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A Reliable Wife (Thorndike Core) (Large Print / Hardcover)

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Original and compelling. I found the characters unforgettable and authentic. The dark richness of the story did not suffer from the sparseness of the writing style but was in fact enhanced by it. The intensity was palpable but not horrifying, just achingly human. — Karen Frank

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“This debut novel, set in the early 1900s, is a beautifully written psychological mystery, almost gothic at times. Advertising for 'a reliable wife,' Ralph Truitt, wealthy businessman, gets more than he realizes when Catherine Land steps off the train. Secrets on top of secrets, all revealed in Goolrick's lyrical prose in this a beautiful examination of love and regret.”
— Leslie Reiner, Inkwood Books, Tampa, FL


Set in rural Wisconsin in 1909, Ralph Truitt 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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781410417381
ISBN-10: 1410417387
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Publication Date: August 1st, 2009
Pages: 411
Language: English
Series: Thorndike Core