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The Ideal Wife

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  211 ratings  ·  28 reviews
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 studen...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by Gallery Books (first published September 22nd 2009)
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As is Fitting

Jana, a modest young woman with a strong relationship with God, lucked out and married Lawrence, a wealthy lawyer, who she truly loves. All she wants is to please her husband. Even if it means leaving her church, growing her hair and putting her schooling on hold, Jana will. While meeting a few of Lawrence's needs, Jana finds herself letting go of her inhibitions and transitioning into a different person.

Lawrence has found the second Mrs. Collins. From her saggy clothing to her sh...more
A Trophy Wife

Jana has met the man of her dreams. Lawrence is a wealthy, handsome attorney. And he's a Christian. He meets all of her expectations and more. God has truly blessed her with a good husband. The lord has also blessed Lawrence with a good wife. Jana is a Christian, beautiful, intelligent and she loves to cook.

They dated for six months and then he made all of her dreams come true when he provided her with the wedding of her dreams. Now that they are home from their honeymoon, Jana is...more
I had this book in my collection for a few years & decided to give it a try. It was a interesting read, although, I figured out the plot before it really got good. I will be reading more from this author.
This was my first time reading a book by this author. I thought the book was okay. I did not find it to be a remarkable story. I can't remember what drew me to this story, I just know that it has been on my to-read shelf for a while now.

I didn't love any of the characters (I'm starting to miss that feeling-insert sad face). Even though, Jana's husband tried to take her in a questionable direction during their marriage, I did find her to be a bit prudish. I too am a Christian, but didn't agree t...more
Picture Lifetime Movie Network meets BET meets Bravo. The story-telling is over the top and exaggerated, but that's why I enjoy this trashy novel.

Jana drops out of Bible College to marry Lawrence, a wealthy lawyer. Lawrence gives her an allowance and asks her to dress better. Slowly, he undermines her confidence, criticizing the little things until Jana believes she's not being a good wife. And when Lawrence invites her to participate in an orgy with his best friend and his wife, he slips Jana e...more
This was my first book by Jacquelin Thomas and for me this book was VERY slow! It dragged on and on and I found myself speed reading just to get through it! The subject matter was very interesting and the characters were as well, its just that the book never have ANY climatic moments, it stayed at level ONE all the way through. Even the moments that were meant to be explosive weren't to me! I had no emotional reaction to anything that I read. I felt like there were a LOT of filler pages, informa...more
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THE IDEAL WIFE by Jacquelin Thomas is a Christian Contemporary Fiction/Women’s Fiction. Is is written with the scripture tale of Queen Vasti. It is the story of newlywed Jana Collins and her husband Lawrence Collins,an attorney with dark secrets that jeopardize his marriage. A christian wife marries a man with different views on religious beliefs,including the “swinging” life style. Lawrence wants to show off his beautiful wife. “His Ideal Wife” but he goes further by wanting her to do thinks ag...more
Jana was swept off her feet by attorney Lawrence Collins. After the honeymoon the strange differences started showing up until Jana couldn't take it anymore. Being secure in her relationship with God, she steps out on faith and changes her life. Lawrence will hopefully realize the errors of his ways before he catches something he can’t get rid of. The supporting characters add to the story while helping to provide a clear example of the Christian way of life. Thomas clearly illustrates the bibli...more
I have read book by this author in the past. This was not one of her better books. Jana meets Lawrence and after 6 months of dating they get married. I figured out the story line right away. Jan's husband is a swinger and in my opinion only married her because she was inexperienced and naive. I wanted to slap Jana. No one can possibly be this naive and clueless. There were red flags from the beginning. I'm glad Jana got some courage and left her husband and found herself. Overall fans of Jacquel...more
Shawntay F
I could have gone a lifetime and not read this book. It was not what I expected at all. As a Christian I felt this novel gave a strict close-minded view of Christian values. While I agree 100% with the intent of the book I just feel Jana came off as a bit too June Cleaverish. She just seemed a bit unrealistic for today's society. I get the message but I just wished it was delivered better.
Did not realize this was a Christian romance novel when I requested it for review. I'm not really into romance novels (unless they're extraordinary and subtle, like Memoirs of a Geisha), and I'm definitely not into Christian fiction. I tried not to hold those things against the book, though. If it's your thing, the writing holds up well enough.
Sherry McFarland
This book dealt with deception, lies and betrayal. It also shows how people can take the bible and twist the word/meaning to fit thier purpose. The plot of this book kept repeating itself to the point where it became annoying. I have enjoyed other books by this author this just was not one of my favorites.
Jacquelin Thomas has done it again. Tackling a bold (and perhaps controversial)subject with tastful presentation. How far would a loving wife go to please her husband? A roller-coaster of emotions vs. godly conscience -- yet a strong moral lesson is revealed. A must read.
Shanique Nelson
Gosh, I love this book! I loaned it to my friends one at a time to read. This book opened my eyes to so many things n taught me how seriously things can not be the way they appear and how we need to be extra careful about the decisions we make.
Really good book! This book is a perfect example of why couples need to really communicate before getting married and make sure they are on the same page spiritually and idealistically. Wonderfully written, and very thought provoking!
Deborah Paige-Jackson
A good, gentle read with lots of religious connotations. I like how the main character used the bible as her standard for living. I didn't like that she waited until she got married to get to know her husband on all levels.
The main character come across as a little self-righteous and naive, almost to the point that it was sickening. I like happily ever afters, and this just didn't do it for me. Plus, it was kind of predictable.
on the one hand it was well written and moved so nicely that i did not want to stop reading

on the other hand it is an unrealistic premise and it pushes the situation to try and teach a narrow point
Mz. Yvette  D
Great read. amazing characters. Basically, do we love man more than we love God. Will we go outside of our beliefs to satisfy man? Loved the story!
Chineka Williams
This was a really good book about staying true to who you are and about what it takes to have a marriage that puts God first.
This book was better than I thought it would be. Modern day spin on Queen Vashti. Refreshing story.
Carol Hornsby-mccoy
Sometimes it's better to be thankful for what God has blessed you with. A lesson well learned.
Freda Duncan
It was awesome, I just love this author, she ROCKS!!!!
This book was good. I really like it
It was a good read.
Very entertaining!
Mary Lorio
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Jacquelin Thomas was born to be a writer. Both of her parents and one of her aunts are all writers. She also has a first cousin who is a published inspirational-fiction author. Jacquelin is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than 18 novels in print. In addition to writing fiction, she has contributed to the Women of Color Devotional Bible and has written articles for Brides Noir magazine...more
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