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The Governor's Wife

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,351 Ratings  ·  140 Reviews
Bode Bonner is the Republican governor of Texas. He has everything he ever wanted: money, power, influence. But something isn't right in his life -- everything feels too settled and easy. He longs for one more moment of excitement, one more challenge.

Lindsay Bonner is Bode's wife, and she's bored too. Bored of Bode's womanizing, bored of the endless cocktail parties and r
Kindle Edition, 497 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2012)
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Aug 01, 2014 Gary rated it really liked it
Another really good novel by the much underrated author Mark Gimenez. Having read most of his work I can honestly say that they are well written and very entertaining. He is often compared to John Grisham who I also enjoy but this is so unfair on Gimenez. Although it is an honour to be compared it does not give him the recognition and praise he deserves. He is a very good writer in his own right.
May 30, 2012 Linda rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish
OK, the 2nd book that I didn't finish. Did the author actually write this? It was so different to his other books, and to me was a glorified Mills and Boon novel. I know I had a proof and it was disjointed but all the same, soppy story, poor dialogue and so uninteresting. The funny thing is that when I looked on Amazon at the reviews it got 4.5 out of 5. I am obviously missing something!
Feb 06, 2016 Raine rated it really liked it
THE GOVERNOR'S WIFE is another great read by Mark Gimenez. One of my very favorite books (THE COLOR OF LAW) was written by him, and he does not disappoint. Even though this book is a little long, it is not boring and it does not lag at all.

Lindsay is the wife of the Governor of Texas. She is becoming bored with the title and also tired of her husband, as he is portrayed as the typical Texas good old boy who gets a little lovin' on the side. Lindsay is a nurse and decides to go work down in the s
Nina Harrington
Jan 27, 2013 Nina Harrington rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, read-in-2013
Incredibly disappointed.
The Colour of Law and The Abduction are two of my fav crime books of the past 10 years. I "read" this book last night and it is going straight to the charity shop today in the hope that someone may enjoy it. I say "read" because I ended up turning the pages looking for the story and failing.
I paid for a thrilling crime book and instead was subjected to page after page after page of a lecture on the socio-economics of Mexican migrants trapped in the no mans land between Me
Jan Murphy
Mar 13, 2015 Jan Murphy rated it it was amazing
More than politics

This book certainly has a lot about politics and the corruption that is fostered in both parties. Politics, and while this book is fiction, has become more and more about winning and getting rich and feeding big egos than in serving the people and doing what is right. Mr. Gimenez tells it like it is. I'm not sure politicians even know what's right anymore. Having said all of that, this book is about so much more. It is about right and wrong, love and hatred, and finding yoursel
Wilfred Goodwin
Sep 26, 2015 Wilfred Goodwin rated it it was amazing
Really loved the characters.
Beverlee  Couillard
Apr 06, 2016 Beverlee Couillard rated it it was amazing
This is the 6th book of this author I've read. I'm going to read two more, and then I'll have read them all to date. I really like they way he writes. However, this book was disturbing for many reasons. Mr. Geminez is an issues writer, essentially. I'm all for it. I think, these days, more people learn what's going on in the world through fiction, as the news is just a mess. Real reporting is rare, with few exceptions. So, we have writers who take the issues of the day and write about them as re ...more
Joseph M. O'Connor
Dec 31, 2015 Joseph M. O'Connor rated it it was amazing
Finding Mark Gimenez' work...

... is like finding a new friend. This story is SO old, and it's been told SO many times, but Gimenez re-tells it incredibly well with memorable characters, acerbic wit, and a deep respect for the setting and its people.

His characterizations are so sharp that I found myself actually "seeing" Dr. Rincon, the Governor, and the Governor's wife. I have no idea if it was intended or not, but the "Governor" that I saw in my mind was former Texas governor Rick Perry, except
Efé Caterina
Nov 19, 2015 Efé Caterina rated it it was amazing
My dad bought the book in July 2014 and I only read it in August 2015 because of procrastination and I can't believe it I let it wait for that long. But if ever a book was wine, this book got better with time.

I read 85% of the book in one night and mind you this book is hundreds of pages, that can only testify of the magical fingers of Gimenez that had me gripped in his words.

I was totally invested in the characters. The pace was just right. I don't want to give much away but I do want to say fo
Wendy Soliman
Sep 03, 2012 Wendy Soliman rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
I really like this guy's books. The dry wit and humour was there in this one, but it didn't stack up to his other, in my opinion. Why? Well, a number of reasons that I can't go into without spoiling it. Suffice it to say that the wrong guy died! Message to author - it's a mistake to kill of someone of his calibre.

Just sayin'!
Pooja Jeevagan
Jun 23, 2012 Pooja Jeevagan rated it liked it
Took me a long long time to complete it...given it's length n not to forget multiple narratives...

A nice read, little too political in honesty...but a good one, just should have been a little 50-60 pages less...

My first read from the writer...might pick another some day :)
Feb 08, 2015 Forgetfulone rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, 2015
This was a disappointing book. I have loved all of Mark Gimenez's previous books, but this one was a dud. I like the fact that Gimenez sets his books in Texas, but this one was such an unfavorable depiction of our great state. He made Texans seem like people who only care about money, hunting, and appearances, and he portrayed Mexicans as either ignorant or ruthless. There were stereotypical politicians (liars, all) whose only concern is getting elected, drug lords with no regard for human life, ...more
Dec 24, 2013 Roger rated it it was ok
Probably more 2.5 stars than a straight 2. I have never read any of Mark Gimenez' previous books and so cannot compare but, having looked at reviews, can only assume that they must be better than this one. This one is far too lng (541 pages) for a lightweight story that could have been told in less than half of that number of pages. There is too much repetition. For example, how many times do we need to read almost identical conversations between politicians and businessmen they are trying to ge ...more
Jan 13, 2015 Alex rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
I managed to get through a third of this book before giving up. I have read other books by this author and I loved the way he described the places where each story took place. With this book on-one in their right mind would want to visit this no mans land! Other than the doctor I didn't like or connect with any of the characters and the book read more like a social dialogue than a thriller. Although obviously the problems he describes are a reality and illegal immigrants are a problem all over t ...more
I loved this story of Bode and Lindsay (Governor and his wife)in Texas.

Lindsay has become disillusioned with her life, her marriage and her husbands politics.

After a particularly bad fight concerning funding cuts for education, Lindsay moves into the spare room.

She fills her time with charitable works. On one of her trips to the boarder to check how the boarder town is running, she meets the local Doctor, Jesse.

Whilst they are talking an emergency gun shot wound comes into the clinic and Lindsa
Aug 19, 2012 VaultOfBooks rated it it was ok
By Mark Gimenez. Grade: B
Mark Gimenez is a lawyer who left a major law firm in Dallas to start his own practice and to write. According to a lot of readers, he is one of the best published authors in the market. His writing has also been compared to that of John Grisham – and favourably, I may add – all of which worked wonderfully in whetting my appetite.
Bode Bonner is the Republican governor of Texas. He has everything he ever wanted: money, power, influence. But something isn’t right in his li
Jun 26, 2013 Lorraine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
With Gimenez, you can never go wrong. I needed a book which was fast, action packed and intellectually stimulating. And I got it all and then some. Picked up a little Spanish!!!Ola!!!

Basically, this is a book about Bode Bonner, the Governor of Texas, who loved politics more than he loved his wife. In his younger life, Bode was a star American Football player with all the trimmings. Looks, money, ego and enough aggression to get him through University. He is a Texan through and through. From his
Neha M Sharma
Dec 06, 2012 Neha M Sharma rated it liked it
The book starts out well with the Anglo nurse treating the sick in the colonias on the “wrong” side of the border. As the book progresses, it is revealed that the nurse if Lindsay Bonner, wife of Texas governor, Bode Bonner. Both characters are fairly bored in the relationship and seek out adventure in their own ways: Bode – by targeting the White House as his next stop, Lindsay – by running away to “make her life meaningful”. In the colonias resides the Harvard educated larger-than-life Dr. Jes ...more
Aug 26, 2015 Jill rated it it was amazing
Mark Gimenez's Best Work Ever

"Government has never solved a single social problem, and it's never gonna solve a single social problem. You liberals cry for more money and more government, but the truth is, government can't make a difference in people's lives. Only people can."

I am a huge fan of Mark Gimenez and as I have worked my way through his books, this has been my favorite.

Although fiction, The Governor's wife takes an eerie journey through real history, places and social issues that are n
Gordon Johnston
Very different from the excellent legal thrillers that Gimenez is so good at. A political thriller come love story that relies on so many coincidences and unlikely events that the narrative is totally undermined. It's a pity because there is a good pace and a decent set up to the story, but it ultimately fails to satisfy. And the characters are largely one dimensional, apart from the baddie - but baddie with a heart is still a stereotype.
Jul 01, 2016 Ron rated it liked it
A former Texas Longhorns football star and current governor has presidential ambitions while at the same time his wife abandons their marriage to work anonymously as a nurse in the slums along the Rio Grande River. What follows is a series of tense, bloody encounters between the governor and a Mexican drug lord involving big time politics, revenge killings and a final gruesome showdown. Lots of action along with a big dose of Texas style politics. Good book.
Eileen Mandell
Apr 10, 2016 Eileen Mandell rated it it was amazing
True to his writing skills, Gimenez does it again. I hesitated with over 400 pages to read but he didn't disappoint me on any page. This book includes the immigration debate, details about the Texas/Mexico border and details about the drug war there. Such opposing opinions with NO solution in sight!!! I finished this book in 4 days which is amazing for me. He remains my FAVORITE author.....a MUST READ.....
Aug 16, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Of all the Mark Gimenez books I have read so far, this one is my favorite! Just enough political points of view to not make me yawn but make me think. Yep, many times wanting to slap the governor up side the head for his stupid "I'm a male and I need to prove myself" things he does. And the wife is just in the background, subtle, questioning life and where it has taken her after so many years of marriage.
Ann Davis
Sep 01, 2012 Ann Davis rated it it was amazing
This is storytelling at it's best. If I was talented enough to write, I would love to write a story like this. It began at the end and worked backwards with a chapter on the wife and a chapter on the governor, weaving the story in and out past and present with wonderful writing. It tells of how ambition can change someone until he is unrecognisable to his partner causing a chain of events that alters their lives forever. The characters are marvellous. Lyndsey Bonner the governor's wife is a stro ...more
Feb 27, 2015 Donna rated it liked it
While this was a so-so romance, it was a wonderful story about Texas Politics. And Living in Austin, it was fun seeing all the places we know and love turn up was settings in a book. I thought it brought up the immigrant issue very well and I kept checking the internet to see if everything said in here was true. It was. I'd recommend for the politics and roll my eyes over the romance.
Jul 19, 2015 Whtyac rated it it was amazing
The story of Bode & Lindsey had humor, intrigue, corruption, politics. Yet, the underlying concept of "finding one's way" was most poignant. The ending was a bit flat & unexpected [then again with Bode's track record-smile- not really]. Bode's self-reflection as well as Lindsey was an important and critical antithesis to the seemingly mantra of power, power, politics and money.
Dec 01, 2014 Martha rated it it was amazing
My second novel by Gimenez and I will read more. My favorite aspect of this compelling read is the juxtaposition of the actions and intents of the several characters, each with his or her own agenda and the skillful junction of each. I rated this a 5-star even though the story was a little slow to get into; however once I got into the story, the beginning heightened my anticipation of the ending.
Dec 09, 2015 Judy rated it liked it
Shelves: texas-setting, novel
I liked some things about this book a lot, other things seemed rather over the top. By the end of it you wont have any doubt about the authors opinion of Texas politics, and although I am sympathetic with his point of view, it was a bit heavy handed (although familiar, sadly). Nonetheless, it was exciting and kept me interested throughout. I have read a couple of other books by this author which are legal thrillers, and I preferred them. ...more
Deb Cornell
Jul 26, 2015 Deb Cornell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Governor Bode Bonner is a Texas archetype. This novel is filled with an abundance of testosterone-driven power wielding characters and the women who love them. I have read a couple of Mark Gimenez' novels before this and find his style engaging and face-paced. A great, quick read especially for plane or pool.
martin bradbury
Jun 20, 2015 martin bradbury rated it it was amazing
Another excellent book by Mark every page wanting you to keep going hated to see it end

This is the fifth book of Marks I have read and everyone of them were worth reading this one is even better, only 99cent at Amazon same with The Abuction give one a try and you will be. very satisfied Enjoy
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Mark Gimenez left a major Dallas law firm in order to start his own solo practice and to write. He lives in Texas with his wife and two sons.
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