WOW! I finished this book earlier tonight. I read the blurb on the book cover and was intrigued, but I had no idea the twists and turns these characters would take. I was seriously holding my breath for large parts of this story.
“Abandoning her worldly life, traveling to a remote Wisconsin town in the dead of winter, trusting her future to a man she had never met - such was Catherine Land’s new beginning. But there was an ending in sight as well, an ending that would redeem the treachery ahead, justify the sacrifice, and allow her to start over yet again. That was her plan.” “For Ralph Truitt, the wealthy businessman who had advertised for “a reliable wife,” this was also to be a new beginning. Years of solitude, denial, and remorse would be erased, and Catherine Land, whoever she might be, would be the vessel of his desires, the keeper of his secrets, the means to recover what was lost. That was his plan.” Set just after the turn of the twentieth century, A Reliable Wife is the story of these two people, each plagued by a heart filled with anger and guilt, each with a destiny in mind. But neither anticipates what develops between them - the pent-up longings that Catherine discovers in this enigmatic man and the depth of her own emotional response; the joy Ralph experiences in giving Catherine the luxuries she has never known, his growing need for her, and a desire that he thought was long buried.” (from the book cover)This book has not a young adult book…I’ll just leave it at that. And there are two different quotes that I added to my secret-list-of-quotes-that-I-read-over-and-over-again. Very complex characters. Very vivid imagery. Nice break from young adult fiction.
Books like this one make me wish I was in a book club.