I bought this book.
“A Reliable Wife” by Robert Goolrick (Website | Goodreads) is a fictional story about a 58 year old widower and his mail order bride. The story takes place in the frozen tundra of Wisconsin, as well as in the heated, burning desire of the characters’ hearts.
“A Reliable Wife” by Robert Goolrick is a wicked novel. Every character in the book has his or her own agenda, alliances and schemes. The freezing wasteland of Wisconsin is a perfect back dropfor this tale where the colder it gets, the hotter the heart and the madness becomes.
This is a strange book, none of the characters are especially likable or identifiable, yet it works. The many faces of what we call “love”, a story desperation, deception and survival are all a factors. However, there are some drawbacks, there are some inconsistencies in the story and the ending is too convenient, tying everything up in a neat package.
Nevertheless, the story is told in vivid narrative, it is sinful and tense, with flashes of violence, graphic sexual acts and grief. The writing of this novel is exquisite and introspective, smart and sometimes provocative.
“Country businessman seeks reliable wife. Compelled by practical not romantic reasons. . . . Discreet.”
This is Ralph Truitt’s, “the wealthiest man in town”, requisitioning a mail order bride. Ralph is consumed by thoughts of evils men do to themselves and their families, especially during the long, harsh, cold and lonely winter of Wisconsin.
Ralph’s new wife to be, Catherine Land, a trim and proper lady is not what she seems to be or what she wants Ralph to believe she is. Catherine has a scheme which the reader is not yet privy to, but we are privy to Ralph’s long and sad history with women.
Neither Ralph nor Catherine are playing straight with one another, and Goolrick is not playing straight with the reader as well.
Zohar – Man of la Book
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