The Ideal Wife

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Now in mass market from national bestselling author Jacquelin Thomas, an uplifting tale about a strong woman struggling with issues of faith and self-esteem.

Marrying a handsome, wealthy lawyer and living in a Hollywood Hills mansion is a dream come true for twenty-four-year-old Jana. From the moment they met Lawrence Collins swept Jana off her feet. She was willing to put her studies at a local Bible college on hold in order to wed after a six-month whirlwind romance. Beautiful and vivacious, with a stunning body, Jana knows men like Lawrence don’t come along every day, and she vows to be a perfect companion—the ideal wife—to this sexy, powerful man. But at what price?
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  • Pocket Books | 
  • 288 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439123713 | 
  • October 2009
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for The Ideal Wife includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Jacquelin Thomas. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.



Introduction

Young newlywed Jana is settling into married life with her handsome husband, Lawrence, after a whirlwind courtship and wedding. But soon after their honeymoon, it becomes apparent that in order to adapt to her successful husband’s world, Jana will need to change. Her new circle of friends includes the wives of Lawrence’s partners at his law firm, who spend their days shopping, having lunch, and working on charity committees. Jana tries her best to be the ideal wife, but it soon becomes clear that her husband has voracious and somewhat unusual sexual appetites and, although she strives to please him, Jana is having trouble reconciling his uninhibited lifestyle with her faith. Will she be forced to choose between her husband and her God?

Questions for Discussion

1. Why do you think the author opens the novel with the epigraph from the book of Esther? What tone does this set?

2. In trying to reconcile her husband’s wants with her strong faith, Jana relates to t see more

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Author Revealed

Jacquelin Thomas
Q. how did you come to write The Ideal Wife?

A. I was listening to a radio talk show about swinging one afternoon and a woman called in. She said that she was a Christian and married to a minister. She and her husband were swingers. She also said that 68% of swingers considered themselves Christians. At the time I was reading about Esther in the Bible. She replaced Queen Vashti as queen when Vashti refused her husband's request to show off her beauty to the men in his kingdom. It was this action that birthed the question: what would you do if your husband wanted to divorce you because you refused to participate in the swinging lifestyle?

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