The Rector's Wife

Author(s): Joanna Trollope
Original Publish Date: Aug 03, 2012
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (8.82 hours)
Product Number: Z100094088
Released: Jun 16, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781481574792
Narrator/s: Wanda McCaddon
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For twenty years, Anna Bouverie has been the dutiful wife of a village rector, scraping by on his pitiful salary, making cakes for the church bake sales, ironing her husband's surplices, and clothing herself and her children in hand-me-downs. But when an expected promotion to archdeacon falls through, her husband retreats into bitterness. Faced with isolation, the lost hope of a better life, and the bullying of her daughter at school, Anna finally rebels. She takes a job in a supermarket, earning money and a sense of her own worth, along the disapproval of the parish and the icy fury of her husband. At the same time, she is observed with passionate interest by three men, each of whom plays a role in the part-tragic, part-triumphant blossoming of her life.

Professional reviews

"Never a typical rector's wife, Anna Bouverie is at least accepted by the parish until she goes to work in a supermarket, achieving an independent income and a sense of self-worth despite her husband's rage and the town's disapproval. Reader Nadia May beautifully portrays Anna and the myriad of people in her life--the breathy voice of her daughter, the dramatic affectations of her mother (the retired stage actress), and each of the three men who becomes enchanted with Anna. May artfully weaves together personalities, emotions and dialects. May, like Anna, speaks calmly, with assurance and strength even in her most desperate moments. May's crisp, warm, British tones magnificently complement Trollope's unique story. J.H.B. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"

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