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Breaking the rules of their Order, Ruth's husband packs up his pregnant wife and their four children and joins a wagon train heading west. Though Ruth is determined to keep separate from the Englisch, as stricture demands, the harrowing journey soon compels her to accept help from two unlikely allies; Hortence, the preacher's wife, and the tomboyish, teasing Sadie.
But as these new friendships lead to betrayal, what started as a quest for a brighter future ends with Ruth making unthinkable sacrifices, risking faith and family, and transforming into a woman she never imagined she'd become.
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: NAL Trade
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
1867. Ruth Holtz has more blessings than she can count—a loving husband, an abundant farm, beautiful children, and the warm embrace of the Amish community. Then, the English arrive, spreading incredible stories of free land in the West and inspiring her husband to dream of a new life in Idaho.
Breaking the rules of their Order, Ruth’s husband packs up his pregnant wife and their four children and joins a wagon train heading west. Though Ruth is determined to keep separate from the English, as stricture demands, the harrowing journey soon compels her to accept help from two unlikely allies: Hortence, the preacher’s wife, and the tomboyish, teasing Sadie.
But as these new friendships lead to betrayal, what started as a quest for a brighter future ends with Ruth making unthinkable sacrifices, risking faith and family, and transforming into a woman she never imagined she’d become….
"Moore writes with lyrical beauty...I fell in love with Ruth and her family, was gripped by her fortitude through dark days, and held my breath to the heart-stopping end!"Juliette Fay, author of Shelter Me and Deep Down True
"A breathtaking epic...A transporting, dramatic and thoughtful readjust the way I like them." Nichole Bernier, author of The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.
"An Unseemly Wife is a disquieting tale of dreams and delusions, community and separation, loyalty and betrayal. Ultimately, Ruth is a survivor among survivors: a woman who, despite the seismic shifts in her world, stands tenaciously at her own center."Katheryn Leonard Czepiel, author of A Violet Season
"Top-notch historical fiction...its characters will live with me always."Jenna Blum, Author of Those Who Save Us
"One of those rare novels of beauty and darkness, transfixing us with a place few can imagine and a narrator as fierce as she is true."Michelle Hoover, Author of The Quickening
"A harrowing and gripping novel."Randy Susan Meyers, Bestselling Author of The Murderers Daughters and The Comfort of Lies
"Moores tale of hardship and survival takes up classic Western themes but adds in Amish heritage as an intriguing twist. . . full of warm, descriptive language, quaint terminology (such as "littles" for children), and fresh, folksy metaphors. A worthwhile literary contribution to the popular Amish-fiction subgenre."Kirkus (starred review)
DottieSheboygan, WIAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A different view of an Amish wifeMarch 5, 2015DottieSheboygan, WIAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was a very interesting and different view of how an Amish wife in the struggle to survive managed to keep her faith. It also made her rethink the possibility of remarrying when the opportunity came up.
MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Very Different Amish StoryOctober 7, 2014MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5An Unseemly Wife is a very different Amish read then most of the other books I have read. Yes Ruth is willing to follower her husband Aaron as any Amish wife would; he is the head of her household, and makes the major decisions.
This story was so different in the way that the Amish try to stay together for the sake of their religion and the practice of their faith. What she never ever expected was for her husband to go against his faith and strike out on his own from Pennsylvania to the unknown of Idaho. He has been told that there are acres and acres of land their for the taking.
This is 1867 and the mode of transportation will be by wagon, packing up what they can transport to the unknown, and leaving behind some of her cherished memories. Hard to imagine how Ruth must have felt, she was leaving all that she had ever known, and her rock, her faith.
Doubt I would have made it out of the driveway, never mind across the country, Ruth was one strong woman. We travel each mile with her, and are there for the birth of her baby. Wow, again I cant imagine.
If you want to read a story about what our country was like for a pioneering family, this will put you right into the wagon. Dont miss this rather historical read; you wont be able to put it down once you start. A really great read.
I received this book through the Publisher NAL Trade and Edelweiss, I was not required to give a positive review