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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.

Topics: Family, Marriage, Wisconsin, 1910s, Suspenseful, Dark, Murder, Gothic, Betrayal, Secrets, Arranged Marriage, and 20th Century

Published: Workman eBooks on Jan 5, 2010
ISBN: 9781616200008
List price: $14.95
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If you want a sugar-coated, la-te-dah romance novel, then turn around and just walk away. But if you want a real story that will grab you, shake you hard, and then it slaps you hard right across the face. This book is startling, painful, and you fill with anger and all your emotions roll around inside your gut. I swear you will not be bored!

I thought this book was going to be just another "pretty good read, maybe a bit of juicy romance" Boy! was I ever wrong.This book has it all seduction, money, love, sex, greed and hardcore true grit. This book will stick with you for a long time.

Goolrick brought to life the intensity and desperation that only a Wisconsin winter can bring. This book was nothing but stunning. The depth and growth in these characters was first-rate. Ralph, Catherine, and Antonio were captivating. This novel will sweep off one's feet! This is it! read more
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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.read more
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Good story - somewhat predictable but well done.read more
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If you want a sugar-coated, la-te-dah romance novel, then turn around and just walk away. But if you want a real story that will grab you, shake you hard, and then it slaps you hard right across the face. This book is startling, painful, and you fill with anger and all your emotions roll around inside your gut. I swear you will not be bored!

I thought this book was going to be just another "pretty good read, maybe a bit of juicy romance" Boy! was I ever wrong.This book has it all seduction, money, love, sex, greed and hardcore true grit. This book will stick with you for a long time.

Goolrick brought to life the intensity and desperation that only a Wisconsin winter can bring. This book was nothing but stunning. The depth and growth in these characters was first-rate. Ralph, Catherine, and Antonio were captivating. This novel will sweep off one's feet! This is it!
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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.
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Good story - somewhat predictable but well done.
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We read this book based on the wonderful reviews it has received.I think the premise of the mail-order bride with the hidden agenda was very interesting and kept my attention. That part of the story was all that I liked about the book. I found it to be very overdone with the sexual moods, which I didn't think added to the story.
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This book kept my attention until the very last sentence. I could not put it down. A very imaginative story that kept me fasinated until the end.
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I liked the premise, and I kept waiting for something big to happen, but by the end I was just ready for it to be over.
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