn’t be surprised if one blossoms in a future book). This one is a little darker, dealing with murder, exotic pets, cruel aristocrats, and a helpless young nanny caught in the middle. Continue reading

My Kindle…my friend

I’m out of my sling and feeling better every day. It will be a  few more weeks before I will get more motion out of my arm, but all in all, I’m loving life and am appreciating the ‘little things’ I can do…and not do. The human body is miraculous. Such an amazing gift. I got my arm x-rayed today and my bone is looking so much better. It’s not so squished together now–it’s healing itself…producing more bone tissue or fiber or whatever the medical term is. I just think that’s incredible. Continue reading

Infinity + 1 Release

INFINITY + ONE COVERYea!!! I can buy this book now. Amy Harmom is one of my favorite authors, so I’ve been excited about this release date for months.

Synopsis

When two unlikely allies become two unwitting outlaws, will two unforgettable lovers defy unbeatable odds?

Bonnie Rae Shelby is a superstar. She’s rich. She’s beautiful. She’s impossibly famous. And Bonnie Rae Shelby wants to die.

Finn Clyde is a nobody. He’s broken. He’s brilliant. He’s impossibly cynical. And all he wants is a chance at life. Continue reading

Crash and burn – Lessons learned

2014-05-26 16.37.56My husband loves mountain biking. It’s HIS thing. I’ve gone out in the past and enjoyed being in nature, but I’ve always been a little terrified of the downhill and way out of shape on the uphill. That terror/panting feeling made me be ‘gracious’ and bow out when asked if I wanted to go biking with him.

But this year, I determined to overcome my fears and become proficient at biking so I could go out more with him. This spring was perfect weather, so I’ve gone out every week and improved a ton each time, gradually leaving the bunny trail for more difficult rides. I can honestly say I’ve caught the Biking Bug.

On Memorial Day, we went up to Bogus Basin Mountain with a bunch of friends to do the Stack Rock trail. I feared I would be the worst biker in our group (and I was), but no one taunted me. Continue reading