No one had ever looked at her and seen perfection—until now.
Delicate, titian-haired Theresa Noble has met her father’s associates in the past, but the gorgeous, Italian-born Sandro De Lucci leaves her speechless. Eighteen months into their marriage, however, Sandro has turned to ice. Desperate to escape a relationship that has proven to be as stubbornly passionate as it is cold and hateful, Theresa summons up the courage to ask for a divorce. But before he’ll grant her request, Sandro demands something from Theresa: a son.
The stalemate sickens her. Never mind that Sandro has yet to introduce Theresa to the large family that means so much to him. Or that Theresa overhears her husband on the phone with a mystery woman. Most damning is that Theresa senses, in Sandro’s treatment of her, the behind-the-scenes machinations of Jackson Noble, her cruel father. From the depths of her anxiety, Theresa must seek an empowering truth about the husband who calls her, with such cold affection, his cara, his beloved.
Revised edition: This edition of The Unwanted Wife includes editorial revisions.
REVIEWS (BONUS 2 Reviews)
Reviewed by Starlord
I read this book a while ago and always remembered how much it touched me and how much I just freaking loved it!! I just HAD to do a re-read when my best friend said she wanted to read it, so we read together and I have to say… it’s still as amazing as I remember if not more so.
I’m going to try to put into words what this book made me feel. I know I won’t come close to doing it justice, but I’ll try.
Theresa is a force to be reckoned with. In the beginning, she has just come to the point that she can’t live the way she had for 18 months anymore. It was too much on her heart, her mind, and physically. Life forces us to be strong when we need it most, and Theresa is a perfect example of life and her situation forcing her to guard herself and push through. To make a decision to change it so she can be fully happy. She is by far one of my favorite heroines because she is so real. I hope I could be as wise as she is with life.
From the first line of this story, you feel the emotion. You feel the heartache and the despair she feels. She has loved Sandro since the beginning and he just… doesn’t get it. But there is a reason for that, and neither of them are fully aware that their situation isn’t what it seems. But there is hope. You sense that hope in her even when she sets in stone what she wants. You hope that the next page will bring something different and you can’t help but keep reading because you know… YOU JUST KNOW! That something big will happen. The writing is beautiful, the development is flawless, and the way this story pulls you in is powerful.
Once (as in the blurb) Theresa finds out she is finally pregnant, well, her world tips and she must do what is best for her and her baby. I honestly could never forget this woman.
Sandro… in the beginning, you want to punch him or just flat out push him down a set of stairs, but you can’t help but fall in love with him because the man is special. Theresa’s love for him burrows deep inside you as you read his interactions with her. You feel the chemistry between them hit you like a board to the head because DAMN! The chemistry is intense! It’s one of the reasons things between them have stayed the way they are for so long, but it’s also the reason why things need to change.
Sandro is truly remarkable. Another very real character that you just HAVE to know more about. And once their situation creeps into the light, Sandro shows his true colors, and they are breath-taking. I’ve never read about another man truly making the kind of sacrifices Sandro made, but he needed to make them. They weren’t unnecessary because he has a LOT to make up for. And you see it in everything he does. You feel it in every word he says to Theresa. That’s what I think is so beautiful about this story. A bad situation can always change.
Both of them fight it. Both of them think they know exactly what the other needs. And both of them come to realize that what they need most has been in front of them this whole time, but is it too late? Is life going to make it impossible for the real Sandro and Theresa to be happy together? They were just placed together for the wrong reasons. But that doesn’t matter, because love can change everything.
This is a book that I will ALWAYS HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Especially if you love a story with so much emotion. Watching these two slowly turn into the people they are meant to be… well, it’s unforgettable
If I could give this 10 stars I would. This book will hit you hard and it will never let you go.
My (short) Review
My review would never be able to do this book enough justice. This book touched me in so many places, I didn’t even know a book could reach me that emotionally in depth. I thought I had cried with books before, but nothing comes close to what I felt for Theresa.
I love emotional books, and I have plenty that reach my top. But this book skyrocketed to the top of the list. It is by far my #1 read for this year so far. I was so out of it while reading this book. I was sitting in the passenger side on a road trip and instead of enjoying some of the beautiful scenery around me, I was stuck in the book. I couldn’t stop. I couldn’t stop reading, feeling, crying, I just, it was so capturing. I don’t think I have read anything so devastatingly beautiful.
I really wish I could say more, go in depth a little more. But the story is so raw and emotional, it just makes it hard to put your feelings to words. . Theresa is the definition of a strong willed woman. My heart broke so much for Theresa, and when I say my heart broke, I do mean literally. I could not stop crying. Even on small parts, that I probably shouldn’t cry. I cried. I could feel her emotion so much, just radiating off of the pages.
When my fellow friend suggested we do a read together I was so up for it. If you have someone to read this with you, do a group read. I am not lying when I say you will want to be talking about it, while you are reading it. You will have so many questions in the beginning, and have you questioning everything about their love, their marriage.
READ THIS BOOK, LIKE YESTERDAY. That is how much I loved this book.