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The Reputed Wife

4.52  ·  Rating Details ·  25 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Herodias Gardner defends religious freedom when she risks the Puritans' whipping post to protest the torture of Quakers, and seeks to soften a king's heart. When her friend Mary Dyer defies banishment and faces the gallows in the same quest, what will Herod do?

Herod also challenges convention at home as she seeks to keep personal scandal hidden. Though she has taken George
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 10th 2013
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Ginger Myrick
Mar 20, 2013 Ginger Myrick rated it it was amazing
A worthy sequel to Rebel Puritan but working equally as well as a stand alone volume, The Reputed Wife is the second installment in the saga of courageous, strong-willed, tough-as-nails Herodias Long. With her straightforward, lyrical prose and vivid imagery, JoAnn Butler brings her spirited heroine to life in a beautifully wrought tale with as much drama as a soap opera but built on a solid historical foundation. At a time when it could bring a death sentence to dissent from popular opinion, ...more
Apr 20, 2013 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
Every bit as well done as the first book "Rebel Puritan". Fans of historical fiction will love "The Reputed Wife" . I am eagerly looking forward to the next book in the series . If you haven't read "Rebel Puritan " and the "Reputed Wife" I highly recommend that you do so.
Christy English
Jun 02, 2013 Christy English rated it it was amazing
This novel is a fascinating combination of history and fiction, with fabulous storytelling filling in the gaps in historical records left by the distance of over three hundred years. Jo Ann Butler makes Colonial New England come to life in a whole new way for me. She breathes life into the long dead, and draws me into the world of Rhode Island in the 1600's. Not a place I would want to time travel to by any means, but journeying with Jo Ann Butler's Herod makes for a safe, if an occasionally ...more
Oct 24, 2013 Carolyn rated it it was amazing
An excellent sequel to Rebel Puritan, the Reputed Wife has continued to capture the intriguing saga of the life of Herodias Long in the well researched historical setting in which she lived and loved. A thoroughly interesting, historically important, and highly enjoyable read, I am delighted to add this volume to my library shelf, right next to Rebel Puritan. I so look forward to the next chapter in the life of Herodias in the upcoming third sequel, which I fully expect to be equally ...more
Susan Berry
Aug 31, 2013 Susan Berry rated it really liked it
Set in 17th century Northeast, primarily in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, The Reputed Wife is the story of Goodwife Herodias “Herod” Gardner a/k/a Hicks and her struggle to free herself from the bonds of a rash marriage to John Hicks. After Hicks beats her to within an inch of her life, Herod finds solace, love, and security in George Gardner, but in the process loses the children that she had with Hicks. It is the story of redemption and her efforts to vindicate herself in a patriarchal ...more
Feb 27, 2014 Jill rated it it was amazing
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I won this book on Good Reads!

When I was notified that I would be receiving this book, I immediately downloaded the first in the series (Rebel Puritan)and LOVED IT! I found the sequel to be just as enthralling as the first book. A rare find indeed!

This is the continued story of Herodias Long, a member of the early American colonial community who defies Puritan convention and chooses to live life by her own conscience. This is a dangerous thing under the rule of restrictive Puritans. The book ski
Peni Renner
Dec 01, 2013 Peni Renner rated it really liked it
"The Reputed Wife" is the sequel to "Rebel Puritan," which I have not yet read. The author and I did a book swap (a copy of "Reputed Wife" for a copy of my own book, "Puritan Witch."). At first I felt like I should have read Rebel Puritan first, but I do think Reputed Wife makes a great stand-alone novel.
I don't know how a wife and mother could just up and leave her family though, in an attempt to rescue a Quaker friend from suicide-by-Puritan-Law. Her husband George seemed WAY too understandin
Aug 15, 2013 Carrie rated it it was amazing
It's said that Puritans came to New England for freedom of religion. In truth, they wanted to bar other religions from their colonies, and tortured the Quakers trying to keep them out. Herodias Gardner was one of the few who dared to speak out against the abuse, and she was whipped for her bravery. What happened to her friend Mary Dyer was even worse.

Jo Ann Butler does a terrific job of depicting the hardships of colonial life, and also Herodias' messy domestic life. That woman simply can't keep
Marilyn Henetz
Jul 07, 2013 Marilyn Henetz rated it it was amazing
I’ve been visiting the Rebel Puritan website badgering Butler to finish the next part of the Herodias Long saga since the moment I put down book #1.Butler did not disappoint. Reputed Wife was equally compelling! I completed another read of Rebel Puritan, and I am now impatiently awaiting Butler’s completion of book #3.
Justine Kelly
Mar 15, 2014 Justine Kelly rated it really liked it
Such a captivating story about one of the author's ancestors. This is a sequel to Butler's first novel "The Rebel Puritan." I loved the first book so much that I was excited to continue reading Herod's story. A great look at the Puritan/Quaker conflict of the 17th century in New England. Bonus points for the book being free to borrow on Kindle!
Jo Butler
Apr 11, 2013 Jo Butler rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Christy Robinson
Dec 30, 2014 Christy Robinson rated it it was amazing
Shame on me, for waiting more than a year and half to review this EXCELLENT book. I gave it a five-star rating in Goodreads, and thought my work was done.

The Reputed Wife is not only a thrilling story of real people in early-colonial Rhode Island, but because it's written by antiquarian/archaeologist/genealogist Jo Ann Butler, it accurately depicts the culture and scenery of the mid-17th-century. I would certainly add "writer/author" to those descriptors, because Butler's prose are clean and cle
Theresa Tomlinson
Feb 20, 2015 Theresa Tomlinson rated it really liked it
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Set in the middle of the seventeenth century, in Newport, Rhode Island, Herodias Long, separated from her abusive first husband, struggles to live a calm and contented life with her new common-law husband, George Gardner. Between repeated childbirths she is restless and particularly disturbed by the behaviour of her best friend Mary Dyer, who returns from an extended visit to England declaring that she has become a Quaker. With her new-found faith and
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A genealogist and one-time colonial archeologist, Ms. Butler has tapped her work in New England for her first historical fiction novel, "Rebel Puritan." She can be reached at
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