Careful What You Wish For by Hallie Ephron

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This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

Careful What You Wish For

Summary: Emily Harlow is a professional organizer who helps people declutter their lives; she’s married to man who can’t drive past a yard sale without stopping. He’s filled their basement, attic, and garage with his finds.

Like other professionals who make a living decluttering peoples’ lives, Emily has devised a set of ironclad rules. When working with couples, she makes clear that the client is only allowed to declutter his or her own stuff. That stipulation has kept Emily’s own marriage together these past few years. She’d love nothing better than to toss out all her husband’s crap. He says he’s a collector. Emily knows better—he’s a hoarder. The larger his “collection” becomes, the deeper the distance grows between Emily and the man she married.

Luckily, Emily’s got two new clients to distract herself: an elderly widow whose husband left behind a storage unit she didn’t know existed, and a young wife whose husband won’t allow her stuff into their house. Emily’s initial meeting with the young wife takes a detour when, after too much wine, the women end up fantasizing about how much more pleasant life would be without their collecting spouses.

But the next day Emily finds herself in a mess that might be too big for her to clean up. Careful what you wish for, the old adage says . . . now Emily might lose her freedom, her marriage . . . and possibly her life.


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

I remember being really excited about this book when I requested it. It sounded like a really good mystery and I was eager to read it. Then, it got pushed to the back burner and lost on my Kindle until I saw the author at Bouchercon and was like- hmm, I still need to read this book. So, I finally did!


Unfortunately, it did not live up to my expectations. The mystery was just kinda bleh and the main character was a bit too naive for my liking.


What I liked:

The cover!

Emily’s profession! And the Marie Kondo reference!

The ending.


Bottom line: This book just didn’t do much for me. If you ask me in 1 year what the book was about- I don’t know if I would remember enough to talk about it.


*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*


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Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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