Lindas Book Obsession Reviews “Wife After Wife” by Olivia Hayfield, Berkley Publishing, January 2020
Olivia Hayfield, Author of “Wife After Wife’ has written a unique and witty contemporary re-take on “Henry VIII and his wives”. The Genres for this novel are Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Satire, Humor, and Romance. Instead of Henry VIII being the King of England, he is now a “Media King” in the 21st Century, who does appreciate women. Harry Rose is the head of Rose Corporation. The author describes her characters as complex, complicated, and quirky. There are betrayals and tragic events.
Harry Rose is quite charismatic, charming, and seems to be a magnet to women. In this modern version, Harry is aggressive in business and love. He justifies his actions, and if he can’t, he makes excuses for his choices. Except as the story progresses in time we are in the “Me-too” movement. I found Harry Rose’s wives interesting and unusual. Harry’s children also have unique personalities.
I appreciate the creativity and the way the author vividly describes the characters and events. This novel is witty, entertaining, and thought-provoking. I would highly recommend this appealing story for readers who enjoy a creative satire.