It's About: I think we could call this a love triangle of sorts. How that sorts out would be an extreme spoiler. Mr. Ralph Truitt, the richest man in the small Wisconsin town, out of desperation, has advertised for a bride. Truitt basically owns the town and employs everyone in it. 20 years ago, Truitt's life melted down in tragedy and the story opens as Truitt waits for his wife as the whole town watches and waits too. Enter Catherine Land. Catherine is a shady lady and we find that out almost immediately. Truitt agrees to marry her and almost immediately sends her off to St. Louis to claim his estranged and abused grown son back into the family fold. The rest is Goolrick's story to tell.
I Thought: I was warned ahead of time that this book has a lot of sex. Not really into sex just for the sake of sex in my reads, it must have been something else that spurred me onto read this. Now, I have a complete fangirl crush on Goolrick. I instantly connected to this author's words. I particularly sucked right into the character of Catherine. She is multi-dimensional and so very human. I believed in Catherine. She is part black widow spider, but still worth investing in. I found myself pitying Ralph Truitt and perhaps anyone would. He, in my opinion becomes obsessed with sex because of the circumstances of his last marriage. He cannot stop thinking about every couple in his small town having sex during his 20 year abstinence. Finally, he decides to advertise for a bride. I simply hate his son, Antonio, but feel instantly bad that I said that because Antonio's mean is as a direct result of his crapped up life in the Truitt household. Yet, I hate him anyway. More than anything, I loved this book for its moral of forgiveness and redemption in the worst possible circumstances.
Recommendation: Fangirl says read it. It's shocking and beautifully written.