Audiobook Review: Help Wanted: Barbara Valentin

Help Wanted

Narrated by Wendy Rich Stetson

When Claire Nelson decided that her happily-ever-after lay not in marriage but in a spot on the New York Times best seller list, she vowed never to tie the knot. But that was before she met Paul Mendez, handsome and charming enough to have her breaking said vow and marrying him shortly after college.

Almost 15 years and four sons later, Claire is now a burned out breadwinner ready to ditch her quest for happily-ever-after, and Paul has traded his dream of chairing corporate board meetings for volunteering at PTA meetings as a stay-at-home dad. Feeling trapped in a demanding job, Claire’s repeated attempts to get Paul to return to work fall flat. Contemplating divorce, she drafts a letter to the Plate Spinner, a popular advice columnist, asking for help.

But when the reply contains an offer that may just put her best-selling author dreams back on track, Claire’s only question is: will Paul be on board? Or does her charming husband make a surprise move of his own?

Elsie’s Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Claire has the worst job ever, firing people for a living, but being the breadwinner, she can’t afford to quit. After all, she has 4 boys and a house husband to support.

Claire’s resentment at having to forgo her dreams of becoming a writer is starting to tear at the fabric of her marriage to hot hubby Paul Mendez.

Paul has retreated to being the caretaker of his family after he takes a demoralizing hit in his career. It’s an honorable job, taking care of his family. The toll it’s taken on Claire has him scrambling to save her dreams and their marriage.

This book pulls no punches, about the conflicted feelings Claire has towards her husband. Her frustration has her lashing out at Paul in painful ways. You feel for both characters in this book, there is no bad guy. Just two people trying to get back to some sort of happiness.

What a wonderful audiobook! It’s an adult look at love and relationships. Told with humor and honesty that anyone over 35 can relate to.

When Wendy Rich Stetson narrates she manages to capture the humor and heartbreak perfectly in this 7-hour audiobook. Help Wanted is a fast-paced story and Wendy’s delivery was flawless in this fully voiced production.

I look forward to hearing more from author Barbara Valentin and Narrator Wendy Rich Stetson!

This audiobook was gifted to me in exchange for an unbiased review!

Author of the bestselling Assignment: Romance series, Barbara was named “Indie Star of 2015” by Publishers Weekly after her first book, False Start, earned a coveted starred review. A member of Romance Writers of America, she looks forward to the day when her to-do list includes “Send Oprah a thank you note” and “Accept Godiva’s request to be a taste-tester.”

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