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The Bad Boy's Wifeby Karen Shepard
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What happens when you marry the bad boy — the reckless, irresistible cowboy who steals your heart and throws it back to you, the one you should have called it a day with after the affair?
When Cole, a gorgeous ne'er do well horse trainer and stereotypical bad boy, proposes to Hannah, daughter of a wealthy Southern family, it comes as a shock to everyone. After a twenty-year marriage, Cole leaves Hannah for one of her best friends and they play out their passions on a ranch in Kentucky, where old secrets and sentiments spring forth to unsettle their relationship. Caught in the middle are their beloved daughter Mattie, and Georgia, the hired hand debutante who casts their fate.
"Taut, disturbing and memorable, this portrait of a marriage gone awry gains unuusual power and poetry through its deft inversions of the past." Andrea Barrett, National Book Award-winning author of Voyage of the Narwhal
"Spanning 20 years, [The Bad Boy's Wife] skillfully reconstructs the complicated emotional terrain of a marriage gone sour...and the real treat is the writing: clean, no-frills and bulls-eye accurate." The Washington Post
"Shepard...uses her flashback structure to good effect, tracing the arc of the relationship backwards, from acrimony to heady infatuation. This is domestic fiction done with edge and attitude." Booklist
An affecting story of a relationship gone bad told in reverse, by the author of An Empire of Women.
What happens when you marry the bad boy-the reckless, irresistible cowboy who steals your heart and whom you should have dumped after the affair?
Cole Thompson, a gorgeous ne'er-do-well horse trainer, shocks everyone when he proposes to Hannah Baker, the daughter of a wealthy Southern family. When after a twenty-year marriage filled with infidelity and other secrets, Cole leaves her, it comes as a shock to no one but Hannah. Now, though, there are no longer just two of them to suffer the consequences: caught in the middle is Mattie, the child who was supposed to settle them down and make them better people.
This is the story of a relationship and marriage told in reverse, from its fateful end to its magical beginnings. Can a husband, a wife and their ten-year-old pick up the pieces of their broken past and dare to expect something from the future? In the tradition of books like The Horse Whisperer and Cowboys Are my Weakness, Karen Shepard deals with issues of broken trust, and the damage we cause to the ones we love most.
About the Author
Karen Shepard teaches writing and literature in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband and their three children.
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