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Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite
Bertha Mae Jorgenson was unlike any other female. She loved fishing, horse riding, going barefoot, shooting, and more. Bertha also wanted to become a teacher, but fate had other plans. When she reached seventeen, her social-climbing mother provided a wealthy groom for marriage, but Bertha was in love with another man. Bertha stood no chance against her mother’s manipulations and scheming, so she married James. It was 1860, and girls had no say about their lives, bodies, decisions, or careers. However, nothing prepared Bertha for the beast hiding under her husband’s charming exterior. She became bitter and spread her bile everywhere. Life was hell, and one day she snapped! Will Bertha ever get a chance at happiness? Find out in The Banker’s Wife by Tina Susedik.
Cheers to Tina for writing a captivating novel that pulled at my heartstrings. The Banker’s Wife is a historical novel that started by breaking my heart and filling it with joy at the end. I was waiting to exhale! The plot was realistic and exposed the plight of women in the nineteenth century. Unfortunately, female subjugation remains practiced in some cultures and places worldwide. Also, parents should understand that children are independent entities and not an extension of themselves. Bertha suffered so much, but she was a worthy heroine. Her spirit remained strong. I wished she had faced her parents. The character development and writing style were consistent and excellent. The Banker’s Wife is a worthy fourth installment in The Darlings of Deadwood series. Please write more, Tina.