An Ideal Wife
Gemma Townley
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An Ideal Wife
Gemma Townley
256 pages
June 2010
rated 4 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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Jessica Wild’s story concludes in the final romp of her madcap tale: An Ideal Wife, the third book in Gemma Townley’s erstwhile series about a young heroine who has inherited millions from an old woman she visited in her grandmother’s nursing home, with whom she shared her plans with her then-current project: Project Marriage.

Fearing her husband’s reaction if she tells him that she kissed his enemy, Jessica embarks on Project Ideal Wife, yet another ill-conceived venture with hilarious results. In the last book, just before she became Mrs. Jessica Wild Wainwright, Jessica shared a most unwelcome kiss from Hugh Barter. Ever since, he has been blackmailing Jessica with dire threats of telling Max about the kiss if she doesn’t fork over a wad of cash. She has forked over four wads of cash since. Sick of being blackmailed, she embarks on Project Ideal Wife. Before Jessica can tell Max about the kiss, she has to make sure Max is good and sure as to what he loves about her. So far, Jessica hasn’t found anything that she is really good at as a wife, so Project Ideal Wife takes shape.

She enlists the help of her friends Helen; Ivana; her assistant, Caroline; her mum, Giles; and - yes - even Anthony Milton. Things go awry when she inadvertently lands Max in hospital for a week straight. Project Ideal Wife is put on the back burner while she deals with an audit at work, her mum apparently screwing around behind her fiancée's back while he is out of town, and a few too many surprises. But Project Ideal Wife is never far from Jessica’s mind as she drags her friends to one self-help class after another.

Hilarity ensues when she meets her long-lost father and discovers the real reason that Hugh Barter has been blackmailing her. An Ideal Wife is wildly hilarious and surprises abound in the final stretch of the saga of Jessica Wild’s undomesticated antics. I will truly miss riding along with Jessica and Max as their marriage progresses - trouble is sure to follow in their wake.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Megan Duncan, 2010

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