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4.07  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Releasing Gillian's Wolves is the story of a political wife forced to finally do something about her faltering marriage. We frequently see women standing by their Senator/Congressman/Religious figure husbands at press conferences as these men admit to all sorts of bad behavior. Releasing Gillian's Wolves explores what holds one such woman in place and what happens when she ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Bats in the Boathouse Press (first published July 1st 2011)
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Jul 25, 2011 rated it liked it
I won this book on goodread First Reads, thank you very much. At first I was rightly annoyed by all the garbage Gillian tolerated from her husband Jack. The biggest annoyance came whenever Gillian was called Jill by her husband Jack; there's even a campaign line that may amuse some about Jack and Jill going up the Hill together (he's a Congressman -- get it?). Then there is the matter of Jack's many infidelities. It's her house they live in, yet she allows him to live there after she can take no ...more
Martha Cheves
Jul 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Releasing Gillian’s Wolves – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

“Jack, I don’t care what you do, I really don’t. But,” I paused until I was sure of his full attention, “you might want to keep it in your pants. All deals are off if I wake some morning to find your dirty laundry all over the papers.” Jack blanched, started to speak, stopped and simply nodded. He sat back in his chair and watched me in silence as I ate my dinner. He finished his drink. We were both relieved wh
Debra Martin
Apr 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Gillian Sachs is your typical stand-by-your-man political wife. Her husband, Jack, is handsome, charismatic and a real hound dog. He’s had numerous affairs during his 30-year marriage, but his campaign manager, Mark, works diligently to cover them up. Gillian prefers to ignore them all and instead drowns her sorrow in cooking. She’s a whiz in the kitchen; her cooking is legendary, and she caters all of Jack’s events. That is, until the night she comes face-to-face with Jack’s latest conquest, a ...more
Red Haircrow
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing is to the point, almost brisk at times, without a lot of frills and unnecessary descriptions that can weight story's of this type down in my opinion, yet it never failed to provide the crucial details a reader needed to immerse themselves in the story. Character and plot driven, with a clear purpose stated in it’s blurb, it was not the fault of the author or story that my personal reading interests don’t cater towards women’s fiction or a slice of life American stories, even ones as ...more
Apr 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Marriages often crumble for a variety of reasons, and yet one of the more common seems to be lack of fidelity. We often hear about these issues in the news and gossip columns as it pertains to the rich and famous, but the politicians are fair game as well.

In Releasing Gillian’s Wolves by Tara Woolpy, we follow the life of Gillian as she finally realizes that life is passing her by as she waits for her ever unfaithful husband, Congressman Jack Sach to settle down and create a real and loving life
May 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Gillian has been been married to Jack Sach for thirty years. Throughout most of those years Jack has been a politician, currently he is a United States Congressman representing the great state of Wisconsin. Gillian has always been the faithful, dutiful wife. Hosting parties and fundraisers, takes care of her mother-in-law, was the parent at home for their two children until they were grown. Jack, of course travels a lot due to his job, but he has never been faithful. More affairs than Gillian ca ...more
Lanie Malone
Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
The author requested a review for Raising Wild Ginger, which is a follow up to this book, but since I don’t do ARC’s I decided to go ahead and read Gillian’s while I was waiting for the next one to be published.

Plot: This story is about a really nice woman (Gillian) who is married to a total douche canoe (Jack). While there is a little emphasis on Jack’s behavior, his numerous affairs and generally self-centered behavior, most of the focus is on how Gillian deals with moving on. I found it inte
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Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
When you’ve reached your breaking point in life you have a few choices. You can keep moving forward and hope it gets better or you make a change. After more than twenty years of marriage to Jack, an unfaithful congressman, Gillian is finally ready to move on. Although Gillian has known for quite some time that Jack has been around the block with a number of women, she had always looked past his indiscretions. Her drive to protect her children and Jack’s career allowed her to forgive and forget. ...more
Dana Burgess
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
You will all recognize the story - it's in the news regularly. This celebrity, that politician, this scandal, that affair. And we all think 'What a jerk!' or, perhaps 'He did good things politically, why should we care about his private life?' And what about her? Do we think 'I can't believe she is still with him.' or do we think of her at all? Releasing Gillian's Wolves by Tara Woolpy, tells her story. If you are interested in a more detailed synopsis, click here.

Tara Woolpy does a commendable
Jul 04, 2011 rated it liked it
There are many cliches that can be applied to crooked politicians and their antics, such as politics makes for strange bedfellows or, my personal favorite, "in politics, stupidity is not a handicap." The sad truth is that politicians (business moguls, professional athletes, and other celebrities) often think that they can do whatever they want, especially if it’s illegal or immoral, and no one will ever know or say anything. When the dirt comes out, whether its about fiscal improprieties, adulte ...more
Beth Tornes
May 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Releasing Gillian’s Wolves, by Tara Woolpy: A Review by Beth Tornes

Releasing Gillian’s Wolves is a gem of a first book. You won’t want to put down once you get started. It is well-written, funny, and chock full of womanly wisdom. Gillian is wholly captivating—a smart, savvy politician’s wife who seems smooth and polished on the surface, a superb hostess, a gifted cook—but whose surface belies a very spiritual being who is original and wild, an artist, dreamer and lover who feels betrayed by havi
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
A congressman, his wife, and his affairs.

Gillian had been married to Jake for over 30 years, and always knew about his affairs. The latest affair really got to her since it was a 20-year old....younger than his daughter and also part of his campaign team. Gillian never went on the tours, but when Jake had dinners at their home, she was always in the kitchen cooking while everyone else was enjoying themselves. She just wasn't the social type and dreaded each campaign year. She usually was alone d
Margie Adler
It turns out that Tara Woolpy's book, Releasing Gillian's Wolves, is a page turner. I say "It turns out" because it didn't start that way for me, but it definitely gets there. I stayed up way past my bedtime to keep reading. And I won't spoil anything for you, but there's a terrific surprise in the end.

This tale about a middle-age woman, wife of a congressman, mother of two, who is dissatisfied with her marriage and feels as worn out as the path she beats between her house and Mother Pearl's, h
Alice Yeh
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Whereas many works of women's fiction center around main characters in their twenties or thirties, Releasing Gillian's Wolves focuses on a quinquagenarian with a green thumb, artistic talent, and closet full of "Congressman's Wife" clothing. For decades, she's dealt with her philandering husband's bad behavior by painting in her studio, working in her garden, and taking care of friends and family, including the mother-in-law whom her husband routinely neglects. Jack's newest paramour, a twenty-s ...more
I'll admit, it took me a minute to get into this story. I had a hard time connecting to Gillian, the wife of a Congressman up for re-election.She just seemed to be a sweet middle-aged woman who cooks all the time and lets her philandering husband walk all over her. A few chapters in, when Gillian finds a hotel key and realizes that her husband has taken up with a woman several years younger than their daughter, is when she begins to take a stand. It's a small stand at first but it's that first g ...more
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
As prevalent as politics today are rampant with scandal, I am surprised this is one of the few novels I've come across dealing with a crooked and morally bankrupt politician- and he's not even the main character! Our main character is the wife, a long-suffering woman who puts up with her husband's bull for years before finally having had enough, what ensues is the story. While this may seem trite, the subject was handled deftly in ways where I hated who I was supposed to and loved everybody else ...more
Tia Bach
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read this book for Rebecca's Reads, so please see my full review at

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Who hasn’t read a story about a cheating politician lately? It’s a tired tale. Tara Woolpy breathes new life through Gillian, a character full of strength even when she’s hiding from her circumstances. She’s trapped at first, but never a victim. My respect and admiration for Gillian escalated when she refused to stand next to Jack during the inevitable press conference to explain his misdeed
Jun 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Gillian has been married to Congressman Jack Sach for three decades, during which time he has never been faithful to her. One day he goes too far and Gillian decides she isn’t going to take it anymore. I am of two minds here. On the one hand, this is a well-written book with believable characters, great scenery, and a plausible story. On the other, the romantic relationships are all a bit on the gooey side, and it’s always a little dispiriting to read about someone who succeeds only because they ...more
Amanda Fritz
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
After 30 years of marriage, Gillian Sach can’t imagine what her life would be like if she were not the “Congressman’s Wife”. Her life is a routine of secrets held by her adulterous husband, Jack Sach. One last commitment of infidelity and Gillian is finally at her breaking point. With her best friend since childhood, Edward, she flees to find a new life and love that she never thought was possible. As the limelight shines on her husband for illegal activities, Gillian finally starts to create a ...more
Ron Kroeger
Apr 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In my retirement I read quite a bit – usually three to four different types of books at a time, a snippet here and a snippet there. But I only read one novel at a time, so I put aside Ken Follett’s latest when I received my advance review copy of Tara Woolpy’s “Releasing Gillian’s Wolves.” I’m so glad that I did. Her timely story of the experiences of the spouse of a philandering politician captured me completely. By the time I finished, I felt that I knew her, her family, and especially her fri ...more
May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
This started off strong and then became a bit slow in the middle. One turn off was the conversations that the characters had at certain points within the novel. However, the book did pick up. I really started rooting for Gillian. I can't imagine being in such a tough spot and not doing anything about it.

I enjoyed seeing Gillian's character grow to be something not so shy and reserved. I was happy to see her stand up and not become a pushover.

I will say, I was not expecting her husband to get i
Tara Chevrestt
Apr 15, 2011 marked it as dnf
Shelves: 2011-release, kindle
I made it to 30%. Author has an engaging writing style, but it simply wasn't for me. The story itself is too slow and takes too long to get exciting. I liked the heroine, but all she does (in the first 30 percent anyway) is talk to her gay friends and cook. I also kinda found her a pushover.. I get that she wants to help her husband's campaign, but that's HER house, not his. Send HIM to live in the cabin and what's with cooking for him?? This bothered me too much.

I recommend it for fans of Maeve
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book as a First Reads copy. I absolutely loved this book. I took it on the plane with me and started reading it during my short flight. After I got to the hotel I couldn't put it down. I loved the characters and how they could be the locals in any town. I have also read other books that include little recipes here and there and find it fun to see the characters favorite foods. I have already recommended this book to many of my friends.
Audrey Williams
Apr 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
I like this book. Luke sums up the story nicely when he says, "Sometimes by the time something we dread arrives we are already gone." Woolpy skillfully gets Gillian 'gone'. Her conversations between women friends, mother and daughter and homosexual lovers are a delight to read. My recommendation is don't go on vacation without it.
Oct 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Make that 4 stars if you're looking for an easy read. Can't help liking the main character, honestly what I liked was it was really more novel than cliche story about politician's scorned wife. Back cover doesn't do it justice.

Ps I won this on good reads giveaways! Woo!
Jul 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, tbr
4.5 stars.I won and received this book for free thru Goodreads First reads.Thank you very much
Joy H.
May 08, 2011 marked it as keep-in-mind
Added 5/8/11. Keep in mind.
Apr 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was a great book. It started off slow but got better as I kept reading. This book had a great ending. I loom forward to reading Tara's next books.
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Under various names, Tara Woolpy has been writing and publishing fiction for over thirty years. Tara earned her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Whitworth College after which she spent a year at the Women Writers Center in Cazenovia, New York. While pursuing her writing career, she paid the rent through an astonishing number of jobs—she’s been a waitress, a shop owner, a retail clerk, ...more