Friday, October 2, 2009

Take A Chance Challenge - Challenge #6

I'm so excited to be participating in the Take A Chance Challenge hosted by Jenners over at Find Your Next Book Here. She has come up with 10 fun and clever tasks that involve books, reading, and even a little writing. This is my blog entry for Challenge #6.

Here are the instructions for this particular challenge:

6. Public Spying
Find someone who is reading a book in public. Find out what book they are reading and then read the same book. Write about it.

For this challenge, I read A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick. I saw someone reading it while I was at a doctor appointment a couple months ago. I requested it from the library and ended up having to wait quite awhile before it was available. I finally got it and read it as I've been sitting at the hospital with my Dad.

The setting is 1907 Wisconsin. A town where the long, harsh winters drive people to do crazy things - like set their house on fire for no apparent reason, run naked through the streets, or even kill their loved ones or themselves. Ralph Truitt is the wealthy businessman who owns most everything in this town. At age 54, Ralph has spent the last 24 years alone. His past is full of pain and loss. Tired and weary from his loneliness, he advertises for a "reliable wife." Catherine Land is the woman who answers his advertisement and agrees to come to Wisconsin to be his wife. With her arrival, Ralph hopes to begin a new life - a life where he can share his past secrets and recover from all that he has lost. Catherine, who is twenty years younger than Ralph, has some plans of her own. She also has a secret past and shares a hidden connection to Ralph. Catherine sees her marriage to the wealthy Ralph as a way to have a new life.

I don't want to give away any more of the plot. It definitely takes some shocking twists and turns. The story is beautifully written; it's dark and full of sadness, love, and passion. Just to let you know, there is a lot of mature sexual subject matter. I was drawn into this book from page one and couldn't put it down until I was finished.


Anonymous said...

This sound really appealing. I may have to check it out. Thanks for sharing! Hope that all is will with your dad. :o)

Jenners said...

I'm always so amazed how finding books in this random way often lead to such great books. I have to say this was the first time I heard of this book but I'm intrigued!

Hope all is going well with your dad.

Jen said...

What a strange challenge, but I like it! That book sounds GREAT!!

septembermom said...

Hope your Dad is doing o.k. Great review Kari. I'm glad that you enjoyed this book. Sounds like a good one.

Jacky said...

That sounds pretty cool! I would never think to find someone who's reading and then read the same book. That might be fun to try. =)

I commented right after you at SITS, so I wanted to stop by and say hello, sharefest style!

(Well, kind of. It's really just my goal to visit fellow SITStas, and if they comment right before me, it's easier. =)

Hope you have a great Wednesday!

Dixiechick said...

I love, love to read...I will definitely check this out! Thanks for the tip!