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A reliable wife : a novel
Robert Goolrick
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Summary: Rural Wisconsin, 1909. In the bitter cold, Ralph Truitt, a successful businessman, 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. She is both complex and devious, haunted by a terrible past and motivated by greed. Her plan is simple: she will win this man's devotion, and then, ever so slowly, she will poison him and leave Wisconsin a wealthy widow. What she has not counted on, though, is that Truitt -- a passionate man with his own dark secrets --has plans of his own for his new wife. Isolated on a remote estate and imprisoned by relentless snow, the story of Ralph and Catherine unfolds in unimaginable ways. With echoes of Wuthering Heights and Rebecca , Robert Goolrick's intoxicating debut novel delivers a classic tale of suspenseful seduction, set in a world that seems to have gone temporarily off its axis.


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main characters Ralph Truitt
Male
Age: 54
Divorced
Wrote a personal ad in the paper in the hopes of getting a wife; daughter passed away; his first wife had an affair; son ran away.
Businessman

Catherine Land
Female
Answered Ralph's personal ad for a wife; plan is to marry Ralph and then poison him leaving her a wealthy widow; searching for her sister; kept her past a secret from Ralph.
Courtesan



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