A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
From the beginning, Ralph Truitt knew Catherine Land was not who she pretended to be. Expecting the “simple, honest woman” from the picture she had sent after answering his advertisement for “a reliable wife”, beautiful Catherine came as something of a shock. Thinking her act wholly convincing, Catherine plays the role of simplicity and innocence in hopes of accomplishing a deadly deception.
As Ralph and Catherine begin to live parallel lives in which they each punish themselves for their pasts, they find that in forgiving themselves they can find the happiness that has proven so elusive. With their futures entangled in a shared past, Catherine and Ralph find the solution in an unexpected turn of events that will save them both.