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How to Marry Your Husband

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In How to Marry Your husband we meet Rachel. She should be celebrating a special anniversary with her husband David, but instead sees something shocking that shakes the very foundations of her marriage. It really is bad enough discovering that your husband is cheating but things get worse for Rachel when she finds out that they aren’t even technically married!

I really did get a feel for Rachel’s devastation. Seeing her initial shock which quickly turns to anger and disbelief that her seemingly wonderful life is effectively tumbling down. It was very easy to be pulled into Rachel’s life feeling that anger towards David too. So I have to applaud Jacqueline Rohen for writing parts of this story from David’s perspective. It didn’t exactly endear him to me at the start but what I will say is that a change in perspective can make quite a difference. It would have been a completely different story for me without it. I have to admit that the characters in How to Marry Your Husband had their flaws especially David. I guess even Rachel had them to an extent although that could just be the way I felt as I was reading. Who knows how I would react given the same situation. Even if I didn’t necessarily agree with all of her decisions I was right there willing her to find a happy ever after.

It is safe to say that How to Marry Your Husband was a pretty addictive read. I settled down with a cuppa thinking I might just read a few chapters. Well, the next thing I knew I was nearly half way through! Which let’s be honest is a very good sign of an engaging story. I was completely caught up in Rachel and David’s story. Hearing about their life together and their past along with wondering if they still had a future. The plot moves at a steady pace and kept me entertained throughout. From the comedy filled escapades as Rachel and her friend Eva make plans to put things right and maybe make David pay along the way. To a more heartfelt look at how life isn’t straightforward and there will be bumps along the way. Showing the reader both the light and dark moments that can come with marriage, love and life in general. Even as Rachel finds herself in despair there is an uplifting side to this book as Rachel discovers things about herself and her relationship. How to Marry Your husband is a fun and uplifting story which carried me away on quite a journey!
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Romantic comedy fans looking for a brand new author to add to their favourites list are going to absolutely adore Jacqueline Rohen’s sparkling and scintillating debut novel, How to Marry Your Husband. A riotous, hilarious and at times moving tale that brilliantly explores marriage, loyalty and relationships, readers who love Sophie Kinsella and Beth O’Leary are going to fall in love with this fabulous debut.

When Rachel had married David, she thought that their marriage was for life. Rachel thought that she would be growing old with her husband and that together they could navigate the storms, triumph over all the obstacles in their way and a live a life of marital bliss. Naturally, reality proved to be far different for Rachel and David. Forget roses round the door, married life was bloody hard. When the ink dries up on the marriage certificate and the wedding dress is put at the back of the wardrobe, reality bites. Rachel was quickly brought to earth with a loud and painful thud when she spotted her husband kissing another woman and she is absolutely incandescent with rage. She wants to kill David and make him pay for disregarding their wedding vows so carelessly and shamefully. A divorce seems like the only option open to her – but revenge through divorce might not actually be possible when she discovers that their romantic wedding destination wedding was not real and that her and David are not legally married.

Rachel will go to any lengths to get her divorce. However, she might need to marry her bridegroom first – and make absolutely sure that this time their marriage is legit. As Rachel begins to tempt David down the aisle again, she is shocked to her very core when she begins to see faint glimmers of the man she had fallen madly in love with. As the magic between the two of them rekindles, will it be second time lucky for Rachel and David? Or will the shadow of his infidelity and the vast chasm that has been dividing them in the last couple of months result in the two of them deciding that they might be better off apart?

Funny, uplifting and compelling, Jacqueline Rohen’s wit, style and flair make How to Marry Your Husband a total delight to read! A brilliantly written tale that brings to life with plenty of humour the joys and frustrations of married life, How to Marry Your Husband is sure to strike a chord with readers everywhere who will recognise themselves in the characters Jacqueline Rohen has created.

Warm, witty and wonderful, How to Marry Your Husband is a terrific debut novel that will make readers laugh out loud on many an occasion making Jacqueline Rohen a writer to watch out for.
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I was super interested in this book after reading the synopsis - making your husband fall back in love with you to have a real wedding only to then divorce him for cheating?! Sign me up! 

I love a second chance romance, but unfortunately this just didn't give me what I wanted. 

We follow Rachel, who sees her husband of 15 years kissing another woman in the street. She immediately thinks he's having an affair (and why wouldn't you?!) and consults a family lawyer to discuss separation. She then discovers that their tropical wedding in Bali wasn't legally binding and is heartbroken and angry. She and her friend Eva come up with a plan to make David fall back in love with her, marry her for real, and then divorce him. 

The first part of this book is told through Rachel's eyes, but we later get David's perspective too. It turns out that everything is not as it seems but it is super frustrating because Rachel and David don't communicate with each other which causes problems. I find that unrealistic - I would like to think after 15 years of marriage you would have better communication abilities. 

This book was witty, which I enjoyed, but I was expecting a laugh out loud second chance romance, and that's not what I got. We get a lot of internal dialogue from Rachel and David, and I feel like it was often not adding anything to the story. This book could've been way shorter, and way more entertaining. 

I may just not be the right audience for this story, as I'm not married and am still youngish. 

I didn't hate this book, but it wasn't the lighthearted rom-com I was expecting it to be. 

I will keep my eye out for more books by this author however, as this was her debut and like I say, it wasn't bad, it just wasn't what I wanted it to be. 

Big thanks to Cornerstone Digital and NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Let’s start by saying that I cannot stand cheating/infidelity and I usually avoid it. I thought this book sounded more light hearted as Rachel was trying to get her husband to marry her after finding out their Bali wedding 15 years ago wasn’t legal (no shit Sherlock!). 

It was well written and I can imagine lots of people would enjoy it. However, on top of the adultery, the couple who have been ‘married’ 15 years aren’t able to communicate or talk to each other and that’s another of my Book Bugbears. I dunno. There was no discussion about the stress or trauma Rachel would be going through, how they’d work on rebuilding the trust, counselling or anything. I don’t buy it 😂

I did like that there was an older relationship in this book and a f/f relationship.

I received an e-ARC of this book from NetGalley (thank you) in exchange for an honest review. This opinion is my own.
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A lovely read that I really enjoyed.
The idea behind the plot was great and had me drawn in from reading the blurb. The characters are very likeable.  Jacqueline is a very funny writer. I laughed my way through this.
How to Marry Your husband is a brilliant first novel.
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I thought I wouldn’t like second chance romances because I made the assumption that in most there would be cheating involved. The last two second chance romances proved me wrong and I’m glad they did because I realised that I like the trope quite a lot. However, this book reminded me of why I had been so reticent about reading these kinds of romances in the first place.

My first complaint when I was reading was that there was a lot of unnecessary information being dumped, especially on Rachel’s POV. It was boring me to death. Then Rachel saw David kiss some other woman and I hoped it was all a misunderstanding so when we got David POV I was happy to see that his were shorter and more to the point. But I wasn’t happy to know that he had actually cheated on Rachel and hadn’t told her at the time. To make matters worse, he never seemed to be home and they barely saw each other. Add to that the fact that their married in Bali was not validated by the British government therefore they were never legally married, and you have a disaster only a premise on your hands.

I hate cheating in books. I understand it happens. I understand not all people who cheat will do it again. But David didn’t deserve to be forgiven in my eyes. He barely knew anything about his wife and they had been together for over 15 years! How!? And the fact that he didn’t tell her when it happened only angered me more because had he not been caught, he wouldn’t have told her about it, ever.

The whole vow renewal thing only crossed his mind because Rachel had been acting different since she found out about the cheating and because he took a call from HER PHONE and found out she’d been consulting with divorce lawyer. The whole story is a mess and I think David should have backed off.

This is not to say that Rachel was very mature and perfect. She tempered with David’s medication, went on a date with their cats’ vet and at the end they kissed. In my eyes that’s cheating too. I wish she would have just confronted him and they separated. I love childish pranking and revenge plots that end up in happy endings - You Deserve Each Other is pretty much that - but this book did it so so badly that I really didn’t enjoy it.

In my opinion the only good thing about this book are the cocktail recipes.

So needless to say that I wouldn’t recommend this to a friend.
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How to Marry Your Husband is a promising debut that’s funny and has a spirited leading lady. While the story doesn’t reach the potential the synopsis promises, it’s an entertaining read nonetheless.
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The Cover of this book appealed to me - I could tell it would be the sort of book I would enjoy. 

Likeable characters with a good storyline. In particular I liked that the story was told from the husband and wifes perspective - made you realise how innocent things can appear different depending what side you are on. 
Will look out for the authors future books.
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This is one wedding that won't be getting cancelled this summer!
Rachel vowed that she would love David for better or worse…

But when she spots him kissing another woman, she knows their marriage is over.

And she’s determined to get her revenge through divorce.

The trouble is, her romantic destination wedding wasn’t exactly legal – so if she wants to divorce her husband, she’ll have to marry him first…

But as Rachel recreates the magic of their early days in a bid to lure David back down the aisle again, will it bring back long-lost feelings for him too?

What a great read. This book was told from Rachel and David’s perspectives, and this made the story more relatable because you got to see how they were both feeling and dealing with a bump in there marriage. I loved Rachel and instantly felt for her and what she was going through.
A really enjoyable read.
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I thought this book had a clever plot and was one that Rohen was really able to flesh out well and from both sides. I had thought it was going to be more of a comedy but instead veered towards bittersweet. At times it was a bit formulaic but the characters were well enough developed to make you stay reading.
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An enjoyable story but I felt it dragged and I couldn’t quite stay absorbed, just kept moving onto something else I enjoyed more each time. It was ok,but just couldn’t seem to hold my attention and I felt it was too long at the end, 

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
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I enjoyed this book, it had enough to keep me interested till then end but I wasn't desperate to continue with the story each time I picked it up.
If it wasn't for the non-marriage side of the story then it could have been predictable.
 If I was a cocktail drinker then I would have thought the cocktail recipes were a nice touch.
I thought the Kevin and Eva storyline was a bit rushed and too easy.
I would read more by this author in future.
Thanks to Netgalley for the pre-publication read.
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*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

When I first read the title and synopsis of this book it caught my attention straight away,. The play on words, the concept of marrying someone who is already your husband, and it was clear this debut novel was a little different to the classic rom com chick lit you might expect.

The book tells the story of Rachel - a women who thought she was blissfully married, until on her 15th wedding anniversary she sees her husband David kissing another woman. A younger, beautiful woman at that. 

Devastated, and with the help of her friend Eva, Rachel starts to try and discover the truth about her husbands infidelity, but in doing so, also learns that their marriage in Bali 15 years before was never even legal as the paperwork was never filed correctly. Worse than this - David knew! How can you plan to divorce someone if you were never married in the first place?

She plots her revenge, not only in small acts of damage mitigation, but by working to make him fall in love with her again, so that she can finally give him the divorce he deserves. But does she even want to divorce him? Can she actually imagine her life without him?

A great read told from two view points, both Rachel and David, this book very quickly reveals some of the challenges of modern day relationships. Hearing different perspectives of the same events, and highlighting how poor communication, secrets, lies and misunderstandings can take their toll, this book was full with lots of plot twists that made me take a sharp intake or breath as the lives of this couple slowly unravelled around them.

The book is full of likeable and relatable characters, It would be easy to hate David if this was told from just Rachel's perspective, as after all he did cheat on his wife, however hearing his version of events play out it very quickly becomes apparent that life isnt always as it seems and that context and perception can have a huge impact on how we see the world.

I read this book from cover to cover and whilst the ending was perhaps a little anti-climatic for my liking, I really enjoyed the book. A great debut novel and I am looking forward to seeing what Jaqueline Rohen does next!
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When Rachel sees her husband of 15 years, David, kissing another woman, she begins to spiral. Deciding to leave him, she discovers that they actually aren't legally married at all... And hatches a plan to rectify that so that she can have the satisfaction of divorcing him! 

I really liked Rachel right from the start, and the author was very clever with the way she presented the situation... And then turned everything around by telling David's side of the story! I did like being able to hear both sides, and it was an unexpected twist in an otherwise fairly predictable story. 

I was expecting this book to be funny, but it was actually surprisingly sad. It felt like watching a marriage fall apart rather than seeing it revitalised. By the end, I wasn't convinced that Rachel and David should be together, which disappointed me a little. 

I enjoyed this book, and I liked seeing the characters grow. I absolutely flew through it to see how it ended, but now that I know I probably wouldn't read it again. 

I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

This review has been posted to Goodreads and will be submitted to Amazon after release.
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Rachel witnesses her husband kissing a beautiful younger woman on their 15th wedding anniversary and decided their marriage is over. However, her divorce lawyer realises that their wedding wasn't legal due to a failure in the paperwork. So Rachel decides that the only thing to do is to make him fall in love with her again, marry him and then divorce him and break his heart. However, her plan isn't as simple as she thinks!
This is a great read that is, unusually given the title and scenario, told from both Rachel and David's point of view. It had some great moments that made me laugh, some absolutely cringe-worthy moments and some that were quite touching. It ws the kind of easy, gripping read that makes you put off anything else until you get to the end.
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After finding out her husband had been cheating on her Rachel set out for revenge. 
I enjoyed the storyline but felt that it was dragged out a bit too much.
Thank you for letting me read this book.
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I absolutely love discovering new authors and Jacqueline Rohen.  I read the synopsis for 'How To Marry Your Husband' and it certainly sounded like an interesting read.  I grabbed a cup of tea, grabbed my Kindle and settled down to read.  'How To Marry Your Husband' was most definitely an interesting read and then some.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book but more about that in a bit.
I wasn't quite sure what to make of this book when I first started to read it.  It took me a little while to get used to the characters and to get a feel for the story.  Once I got into the story that was it, I was away and I found it extremely difficult to put the book down for any length of time.  I became so caught up in the story that I lost all track of time.  I didn't realise just how quickly I was reading the book until I looked up to check, only to discover that I had read over 30% of the story, which I was surprised about.  Usually I have a short attention span and I find it hard to concentrate but not with this book I didn't.  I soon raced through the book and all too quickly I had reached the end of the story.  This was one of those fantastic books that allows you to escape your troubles for an afternoon.  'How To Marry Your Husband' was the distraction I so needed.
'How To Marry Your Husband' is extremely well written.  I love the way in which the author has created a lovable character in Rachel, who just seems like she would be a canny laugh and a fabulous friend.  There were numerous times when I either wanted to shake her by the shoulders or just give her a hug.  I kept everything crossed that she would get the ending that she deserved.  The author grabbed my attention with the synopsis and then lured me into the story by making Rachel so likeable and her relationship so interesting and so realistic.  Jacqueline has one of those writing styles that is easy to get used to and easy to get along with.  Reading this book felt more like a chat amongst friends rather than reading a book.  I hope that makes sense.  I felt like I was part of the story too and that was all thanks to Jacqueline's very realistic and vivid storytelling.
In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'How To Marry Your Husband' and I would recommend it to other readers.  I will definitely be reading more of Jacqueline's work in the future.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.
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I had to read the title twice. How To Marry Your Husband. Wait. Say that again. If he’s your husband, you’re married already… right? Have I missed a rule about marriage??

It turned out I knew all about weddings and family law, but that didn’t mean Rachel couldn’t marry David… Because even though they’ve been living together forever and had a wonderful escape wedding fifteen years ago, they are not legally husband and wife. Imagine discovering this out of nowhere. I would be mad. Scrap this, mad wouldn’t even cover it. And if it wasn’t enough, just before a weekend of celebration for their anniversary, Rachel sees her not-so-hubby kissing another woman. It is fair to say her world is crashing down. Boom.

I took an instant liking to Rachel. Her thoughts and feelings reached me from the pages and my heart beat to the sound of the music played by the range of emotions she went through during her unforgettable journey. She’s the woman next door, kind and happy without getting on your nerves. She has lovely friends. Rachel is what I’d call normal if this word was still in my vocabulary. She could be me, if I ever were to get married.

With all this craziness jumping at Rachel like little baby monsters partying on the shattered parts of her life, I was not expecting to get David’s point of view. I was already on Rachel’s side, calling David names and coming up with evil plans to make him pay. I suppose that was what the author was aiming for, and my goodness, she succeeded! However… David’s point of view made me take a step back. As you read, you go through all events through his eyes too and this switch in perspective changes everything. It is funny what context and details do to a story!

I was happy that for once, there was no clear line between love and hate, between marriage and divorce. Rachel loves David and wonders where it all went wrong. David … I prefer to let you get to know him, but let’s say he is a flawed and interesting character I couldn’t help rooting for. This book is about battles – between people, between you and your feelings, between reality and dream… A fierce battle with the sweetest reward if you’re strong enough to make it to the end.

Utterly entertaining and deeply human, How to Marry Your Husband is a moving and yes, hilarious novel about love and mistakes, about almost perfect, about changes of plans, bumps in the road, and what to make of acid lemons when life throws them in your face. Do you give up on the man you vowed to love till death knocks at your door? Do you try harder to make it work? Is there a way out without too much damage? Jaqueline Rohen explores relationships, the place they take and the bonds they come with. I truly enjoyed reading How to Marry Your Husband, it is the perfect romance with a touch that makes all the difference.
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A delightful rom com that kept me on my toes the whole time. The storyline was exceptional and the characters engaging and believable.
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Rachel and David's 15th anniversary is approaching quickly and they're looking towards a weekend full of celebrations. But when Rachel spots her husband, who is supposed to be picking up a cake for the above mentioned celebrations but instead is kissing another woman, much younger than Rachel, she is convinced this is the end of her marriage. Moreover, she then also discovers that they're not even legally married, as the proper forms have never been filled after they got married in some exotic surroundings. So, how can you divorce your husband who isn't really your husband? And - does she really want to divorce him? Or is there a second chance for them?

At the beginning the story was told only from Rachel's point of view, and I liked it, so the chapters told by David were a kind of surprise and I must admit that I, well, I started to think that maybe he really isn't the perfect choice for Rachel? He somehow sounded a bit spineless, lacking fibre compared to the quirky, full of life Rachel. Actually, all the female characters in this book were brilliant, strong women with distinctive voices, don't you think? They knew what they want from life and they went for it, and I truly adored this fact - finally strong, likeable and believable group of confident and opinionated, modern women. And I simply couldn't root for the relationship between Rachel and David, no matter how often they tried to assure me that they can't live without each other, that they're each other's The Ones - so why, oh why, didn't you communicate? Why didn't you speak with other? Why? It was so, so annoying!

Now, I'm going to be totally honest with you. The book sounded so promisingly brilliant and I started to read it with huge expectations, hoping for a humorous, witty revenge book, something like Jane Fallon maybe? The more I read, the more hope I had but, sadly, in the end the story didn't live up to my expectations. It focused much more on the inner thoughts, the characters were talking about the same thing over and over again without actually doing nothing - and I think this is my biggest problem with this story. Except for the few sentences with Rachel's ideas how to take revenge on David, and except for a few pages when David complained that things are so strange there was nothing more about it, so no getting even, sadly.

The book had it moments, of course it did but too often I had a feeling that the writing is a bit chopped, not as polished as it should be. Nevertheless, it is a light - hearted story that also touches upon some more serious issues, and altogether it is truly a lovely read, and a brilliant debut novel with tons of potential, and I will be more than happy to read the author's another release. There are secrets aplenty, lies and misunderstandings but also brilliant friendship and true love - love so strong that can blind you completely. The characters were full of flaws and dysfunctional but it only made them more realistic and relatable.
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