The Other Wife
by Kathleen Irene Paterka
My rating: 5 stars
Publication Date: February 18, 2015 (eBook) January 25, 2015 (Paperback)
Publisher: Kathleen Irene Paterka
Genre: Women's Contemporary Fiction
Print Length: 289 pages
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Eleanor Anderson has a
beautiful home, a loving husband, a tranquil life. After thirty-eight
years of marriage and her children now grown, she finally has time for
herself. She’s not expecting any surprises; certainly not to wake up one
morning and find her husband dead in bed beside her from a massive
heart attack. It’s a devastating discovery… but not as much as the shock
awaiting Eleanor when she learns the truth about her husband’s secret
life. And then there’s the damaging document he signed before his death,
which threatens to destroy her life.
Claire Anderson isn’t your
average thirtysomething. A professor of psychology at a prestigious
university, Claire has a successful career, a handsome husband, and two
young children at home. But nothing in her background, including her
academic accomplishments, prepares Claire for the horrendous reality of
discovering that the life she’d led was all a lie… fostered by a husband
who’d promised to love and cherish her forever.
Two women from
two generations, bound together by denial, anger, and grief. How far
will their misery and fear push them? Does compassion rule the day, or
will a husband’s betrayal lead to a woman’s revenge?
What happens when each of these women comes face-to-face with the other wife?
The Other Wife by Kathleen Irene Paterka
Two women, strangers, happily married with a loving and kind husband who adores his children, one emotional nightmare that begins with death. Eleanor and Claire have no reason to meet, they live miles apart, in separate worlds, until the night Eleanor’s husband, Richard dies in bed lying next to her. Richard was a successful businessman, or so it seemed. Naturally, his will would leave everything to Eleanor, his devoted wife for decades, the woman who gave up her education and career to make a home for her family. When Richard’s will clearly states everything goes to another woman, the road to discovery and pain will begin as Claire, the new beneficiary, and Eleanor learn that their “husbands” were the same “Richard,” one man, two wives, and a tsunami of questions, hurt and resentment begin as one wife learns The Other Wife will reap the benefits of the life she had entrusted to a man who lived a life of lies. Will either of them get over the resentment they each feel toward the other? Who really was The Other Wife?
Kathleen Irene Paterka has made her mark on women’s fiction with this stunning novel about love, loss, betrayal and starting over. The Other Wife is not a statement of bitterness but rather of learning to accept, if not understand the predicament life has ensconced two unsuspecting and innocent women in. She has allowed each woman to come to terms with their personal betrayals and choose a fresh path for their lives, building something strong out of the rubble they reluctantly find themselves buried in. The “villain” of this tale is gone, but was Richard all bad or was there more we will never know, questions we can never have answers to? Powerful and thought provoking, Kathleen Irene Paterka has written from her heart and it shows in her delicate handling of a devastating situation. This isn’t pink and frothy, this strikes deep into the heart, mind and soul. Ms. Paterka’s style is one of eloquence through her words while captivating her audience.
I received this ARC edition in exchange for my honest review.