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A Reliable Wife

A Reliable Wife

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Rural Wisconsin, 1909. In the bitter cold, Ralph Truitt, a successful businessman, stands alone on a train platform waiting for the woman who answered his newspaper advertisement for "a reliable wife." But when Catherine Land steps off the train from Chicago, she's not the "simple, honest woman" that Ralph is expecting. She is both complex and devious, haunted by a terrible past and motivated by greed. Her plan 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 that Truitt — a passionate man with his own dark secrets —has plans of his own for his new wife. Isolated on a remote estate and imprisoned by relentless snow, the story of Ralph and Catherine unfolds in unimaginable ways. With echoes of Wuthering Heights and Rebecca, Robert Goolrick's intoxicating debut novel delivers a classic tale of suspenseful seduction, set in a world that seems to have gone temporarily off its axis.
Rural Wisconsin, 1909. In the bitter cold, Ralph Truitt, a successful businessman, stands alone on a train platform waiting for the woman who answered his newspaper advertisement for "a reliable wife." But when Catherine Land steps off the train from Chicago, she's not the "simple, honest woman" that Ralph is expecting. She is both complex and devious, haunted by a terrible past and motivated by greed. Her plan 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 that Truitt — a passionate man with his own dark secrets —has plans of his own for his new wife. Isolated on a remote estate and imprisoned by relentless snow, the story of Ralph and Catherine unfolds in unimaginable ways. With echoes of Wuthering Heights and Rebecca, Robert Goolrick's intoxicating debut novel delivers a classic tale of suspenseful seduction, set in a world that seems to have gone temporarily off its axis.

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Publish date: Aug 11, 1993
Added to Scribd: Aug 27, 2012
Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reservedISBN:9781616200008
List Price: $14.95

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jlricegirl reviewed this
Rated 3/5
This book had some touching moments between husband and wife, but overall, it fell a little flat for me. A more accurate title MIT have been A Horny Husband.
andrearules reviewed this
Rated 3/5
entertaining but not earth shattering
yogiboo_1 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
This book is a bit of a struggle to read, because the tone of the narrator is mostly bleak but maybe its more to do with the time period than anything else. The characters were empty but the author wanted you understand them better once you read their back story but they were still lifeless.. I spent most of the book hating Catherine and Antonio and getting fed up of reading about Ralph's urges!! I did think it was overly long all the way through and the ending was quite abrupt. Nevertheless it was an ok book
she_climber reviewed this
Rated 3/5
So not what I expected. Actually better than I expected. Much more drama and intrigue. Well written. I loved the descriptions of the surroundings and time period, I felt like I was there. The only thing I didn't care for was the end where the author got away from telling the story and got philosophical about the characters lives.
tracey8824_1 reviewed this
Rated 2/5
I couldn't really get into this novel. My opinion is the premise was good and the basic story was intriguing but the references to sex and Ralph's obsession with it made me uncomfortable for some reason. I don't know if it's because he's an older man and I'm not used to reading about sex from that point of view or that I didn't care for the author's style of writing. It's something for me to think about. I certainly don't mind reading trashy romance novels so it wasn't the raunchiness (Is that a word?) that bothered me. I don't know. Maybe my opinion will change when I read other review.
aelizabethj reviewed this
Rated 1/5
Dear lord no. The summary seemed interesting enough, so when it came up for rent on my library's website, I thought I'd give it a chance. Boy was I wrong, this was just plain horrible. No thanks.
krumbs_1 reviewed this
Rated 2/5
What a horribly depressing book. I found the characters to be flat, and was often confused by emphasis the author put on certain things that were unimportant to story development (getting snowed in is horrible and terrible and drives people crazy; but nobody gets snowed in so why make such a big deal about it?). The reliable wife was not a reliable narrator which diminished my enjoyment of the narrative somewhat (although I can't say I enjoyed it all that much anyway). I would rather have forgone her internal monologue than wonder why her thoughts and reasoning presented in the first 1/3 was completely different from the second 1/3 of the book. Rather than a huge reveal I would have much preferred an organic growth of the story, even if there were hints of the "surprise" to come later--which really wasn't a surprise to me.

Two stars rather than one because I actually went through the effort of finishing it rather than stopping partway through (it was hit-and-miss at one point).
jarvenpa reviewed this
Rated 4/5
What a strange book this is. It has an air of coldness infused with sexuality. Loss, redemption, perhaps love played out against quite the Gothic background. It's like the lovechild of the Brontes and DH Lawrence.This is not a book to be skimmed (though I confess, about 50 pages from the end I peeked at the ending, because I couldn't bear the heartbreak) because the author knows precisely what he is doing, word by word, very carefully, very coldly. A friend told me I needed to read this, and I must thank her.
giving4not4a4single reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Character development is very strong in this work. Impressive.

"He had meant to be a good man, and he was not a bad man. He had taught himself not to want, after his first wanting and losing. Now he wanted something, and his desire startled and enraged him."
stefferoo reviewed this
Rated 3/5
My January loan from the Kindle Lending Library, so diving into this book was a relatively risk-free venture and I wasn't too concerned about the mixed reviews.There are definitely heavy sexual undertones throughout the entire book that some readers might find off-putting, but I honestly didn't have much of an issue with it. None of it was really done to excite or titillate; I felt the adult content was intended more to describe a character's emotions or state of mind.However, I do agree with reviewers' assessments that claim this book could have been much shorter. The story's pretty straightforward, but the author seems to love writing pages and pages of rambling flowery prose and description; that much was clear even from the first few pages. To me it felt like he was trying much too hard to sound "artsy".

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