October 29

An Unseemly Wife Book Review and Giveaway


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An Unseemly Wife Book Review

Not all journeys come to an end…. 

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….

I received a copy for my honest review, no other compensation was received.

Every once in awhile I really like a good Amish read. It's completely different from the paranormals I read but I find them refreshing. An Unseemly wife was a bit different from most of the Amish reads as they left the community to go out to follow Aaron's dream. He wanted to be able to provide for his family and pass down land to his children.

I admired the main character Ruth, she really tried to be a good wife. I mean, she left the only life she knew and she was very pregnant. They face A LOT along the way. I definitely wouldn't call this a happy go lucky book by any means but it had depth and no matter what came Ruth persevered. 

About the author: (from her website) E. B. Moore grew up in a Pennsylvania fieldstone house on a Noah’s ark farm.  The red barn stabled animals two-by-two, along with a herd of Cheviot sheep. After a career as a metal sculptor, she returned to writing poetry. Her chapbook of poems, New Eden, A Legacy, (Finishing Line Press, 2009) was the foundation for her novel, An Unseemly Wife both based on family stories from her Amish roots in Lancaster. E. B. received full fellowships to The Vermont Studio Center and Yaddo.  She is the mother of three, the grandmother of five, and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

I teamed up with Penguin Random House to give one lucky Taking Time for Mommy follower a paperback of An Unseemly Wife. Must be US address (No PO BOX). Ends 10/13/14a Rafflecopter giveaway


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  1. I would keep it for myself! It sounds like just the type of story I love to read, so I would enjoy it! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

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