The Ideal Wife
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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Reading Group Guide
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