- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: HQ Fiction - AU (24 September 2019)
- ISBN-10: 1489270868
- ISBN-13: 978-1489270863
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.6 x 23.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 621 g
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Model Wife Paperback – 24 Sep 2019
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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 Road, Right as Rain, Riverboat Point, Between the Vines, A Chance of Stormy Weather, Come Rain or Shine and Something in the Wine. She has also published a historical saga; Heart of the Country, Dust 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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But one day, when she’s searching through a kitchen drawer, she finds an old book which was gifted to her by her mother-in-law. The book, published in 1928, is called ‘The Model Wife’ and is full of advice as to how a woman should run a home and keep her husband happy. The book has been gifted through a few generations of King women. When they were first married, Natalie and Milt had a few laughs about the contents of the book but somehow it seems to have become a blueprint for Natalie’s life.
‘And there it was again, The Model Wife, controlling her. She couldn’t do anything unless the house was clean. Or could she?’
A medical event and an issue from the past cause Natalie to take stock of her life, and she decides to take some time out to work out just who she is and what she wants. And while Natalie is exploring possibilities, her family come to realise just how much they have taken her for granted.
‘Don’t let anyone should you.’
I enjoyed this novel. The characters and their various family dramas felt real to me, and I kept wondering what choices different individuals would make and how the family would adapt. While Natalie is the central character in this novel, she is not the only character being challenged by life and circumstance.
‘Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find yourself.’
Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin Australia for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes.
Natalie is a part time teacher, a mother of 3 adult daughters and the wife of a farmer. From the outside she has it all, and is breezing through life. But a health scare and a ghost from her past start her thinking about her life and wondering if she is truly happy? She is constantly on the go, caring for her family, working and helping on the farm. She has always done what is expected of her and now she wonders if it was all worth it. Has her life been the one that she always wanted. Is she being taken for granted? a family heirloom book from her mother in law called The Model wife resurfaces, full of outdated advice and Natalie wonders if somehow she has followed it without realising it.
This is a long book at 483 pages but there is always something going on. Like mots families the King family always have one drama or another. Life on a farm has its adventures. What I loved about this book was it was real. The emotions that Natalie was feeling were ones that I sure most mothers and wives feel at some point in their lives. Life is not always perfect, and that is OK. Relationships can be hard and not always rosy. You can't always please everybody 100% of the time. Are mothers allowed some me time? This book explores all of this as well as mental health.
It is an emotional story, you will laugh, you will cry and it will make you think. It is very Australian and I mean that in a good way.
Thank you to Harlequin Books Australia for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased.
Natalie has her hands full, over-full actually. She runs the house, does the paperwork associated with running a farm, helps out on committees and helps her mother-in-law. She is also a teacher, has three grown-up daughters who look to her for advice and is trying to forget something that happened years ago, even though it keeps on popping up and destroying her hard-won peace, something like a stone in your shoe.
I loved the character of Natalie and could relate to her in so many ways. I am a similar age and have two adult children who keep me on my toes with the various issues in their lives. I am also wondering what I have done with my life and wondering if it is too late to figure out what I am about? It isn't easy being the sandwich generation - have grown-up children and yet also have responsibility for ever more frail parents as well.
This author does a fantastic job of describing what it is like to live on the land, with the associated issues and of course she also gets inside the mind of the older woman who is trying to do it all. As a fellow Aussie, I appreciate how hard it is for farmers these days, how tough and resilient they need to be but also how complex farming has become in recent decades.
Thoroughly recommend this book.
Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins Australia.