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.”

16 thoughts on “The Husband Maker

  1. Great titles and awesome covers! Nice branding with the series. Well done. Thanks for sharing, Char!

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  3. I have been wanting to read this! It will definitely be up next on my TBR list. (Karey read and rated I Have People on Goodreads and I was ridiculously excited!)
    Sorry I haven’t been around much lately. I had family in town for two weeks and it was crazy busy! I’ve posted two more new covers on my blog today and I would LOVE to hear what you think of them, Charissa.
    Hope you are feeling better and have recovered well!

  4. What a fun and interesting book. It had all the elements of great reading: humor, romance, surprise, tears, etc. Great job, Karey White.
    P.S. I like my chocolate in any form, milk chocolate, semi-sweet, dark, extra dark!!!

    Lover of Books

  5. I love the way you describe reading this book like sitting in a cafe getting therapy. Fantastic – it must have been a very ‘real’ read, Char 😀

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