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Staying True Hardcover – February 5, 2010
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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...
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great story, easy read, more than just Mark having an affair.Published 3 months ago by Jayne Staffeldt
This book is sad but enlightening. I can't believe Mark Sanford is still in public office. I wish Jenny Sanford all the best in her future endeavors. She is a good woman.Published 8 months ago by Joyce
I'll give it 2 stars as it's not badly written. But the woman is a well-heeled idiot. With this book, she practically won the last election for her cheating, cheapskate of a... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dottie White
I liked the fact that Jenny Sanford did not use the book to plea for pity. She has taken responsibility for herself, her decisions, and her children, and she "stayed true"... Read morePublished 11 months ago by doris
Very nice book, exactly what I wanted, perfect transaction! Fast delivery.Published 13 months ago by email@example.com
I live in SC so have first hand knowledge of all this but Jenny did a beautiful job of protecting her boys and herself from her silly husband.
This is the autobiography of the wife of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford. Her father and uncle was part owners of the Milwaukee Braves baseball team. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Leon Czikowsky
Very interesting read. Well written. It exposes a side of Mark Sanford that no one knew but his wife. If you like biographies, you'll love this book.Published 15 months ago by Donna L. Coleman
I tried to keep an open mind about this woman. When one has been married to somebody for 20 years and had four children with him, it's not easy to accept the end of the marriage. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Judith