The Favored Wife

Amy Pennza
The Favored Wife
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Scribble Pretty Books
Release Date
July 2019
Literary Romance

Is it possible to escape polygamy? Find true love? Well-behaved women don't ask these questions. Not in my world.

My name is Elizabeth Hyde. Actually, no. It's Grant. In the real world, I'm Elizabeth Grant.

My husband's name is Hyde, and he has three other wives. No one can know that. Obviously.

In the strict religious community I was born into, women have clearly defined roles. They're homemakers and caregivers. They rear children. But I don't have any children, which means I have something of a ticket to the outside. Big families need money, and it's time for me to get a job.

And I'm loving this job. Being a medical assistant might not sound impressive to most people, but it's a lot more exciting than making dinner for a family of twenty.

I have to admit, the job isn't the only thing that excites me.

Lately, I've been getting close to Evan Adgate, the doctor who runs the medical center. He's my opposite in every way: funny, smart, wealthy, educated. It's no wonder the man turns heads. Heaven help me, he turns mine.

But Evan and I can never be together. We can never be anything. No matter how many talks or dinners we have, my secrets will always be a barrier between us. It's better if we keep things professional.

Now I just have to keep telling myself that.

Book Review by Merissa (reviewer)
Sep 04, 2019   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
41 people found the following review helpful
THE FAVORED WIFE tells the story of a fourth wife, from a religious community, who is trying to find her own place in the world. As the fourth wife, she is used to being told what to do (way down in the pecking order), and this carries over into her job. There is a silver lining though, as she makes friends with one of the nurses and one of the doctors.

This was an interesting read, with plenty of detail about the home life, and why Elizabeth thought and felt the way she did. The husband, Thomas, came across well for parts of the book, before he became more obviously misguided and abusive. However, as an outside reading the book, you can see the 'rot' in how they live (with the young men, for example).

On the whole, this was a smooth read, with no editing or grammatical errors to spoil my reading. It was a well-paced read, with strong characters. I would have liked a bit more background on some of the 'bad' characters--Brittany and Thomas in particular.

Still, it was a great read, and I definitely recommend it.
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