I chose this book because I had heard a lot of mixed reviews on it, and while most of them were telling me "this book is amazing", I had also heard it was a bit odd. I of course had to find out for myself!
After the first few chapters, I wasn't even really sure what to expect. For the longest time I thought the book was going to go in one direction. In fact, I was preparing myself for disappointment because it was going to be so "predictable". Boy was I wrong!
In the most unlikely places the book took turns that I wasn't expecting, emotions changed (sometimes for good, sometimes for worse), and I found myself getting to the middle of the book and not being able to put it down.
Quick plot summary: Man wants a wife, he puts out a newspaper add, and a beautiful young woman answers the ad, preparing to marry this wealthy man. They each have plans for one another. These plans are going to conflict.
I highly suggest that you read this book. I liked the combination of a bit of history, along with a bit of romance, and suspense, and conspiracy. Great novel!
He placed a notice in a Chicago paper, an advertisement for "a reliable wife." She responded, saying that she was "a simple, honest woman." She was, of course, anything but honest, and the only simple thing about her was her single-minded determination to marry this man and then kill him, slowly and carefully, leaving her a wealthy widow, able to take care of the one she truly loved.
What Catherine Land did not realize was that the enigmatic and lonely Ralph Truitt had a plan of his own. And what neither anticipated was that they would fall so completely in love.
Filled with unforgettable characters, and shimmering with color and atmosphere, A Reliable Wife is an enthralling tale of love and madness, of longing and murder.