Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Book Review: The Foster Wife

By Sara Steven

After a devastating breakup, instead of drowning in her tears, Amelia Day starts a new business. For a hefty fee, she uses the methods for training foster dogs to transform men into suitable marriage material. Her track record is impeccable until she meets perpetual bachelor Phin Baxtor. From the start, she’s confused as to why this guitar-playing hunk would even want to hire her, but she needs the money, so she takes him on.

Phin is content with working in his food truck all day and playing the field at night. But his business partner, Jay, offers him a bet he can’t refuse. If Phin can complete Amelia’s program without changing his ways, he will win Jay’s rare guitar. Certain his task will be easier than playing "Hound Dog," he agrees to enter the program.

With Phin and Amelia spending all their time together, her techniques begin to slip past his defenses. He might become her biggest success, but falling for a client isn’t supposed to be part of the deal. (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads.)

The Foster Wife was reminiscent of the classic movie If A Man Answers, starring Sandra Dee and Bobby Darin–and in the best of ways! I loved the premise and unique twist of using the same methods Amelia employs to train dogs, for men who need assistance in the marriage department. It’s obvious she’s met her match with Phin. From the get go, the reader is well aware that it will not be a smooth, easy process in getting Phin to do anything that Amelia wants him to do–in fact, he purposely sets out to show her just how ridiculous he thinks her methods can be! 

The only problem is, Phin begins to see Amelia as more than just the obnoxious trainer he’s stuck with. There are a lot of qualities about her that he finds enjoyable, and the same can be said for the way Amelia feels about Phin. He might come off as uber tough and too much of a ladies man, but she sees right to the core of him. There is a lot of good there–the kind of good that could potentially be the perfect match for her. 

Unfortunately, both characters have a lot of “buts” in the mix. Amelia thinks that Phin is charming and could be an ideal mate, BUT she is only around to help him to become a successful partner for someone else. Phin thinks that Amelia is wonderful, BUT if he lets her “win,” it means he might have a lot to lose. Many of my favorite moments consist of the witty banter between the two of them. I think the way two people can engage with one another says a lot about them, and the author did an excellent job of making a unique storyline incredibly believable in that way. Amelia and Phin are the modern day Sandra Dee and Bobby Darin. It was a five-star experience for me!

Thanks to Cindy Dorminy for the book in exchange for an honest review.

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