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  • Australian Fiction

    Natalie King has three grown up daughters Kate, Bree and Laura and she and her husband Milt run the family farm. Like all families they have had their ups and downs but a past mistake made by Milt has been kept a secret from his daughters. Nat has a health scare; this makes her look back at the past, her relationship with her husband and her life in general. Natalie King's life is busy; she’s a wife, mother, a teacher, she does the farms book work and calls in to see her mother in law Olive on the way home from work. She’s juggling so many things, from the outside she seems cool, calm, collected and has everything under control. But the one mistake she’s made is like many women she’s never put her first, she’s never gone on a holiday, planted the house garden she has planned for years or demanded the new kitchen she desperately needs. Milt is like most Aussie blokes, he’s wrapped up in his farm and it’s never entered his thick head that his wife might want to go on a holiday or have a conversation that doesn’t involve what needs to be done around the farm and she's sick of it. The Kings family has an old fashioned book called The Model Wife it’s been passed down to all new brides in the family for generations; when Natalie received it from Olive, it made her feel inadequate and thirty five years later it still makes her feel the same. Natalie is fed up, she asked her boss Paul for some time off, catches a plane to Broome and her family has no idea why she’s left? During her time away, Natalie rediscovers herself, she has time to read a book, go shopping, go swimming, drink a few cocktails by the pool and relax. While Nat is enjoying the sun, Milt and the girls start to reflect on how they have treated her, the family discovers they have all been rather selfish and is it too late for them to make it up to Natalie? I loved The Model Wife, it’s a perfect book to read if you live in Australia or have an interest in what's it's like to live in Australia and especially in Adelaide! Many of the topics and situations included in the story made me laugh out loud, it’s very relevant to me and I live in a small country town in South Australia.

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  • Woman’s rural fiction! Enjoy!

    Once again Tricia Stringer had me caught up in her plot lines and characters. The main story set in South Australia on a rural farm, the family consists of mum, dad, three daughters and dads mum. As well as helping on the farm and keeping house, and doing the farm accounts mum teaches at the local school. I don’t like reviews that tell you what happens, so I am not going to write that! What I am going to say is that Tricia is a fantastic storyteller. I would describe the genre as rural woman’s fiction. We look into farming and rural life and some of the issues faced not only by the farmers but also by the community. Would I recommend this novel? Yes, no doubt about it! Read it, enjoy it! I did!

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  • Good read

    Enjoyed reading this book as it showed what real life is about. Not a fantasy happy family.

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  • Model wife

    Good read and very easy to read. A.l the characters came to life in the story

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