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Finely drawn characters and complicated social intrigue make King's second novel (after Making Waves in Zion) a charming read. When Dean Lynchs ambitious preacher husband, Ben, is assigned to a pulpit in the small Florida town of Crystal Springs, Dean is resigned to the prospect of yet another church-owned house and the necessity of putting aside her own beloved music (she plays the piano and the dulcimer) in favor of the congregations choir. Orphaned as a child, the retiring Dean has spent 20 years of marriage in the shadow of her overbearing, charismatic husband, always feeling out of place. But when she befriends Augusta, a wealthy, well-born, caustic beauty whose attendance at the Crystal Springs Methodist Church would be Ben's greatest coup, Dean finds herself coming out of her shell and tangled up in secrets she is not prepared to handle. The only false note comes from the gay couple Augusta befriends, who border on stereotype. The rest of King's secondary cast, which includes a sympathetic psychic and the magnetic but sinister former preacher at Ben's church, is a captivating bunch. King has written a truly heartwarming story, a tale of turbulent emotions and the vagaries of public opinion in a small Southern town; she has a sure winner here.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
For 20 years, Willodean (Dean) Lynch has been molded into what her ambitious, upwardly mobile minister husband and his congregation consider to be the perfect preacher's wife. Then she meets Augusta Holderfield, a free spirit who encourages her to break loose. The more her husband and his too-pious congregants try to smother her, the more liberated Dean wants to be. Unfortunately, she learns the hard way that freedom can come at a very high price. Told in the first person and heavy on Southern atmosphere, this novel is peppered with Dean's wry observations. All aspects of institutional religious hypocrisy, intolerance, ultraconservatism, and general self-righteousness are fair game as Dean discovers who she really is. King, who is married to novelist Pat Conroy (Prince of Tides), has proven herself to be an extraordinary author in her own right. Fans of Patricia Gaffney and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings will enjoy this extremely well-written book. Essential for libraries of all sizes. Shelley Mosley, Glendale P.L., AZ
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
I could not put this book down. It is the second book by Cassandra King that I have read. Read Same Sweet Girls and loved it too. I am looking forward to reading more by her.Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
I've been a fan of Ms. King since my mother-in-law passed "Queen of Broken Hearts" to me. I'm so glad to have found her works on my Kindle and can't wait to find out more about... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tannis Causey
Very well written novel...funny, tragic, romantic, all the necessary components. The local color was exceptional!Published 3 months ago by Patricia Hale
In The Sunday Wife, Cassandra King tackles pretty much all that makes us human: navigating the hazards of a life where you are in a position of having to deal with judgmental, nosy... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed this book so much! I read it several years ago and then read it again last summer. I'm sure I'll read it another time or two......it's just one of those books. Read morePublished 4 months ago by LadyThatLovesFallDecorations