Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Review: Wife After Wife by Olivia Hayfield

Wife After Wife
by Olivia Hayfield

Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 432
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  A wickedly entertaining and utterly absorbing modern take on the life and marriages of Henry VIII...if he were a twenty-first-century womanizing media mogul rather than the king of England.

Master of the universe Harry Rose is head of the Rose Corporation, number eighteen on the Forbes rich list, and recently married to wife number six. But in 2018, his perfect world is about to come crashing to the ground. His business is in the spotlight--and not in a good way--and his love life is under scrutiny. Because behind a glittering curtain of lavish parties, gorgeous homes, and a media empire is a tale worthy of any tabloid.

And Harry has a lot to account for.

Kritters Thoughts:  A book that chronicles the life of Harry Rose from a young man to a titan in an industry and the wives that came in and out of his life.  Harry Rose could be compared to King Henry VIII and the women are cleverly renamed!  

Taking King Henry VIII into the 80s is such a great concept.  I loved how easily it was to take the ways of a King and convert them into a modern day and do just a few updates.  There were a few things that made me shake my head but those were few and far in between.  I also loved the nods to the past - with the name of a pub or a plaque honoring things from the past.

This book was a cross between a historical fiction reimagining and a #MeTOO work of art.  I only knew the random bits of stories about King Henry VIII, so parts of this book may have flown right over my head, but without that knowledge the book was still an interesting read.  I wouldn't mind reading this book again after reading some more historical fiction about his life and see what more I could pick up on.  The bits I did, made me chuckle!

I would love for Olivia Hayfield to do more of these from prominent figures from the past - I would love it even more if it were a character that I knew more about.  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2019 Challenge: 64 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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