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Staying True

3.31 of 5 stars 3.31  ·  rating details  ·  578 ratings  ·  101 reviews
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In this candid and compelling memoir, the first lady of South Carolina reveals the private ordeal behind her very public betrayal—and offers inspiration for anyone struggling to keep faith during life’s most trying times.

She’s been a successful investment banker, a mother of four, and the campaign manager for one
Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2010)
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Vickie T
Hmmm never did much care for Mark Sanford's politics but thought him an honorable man until last year. After hearing Jenny's story, I find him appallingly selfish and self-centered. He actually asked her for permission to see his mistress so he could get closure and babbled about the soul mate thing to her. I found him just so self-absorbed. And cheap, not frugal. The book was interesting and Jenny Sanford told it well. It is the story of their meeting and marriage till it all fell apart so publ ...more
Poignant story from a faith fulled lady. The only way to describe her is CLASSY. She doesn't judge, hold grudges or seek revenge. Her description of the way she wants to be honest and set an example for her children is inspirational. I appreciate her dedication very much and look forward to hearing from her more in the future. Great writing!
i love bios, and i certainly cannot fault ms. sanford for writing hers. i applaud her courage in light of her husband's failings. however, not only does this book plod like a turtle, it makes you want to scream and shake the young jenny sanford. so many signs, so easily seen, that mark sanford is not a keeper. and yet she continued.
She's trying to give a fair accounting, but I don't think she gives herself enough credit.
The Sandford's was a mismatched marriage to begin with. How could this smart woman, she was one of the first women to work in investment banking, marry this hick who treated her like a woman from the 19th century? Because she let it happen and didn't think the disrespectful, cold, sexist way he treated her was wrong until he fucked another woman. She keeps quoting the Bible throughout; and even though it brings her comfort when he starts seeing the girlfriend, her reliance on it for guidance dur ...more
This is the true story about a senator who cheats on his wife and how she and their 4 boys deal with it. It just reminds me that most politicians are so full of themselves and their power. The book starts when they first meet right out of college and how she saw some things then that she didn't like but overlooked. Maybe she should have trusted herself then. Luckily she has a great family, friends and her faith to help get her through. I admired her for not standing by her man after he pledged ...more
I read this book to find out what kind of a man Mark Sanford really is and to explain to myself what kind of man would slash education in SC, just about the worst state for schools. Well, he's frugal to a fault even in his own life--he was so cheap he slept on a futon in his office in D.C. and took back a necklace he had given his wife. His behavior with his Argentine lover was beyond bizarre--he actually asked his wife's PERMISSION to see her. Pretty scary to think that somebody like this was i ...more
Rating: 1.5 - 2 stars

I could not connect to Jenny Sanford’s story. It was missing something. From the beginning, the love between Jenny and her husband never felt authentic (at least by the way it was portrayed in this book). The relationship seemed very one-sided. The author did not do a good job depicting their relationship and love in a way which would make the reader feel like it was ever real and worth saving. Its possible the author wrote this book too soon. Maybe the pain, betrayal and ag
She come across as a strong, grounded, caring woman who has a good head, a lot of faith, a positive attitude, and makes good choices. I loved that one of her very top priorities is her 4 children. I also loved the last chapter of the book, where she seems to have come to terms with her divorce and seems at peace with herself and her life.

I'd actually give this book 3-1/2 stars- not quite 4 but also better than a 3.
A quick read, most of the content was covered in the numerous television and print interviews that Jenny Sanford made to promote the book. She is best known because she was a wronged political wife who didn't stand by her man when he publicly confessed his indiscretions. I appreciate her willingness to pick up and move on rather than try to save a marriage her husband is clearly no longer interested in.
Kate SouthernBelleSimple
I read this in a couple of hours and enjoyed it so much. I was curious to see exactly what she is made of and after reading this book, I feel that her faith is astounding. That's obviously the only way she dealt with all of the drama that her husbands decisions created in their lives. Easy read, good book.
V.K. Sansone
Very good book and this lady is one in a million! She has the patience of Job and such a forgiving nature in her. A worthy read for ladies.
I liked Jenny Sanford, but man, she was married to a selfish jerk. His behavior was crazy, and tainted how I felt about the book.
More about her husband's life than about hers, but it does explain much about Sanford's demons.
Jean Brown
I liked this book much better than I expected to..Very good...
Quick, easy, interesting read. She's a strong woman.
The book begins with Jenny Sanford recounting her husband Mark's infamous news conference where he confessed his Argentinian affair to the world. As you're reading, you immediately feel terrible for Jenny and are definitely on her side. Then Jenny starts from the beginning of her courtship with Mark, explaining how she came to fall in love with him, get married, and have children. I don't know if she purposely picked out bad memories of him, or if he really always was a giant douche...but some o ...more
Though the focus is the marriage and what went wrong, this is an excellent book to learn about adversity and determining what is important to you. The woman has courage and common sense. I literally read the book in one sitting. I started reading for the same reason drivers slow down and gawk at an accident. Though Mrs. Sanford's background and politics are very different from my own, I'd want her in my corner any day of the week. I found the book life-affirming in the subtlest way possible. If ...more
Jenny is a woman of character. I loved hearing about the behind the scenes of a political spouse - - - she was married to Mark Sanford, governor of S'Carolina. She chose to leave him when he chose to have an affair. I love this quote from the back cover: "And then there's the simple truth that I had come to understand and that I wanted to model for my four kids: What matters most is how you live your life, not what you have to show for it. I ask myself if I have tried my best to love my family, ...more
Vannessagrace Vannessagrace
Staying True was well written and with some honesty.

Staying True makes South Carolina’s Governor Mark Sandford look like a narcissistic raving manic and Jenny Sandford like a women so desperate for his affections that she sold her soul to be with him.

Jenny Sandford was a woman who chose to lived in denial to keep a man who only wanted her for the things she could provide him to help further his political career and to make his home life comfortable, and, of course, to give birth to his sons.

In Jenny Sanford's memoir about being married to the philandering governor of South Carolina, you get a sense of her as an intelligent, grounded, and independent woman. It's a portrait of her marriage, and perhaps how it devolved over time to the point of her husband blathering on about his Argentinian soul mate during a press conference.

But you don't get a real sense of Mark Sanford as much of a person. He comes across as a cardboard cut out, distant and removed. Whether she's writing this book
Jenny Sanford writes of her marriage and public betrayal recently by her husband, South Carolina Governor, Mark Sanford, now famous for his claim to have been "hiking the Appalachian Trail" when questioned about his disappearance for several days.

Jenny writes how her marriage came to be, the strong faith they both had, their strong convictions to each other and to God, and their 4 sons. Then she shares the heartbreak, disappointment and anguish she felt when she learned, just shortly before the
Nancy Brophy
Wonderful book about faith, family, friendship and surviving betrayal. I went to same high school as Jenny, and grew up in Winnetka, Illinois too.She was a few years older than me. I knew her and thought she was a very strong person. I read the book in a day. I thought it was well written. I wish her and her sons much happiness in their future. She did everything a person could do regarding second chances and forgiveness. I bet Mark will have tremendous regrets down the road........
This book was "in transit" for me for about 2 months. I didn't really care as I have loads of other stuff to read, but I didn't want it to finally come around for me and I not live in the area anymore and then I get charged for THEIR mistake! I asked about it every few weeks and it sucked, because no one could do anything about it. I even asked for them to delete me and add me to the bottom of the list, just to like "unstick" my request. And they couldn't! So annoying. Anyway, so like nearly 3 m ...more
I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did! I appreciated how honest Sanford was about her marriage and learning about her husband's affair. I was surprised when she married him in the first place, given his behavior when they were dating, but I get it – the heart wants what it wants. I'm glad she finally left and wish her the best! Can't believe her now former husband is still serving in Congress!
This is the true story of Jenny Sanford whose husband Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina had an affair with a woman in Argentina. The book goes on too long without telling us what happened in the end. The husband did not cooperate in making the marriage work and I found out they divorced in 2010. The media had a frenzy but he had regained his seat in Congress. I have no respect for him at all.
Interesting read. I learned a lot about the political process from the people living it. At times it felt very, I don't know, almost trite. Like, "This is what happened, I should have seen it coming, I probably did, but we're through it now. With God all things are possible." And while that makes a great summary of life, and I agree with everything being possible with God, it just seemed to neat and tidy for the horrible experience that she (and her boys) went through. I also would have loved to ...more
This was another book that was very therapeutic for me. Although, my situation is different, I found a lot of similarities in how Jenny dealt with the unraveling of her marriage. I really appreciated how she shared her faith and what it meant to her. I also saw several similarities between her husband and mine.

I think Jenny was more than gracious in how she treated her husband in the book. She gave a great account of the good and bad in their marriage. I was struck by how hard it is for a family
I got this as an ebook through my library (i just discovered i could get books for my Nook from the library- YEAH!)

What she went through she handled pretty well, she seemd very grounded and definitely someone you could imagine being friends with. From her story- the supportive political wife. it's not what she wanted but she could see it ws what her husband wanted. Some of her political stories were good also.
When I heard of her story in the press- there seemed something different about her, she
John Kennedy
I hoped this book would offer advice to couples not to allow work or other relationships to derail their marriage. Instead, Jenny Sanford spends most of the 214 pages revealing a lot of mundane details about her life that aren't very interesting as well as trying to justify her own spot as the woman done wrong by South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford. The only culpability she admits is for failing to see early enough that her husband was straying. The book is misnamed, as she takes little about faith ...more
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