Monday, September 3, 2012

Review of: The Ninth Wife By Amy Stolls

The Ninth Wife
Title: The Ninth Wife
Author: Amy Stolls
Published by: Harper
Released: 2011
Summary: Bess Gray is single and she wants to change that. On her 35th birthday, she is influenced by friends to throw a singles party. At her party, she meets Rory, an Irish fiddle player. Rory and Bess's relationship takes off. Bess is happy with Rory and imagines spending the rest of her life with him. In a critical moment, Rory unleashes the deep, dark secret of his past; he has been married a staggering 8 times in his 45 years. Suddenly, Bess must contemplate and investigate this man she has fallen for. When he pledges marriage and everlasting love, does he really mean it? Will she just be another wife in his long list of wives? Is marriage worth it, or will it just end in disappointment? Bess goes on a journey to discover the truth about love and marriage.
My Thoughts: I thought this book was going to be happier and more light-hearted than it actually was. Overall, it was a bleak, bitter look into the journey of marriage. Bess as a character was lonely and unhappy and a bit of a Debbie Downer through all the book. I was just expecting something lighter and funnier than I actually got. I definitely wasn't in a happy mood while reading it.
I did like how the chapters switched From Bess's POV to Rory's POV. Rory's chapters were more engaging to read. He seemed like a lovable Irish chap who just threw his love around a little too freely. One thing that made me sad in the story was the illustration of Bess's grandparent's marriage. I wanted the idyllic old couple who belong together like a pair of shoes, but instead I got an old couple who fought all the time and didn't show each other a whole lotta love.
The ending of this book ended on a happy note, but the whole rest of the journey was rather bleak and depressing. Good for people who like to think about issues while reading, but not for people who want a quick, light read.
Where's the happy?

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