The Sunday Wife: A Novel

The Sunday Wife: A Novel

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by Cassandra King
     
 

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Married for 20 years to the Reverend Benjamin Lynch, a handsome, ambitious minister of the prestigious Methodist church, Dean Lynch has never quite adjusted her temperament to the demands of the role of a Sunday wife. When her husband is assigned to a larger and more demanding community in the Florida panhandle, Dean becomes fast friends with Augusta Holderfield, a

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Married for 20 years to the Reverend Benjamin Lynch, a handsome, ambitious minister of the prestigious Methodist church, Dean Lynch has never quite adjusted her temperament to the demands of the role of a Sunday wife. When her husband is assigned to a larger and more demanding community in the Florida panhandle, Dean becomes fast friends with Augusta Holderfield, a woman whose good looks and extravagant habits immediately entrance her. As their friendship evolves, Augusta challenges Dean to break free from her traditional role as the preacher's wife. Just as Dean is questioning everything she has always valued, a tragedy occurs, providing the catalyst for change in ways she never could have imagined.

Editorial Reviews

Until she met Augusta Holderfield, Dean Lynch was content to be a Sunday wife, the proud spouse of Reverend Benjamin Lynch. But gradually she realized that her husband was a different person than the congregation imagined, and she was at the crossroads of becoming a different person, too. Josephine Humphreys called The Sunday Wife "smart and funny and alert to the nuances of the complicated South."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786890705
Publisher:
Hachette Books
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
920,302
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Cassandra King is the author of The Sunday Wife, The Same Sweet Girls, Making Waves and Queen of Broken Hearts. A native of Lower Alabama, she lives in the Low Country of South Carolina with her husband, novelist Pat Conroy.

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The Sunday Wife 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Connie1950 More than 1 year ago
Have never quite figured out why some authors think they are "entitled" to shove their political views down the throats of their readers. Keep it in the middle folks. Leave poltics out of your work. Trashing one political mindset to further your cause just shows how unable you are to control your own emotions and make your book fun and interesting FOR ALL OF US!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters, good story, but disappointed in lack of research; King placed Chapel Hill in the mountains of Western North Carolina.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, my book club picked this book for our April choice. It'll be interesting to see if we even have anything to discuss. The characters are shallow, the plot predictable. Ms. King clearly uses this forum to indulge her disdain for Christian conservatives, and does so without bothering to create likable characters. The protagonist is weak and thin, and most others are simply charicatures. Initially, I thought it might be interesting, slightly irreverent, but Ms. King never gave me any depth to sink my teeth into, and her not-even-thinly-veiled bashing of the church and church people was what made me finally return it to the library. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a good irreverent novel, even when it critiques the church and her people. But, my goodness, please, attempt some depth of characters! Where's John Irving when you really need him?
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Sunday Wife is a powerful narrative depicting the trials and triumphs of Dean Lynch, a shy, middle-aged minister's wife, who must deal with her conflicting feelings of finding happiness or settling for what others expect of her. She is married to a dominating, self-absorbed, verbally abusive man whose piety is as shallow as his ambitions are great. With the help of a newly found friend, Dean discovers her true inner self and courage to make life-changing decisions that will turn her world and the church community upside down. This book is jam-packed with controversies concerning women's traditional roles in the church, bigotry, gay marriages and the sanctity of ministers. It has something to please and offend everyone. Cassandra King has suceeded in writing a novel that will incite heated discussions. A bit slow in places, but definitely a book to contemplate long after the final page is read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wish I hadn't known she was Pat Conroys wife. I kept hoping her writing would be more like his. I found so much of verbage to be cliche. I guess she should write a sequel and maybe it will be better. I was going to have book club read it for discussion but decided it was not a good way to spend the money.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard book to stay with somewhat boring
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've ever read. I loved it and would tell anyone to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spent a cold, rainy Sunday afternoon curled up on my couch enjoying this lovely book :)
cpk48 More than 1 year ago
This book was referred to me by a friend. I would recommend it highly too. Although Dean gets into some "fixes" that most would not, the protrayal of the expectations of ministers' wives and the dangers and expectations of successful ministers was very well done. Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite of Cassandra's books.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Love Kings settings! The characters are excellent, well flushed out, even a few that really reach out. Great detail - An entertaining read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book as I was looking for a fun, less serious book to read. The story line moved along great and, in my opinion, nothing was predicable and I was kept guessing and surprised at the end. If you are very religious, this might not be the book for you, because the some of the characters in this book are religious and hold positions in various churches, and these characters are not portrayed in the best manner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend to friends!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was everything I hoped it would be. A fantastic read. Funny and very cute. Sad at times. Recommend this book !!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not a dedicated reader & decided to try to make some time to read. I loved this book! It kept me on the edge. I never wanted to put it down. I stayed up late last night to finish it. I can't wait to start her next book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not an avid reader, but this book was good enough to keep my attention. I felt extremely sympathetic toward Dean because of the way her husband treated her. I cried when I found out what happened to Augusta. I recommend this book as a nice, casual, easy read...no technicalities here, nothing too deep to think about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up at the free paperback book swap at our local library, and I am so glad that I did! 'The Sunday Wife' has to be one of the best books I've read in a long time! At first I wasn't sure about it and even thought it might be a little boring, but I literally could not put this book down. It was interesting, funny, sad, and descriptive about the location, etc...It was a wonderful story and it's the kind that stays with you long after the book is finished. I highly recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I don't think it was a slow starter at all but the author developing the characters. I loved this book and now want to read everything Cassandra King has ever written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not ususally my type of book, but I had to do something while Hurricane Frances was howling. The book is a slow starter and although I am enough of a reader to stick with a book to the end, it took a long time for something to happen and up until then the reading was cliched and monotonous. The main character, Dean Lynch, whom I found annoying in the extreme, alludes to her background but that area of the plot is never fleshed out. The characters are stereotypically the 'good' and the 'bad' - I don't want to say more and ruin the read for someone who might like this book. And I though the ending cornball.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently joined a book club to challenge myself to read more. My friends and I enjoyed reading this book and we were so happy that it was part of our book club! I most liked the journey that Dean experienced while finding her independence. I was glad that it ended the way it did. It was hard to put down!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
when our book club voted to read this book, i wasn't sure I'd be interested in the life of a southern preacher's wife. however, once i started reading this book i couldn't put it down. then, i didn't want it to end. i just had to find out what happened to the sunday wife. i've never reviewed a book before but have told everyone i know to read this one.