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"Our wedding day, November 4, 1989."
"Campaigning was always a family affair."
"Blake meets President George W. Bush"

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Sanford—the wronged wife of Mark Sanford, disgraced governor of South Carolina, who famously refused to stand by him when his affair came to light—delivers a crisp and affecting reading of her memoir of her family, career, faith, and the very public implosion of her marriage. She's surprisingly relatable and possessed of a very dry wit. When the news of her husband's affair broke, her husband asked her what to say in his first public appearance. She told him, Don't talk about your heart. Watching him sob (carry on in Jenny Sanford's words) during a mea culpa almost completely devoted to matters of his heart, she was surrounded by her posse of friends, one of whom observed, He wasn't hiking the Appalachian trail, he was getting some Argentinean tail. Even if Sanford's piety occasionally finds best expression in platitudes, she turns out a memorable listen; after a while her detachment and the edge to her voice seem less like drawbacks than signs of her admirable reserve and steeliness of character. A Ballantine hardcover. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition edition (February 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345522397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345522399
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,116,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a poorly organized and pointless book.
Loretta Donovan
They didn't develop an emotional relationship and the really sad part is that Jenny Sanford hasn't realized it, she doesn't understand.
Tami Goldman
It is an incredible story of strength and integrity.

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160 of 185 people found the following review helpful By William Alexander on February 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
First, the good news. This book is available at a generally low price for a hardback and it is a fast, fast read. The ghostwriter and editor did a fantastic job in insuring that the prose never got too purple and the sentences stayed blunt and to the point. As reads go, it gets no easier.

Second, I have no idea why on earth I read this book. Although I live in South Carolina, I have to admit that I have never had any feelings about the Sanfords one way or the other. Until the "Hiking the Trail" incident, I thought he was a rather colorless but efficient executive, and Jenny Sanford a good public speaker. That's about all. And I did approve of her refusing to play the "martyred wife" when he disclosed his affair, choosing instead to go into semi-seclusion at the family beach home with her four sons and initially eschew voracious local media coverage. But when I finished this book, if half of it is true, I concluded that the title should not be "Staying True" as opposed to "The Weirdness of What Happens Behind Closed Doors." And, just to satisfy myself, I wrote a friend of mine who has been active in precinct level Republican politics in South Carolina for a long, long time. I was very surprised that he was less than flattering about both of the Sanfords, which, oddly enough, lent a certain credibility to what I read, even as he admits that he was disgusted by the whole affair and expressed the wish, in no uncertain terms, that the story would just "go away."

Jenny Sanford's biography reveals a tough, genteel woman of old New England aristocracy, about as blue-blooded as one can be. But as she tells her story about the failure of her marriage, I had to wonder why on earth she remained in it so long, something I don't think she explains very readily.
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51 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Babs on February 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
When he left her the car and instructions on how to reach the house in South Carolina, that is when she should have headed north on the very next plane home.
Instead, she lost all sense of herself by marrying this man.
He is a manipulator and a control freak. She can talk all about how he is earnest in his beliefs for this country, but that is not the case.
He sees people as a useful tool for himself and a means to an end.
I think Jenny was a push over to all of HIS wants and needs.
The last straw for Jenny was the tan lines this jerk found in Argentina. I would not be at all surprised that the Argentina tan lines were not the first time he ever saw tan lines in this marriage.
I am just suprised she stayed in this so called marriage for 20 years. He told her what to do and she did what she was told. The old excuse that she did it for her boys has been used way too many times.
It would have been a different story if she would have stood up to him and let him know exactly how she felt about many situations he put her in and many things she was told to do by him. Love can blind a person and she sure was blinded throughout this marriage.
I would be curious to know just how much quality time he spent with his sons. Since he was hardly home I don't see what kind of father he could possibly be to the boys. His TRIP to his soul mate was on Father's Day weekend.
Throughout the entire book she describes his penny pinching ways. The diamond necklace was a shocker to me. What kind of a man and husband would do that to his wife? She put up with a bunch of BS from him since the very beginning of the marriage. She was a very educated woman that had tremendous self esteem and he tore that from her.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By frances fairbanks on March 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
this autobiography of a long suffering, very long suffering, spouse
is so boring it can be read in 10 minutes if you skip to about the end and finally breathe with relief that she has cut him free (he was going anyway! Jenny Sanford's constant forgiveness, coupled with her trust in the Lord, is unbearable to read over and over and over again as are all the tributes to Mark and how wonderfully supportive she has been to the "wonderful" man. Either she wrote the book to try to get him back as she extols all his virtues ad nauseum, or she's just not capable or willing to feel the anger that would have led her to leave years before. She is also the perfect mother with perfect friends and parents. Frankly, although I deplore Mark Sanford's actions, he may have found her a little too perfect...
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50 of 65 people found the following review helpful By currypollo on February 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book this morning at the bookstore and tore through it! It is an incredible story of strength and integrity. It's sad, happy, romantic, heart-wrenching, and also quite a bit juicy! But, most importantly, it's a story of inspiration. Jenny exemplifies a mature, grounded woman who chose to stay true to herself rather than play victim to her husband's utter moral and spiritual failures. I also enjoyed the pictures inside the book. Regardless of her role as First Lady, South Carolina is blessed to have such a iconic woman!Staying True
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tami Goldman on February 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm not sure why I read this book but I'm glad I did. The first sentence in Chapter One tells you why he cheated.

EVERY MOTHER should have their daughters read it because this is NOT love, far from it. No man treats a woman this way, he honors her, cherishes her, cares for her, protects her and I found none of that in this book. Mark Sanford did his best to tell Jenny that she wasn't worth it and she agreed for some reason?! Then wrote a book about the fact that she has no self-worth?! He buys her a diamond necklace but takes it back, which is fine but replace it with something else even if it was noodles he strung together himself, it would show her he cared... he did none of that and she stood by her man?! He forgot her birthday, we don't hear anything about emails, love notes, flowers, the fact that she can't wait to see him, misses him horribly, wants to take a trip alone with him, surprises him with a romantic visit, talks dirty to him, etc. He treated her like a business partner from the beginning because that's all she was. What's absent is love and real emotion and I was left wondering if she was emotionally bankrupt or passionless? She talks about his stinginess like it's flattering to them both then brags about support from her sisters and girlfriends. Where were they when she met him and why didn't they care enough about her to tell her to kick him to the curb? Somehow, stinginess, selfishness and being a dog screamed LOVE? Then she tries to pretty him up by talking of his honor?

The fact that he couldn't honor her as a woman from day one was a pretty big clue he wasn't an honorable man.

I think Mark is a cad for what he did to her. He lived his life 'duty bound' and did everything as 'service' for his family.
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