The Other Wife

The Other Wife

by Kathleen Irene Paterka

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Till death do us part...

Eleanor Anderson has a beautiful home, a loving husband, a tranquil life. After thirty-eight years of marriage and her children now grown, she finally has time for herself. She's not expecting any surprises; certainly not to wake up one morning and find her husband dead in bed beside her from a massive heart attack. It's a devastating discovery... but not as much as the shock awaiting Eleanor when she learns the truth about her husband's secret life. And then there's the damaging document he signed before his death, which threatens to destroy her life.

Claire Anderson isn't your average thirtysomething. A professor of psychology at a prestigious university, Claire has a successful career, a handsome husband, and two young children at home. But nothing in her background, including her academic accomplishments, prepares Claire for the horrendous reality of discovering that the life she'd led was all a lie... fostered by a husband who'd promised to love and cherish her forever.

Two women from two generations, bound together by denial, anger, and grief. How far will their misery and fear push them? Does compassion rule the day, or will a husband's betrayal lead to a woman's revenge?

What happens when each of these women comes face-to-face with the other wife?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150127524
Publisher: Kathleen Irene Paterka
Publication date: 02/14/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 383
Sales rank: 487,518
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

KATHLEEN IRENE PATERKA is a bestselling author of numerous women’s fiction novels which embrace the themes of family and friendship. Her popular James Bay series includes Fatty Patty, Home Fires, Lotto Lucy, and For I Have Sinned, while her women’s fiction novel Royal Secrets explores the behind-the-scenes drama of a family-owned Las Vegas wedding chapel. Kathleen lives in Northern Michigan with her husband Steve, where she is busy working on her next James Bay novel.

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The Other Wife 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book, only thing took too long to find out the husband was a cheater. Why did he leave the first wife high and dry, that did not make any sense especially when he was still living with her. Like that both women were able to heal. mjw
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The tideous descriptios of feelings, memories and thoughts were draining. As if the writter was ordered to fill pages. Extremely slow action. Could not take it pass page 80
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
The Other Wife is a compelling and emotional story that follows two women whose world is turned upside down when they find out that they have been betrayed by the same man, their husband! Author Kathleen Irene Paterka weaves an intriguing story told in the alternating point of view of Eleanor Anderson and Claire Anderson, as they deal with the loss of their husband Richard, and how they find out about each other and deal with their loss, betrayal, and the difficulties of moving forward with their lives after the trauma caused by the man that they both loved. I found myself captivated by this story, it took me on a roller coaster ride where I felt the full gamut of emotions. You just can't help but feel compassion and empathy for both women as their worlds are turned upside down by the traumatic betrayal and selfish actions of a man that they had put their love and trust in. This is a beautifully written story that would be any married woman's nightmare, I couldn't even imagine what I would do if I was in Eleanor or Claire's shoes. The author does a wonderful job of drawing the reader into the story from the beginning, she weaves a thoughtful storyline that easily draws the reader into the womens' lives. It will keep you engaged and turning the pages as both women go through the process of learning about each other, the selfish actions that Richard wrought upon their families, and the internal struggle of picking up the pieces of their lives and moving forward. The Other Wife is a powerful women's fiction story of loss, betrayal, compassion, forgiveness, and growth. It is a thought provoking and emotional tale that will stay with you long after the last word has been read. Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
AnnieMcDonnell More than 1 year ago
Kathleen Irene Paterka is a brilliant writer. Her use of the English language is brilliant. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, not only because of the storyline, but because Paterka told it so beautifully. I don’t know which is worse, finding your husband has died of a massive heart attack next to you in bed, finding out that your husband left all of his Life Insurance money to another woman, OR that the woman is also his wife. Eleanor was married to Richard Anderson for 38 years, they have two adult children together, a home….a life. Richard let on that his work took him overseas to the Middle East, when in fact he was just going a few towns over to be with his other wife and family. Four years before his death, he married Claire Anderson, and they had two toddler age children together. This is the story of them finding out about one another and how they deal with the fall out of this information about the man they both loved. Brilliant!!!! You will not be able to choose a side.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I met this author while touring "Castle Farms" in Charlevoix Michigan.  I bought a couple of her books there which she autographed for me.  I have since purchased & read all the books for my NOOK that she has written.  It is hard to choose a favorite but  if I had to choose only one, it would be "The Other Wife".  I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more from this author.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Two women, strangers, happily married with a loving and kind husband who adores his children, one emotional nightmare that begins with death. Eleanor and Claire have no reason to meet, they live miles apart, in separate worlds, until the night Eleanor’s husband, Richard dies in bed lying next to her. Richard was a successful businessman, or so it seemed. Naturally, his will would leave everything to Eleanor, his devoted wife for decades, the woman who gave up her education and career to make a home for her family. When Richard’s will clearly states everything goes to another woman, the road to discovery and pain will begin as Claire, the new beneficiary, and Eleanor learn that their “husbands” were the same “Richard,” one man, two wives, and a tsunami of questions, hurt and resentment begin as one wife learns The Other Wife will reap the benefits of the life she had entrusted to a man who lived a life of lies. Will either of them get over the resentment they each feel toward the other? Who really was The Other Wife? Kathleen Irene Paterka has made her mark on women’s fiction with this stunning novel about love, loss, betrayal and starting over. The Other Wife is not a statement of bitterness but rather of learning to accept, if not understand the predicament life has ensconced two unsuspecting and innocent women in. She has allowed each woman to come to terms with their personal betrayals and choose a fresh path for their lives, building something strong out of the rubble they reluctantly find themselves buried in. The “villain” of this tale is gone, but was Richard all bad or was there more we will never know, questions we can never have answers to? Powerful and thought provoking, Kathleen Irene Paterka has written from her heart and it shows in her delicate handling of a devastating situation. This isn’t pink and frothy, this strikes deep into the heart, mind and soul. Ms. Paterka’s style is one of eloquence through her words while captivating her audience.
Caroline-Fardig More than 1 year ago
THE OTHER WIFE by Kathleen Irene Paterka is a gripping story of love, betrayal, and loss.  When Eleanor Anderson’s husband Richard suddenly dies, she finds out that he left all of his money to another woman, Claire Anderson—his other wife.  The story follows the aftermath of this bombshell from the perspectives of both Eleanor and Claire.  Paterka made both characters so lovable, it was difficult for the reader to “choose” a side. I would recommend this book to all fans of women’s fiction.  It was an easy and compelling read, drawing the reader in and making the reader invested in the characters’ lives.  I will definitely be reading more by this author.