January 15, 2021

Looking Back - The Rector's Wife

Looking Back... In an effort to transfer my book journal entries over to this blog, I'm going to attempt to post (in chronological order) an entry every Friday. I may or may not add extra commentary to what I jotted down in these journals. 

1994 Random House
Read in February 2000
Rating: 2/5 (Fair)

Publisher's Blurb:

For twenty years Anna Bouverie, as a priest's wife (£9000 a year and a redbrick rectory that looked like a bus shelter) had served God and the parish in a diversity of ways. She had organised the deanery suppers, made cakes for the Brownies' Easter Cake Bake, delivered parish magazines, washed and ironed her husband's surplices (not altogether perfectly according to Miss Dunstable), grown her own vegetables and clothed herself and her children in left-over jumble-sale items. When her husband failed to gain promotion to archdeacon and retreated into isolated bitterness, and the bullying of her younger daughter at the local comprehensive reached unendurable proportions, Anna suddenly rebelled. Taking a job in the local supermarket she earned money, a sense of her own worth, the shocked disapproval of the parish, and the icy fury of her husband. As her loneliness and isolation increased, she was observed with passionate interest by three significant men, each of whom was to play a part in the part-tragic, part-triumphant blossoming of Anna's life.

My Original Thoughts (2000):

Fair. I didn't care for any of the characters and didn't find the storyline very believable. In spite of this, I'd still like to try more of Trollope's books.

My Current Thoughts:

I can't imagine why I would choose to read such a depressing book. Completely forgettable.


  1. Don't you think there was a time, and it seemed to last for decades, when everything I read was depressing? I wonder if you ever did read a book by this author and enjoy it greatly. I have never read anything by Joanna Trollope.

    1. Deb, I can't remember the title, but I'm almost positive that I read another book by Joanna Trollope. I'm sure it will show up in my reading journals and I'll post about it here. Stay tuned! :)

  2. I probably have several of her books on my shelf but I cannot remember reading any of them. Hm, this one actually sounds interesting to me but not in a rush to find out if it's one of the ones on my shelf!

    1. Iliana, I wish I could remember the other book I read by her, but as I mentioned to Deb, it will eventually turn up in my journal. I'll let you know.


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