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Staying True

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  659 Ratings  ·  112 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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Mar 16, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Vickie T
Jul 10, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
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
Feb 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Feb 17, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
She's trying to give a fair accounting, but I don't think she gives herself enough credit.
Bob Costello
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story of Jenny's life with her husband, Mark Sanford, congressman and governor of South Carolina. From my perspective Mark was very good on policy, and he was probably the most frugal guy in congress. His problem was that he was very narcissistic. Jenny was vey successful before they were married: only woman to make partner at a prominent investment bank. She run all of her husbands campaigns. The heart of the book is about how the marriage came apart due to Mark's infidelity. I had ...more
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 14, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 31, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 11, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
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.
May 10, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't share much more information than has already been reported in the news. I saw her on the "View" where she shared that she has started dating. She seems like a very strong person who has moved on.
Jean Brown
Apr 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book much better than I expected to..Very good...
Aug 09, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Mar 28, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick, easy, interesting read. She's a strong woman.
Jun 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
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
Mar 18, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
More about her husband's life than about hers, but it does explain much about Sanford's demons.
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs
You've got to hand it to the Catholic there any other religion that has produced so many women with martyr complexes? And that's the only way one can view the marriage between Jenny Sanford and Mark Sanford. There were signs galore Mark Sanford was not a Southern gentleman looking for true love. The first time she went to visit his family, he just left his car at the airport for her to find the way to the family farm. When she doesn't show up on time, he leaves for a party without he ...more
Picked this audio book up at a book sale thinking I was going to getting a vindictive tell-all about yet another hypocritical, family-values Republican. Instead, this is a rather clear-eyed, introspective account, read by the author, by a capable and accomplished woman examining her marriage to an ambitious politician and his often puzzling and tone-deaf behavior. I don't agree with their politics or her pat religious pronouncements, but I was impressed by her honesty and restraint.
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Gah, Mark Sanford is a prick, and half the book is her making excuses for his sorry behavior. Aside from that, the writing wasn't my favorite.
Feb 23, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, 2010
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
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
Vannessa Anderson
Jun 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
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.

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
Jul 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
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
Sue Myers
I admire the courage and faith that Jenny Sanford posesses in dealing with her former husband, Mark Sanford's infidelity. I just do not know why she married him. He invited her down for a vacation in SC and she flew from NY and he did not even have the decency to pick her up at the airport, just left a car for her. It was a stick shift and she did not exactly know how to drive it. Talk about southern hospitality. He had the "fidelity" phrase stricken from the marriage vows after telling Jenny th ...more
Aug 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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