Publisher Hyperion, September 2002
In the tradition of Patricia Gaffney’s Saving Graces — a captivating novel about one woman’s journey toward independence and the life-changing friendship that guides her there.
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 whose good looks and extravagant habits immediately entrance her. As their friendship evolves, Augusta challenges Dean to break free from her traditional role as the preacher’s wife. 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.
“THE SUNDAY WIFE is a dazzling tale of deception, heartbreak, and transcendence. Cassandra King has written a novel that sparkles with vitality and truth. Readers will not soon forget this moving story of one woman’s journey toward independence and the amazing people who help ferry her toward freedom.”
— Connie Mae Fowler, author of When Women Had Wings
“From the perspective of a minister’s spouse, THE SUNDAY WIFE unflinchingly explores the hypocrisy, vanity, and cruelty of leaders and members of a mainstream religious denomination. It’s a wake-up call like that of Elmer Gantry. From page one, the reader will be rooting for the liberation of the courageous and talented wife, Dean, from her repressive husband as Cassandra King’s enticing novel challenges the reader to avoid the crippling effects of denial and obsession.”
— Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab’s Wife
“Wow. THE SUNDAY WIFE is a stunner, a page-turner of a story that’s at the same time smart and funny and alert to the nuances of the complicated South. Dean Lynch in the title role will absolutely steal your heart. I’m hoping that Cassandra King has a sequel already in the works.”
— Josephine Humphreys, author of Rich in Love
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