Wife in Name Only by Hayson Manning
Trapped in a loveless marriage, Zoe Hughes escaped to make a new life for herself on the tiny island of Tonga. Now she runs a successful boutique honeymoon resort. Selling true love is easy. No one needs to know she's married in name only. At least until America's premier honeymoon magazine wants to publish a feature on her perfect marriage. Now she must convince her estranged husband to rip himself away from plotting corporate takeovers in LA to save her island paradise.
Rory agrees to come for forty-eight hours, but only because he needs the positive PR. To his surprise, the wife he finds in Tonga isn't the same woman he married. Now she's so much more…
When a storm strands Rory in Tonga, will he win back his wife or leave paradise empty-handed?
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wife In Name Only
This delightful novel has everything I enjoy in a story . Humor, a beautiful tropical island, a love story, and.... a sweet one-eyed rescued dog. It did have one thing I don't like. A terrible tropical storm!
Zoe Hughes is the owner manager of a resort on the island of Tonga. It's called Honeymoon Heaven, and has received a lot of notoriety as a wonderful honeymoon retreat. Part of the glamour of the resort is the fact it is run by the perfect married couple. A well known magazine wants to come to the island to photograph the resort, and the happy couple who run it. Zoe is thrilled by the publicity, but terrified that they will find out there is one big fat lie. . Zoe and her husband Rory are separated and have not spoken in a year! Rory is a workaholic business man in LA known as the Ice Man.
The first few years of their marriage Rory worked very hard setting up his business to be able to provide nice things for Zoe. Soon he just loved the thrill of the takeovers, and making more money. Zoe tried telling him how unhappy she was, but he was never home. So, she left. Now she desperately needs his help. He agrees to come, but secretly plots how he will get her to go back to LA.
Rory's first few days in Tonga are hysterical. He struggles to try and run his business with an antiquated computer system and no cell phone service. Gradually he settles in to island life , though continuing to plot getting Zoe back "home".
The description of the Island, it's people and Zoe's life there is excellent. You can almost feel the warm sun, and tropical breezes. There is danger from an unexpected source and a looming storm coming their way. As a reader I just wanted to shake Zoe and Rory to make them see how much they really loved each other. I certainly don't blame Zoe for never wanting to leave her paradise.
I highly recommend this novel , it is a wonderful story, and I found my self smiling when I turned the last page. Oh, and it has a lot of ABBA music!
This novel was given to me for an honest review. No compensation was offered nor accepted.
Wife in Name Only
This book is a great summer read.
I liked it, funny and sweet!