The Ideal Wife

The Ideal Wife

Newlyweds Jana and Lawrence return from their Caribbean honeymoon to Los Angeles, where Lawrence is a partner in a prestigious Beverly Hills law firm. After Jana moves into Lawrence’s home in Hollywood Hills, she undergoes a complete lifestyle change and now spends her time shopping and doing charity work with the wives of the other partners. Her days as a student at Bible College seem like a distant memory now that she’s a full-time wife..

Soon Jana and Lawrence’s values begin to clash, and the marriage falls apart. After a spat over Lawrence’s sexual appetite, he tells Jana he wants a divorce. Confused and heartbroken by the sudden turn of events, she slowly realizes that it was physical attraction that drew Lawrence to her—it was never about love. She was nothing more than a trophy wife. So when three months later she meets Garrett Ransom, a handsome widower, she vows that this time, she’s going to do things right. .

In The Ideal Wife , Thomas has written an engaging and inspirational novel featuring ordinary people facing everyday challenges, as they struggle to achieve personal happiness and success while maintaining their faith-based principles..
  • Gallery Books | 
  • 288 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416599630 | 
  • October 2009
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for The Ideal Wife includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Jacquelin Thomas. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book. 



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 see more

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About the Author

Jacquelin Thomas
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Jacquelin Thomas

Jacquelin Thomas' books have garnered several awards, including two EMMA awards, the Romance In Color Reviewers Award, Readers Choice Award, and the Atlanta Choice Award in the Religious & Spiritual category. She was nominated for a 2008 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Fiction in the Young Adult category. Jacquelin has published in the romance, inspirational fiction and young adult genres.