Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"An Unseemly Wife" by E.B. Moore #BookReview #Spon

**Complimentary products received in exchange for out honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone.  The synopsis was provided for this post.**

We recently had the chance to review "An Unseemly Wife" by E.B. Moore:


"With its superb prose and historical setting, AN UNSEEMLY WIFE (NAL Trade Paperback Original; October 7, 2014; $15.00) by E. B. Moore delivers a well-researched piece of historical fiction that will capture your attention with its exciting story of survival and based on a true story. 

AN UNSEEMLY WIFE begins with this haunting and beautiful dedication:
For
my mother,
who told me the Plain stories;
and when she lost her memory,
I retold them to her

The year is 1867 and Ruth Holtz, based on Moore’s own great grandmother’s story, has the ideal Amish life.  She has a loving husband, prosperous farm, several healthy and beautiful children, and the security of living in the Amish community.  But soon enough, her world begins to unravel when the English arrive and inspire her husband to seek a new life in Idaho.

As a dutiful wife, Ruth goes along when her husband breaks the rules of their Order.  But her willingness to comply disintegrates and she is forced to accept help from some unlikely allies, only to end in betrayal.  As Ruth strives for a better future she needs to make unimaginable sacrifices, risk her faith and family, and transform to a truly modern woman."

What we thought:
This book...wow!  What a story!  Ruth's story is heartbreaking and moving and is told in an amazingly gripping way.  From the first page to the last, I was enthralled.  This sad story is so completely believable and I'm sure this is the story of many pioneer families with dreams of relocating to the West.  The author's fantastic use of imagery really helps to pull you in and completely submerse you in the character's lives.  As heartbreaking as the story is, it's still a fantastic read!

ABCD Diaries gives An Unseemly Wife an A+!

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