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The Governor's Lady

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  88 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Cooper Lanier has been surrounded by politics her entire life. Her late father, Cleve Spainhour, was a beloved two-term Southern governor, as was her husband, Pickett Lanier. Now, Cooper is taking office as governor herself, succeeding Pickett as he campaigns for president. On her first day, as the state is blindsided by a blizzard, Cooper quickly realizes she is surrounde ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by John F. Blair Publisher (first published August 14th 2013)
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Suzanne Moore
When Coopier Lanier decides to run for governor, it was not without considerable thought. She had grown up a governor's daughter and when her husband was elected she served time as a governor's wife . Although she hated "living in a fishbowl," the decision to run could help support her husband who was running in the presidential election. Her campaign was victorious and the night she is inaugurated there is a winter storm weather event that results in a state of emergency. Woven into the story a ...more
I took this book on vacation and got so wrapped up in it that I was disappointed when the plane landed! Having always been drawn to political dramas, I thought I would enjoy The Governor’s Lady, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I found myself liking (and disliking!) the characters. The author maintained a nice balance between political and personal stories in the novel, and overall it felt like a realistic depiction of the impact of politics not only on politicians but also their famil ...more
Debbie Maskus
Inman writes an interesting book about politics and the people passionately involved in politics. The characters stand as dimensional people that remain in your memory. Cooper Lanier grows from a complacent wife to a hard driven governor that must follow her own plan. Copper's parents, Cleve and Mickey Spainhour, control much of the story. Cooper faces a decision to learn more about her parents and her own strengths. The book presents more than dialogue, such as a picture of the characters and t ...more
The Governor's Wife is an immensely satisfying novel, long on both insightful character development and suspenseful plotting which are delicately balanced. The story takes us from Cooper Lanier's inauguration as governor of a purposefully unnamed progressive southern state back to her lonely childhood as the governor's daughter. The past and present are deftly woven. In the present, Cooper lands in a power struggle with her husband, the former governor who won't relinquish his control. She also ...more
Robert Inman has created an amazing story line and characters in this political tale of intrigue. While you might expect a remembrance of old Southern politics, Inman takes readers on a new journey with modern day politicians still touched by the old political methods of the South. Inman brings readers to that impossible crossroads where the old South meets the new South--and anything can and does happen.
What a great read! I couldn't put it down! The story moves along at a good pace, with the back story revealed in a natural way, and each of the characters' lives resolved by the end of the novel, though still leaving the reader wanting to know the next chapter in each of their lives. Inman's background as a political press secretary and journalist is evident throughout, esp. in how he tells the trials and tribulations of those working in and married into politics. The story is spot on, as are ea ...more
This was a fascinating exposure of the quagmire into which many politicians sink based on selfish choices in a position of power. Inman's characters are richly detailed and their relationships are realistically forged. The unique political background stages the family unit under stress. One of my favorite books so far in 2014.
The was a different sort of book for Robert Inman, but every bit as enjoyable as everything else I've read by him.
Political intrigue, strong women characters and relationship exploration. The issues are timely and familiar. An excellent read.
This is one book I couldn't put down. I enjoyed the back and forth of current times and then going back to earlier times although I felt at times I would have liked the information/history to have been told in the present tense in the way of explanation of thought and actions. Inman left me wanting to know more about the children of Pickett and Cooper, and also wanting to know more about how Pickett went from the easy, laid-back person he was to the politically-driven he became. I would love to ...more
I recommend this book as it was an interesting take on politics, females in the workplace, and females in leadership roles. Strong female characters as envisioned by a man, so it is interesting how this book portrays how men perceive and/or manage women who hold power. It also made me think of NC politics & the legislature, our recent female governor and the current goings on in the State House. I do wish the book had gone on for a few more chapters instead of ending where it did - always th ...more
Nov 16, 2013 Tammy added it
I thought Cooper was a strong character, but the plot is a bit contrived even in the face of today's media fed 365/24/7 political campaign. A women who grew up disliking the political "fish bowl" suddenly decides she herself wants to be governor. She uses her political pedigree to easily ascend to the office. Once in office she decides to actually govern a prospect the purveyors of her pedigree did't quite have in mind when they made her path to the governorship so easy.
Lee Farabaugh
Page-turning story and wonderful female character. I love how this book unfolds over just a short period of time but there's so much rich detail about what happens. I found myself wanting to be Cooper Lanier, not because her life is perfect, but because of how she handles the imperfections and challenges of it.
Sue Harper
Excellent read. I enjoyed the book from beginning to end. I only wish the book had been longer as I was not ready to say goodbye to Cooper and the other characters. It was refreshing to read a "political" novel with strong female characters. We want more like this, Mr. Inman!
Blair Publisher
Great story! Kept me turning pages through the night. Robert Inman does an excellent job of creating realistic characters that readers can become invested in, while painting a landscape with seemingly personal connotations that are nonetheless universal.
Jean Brown
Kindle book...4 stars..the book Robert Inman was meant to write..before he was Robert Inman, author, he was
reporter Bob Inman. The story gives a look at politics from someone who knows it first hand ...
Melissa B
Great book! It drew me in from the beginning and never let go! I love the characters, the insights into the government, the plot. It was much too short, as I would have loved to continue the story.
Kelly Norton
A more objective rating might be 3-4 stars. I gave it 5 bc I felt so good reading it. It's a fun read rife with strong women, loyal allies, and old hurts. (What else is there?)
Michele Coleman
I really enjoyed the main character and the strength she gained during the book but felt let down when it ended with no real conclusion.
Very readable political And family story . Think I'll try some more of his books.
Great book, did not want to stop reading it!
Lynda Walker
Great book! I could not put it down.
Julie Coulter
good story!
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Robert Inman’s new novel, The Governor’s Lady, is available now from John F. Blair Publishers. Drawing on his a career as a journalist and creative writer, Inman has crafted the story of Cooper Lanier, a determined woman fighting to establish her independence in the tumultuous world of male-dominated politics.

The Governor’s Lady is Inman’s fifth novel, following Home Fires Burning (1987), Old Dogs
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