Great story, read it for a book club and it was highly rated. Great character development. People magazine says "As slice of life stories go, this is an extraordinary generous one: rich and satisfying
Moral of this book is be yourself....Don't change into something you aren't, or you risk losing the real of you. A great read.
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.
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY REVIEW
A stunner, a page-turner of a story that's at the same time smart nd funny and alert to the nuances of the complicatesd South. Dean Lynch in the title role will absolutely steal your heart. - Josephine Humphreys
I enjoyed this book. I am a preacher's daughter and I must congratulate Cassandra King on her capture of what the life of a minister's wife is quite often like. Not all church congregations are like this but far too many are. I enjoyed the story. Dean, the preacher's wife, tried very hard to be a good wife, support her husband, treat the church people well. I liked her friend, Augusta. She challenges Dean to find herself and by the end I believe Dean does. You'll have to read the book to know what I'm talking about but it's worth the read. Her husband was unfortunately quite like a lot of minister's. Minister's quite often follow the mind frame that everything is about the church and God and toes must not be stepped on thus wives and children get pushed to the end of the preachers attention line unless of course they behave badly and embarrass him. Fortunately over the years preacher's have retrained their tho't processes and realized that their wives and children are not last but actually first. This is good. I believe I will remember this book. It keeps you interested to see what happens next with her varied characters. It is real to life I think. An easy read and entertaining. Again, I liked it.