“A Reliable Wife simmers with dark, passionate undertones; a masterfully crafted tale of desire and betrayal.”
Product Description– From HarperCollins.ca
“Set in a small Wisconsin farming and manufacturing town still crumbling a decade after the depression of the 1890s, A Reliable Wife tells the story of Ralph Truitt, a wealthy businessman who advertises for “a reliable wife” in newspapers across America. The woman he chooses, Catherine Land, describes herself as “a simple, honest woman,” but in truth she is both complex and devious— not the missionary’s daughter she claims to be in her letter to Truitt but a courtesan of great beauty, kept by men and haunted by a terrible past. Catherine’s plan in accepting the marriage offer is simple: she will win this man’s devotion, and then, ever so slowly, she will poison him and leave Wisconsin a wealthy widow. What she has not counted on, though, is the passion she finds in this seemingly solid, forthright man—a man who also harbours secrets and whose own past is far from pure.”
A Reliable Wife is exactly what I was hoping for! This multifaceted story flows smoothly with some interesting plot twists. There are so many emotions simmering just below the surface of this story that they swamped me (in a good way) with their oppressive weight; it made me feel a little tainted and sullied. Ralph Truitt leads a constricted, colourless life as he hides behind decorum and routine. Catherine Land is running from something and wants to be a good wife; or so it seems. This crisp narrative is absorbing and intense; it is swathed in betrayal and pulsing with deception. Each of the characters is well developed and feels all too human. This compelling story reveals hidden desires and hidden agendas while striping all pretensions bare. Can Catherine be the reserved, reliable wife that Ralph is looking for or is his new bride a portent of doom?
I very highly recommend this book!!
♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ (9 out of 10 Diamonds) – Loved it!
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