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3.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 5 3.82 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cassandra King Narrator: Joan Allen Publisher: Hyperion Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2004 ISBN:
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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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 gina | 2/17/2014

    " I read this quite a long time ago (audio book actually) and enjoyed it. That's about what I can remember, other than the dulcimer and a few themes of a woman coming into her own, leaving her husband, etc. I do think I should give another of C. Kings audio books a try again since I liked it. It's out of my typical genre but I'm glad I read it. May have even been 4 stars but not sure. Ah if only my memory was better! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika | 1/29/2014

    " Not my usual choice, but this book suprised me. I enjoyed seeing the main character grow a backbone, and cheered for her right to the end of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mom | 1/29/2014

    " She was stuck in a marriage where her spouse wanted things and did not seem to care what she wanted. He did not think anyone would like her dulcimer music but found that a lot of people did. Through the death of her best friend, she discovered love and knew she did not have that with her husband. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Drufke-Zeller | 1/28/2014

    " There should be 1/2 stars! I LOVED this book! I really wasn't sure what to expect with it, but the writing style was excellent, the characters were for the most part very real, and the story went places I didn't expect. I was deeply involved and moved by this one, and it is a reflective piece of fiction that is very much appealing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa Parker | 1/27/2014

    " Pat Conroy's Wife, other book I have read by her was excellent, laughs, tears, friendship and major life decisions with the women's characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Johnson | 1/25/2014

    " Just finished reading this book. It was good, though a little long. It was funny, sad, and poignant all at the same time. Once again, I didn't like the way "church people" were portrayed. I have maet people like this, but most of the people I know at different churches are the exact opposite. I was surprised and sad at the way it ended, but it was a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 1/23/2014

    " Explores the Methodist Church...great read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Johnson | 1/6/2014

    " All the way through this book I couldn't decide if I was enjoying it or not, but I kept reading because I wanted to see what happened, so I guess I must have enjoyed it at some level. I like happy endings and for me, this had one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jean | 12/26/2013

    " I liked the first half of this or so, but then I got tired of her boring predictable dialogue. Jeesh already... Was an OK vacation read. Passed it on to my sister and told her to read without any great expectations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 12/26/2013

    " One of my favorite books. Haunting -and I love the setting in rural Florida. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Richard | 12/15/2013

    " Cassandra King is definitely a great story teller. Hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darlene | 12/11/2013

    " An interesting look at being a minister's wife! I enjoyed this even though at times I got mad at the main character for being such a wimp and letting her husband run over her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ali | 12/3/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. It brought out a lot of different emotions. The story started out slow for me. It seemed like it took awhile for things to develope and the story to get on its way but once it did I couldn't put it down and it left me wanting more to the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phyllis | 8/13/2013

    " really good thus far - great story line and characters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 7/2/2013

    " I enjoyed this story of a minister's wife who learns to be more independent from her husband after he is transferred to a larger town. King's description of the Florida panhandle is vibrant, and her characters are realistic and compelling. She is a marvelous storyteller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 5/13/2013

    " THis was at the top of my list until I read My Sister's Keeper. I really loved it and would recommend it to anyone. It takes place on the Gulf Coast. The author is married to Pat Conroy who wrote Prince of Tides and Beach Music. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 5/2/2013

    " Great story of friendship between three very different women. Easy read for night time or the beach. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patti Hill | 12/30/2012

    " Great story! She's Pat Conroy's wife, btw "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lois | 12/14/2012

    " I plodded thru this book - the story was good but I didn't care for the style of writing. Seemed like it was written in a "how to tell a story" class! Too many adjectives! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen Jackson | 12/10/2012

    " This was a good story but not affective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 10/21/2012

    " Good book...ok for the beach! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica Otto | 9/18/2012

    " Good Southern fiction, interesting characters. Not your typical chick-lit fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenni | 8/18/2012

    " A very easy, light summer read! I can't write anything "deep" about this book, but I thought it was a cute book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rennie | 4/4/2012

    " It was pretty good with a likeable main character and not a totally predictable ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 11/25/2011

    " Another Southern novel...what can I say? I loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 7/2/2011

    " This is a book about a not-so-typical Pastor's wife. It reminded me of someone I know, so that was fun. In the beginning we already know that she's hiding out, so the book is a flashback. A light summer read about a naughty lady. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frances Kelly | 6/22/2011

    " My book club chose this one, so I read it, and we had a pretty good discussion, mostly about gay marriage, which thank God, this author sympathizes. But it does not stand out as a "great" book or one that resonated with me a whole lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 6/16/2011

    " Another Southern novel...what can I say? I loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 4/12/2011

    " This was a good story but not affective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 1/21/2011

    " Great story of friendship between three very different women. Easy read for night time or the beach. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Octavia | 12/30/2010

    " I just love novels written about FL... it is a funny little state "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyri | 9/6/2010

    " Loved it! I didn't know what to expect but I then wanted to find more books by this author! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sixela | 8/23/2010

    " Wanted to slap the main characters husband the whole book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jean | 8/14/2010

    " I liked the first half of this or so, but then I got tired of her boring predictable dialogue. Jeesh already... Was an OK vacation read. Passed it on to my sister and told her to read without any great expectations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 7/28/2010

    " This is a story of a middle aged married woman who is finding herself after being married to a minister. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marty | 7/19/2010

    " Loved this book and was pleasantly surprised to find that the author is married to Pat Conroy....another favorite author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mom | 6/28/2010

    " She was stuck in a marriage where her spouse wanted things and did not seem to care what she wanted. He did not think anyone would like her dulcimer music but found that a lot of people did. Through the death of her best friend, she discovered love and knew she did not have that with her husband. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darlene | 6/20/2010

    " An interesting look at being a minister's wife! I enjoyed this even though at times I got mad at the main character for being such a wimp and letting her husband run over her. "

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About the Author

Cassandra King is the author of The Sunday Wife, The Same Sweet Girls, Making Waves, and Queen of Broken Hearts. A native of Lower Alabama, she now lives in the low country of South Carolina with her husband, novelist Pat Conroy.

About the Narrator

Joan Allen has worked in theater, television, and film during her early career and achieved recognition for her Broadway debut in Burn This, winning a Tony Award. She has received three Academy Award nominations, including two for Best Supporting Actress for Nixon and The Crucible and one for Best Actress for The Contender. Her other films include The Ice Storm, Face/Off, Pleasantville, The Notebook, and The Bourne Ultimatum.