An Unseemly Wife

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Ruth has always felt loved and protected within the Fold, her close-knit Amish community. With a loving husband and four children, a bountiful farm, and friends she can rely on for anything, Ruth feels deeply blessed. But when the English appear among the community, they bring with them tales of free land in the West, tales that seem too good to be true… except Aaron, Ruth’s husband, believes. Ruth swallows her objections and tries to be the submissive wife she was brought up to be, letting Aaron build a wagon and pack up their belongings for the 2000 mile trek. Despite her best efforts to remain separate, Ruth finds herself accepting aid and friendship from others in the wagon train. What started as such a hopeful journey soon turns to betrayal and sickness, and Ruth finds her family changed in irreversible ways.

An Unseemly Wife is downright hard to read, but for good reasons. The plot is sound, fascinating even. Ruth is a deeply nuanced character, and it is almost painful to watch her struggle to match the woman she is inside with the woman her faith expects her to be. And as sickness and tragedy begins to strike her family, readers will be torn between turning away from her pain and sticking with it to find out what happens next.

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Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 336 pages
Publisher NAL Trade
Publish Date 2014-Oct-07
ISBN 9780451469984 Buy this Book
Issue January 2015
Category Historical Fiction


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