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The Woman He Married (A Magic City Duo Book 1)

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  326 ratings  ·  87 reviews
A story about marriage, family, and the silver lining that holds it all together.

Once an aspiring young attorney, Josie looked forward to taking on the injustices of the world—one case at a time. Eleven years later, she’s a stay-at-home mom and battling demons that don’t require a law degree. Only keeping up pretenses proves more than she can bear when a bracelet that sho
Paperback, Second, 425 pages
Published May 28th 2016 by The Ford Group Publishing (first published May 1st 2011)
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Geri Reads
4 cheating stars!

An angsty read reminiscent of those old and not-so-old Harlequins where the H, John, blatantly cheats on the h, Josie. Whether or not you believe the HEA between the two MCs is up to you. But for me, I felt like the John got away scot-free and Josie forgave him way too easily. Not enough grovel and he still came out smelling like roses. Ugh!

Josie was a bit of a doormat. And when John essentially blamed her for his infidelity, she just accepted it. But I still gave
Nikki ღ Navareus

I wasn't prepared for the awesomeness of this story. I'm always prowling the GR's cheaters lists, looking for decent cheating stories. I love these stories, and they are getting more and more scarce lately. I kind of avoided this story for a long time because the cover looked to me like it was a historical and that's definitely not my favorite genre. After skipping over this one for months, I finally read the blurb and DL'd this story, and man was I ever blown away. I had such a hard time puttin
Luzia Bielefeld *BookWhore BR*
2 ⭐⭐ - Meh!
Our Zero is a selfish SOB who has not redeemed himself in my opinion.
Our Zeroine, I do not know what to say about her. Weak, with daddy issues and doormat syndrome.
Besides neglecting the family, he humiliates her publicly because everyone knows about his affair. And still drags his name and family in the mud with a scandal.
I would pick Brian in the blink of an eye and kick the cheater out of my life.
I was disappointed with the end of t
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4 ⭐'s

Another one off my cheating list and I was a little hesitant about this one and with good reason since I had seen some reviews. Cheating is one thing but redemption is a whole other ball park and what I heard wasn't good.

Still, I was in the mood so in I went and I have to say I LOVED all the angst. There's a particular scene at the beach that just killed me.

The plot isn't new...John and Josie have been married for over ten years and have three kids. He's a lawyer running to be a judge. S
Julie Ford
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I find it hard to believe but it's been about eight years or so since I first decided to write my first novel. The Woman He Married was my first ever venture into writing fiction. Needless to say, I had a lot to learn and, unfortunately, had to "cut my teeth" on the first edition of this one. Now, with five additional novels under my proverbial belt, and having the rights to this story returned to me from my publisher, I was excited to sit down and give this one another go. To get the story righ ...more
WTF did I just read?

It takes 11 years into a marriage before either spouse said ILY???

They never even really deal with the affair. Completely smutless and I’m pretty sure I stumbled on my first Christian romance. Written for Christian women with straying husband’s. The lesson here...suck it up, buttercup, it’s your fault he cheated and you have kids so take him back. He did nothing to prove himself trustworthy again and he was still discounting his wife’s intelligence at 98%.

Fuck off with thi
A. R.
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Woman He Married" was my first Julie Ford book, but it won't be my last. What an emotional roller coaster ride! I loved it! Had a difficult time putting this one down.

The story is centered around John and Josie and their terribly dysfunctional marriage. Slowly the story unwinds of how this couple came together and what has chipped away at their love for one another. A tale of a woman who has lost herself in caring for her husband and family. Oddly enough, she is not the only per
April Reader
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
2.5 stars

I would have given it 4 stars had the heroine left her asshat of a husband for nice guy, Brian.
Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In a romance novel, we usually meet our couple before they are involved with each other. We get to enjoy watching them meet and we celebrate with them as they overcome various obstacles and gradually fall in love. THE WOMAN HE MARRIED by Julie N. Ford is a different type of story. It is a fascinating, but often painful, look into a marriage that is slowly falling apart.

John and Josie Bearden have been married for eleven years and they have three children. They
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't even know what to write about this book. It is supposed to be about marriage and relationships, but the main characters are two selfish, angry, headstrong people who barely communicate. Josie was once a vibrant woman, but has been reduced to a doormat who drinks too much. She desperately needs AA meetings, but thinks she can stop at any time. Her husband, John, instead of encouraging his wife belittles her and treats her like garbage while ignoring his children. He is a narcissistic jerk ...more
Mylissa Demeyere
This story starts by painting a sad, hard situation for Josy. Her husband is absent most of the time, an affair is implied, she has given up on her hopes and dreams to be a stay at home mum, things we as women can relate to at one point or another in life (most things anyways, not so sure about the affair). But the more you read on in the book, you see how horribly Josy deals with this, by turning to alcohol in a very abusive way, repeating the patterns she loathed as a child, etc. The sympathy ...more
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
THE WOMAN HE MARRIED was one rough read through the emotional roller-coaster of these characters' lives. It was heartbreaking seeing their relationship fall apart and then as they try to figure out what will happen next and if it's worth it to work towards a happily-ever-after. Readers who like their romance with depth, complex characters, and some serious turbulence will enjoy this one!

This book tugged on my heart so much! There were parts I wanted to scream at the characters, other
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I'm a pacifist but I want to burn an effigy of John after I finished the book!!!!

Lots of angst and drama. 4 stars cos it kept me going right to the end even though I wanted to dnf so many times throughout the book.

A word of warning here - a very frustrating book where you feel that John should be made to suffer a lot more for his cheating and attitude towards his wife.
Hated the husband, Josie is alot more forgiving than I would have
Vee Paige
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the angst in this book. I understood how Josie spiraled into becoming a doormat in trying to be a good wife and mother. I also liked how she got her wake-up call. John, is a different matter, although I understood how he got frustrated in some ways, it was following the bad advice from the only father figure he ever had ... Josie's father ... that led him to crush his wife's spirit ... the very spirit that he fell in love with in the first place.

What I didn't understand was
Alice Gold
I read this book after reading the sequel "No Holly for Christmas." I had no idea that this book existed when reading the other or I would have done it the other way around. I prefer to read in sequential order. However, reading in the wrong order actually didn't take anything away from either book, they are that loosely related, especially in the story-line.

"No Holly for Christmas" focuses on Josie's x-boyfriend Brian, and this book focuses on Josie. Even though Julie Ford warned me
This is a solid 4.5 stars and I wish Goodreads allowed me to give it that rating. What a tough book to read, rate, and review. Half way through the book I was angry, frustrated and ready to quit reading. My DNF folder was about to receive yet another loser nominee. I was discussing my frustration with hubby why any author would write such a weak doormat of a leading female character. I decided to pull up my big girl panties and see how this ugly situation resolves itself. I'm so glad I stayed wi ...more
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cheating-gasp
I checked the page count on this after reading it because it didn't feel like a 400+ page book. I read it really quickly. Which, I suppose, would suggest I enjoyed it. I suppose I did. However, I'm not quite sure why.

John is an asshole. Like, straight up, asshole. Not the 'loveable asshole' type, more the 'she should break your dick' asshole type. Through most of the book. It takes him entirely too long to even gain remotely any idea of what his wife has gone through in their decade long marria
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book by the author for an honest review. Josie was destined for greatness. But family and life had other plans. Now married to John for over eleven years life seems to have passed her by. But when she finds proof of Johns infidelity all goes down hill fast. It starts with the bracelet she thought he got for her but found on another woman's wrist. Before all answers to many questions become clear so much must happen to both of them. Is John truly faithful or scoundrel? A ...more
Jun 30, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Josie is a strong, intelligent woman. Her husband John is running for office as a State Judge. They are the parents of three children and somehow, their marriage has fallen apart and they are just going through the motions. This book was hard for me to read. I hated Josie’s drunken behavior. I hated John’s infidelity. There were times that the book gave wonderful advice but I felt like I had to wade through lots of drama to get a glimmer of hope. Although the book was well written, it is just no ...more
Sam B
I received this ebook through ebooksforreview in exchange for an honest review.

The story in itself was pretty good and I loved seeing Josie and John try to save their marriage. But to be honest it just wasn't my kind of book.
I had a really hard time relating to the characters and found myself disagreeing with most of their decisions throughout the book. They just didn’t share my values and principles. I started enjoying the story a little more toward the end, but still most of the b
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cheating
Very well done in my opinion. I don't think he got away scott free, both of them were responsible for a marriage that turned sour. A case could be made that she emotionally cheated with her previous boyfriend from the get go. A careful reading exposes both of them really. Anyway, no matter how you fall on whether he was forgiven too easily or not, this book was well written and angsty, a good combo for me. I'm looking forward to the next book about Brian.
Mar 23, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love and hate this book. The affair had me going crazy. It made me feel as though I was the one being cheated on and I felt hurt and rage! (view spoiler)
This book contained one of the most disgusting, selfish heroes I have ever read, the heroine was a complete doormat, who forgave him way too easily.
Marie Martinez
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So good

Ugh this book was so good. It had me from the beginning. I spent my entire Sunday reading it. Although I am never not a fan of cheating when I read romance novels, this was tastefully written where you knew he was torn. Both John and Josie had contributed to where they were and this shows that people are human and make mistakes. It took awhile for them to realize what they had.
Soso Ling
Sep 12, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was convoluted, with unnecessary characters, unresolved plotlines and unrealistic personalities. Ironically, despite the lack of clear resolution that was blamed for the failure of John's and Josie's marriage, the author fails to properly confront and resolve the myriad of issues underlying their problems. I wouldn't recommend this
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A graduate from San Diego State University with a BA in Political Science, Julie N. Ford also earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Alabama, which has only made her better able to recognize the unhealthy, codependent relationship she has with writing. Professionally, she has worked in teaching and as a marriage and family counselor. She is the author of six women’s fiction novels, ...more