Review: The Ninth Wife

Why I picked it: It's summer, I enjoy chick-lit, and who isn't intrigued with the title? 

I started reading this book just before going on vacation in May, then my Nook broke so it feels like I have been reading this book for a long time! 

Synopsis: 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.

Type: Fiction

Quick Take:  This is a cute summer read.  Told in two parts, before Bess finds out that Rory has been married eight times, and after.  Rory has a voice in the novel, spending complete chapters on the courting and marriage of each wife.  I really liked him, I may not understand eight wives but it all made sense.

Bess goes on a road trip with her grandparents and decides to find some of the wives in part two, hoping to find peace with the idea of being the ninth wife and understand Rory better (is he really the one).  She is in love this Rory and at 35 she really wants to believe in love.

After finishing the book, I found an author interview with Book Club Girl.  It was so nice to hear the author's take... Rory and Bess didn't end up together in the rough draft, and it was fun hearing how the marriages were developed. I don't want to give it all away, the interview is worth listening to!

Have you read it?  Did you like this one? 

Rating: 4/5 stars

Source: Review Copy via NetGalley

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