An Absolute Pleasure to Read: Here’s a Review of The Model Wife by Tricia Stringer

An Absolute Pleasure to Read: Here’s a Review of The Model Wife by Tricia Stringer

Even a good woman can be pushed too far…

“The model wife loves her husband truly, and does not highlight his faults. She accepts her husband’s demands and never criticizes, argues or speaks disparagingly.”

Natalie King’s life is full. Some might say too full. She’s a teacher at a local school, volunteers in the community, helps run the family farm (she does all of the accounts), has three grown daughters who all need support in one way or another, and has a demanding mother-in-law. Her husband Milt isn’t much of a support. He certainly wouldn’t notice if his wife was unhappy. But is she unhappy? Most days Natalie is too busy to think about her own happiness. She is the one person everyone depends upon. Surely that gives her life meaning?

But when an odd gift from her mother-in-law – an old book in the form of stern and outdated advice for young wives – surfaces again, it brings with it memories she thought she had buried deep. That book, The Model Wife is a book of advice for wives, first given to Milt’s grandmother when she married in 1935, who then passed it to Milt’s mother in 1957… who then gifted it to Natalie in 1985. The book can be summed up in the opening chapter, A Husband is Master.

Has this insidious little book exerted some kind of hold over Natalie? Could it be that in her attempts to be a loving wife and mother, she no longer knows who she is? When Natalie receives some news about a breast cancer test, she starts to question her life. And then on a day when it seems everyone is taking her for granted, and as the ghost of a past betrayal rises, it becomes clear that even this good mother and model wife can be pushed too far …

Bestselling author, Tricia Stringer has written a gorgeous book, a salve from the many books now written with high concepts and big plot twist. Not that I’m complaining – they’re great too. But what a delight it was to immerse myself in this beautifully written, multi-generational family story that really focusses on the daily dramas, and the personal struggles of well-developed, realistic characters. The Model Wife looks at what happens when real-life betrayals and struggling relationships clash with outdated ideas of what a woman should be. But it’s done in such a real, understated way. It’s not an anti-patriarchy book, rather a very real reflection by its main character about who she is now in her fifties, and what she wants in life.

Stringer really sets the scene for this family, with a vivid description of their South Australian farming life. The pages are filled with wonderful characters, each with their own well-crafted arc and polished prose.

This book is the equivalent of a hot bath or a box of chocolates, it’s comforting and an absolute pleasure to immerse yourself in. It’s realistically romantic, filled with hope, a tale of second chances. If you enjoy well-written family sagas, look no further. The Model Wife is perfect.

Buy a copy of The Model Wife here.

About the author:

Tricia Stringer is a bestselling and multiple award-winning author. Her books include The Model Wife, Table for Eight, and the rural romances Queen of the RoadRight as RainRiverboat PointBetween the VinesA Chance of Stormy WeatherCome Rain or Shine and Something in the Wine. She has also published a historical saga; Heart of the CountryDust on the Horizon and Jewel in the North are set in the unforgiving landscape of nineteenth-century Flinders Ranges.

Tricia grew up on a farm in country South Australia and has spent most of her life in rural communities, as owner of a post office and bookshop, as a teacher and librarian, and now as a full-time writer. She lives in the beautiful Copper Coast region with her husband Daryl, travelling and exploring Australia’s diverse communities and landscapes, and sharing her passion for the country and its people through her authentic stories and their vivid characters.

For further information go to triciastringer.com or connect with Tricia on Facebook or Twitter @tricia_stringer

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        Synopsis

        Even a good woman can be pushed too far...From bestselling author Tricia Stringer, this beautifully realised multi-generational family story looks at what happens when real-life betrayals and struggling relationships clash with outdated ideas of what a woman should be.Natalie King's life is full. Some might say too full. With her teaching job, a farm to run, three grown daughters who have not quite got a handle on things, a reserved husband and a demanding mother-in-law, most days she is too busy to think about whether she is happy. But her life has meaning, doesn't it? After all, she is the one person everyone depends upon.But when an odd gift from her mother-in-law - an old book in the form of stern and outdated advice for young wives - surfaces again, it brings with it memories she thought she had buried deep. Has this insidious little book exerted some kind of hold over her? Could it be that in her attempts to be a loving wife and mother, she no longer knows who she is?On a day when it seems everyone is taking her for granted, and as the ghost of a past betrayal rises, it becomes clear that even this good mother and model wife can be pushed too far ...
        Tricia Stringer
        About the author

        Tricia Stringer

        After Tricia Stringer’s fortieth birthday party she still had two things left on her 'to do before forty' list – write a children’s novel and parachute from a plane. She gave up on the parachuting idea but not the writing and has since published several books. Queen of the Road was her first book with Harlequin and she is very excited that it went on to win the RWA Romantic Book of the Year for 2013 as well as be one of the 50 Books You Can’t Put Down in the 2013 Get Reading campaign.A country girl through-and-through, Tricia grew up on a farm on South Australia's, Eyre Peninsula. With a brief stint in the city for secondary education and teacher training she has always lived in rural communities and is currently not too far from the beach in the Copper Coast region of South Australia. Here she shares a rambling old farmhouse with her husband and assorted animals - only some of which are pets!Some people would think that being an IT coordinator, teacher, librarian, wife, mother and grandmother would be enough to fill your days – yet somehow Tricia still finds the time to write. Inspired to create local history stories for the children she taught, Tricia honed her writing skills via courses, classes and lots of practice. While awaiting the publication of those early children's books she began dabbling with an adult short story for a writing competition with a rural theme. The short story became a full length novel and went on to become the first of her rural romances.Tricia likes to create convincing characters in realistic situations. Her novels always have a rural setting and explore themes particular to Australian country life, which of course include romance - where would we be without a little romance in our lives! Her latest book, Riverboat Point, is her sixth rural romance.As for parachuting – she’s done that too. There’s something special about jumping out of a plane high over Queenstown, New Zealand. What a view!

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        1. Dianne Bruhn says:

          I have read an loved everyone of your books ,love that you are an Australian author .