- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 527 KB
- Print Length: 224 pages
- Publisher: DCA, Inc. (28 Jan. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00B9J8Q5W
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- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #483,586 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It's something of a cautionary tale on two very mismatched people. He was a 30 year old physics professor and she was a backward 19 years old when they met. She was dazzled by him and he doted on her, seeing a gem that he could polish into the perfect dean's wife. Trouble was, he never stopped trying to polish, reshape, and educate his now mature and increasingly unhappy wife. She had visions of herself ending like her mother, so subsumed by her husband's dominant personality that hers withered away and she simply had nothing left of herself to live for when he died, so she followed him. the pressure has been building for a while and it finally blows at an award dinner when hubby makes one too many comments on what he thought she should have worn. Gotta love a woman who will bash her husband over the head with a tray of tomato aspic at his own banquet and run wailing into the night.
She runs three thousand miles to the lighthouse she inherited from her grandfather and sets up a new life dedicated to exploring the delights of red meat, chocolate, deliberate vegetable avoidance, and doing what she pleases for a change. Chewing over an unpalatable but well deserved serving in what not to say to your wife at a social function, the professor waits a month for her to come to her senses. When he's served divorce papers in the middle of an important lecture instead, he does a little top blowing himself and takes a sabbatical to track down his exasperating, but enchanting wife to set everything straight and bring her home. The difficulty of the job he's taken on begins to dawn on him when he arrives just in time for the burning of the dean's wife ceremony featuring his wife incinerating on a bonfire the trappings of her old life with appropriate commentary. He expands it to include a burning of the divorce papers and lets her know he is sticking to her like glue until they work out their problems.
So, follows a tale of two people, one working out ten years of suppressed frustration, embarrassment, and feelings of inadequacy, by doing her best to be a burr under her husband's hide and frequently acting much like that long suppressed 19 year old; and the professor, who seems to have been born 30 years old and has no talent for being younger, trying to bring his wife to heel and coax her back into her well-worn rut. He is counting on his secret weapon, the fact that they have always been on fire in bed. She, however, is well aware of this weakness and is not falling for it--the dean's wife is definitely dead.
As both professor and wannabe free spirit expand their campaign from the lighthouse into the community at large, lessons are learned on both sides. The professor learns that, yes, he can relate to people on a common level (although he really has trouble breaking the lecturing habit). It's even fun when he manages to get a role in the play his wife is also working in, and he learns how to be carefree for the first time. He realizes he has never seen his wife as a capable adult and is amazed that she is writing a book, has a publisher, and can take care of herself without his guidance. She learns that there are painful, never revealed reasons for his tightly controlled persona that he defensively clings to, even at the cost of allowing himself to be injured rather than fighting with a would be replacement for him in his wife's life. She also learns the drawback of a chocolate by choice lifestyle is the need for dieting. They both learn that they are really bad at communicating with each other and they both still are deeply in love, despite their differences in personality.
As time is running out on his bid to regain his wife, and when you are sure you can see the relationship thawing into a viable partnership, the professor rears his ugly head again and puts forth his idea of what he sees of a compromise in their life--she can wear her hair curly and they will eat red meat a couple of times a week (maybe three if they are feeling really frisky). Everything else goes back to what it was before. The heroine shows her strength here by refusing to resurrect the dean's wife. She's dead and staying that way, and her husband must accept that and let his wife be herself or they have no basis for a relationship any more. That's the question it all comes down to. Do they each move on or find a mutually acceptable compromise? Does the dean's wife make some sort of comeback,or does the professor have the courage to burn the dean? Do they end up with each other, or find new partners and build their lives separately?
there is not much in the way of sexual content, but it does crop up. Not a steamy read, but not a clean one either. This story relies on the changes in people as they try to muddle out a life that satisfies both, and it does that very well.
Read it. You will have a very interesting story that kind of makes you think (a bad thing in the summer, I know but--what are you going to do? Sometimes they're sneaky that way).
I loved the humor and symbolism when she burned all her stuffy wife clothes on the beach and the repeat of another bonfire when David returned to the lighthouse and built his own fire.
The emotional roller coaster of a couple that is deeply in love but unable to communicate and find a way to see the other person's point of view is so typical of relationships today that get caught up in the goals of one partner taking over and the other partner becoming a lost soul and feeling they are less than they could be. The isolation of a lighthouse on the Pacific Coast of California is the perfect setting for these two to explore and open up to one another. Revealing how they were both raised and how they felt about showing emotions made this an exceptionally emotional romance.
If a free spirited fun loving woman can get her stuffy physic professor husband to open up and listen to her as he figures out he cannot live without her in this fun filled story then you are in for a delightful romantic story.
My book review of "Unwilling Wife" is going to be short and sweet just like the content of this fictional romance novel. Married couple, Gina and David Baron are headed for a divorce after ten years of marriage. Gina is soon turning thirty and is questioning her submissive role in her marriage to Physics Professor and would-be Dean at the Einstein University...that's if David fulfills his ambitious dream. She can no longer live in the shadows of her husband as she decides to move away and pursue her own dream of writing a book. Gina leaves to take up residence in a lighthouse home she has inherited from her uncle just outside the town of Maryvale. David has agreed to a month separation so she can sort things out but he is totally dismayed when he receives divorce papers from her lawyer. David unexpectedly appears at her doorstep and then the fun begins...
Seasoned Author Renee Roszel spins a captivating tale as these two star-crossed lovers figure things out. She tastefully shows the steamy side of their relationship without going into excessive detail. I consider this romance novel to be both captivating and refreshing. It turned out to be a "feel good" book because that's exactly the way I felt after reading the Epilogue at the end of it.
Inspirational Author & Book Reviewer ~ Dolores Ayotte
Growing Up & Liking It
After 10 years, Gina has had enough of her husbands controlling ways. He has molded and groomed her into the ever obedient college professors wife, only problem is, is that she is so much more than what he has made her. David isn't willing to listen to his wife's concerns nor is he willing to compromise. The only thing left for her to do is leave him so she can become herself again.
After being away from his wife for a month, he decides to go and collect her but, Gina isn't willing to leave unless David is willing to compromise. In order to win his wife back, David must let her be her own woman and do her own thing but. Even with the threat of losing her, he still doesn't seem to understand that this is the only way to save the marriage.
I liked this book. It was about compromise and letting go.