Book Review: The Escort Wife by Ivanhoe Jones


Leah and David Armitage are a happily married couple with three children they adore. When their family business is devastated during the Global Financial Crisis, David and Leah take what seems an easy way of making big money fast.

The Escort Wife is the story of what happens when ordinary people make rash decisions during the height of stress. Leah in particular is thrown into a world in which she is hopelessly ill-equipped. Open to abuse and sexual manipulation, Leah is surrounded by hedonism and decadence to the point where her soul becomes lost.

Making a decision, Leah doggedly faces the demons of her addiction, and turns a story of sexual promiscuity, into a woman’s quest to reclaim her family and bring depth and purpose to her life.

Easy to read and with characters who become instantly familiar, The Escort Wife is a story about sexual excitement, addiction, love, and family.

The Escort Wife uses real topics including explicit sexuality, sexual attraction, devotion, health and happiness, and the search for meaning.

Ivanhoe Jones is a pseudonym for the author of The Escort Wife. The author has worked as a therapist and counselor for more than twenty years.

Ivanhoe’s wife suggested he should write a novel drawing from his professional experiences, using fictitious characters. Having already written a number of professional works, Ivanhoe decided to write his first novel – The Escort Wife. Thoroughly enjoying the writing process, Ivanhoe has decided to write more novels based around human drama.

The Escort Wife explores the human experience through sex, relationships, stress and happiness. Ivanhoe Jones’ characters are realistic and human – not seamless, snappy and cultivated. His dialogue is refreshingly life-like and believable.


I chose to read this book because it sounded interesting and had a different type of story line I am usually drawn to. The book goes back in time to when Leah and David were at school and explores their interaction with other people from an early age up until the present and the problems they face. I found the book a bit like reading psychology 101 suggested reading material. Everything possible was spelt out which was irritating at times and the characters weren’t as likeable as they were supposed to be. I think the book would have been better if I found Leah more likeable rather than too sugary sweet in the beginning. However, the constant psychological delving and the general style of the book was not for me.

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