“THE NINTH WIFE is a witty, satisfying novel with a clever structure. . . . There’s something so sweetly endearing about both Bess and Rory that readers will pull for them, knowing the odds may be against them. . . but hoping that this time, true love will triumph.” (Sarah Pekkanen, The Washington Post)
“I love this book’s deft, fresh take on male-female relationships. As Amy Stolls takes us into the minds, hearts, and histories of Bess and Rory, we grapple with the thorny, thrilling truth that love is always complicated, alwaysevery time, every daya risk.” (Marisa de los Santos, New York Times betselling author of Loved Walked In)
“THE NINTH WIFE is a vibrant, nuanced novel about marriage, identity and the moment when we realize that the shimmer of fantasy pales next to the tumultuous reality of ordinary, everyday happiness.” (Carolyn Parkhurst, bestselling author of The Dogs of Babel)
What sane woman would consider becoming any man's ninth wife?
Bess Gray is a thirty-five-year-old folklorist and amateur martial artist living in Washington, DC. Just as she's about to give up all hope of marriage, she meets Rory, a charming Irish musician, and they fall in love. But Rory is a man with a secret, which he confesses to Bess when he asks for her hand: He's been married eight times before. Shocked, Bess embarks on a quest she feels she must undertake before she can give him an answer. With her bickering grandparents (married sixty-five years), her gay neighbor (himself a mystery), a shar-pei named Stella, and a mannequin named Peace, Bess sets out on a cross-country journey—unbeknownst to Rory—to seek out and question the wives who came before. What she discovers about her own past is far more than she bargained for.
The Ninth Wife is a smart, funny, eye-opening tale of love, marriage, and the power of stories to unlock the true meaning of home and family.See all Editorial Reviews
The Ninth Wife was not at all what I expected based on the summary I had read. It took a while to get the story going. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Becky
I liked thus book. I. Can't even really explain why I stayed up so late reading it. I think it was well written. Not a huge plot or a life changing read. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Texas Bookworm
Reality is that there is no perfect love story. It's not as simple as boy meets girl, they fall in love, and happily ever after. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Michelle V. B.
this was boring, I lost interest and has to skip the pages to learn how it ends :/Published 12 months ago by Tia
Very cute quick read about marriage and how sometimes it just doesn't work out no matter how hard you try.Published 13 months ago by Jniner
Certainly a "What would I do in this situation?" kind of book. Maybe not realistic, but it's fiction, after all. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Susanne Desrosiers
This book is pretty good for a read at the beach. It is definitely an easy, light book- not deep.Published 16 months ago by Moonpie
Worth it! Four stars!
An interesting little twist of a book. I enjoyed the read. I like a book that is not predictable and this one wasn't. I wanted to keep reading.