A Reliable Wife

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Algonquin Books, Jan 5, 2010 - Fiction - 320 pages
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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.

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This is the best love story I have read in a long time. - Overstock.com
It was just boring some how even with the crazy plot. - Borders
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The writing was magnificent. - Borders
A few plot flaws, but overall, enjoyable. - Overstock.com
I'm glad I took her advice for the book was amazing. - Borders

A Reliable Wife

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When I read this book was on the best seller list I thought I would give it a try. It read like a Harliquin Romance which is not what I enjoy reading. I didn't recommend it to my friends and donated ... Read full review

Could't put it down.

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This book was a total page turner from beginning to the end. The writer did a good job of drawing you into the story and keeping you there just to find out what happens next. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

In addition to his most recent novel, The Fall of Princes, Robert Goolrick is the author of three other books: The End of the World as We Know It, a memoir; his first novel, A Reliable Wife, with sales of more than 1 million copies; and his second novel, Heading Out to Wonderful. He lives in Virginia.

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