The Sunday Wife: A Novel

The Sunday Wife: A Novel

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401342951
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 05/29/2012
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 127,808
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 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.
amarantine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Could not maintain my interest. I usually prefer books that are told in the first person - like this one - and I love the southern voice in literature...but this narrator never managed to make me care about what was going to happen to her. All characters lack depth and the story feels contrived. I might read other books by Cassandra King, as this is her first might get better.
nyiper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
How did I miss C. King until very recently? I'm so glad I've only just found her so that there are lots more of her books to read. Dean, the main character, and her minister husband just jump off the pages. I loved the characters she developed---you could just plain "feel" them reacting to each other. A perfect reading time!! I thoroughly enjoyed every page of this book.
CasualFriday on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The prose is bad, the dialogue stilted, the situations contrived, the endless parade of "issues" very Lifetime Movie.
pdebolt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific book. What a pleasure it would be to have a conversation with both the Conroys to enjoy their exquisite use of words. Cassandra King is an accomplished author whose reputation is solidly established with this book. I was immediately drawn into the world of the minister's wife and allowed to observe the hypocrisy and kindness that exist side by side within the church through her eyes. I found all the characters to be very believable, particularly the depictions of southern women. This is a book that I will re-read and continue to enjoy. I hope that these two wonderful authors continue to inspire each other.
debavp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Easy reading. Predictable ending. I certainly would have liked to see some more confrontation between Dean and her husband.
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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!!