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negative reviews here are lame,
This review is from: The Sunday Wife (Paperback)
I couldn't put this book down and found the characters very believable and far from being one-dimensional. The negative reviews of this book seem to be very lame. Many of the negative reviews are from people who read the book because Cassandra King is married to Pat Conroy. Humph, and then complained because it wasn't written like a Pat Conroy novel ! ?! Some of the negative reviews left me wondering if the reviewers even read the book, and if they read the book, how they couldn't help but draw similarities between the characters in the book and those we meet in real life.
Some negative reviewers here felt Ben, Dean's minister husband, to be underdeveloped as a character in this book. I think his portrayal in the book is perfect, real characters such as Ben live one-dimensional lives. They live only for themselves and other people that come in and out of their lives have very little influence on such characters. Failing to develop this character was certainly not an oversight of this author, Cassandra King, I'm sure it was an intentional representation of just such a character.
Just as the "Bens" of this world exist, so too, do the "Deans" of this world and usually they find each other. Unlike real life, many "Deans" never find an "Augusta" to come along and save them. I loved King's Augusta character and found her to be a combination of a couple of my close friends. I was so annoyed with one reviewer's comments about the "unbelievable" characters in this story; I couldn't help but wonder if this person lived a one-dimensional life. The reviewer found it hard to believe that Dean stayed with Ben for 20 years. Here is the exact quote: "I gather that she stayed with Ben for 20 years because of her background and her current situation as a verbally abused wife. Sorry, again this wasn't fleshed out. " King hardly needs to "flesh out" such truths for us, real life consistently forces women like Dean to remain in unfulfilling relationships. Dean had no skills; her husband certainly never encouraged her to venture far from his side. She didn't have the money to educate herself and have a career, which in turn, would have given her a way out. She had no relationships, other than her friendship with Augusta, to find the strength and where withal to even begin to find her own way. It's more unbelievable that women like Dean ever break free of such dismal marriages, than it is unbelievable that she stayed in such a relationship.
This book captivated me from the beginning to end and knowing how it would probably end didn't stop me from enjoying the page-turning events along the way. I heartily recommend this book and hope that the negative reviews here don't stop you from missing out on a story that will make you both laugh out loud and cry in sadness. What more could you ask of a book ?
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Initial post: Aug 28, 2013 10:40:57 AM PDT
I agree with you for the most part; however, King does point out that Dean was able to get a college education through the Church.
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