an unseemly wife book coverReviewed by Amanda Schafer

Ruth and Aaron Holtz live in an Amish community and follow along with the Amish Order. Life is happy and Ruth is expecting another baby in the coming months. One day when the English come onto the farm and begin talking of more land out west, Aaron becomes intrigued and decides they will go west in order to have more land for their children and future grandchildren. Ruth, however, is dubious and questions his soundness in his decision making because to do so would directly go against their Order. She fears being shunned while Aaron assures her that they will be fine and will remain separate from the wagon train people while traveling.

Once they get on the trail, Ruth begins to see things that she’s never seen before. Women in dresses and clothing that are far from anything she’s ever imagined. She also meets a preacher’s wife, Hortense, who she seems to always be at odds with, and also Sadie who seems to be an ally.  The trail is rough and Ruth is constantly questioning whether they are doing the right thing, but she is determined to trust her husband and follow his lead as the head of their family.

When the rest in the wagon train start getting sick, Ruth and Aaron remain separate and stay healthy, for a time. Eventually though, they succumb to the illness and are forced to remove themselves from the train in order to try and heal. When they left their farm, Ruth never expected the twists and turns her family would be forced to endure.

An Unseemly Wife is the first of E.B. Moore’s books that I’ve read and I enjoyed it as I was reading it. I was a bit frustrated with the ending, simply because I like happy endings when I read my books! However, I do understand that life is not about happy endings and we have to take the good with the bad. Being historical fiction, and being in a time when many people died on the trail, this book is definitely true to life. I look forward to reading more by Moore.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Penguin Group. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.