Book Review - The Ninth Wife

I am pleased to be part of TLC Books Virtual Tour for The Ninth Wife: A Novel by Amy Stolls

From the Publisher:

Bess ray is a thirty-five-year-old folklorist and amateur martial artist living in Washington, D.C. 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.

My review: 

This is really a novel in two parts - the first part is really a look at the development of the relationship between Bess and Rory and the second is Bess' journey to find Rory's former wives and herself...

I found that the transition and addition of so many characters in the second half of the book, that it started to weigh the flow down, but there were definitely some interesting revelations and it makes yo stop and think about your own life .... I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a good story with some soul searching moments.

About the author:

Amy Stolls’s young adult novel Palms to the Ground was published in 2005 to critical acclaim and a Parents’ Choice Gold Award.  She spent years as a journalist covering the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska before she received an MFA in creative writing from American University.  Currently, she is the literature program officer for the National Endowment for the Arts, where she has worked since 1998, advising and collaborating with thousands of writers, translators, editors, booksellers, publishers, educators, and presenters nationwide to keep literature a vital part of American society. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two-year-old son.
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Disclaimer: I received this book at no cost for the purpose of completing my review.