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
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
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.
As a minister's wife in the part of Florida where this book is set, I was excited to read this novel and relate to characters. Sadly, King is way off base with her characterization of those in the South. I found this book to be disappointing and even offensive.
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.
The wife of a minister, newly relocated, must try to gain acceptance and some kind of personal fulfillment despite the bias of the church members, community and her own husband. For fans of Oprah Club books, this is a perfect read!
The story of a preacher's wife desperately trying to hold on to her own sense of self while doing justice to her husband and congregation's needs. I was surprised to find this at my local Methodist bookstore as most of the religious figures were quite unsympathetic. But I loved the main character and who she became over the months of the book.
Fantastic book---------Makes me want to read more by this author
I really enjoyed this book!
Very good read.Keeps you guessing.
wonderful story of a preacher's wife, written by the wife of pat conroy, she also has a great ability to write about southern women
I liked this book. Want to read more of this author.
Really enjoyed this book. It's not fluff but neither is it so stark as to leave me seeking counseling as some of the book club books have.
enjoyable and easy read. Not so mundane plot as romances tend to follow.
This book will speak to so many women. The characters have depth and consistency ... so much so that you feel you are a part of their lives. I highly recommend this book.
The author is Pat Conroy's wife, so you know it is a southern novel. Not too bad, although the writing style is a little stilted. The stroy is interesting.