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multi-generational family story looks at what happens when real-life betrayals and struggling relationships clash with outdated ideas of what a woman should be.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But when an odd gift from her mother-in-law - an old book in the form of stern and outdated advice for young wives - surfaces again, it brings with it memories she thought she had buried deep.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 ...
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Natalie King is a teacher, a farmer, a wife and a mother of three adult daughters—and she's also in the throes of a midlife crisis. When she dips into The Model Wife, an old lifestyle handbook for women, a personal journey of self-discovery begins, forcing her to confront her past and question the very core of her identity. Tricia Stringer has crafted a thoroughly engaging and ultimately heartwarming novel set across three generations whom we come to know and love in rural South Australia.