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  • Published: 2 April 2019
  • ISBN: 9780143787570
  • Imprint: Bantam Australia
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $32.99

Four Respectable Ladies Seek the Meaning of Wife




A hilarious and heart-warming novel about the true meaning of ‘for better or worse’ – both in marriage and in friendship.

'Marriage isn’t always a bed of roses. And there are many ways to be a wife,' the vicar informs the town …

It’s 1930, and as the Depression overtakes rural New South Wales, what it means to be a wife tests the four respectable ladies of Prospect to their very limit.

Louisa Worthington fled to the city ten years ago, pregnant, poor and under a cloud of scandal. Now she’s back - blonde and brazen - with her heart set on the married son of the town’s mayor.

Adelaide Nightingale, newly widowed and starved of romance, yearns for adoration, security and a version of herself defined by beauty not business.

Maggie Albright dreams of empire building, but is hamstrung by her over-cautious husband, who grows less handsome by the day.

Then there’s Pearl Fletcher, happily married to Joe, the district’s most successful sheep farmer, but protecting a secret that could tear their family apart.

And hovering in the town’s shadows is a ghost from their past. A man newly released from jail ruthlessly bent on exploiting the ladies’ hopes and fears to get what he wants. And what he wants is Louisa . . .


Praise for Four Respectable Ladies Seek Part-time Husband
'Loveable to the end . . . with a cast of colourful characters.' Herald Sun

'Hilarious.' Marie Claire

'A light, funny, warm-hearted read with occasional notes of darkness.' Books + Publishing

  • Pub date: 2 April 2019
  • ISBN: 9780143787570
  • Imprint: Bantam Australia
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $32.99

About the Author

Barbara Toner

Barbara Toner is an acclaimed author and columnist who has written extensively about the lot of women in all its manifestations, with all its glorious and less glorious intricacies, both in fiction and non-fiction. She has three daughters and divides her time between England and the far south coast of New South Wales. Her new novel, Four Respectable Ladies Seek the Meaning of Wife, will be published in April 2019.

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Barbara Toner introduces the ladies of Prospect, Adelaide Nightingale, Pearl Fletcher, Louisa Worthington and Maggie Albright.

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