A unique blend of actual 18th-century letters and sensitively imagined fiction, A More Obedient Wife tells the story of two women in the 1790’s—each in a troubled marriage to a Supreme Court Justice—swept up in the little-known but fascinating early history of our nation’s premier judicial institution. Hannah Iredell, shy and insecure—and saddled with an embarrassing alcoholic mother-in-law—is plagued by doubts about her husband’s fidelity. Hannah Wilson, flirtatious and only nineteen, marries a distinguished and extravagantly wealthy man thirty years her senior, but is soon dragged down into poverty and disgrace. When Mrs. Wilson finds herself attracted to Mrs. Iredell’s charming husband, the two women’s differences escalate into mutual hostility—until dramatic events lead them to form an unlikely friendship.
Winner of two awards, A More Obedient Wife has been described by reviewers as “riveting” (Midwest Book Review), “compelling” (Historical Novels Review Online), and “definitely one not to be missed” (Reader Views).