The Unhappy Wife

Twelve women share one thing in common - the quest for being happily married to the men they chose; however, each one finds herself in an unexpected marital predicament. Inspired by real events and told from each woman’s perspective, these short stories are firsthand accounts detailing the realities of marriage well after each woman said, “I do.”

Four women represent The Voiceless Wife. Although circumstances vary, these women give their power away to friends and family. The result is a loss of intuition and self. The Detached Wife symbolizes five different ways wives can be disconnected from their husbands and themselves. Sex, intimacy and self-discovery are central to understanding these women’s narratives. The Committed Wife includes three women who demonstrate the depths of devotion. These final stories show that wives sometimes need more than loyalty to be happy.

Also included is an afterword by Dating and Relationship Coach and Instructor, and founder of Relationship Architect Academy, Anita Charlot. She gives valuable insights as to how and why some women become “unhappy” wives and what we as women can do to maintain healthier relationships.

Critic Evaluation

Cover Design Score: 8

Simple black background with shiny gold writing does a good job of standing out and grabbing your attention. 

Book Blurb Score: 10

Great in-depth blurb allows you to know exactly what you are going to be reading. It even goes so far as to break it down into each section and what they mean. Nice to see that not only is this based on real accounts but that the book will be sharing stories from 12 different women. 

Formatting Score: 10

Great in-depth blurb allows you to know exactly what you are going to be reading. It even goes so far as to break it down into each section and what they mean. Nice to see that not only is this based on real accounts but that the book will be sharing stories from 12 different women. 

Grammar & Spelling Score: 10

Grammer and spelling were on point. No errors were seen. 

Plot & Structure Score: 10

Each woman is telling her own story and does so in her own way. This makes each story unique. Although each story is relatively short, you are able to follow along easily; they start from the point where they met their significant other to the end where decisions and realizations are made. 

 

Character Development Score: 10

Each story is told from a different woman and this comes across easily. Each has their own voice and their own characteristics. As they tell their story, you are able to put yourself in their shoes in order to feel what they went through. Physical characteristics about the character are rarely told, but they are not needed in order to picture the character and their journey; they are very relatable. 

Originality Score: 9

Although stories of unhappy marriages have been told before, because these are all true stories and each person is different, the stories are all different. Each woman's story is presented in their own way, one of which is presented as a letter, and each contains different obstacles and endings. 

Pacing Score: 10

Although each story is fairly short, a good pace is set. Moving from the beginning of the relationship to the end, enough information is given to fully understand the events happening and the feelings being felt. 

Use of Language Score: 9

Simple language is used so it is easy to read and understand. 

Overall Readability Score: 10

Easy read. Each story is a great length and with how compelling they are, they make you want to continue reading to hear the next woman's story. The women are relatable which makes it easy to put yourself into their shoes and understand what they are going through. 

This book received a critic's score of 96 out of 100 possible points.

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