Friday, July 27, 2012

Reading Right Now! The Ninth Wife by Amy Stolls

The Ninth Wife
Title: The Ninth Wife
Author: Amy Stolls
 Published by: Harper
Released: 2011
On page 358 of 476. According to Goodreads and simple math, I am 75% done with this book.

I got this book from my local library which is a great place to pick up books that interest you, but you're not necessarily willing to pay for. More people should use and love their local libraries.
So, in short this book is about a man who has been married 8 times and his current girlfriend is trying to figure out how to process this amazing amount of information. Bess Gray meets Rory at a singles party thrown at her house. Bess is 35 and has never been married. She is a very lonely lady and worries that true love and marriage might never happen for her. She meets Rory and really falls hard, then he tells her his terrible secret, he's been married 8 times before. Bess doesn't know what to think or do. She likes Rory, but if they eventually get married will she just become another woman in the long line of women who he has pledged to love and cherish till death do them part. Can a man who's been married 8 times really commit himself to a lasting marriage? Bess decides to seek out his past wives and find out who the real Rory is and if she can trust him with her heart.
I guess that wasn't that short of a description... haha. I expected a nice chick-lit kind of book. A book that was funny and interesting. What I got instead is a sort of bleak book on the aspect of marriage. It seems every marriage Bess sees is unhappy. I was most saddened by her grandparents marriage, who have been married for 65 years. I wanted the idyllic old couple who aren't necessarily romantic but are happy with each other. Like a pair of shoes, one can't exist without the other. But, her grandparents fight all the time. Also the chapters with Bess's POV are sort of strange to read. It's like the tense is off in it and it takes a while to get into her voice. The parts with Rory's voice are more enjoyable to read. Overall, this is just an okay book for me. I would have liked something more lighthearted and sweet, but instead I'm stuck with a bleak and bitter story. I want to believe that marriage is good and that it can last with the right person, but this book (so far) doesn't support that wish and dream. It's mostly a book filled with unhappy people searching for something, but not necessarily finding it.
Well that's it for this Reading Right Now Post. Sorry for being so depressing in it, but that's just what the book is making me feel.

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