The Sunday Wife

  • by Cassandra King
  • Narrated by Joan Allen
  • 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 with a secret past whose good looks and extravagant habits immediately entrance Dean, much to Ben's disgust. Augusta encourages Dean to perform publicly on her treasured dulcimer, a passion that Ben has always smirked at; and pushes her to break out of the confining strictures that Ben has laid down over the years. As their relationship evolves, Dean begins to break free from her traditional role as the preacher's wife, shocking some of the more staid members of the congregation. 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.

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What the Critics Say

"An intelligent, witty novel, skillfully written." (Boston Globe)
"Rich [and] satisfying." (People Magazine)
"Joining a distinguished tradition of southern women writers, King explores the complexities of class and sexism." (Birmingham News)

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Customer Reviews

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Great Summer Book

I can just imagine a church like this one in the south. Characters that really come to life!
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- Melanie S. Larue

A bit sappy

If you like sappy books, this one is good. I just don't care for this type of book. I prefer who done it types of books, drama, and mystery.
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- Leslie F Morgan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-25-2004
  • Publisher: Hyperion AudioBooks