Category Archives: Eileen Goudge

Welcome to Carson Springs by Eileen Goudge

Title: Welcome to Carson Springs by Eileen Goudge
Subtitle: Introducing the Delarosa Family
Publisher: Open Road
Genre: Historical, Romance, 1950s
Length: 74 pages (estimated)
Book Rating: B

Review Copy Obtained from Publisher Through NetGalley


A Hollywood film crew upends life in an idyllic California village in this prequel to the Carson Springs trilogy.

In the late 1950s, filmmakers descended on Carson Springs to shoot the movie that made this sleepy Spanish mission town famous. A plaque commemorates the filming of Stranger in Paradise, but nowhere does it mention Cora Delarosa, whose life changed forever when Hollywood arrived. Barely thirty, but married for over a decade, she does not realize that her marriage is falling apart until she meets the handsome and charming film director Hank Montgomery. In this novella, Eileen Goudge sets the stage for her Carson Springs trilogy, showing that in this small town, passion, heartache, and long-buried secrets have always been a way of life.

This ebook features excerpts from two of the Carson Springs novels, favorite recipes from Eileen Goudge’s own kitchen, and an illustrated biography of Goudge including rare photos from her personal collection.

Eileen Goudge (b. 1950) is one of the nation’s most successful authors of women’s fiction. She began as a young adult writer, helping to launch the phenomenally successful Sweet Valley High series, and in 1986 she published her first adult novel, the New York Times bestseller Garden of Lies.

She has published fifteen novels in all, including the three-book saga of Carson Springs, Thorns of Truth-a sequel to Gardens of Lies-and 2012’s The Replacement Wife. She lives and works in New York City.

The Review:

Welcome to Carson Springs is a short read with a powerful message. It is the perfect introduction to Eileen Goudge’s Carson Springs trilogy.

Like many long-married couples, Cora and Jack Delarosa are caught up in the daily routine of day to day living. Life follows a predictable pattern with Jack as the dominant partner in their marriage with Cora content to follow Jack’s lead.

But all of that changes when she meets Hank Montgomery. The attraction she feels towards Hank causes her to question the state of her marriage and the love she has for her husband. Standing at a crossroads in her marriage, she must decide if she wants to rescue her marriage or indulge her passion for Hank.

Welcome to Carson Springs is a beautiful story about love and self-discovery. Eileen Goudge aptly demonstrates how even long-married couples sometimes do not know themselves or their partners as well as they think they do. She also perfectly displays why communication is the key to a happy and long lasting relationship.

An entertaining novel for both old and new fans of the Carson Springs trilogy.


Filed under 1950s, Eileen Goudge, Historical, Open Road Media, Rated B, Romance, Welcome to Carson Springs

The Replacement Wife by Eileen Goudge

Title: The Replacement Wife by Eileen Goudge
Publisher: Open Road Media
Genre: Contemporary, Women’s Fiction
Length: 484 pages
Book Rating: A

Review Copy Obtained from Publisher Through NetGalley


From New York Times bestselling author Eileen Goudge comes a poignant new novel that asks the question, “What would you do if you were told you had only six months to live?” For one professional matchmaker the answer is heart-wrenching: She must find her husband’s next wife.

Camille Hart, one of Manhattan’s most sought-after matchmakers, has survived more than her fair share of hardships. Her mother died when she was a young girl, leaving her and her sister with an absentee father. Now in her forties, she has already survived cancer once, though the battle revealed just how ill-equipped her husband Edward is to be a single parent. So when doctors tell Camille that her cancer is back—and this time it’s terminal—she decides to put her matchmaking expertise to the test for one final job. Seeking stability for her children and happiness for her husband, Camille sets out to find the perfect woman to replace her when she’s gone.

But what happens when a dying wish becomes a case of “be careful what you wish for”? For Edward and Camille, the stunning conclusion arrives with one last twist of fate that no one saw coming.

At once deeply felt and witty, The Replacement Wife is an unforgettable story of love and family, and a refreshing look at the unexpected paths that lead us to our own happy endings.

The Review:

The Replacement Wife by Eileen Goudge is a breathtaking story that is full of emotion and richly drawn characters that will capture your heart. When matchmaker Camille Harte receives the devastating news that her cancer has returned and it is terminal this time, she makes the unorthodox decision to find her husband Edward Constantin a new wife. Camille is unprepared for the emotions her matchmaking efforts will provoke in herself and Edward, and she sets in motion a chain of events that have a surprising and unexpected impact on their twenty year marriage.

Camille Harte and Edward Constantin are, to all appearances, a deeply in love and happily married couple. Despite their love for one another, Camille’s first bout with cancer has taken a toll on their marriage. Her determination to find a woman to step into Edward’s and their children’s lives after she is gone reveals both the unseen and unacknowledged changes their relationship has undergone.

The Replacement Wife is a well-written novel with a unique plot that is engaging and quite compelling. Told from multiple points of view, the reader gains valuable insight into the various characters’ thoughts and motivations. The characters are beautifully developed and incredibly true to life. Their reactions and emotions to the situations facing them are realistic and given the circumstances of the story, understandable.

Ms. Goudge brilliantly demonstrates the effects that a catastrophic illness has not only on a marriage but the entire family. The couple’s roles are redefined with the strengths and weaknesses of the partners quickly becoming apparent. But the key issue that The Replacement Wife raises is how far should one go to make their spouse happy? Should your partner’s desires supersede your own? And if you do give in to their wishes against your will, what effect will that have on your relationship?

The Replacement Wife is an exquisite novel that is quite captivating and thought provoking. While an emotional read, it is delightfully free of angst and heavy sorrow. Eileen Goudge takes the The Replacement Wife in an unforeseen direction that brings this beautiful story to an unanticipated yet marvelously satisfying conclusion.


Filed under Contemporary, Eileen Goudge, Open Road Media, Rated A, The Replacement Wife, Women's Fiction