Memoirs Of The Senator's Wife

Christian - Romance - Historical
350 Pages
Reviewed on 04/02/2020
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Reviewed by Maria Victoria Beltran for Readers' Favorite

Memoirs Of The Senator's Wife by S. M. Ford is the story of a forbidden love affair between Estrella Cyrus, a beautiful politician's wife, and her Secret Service agent, Michael Hagar. The story unfolds in the 1950s but spans the 1960s, which is one of the most turbulent times in the history of the United States of America. As an impoverished working student, the beautiful and strong-willed Estella meets Xavier Cyrus, scion of a rich political family. After an unusual and tumultuous courtship, the couple marries and after a difficult few years, she is thrust in a world so unlike her own. Xavier runs for Congress and with the help of his family's wealth and influence, he wins and the family relocates to Washington D.C. Estella proves to be a political asset and she slowly adjusts to the complicated D.C. social scene. Driven by an insatiable ambition, Xavier becomes a member of an ancient secret society that regularly conducts magic sex rituals. Estella is unhappy in her marriage but she has a daughter and a few causes to fill her days until she falls in love with Michael and her world turns upside down.

S.M. Ford's Memoirs of The Senator's Wife is such an interesting read that the reader may need some time to process the various twists and turns of the plot. The main plot, however, is the relationship between Estella and Michael, but it certainly takes a convoluted road to reach the conclusion of the affair. Having said that, the author is able to develop fully the various controversial characters in the story and that makes S.M. Ford a gifted storyteller. It is also fascinating how the author is able to weave together the many subplots flawlessly. From the start of the narrative until its momentous end, this novel will definitely grip the reader's attention in such a way that many other stories can't.

K.C. Finn

Memoirs of the Senator’s Wife is a work of era-spanning epic romance and drama and was penned by author S. M. Ford. Written for adults due to some mature content involving violence, an abuse storyline and some sexual situations, this complex web of emotional and personal tapestries centers around the wife of a prominent political figure. Estella marries Xavier and he rises to power as the titular Senator, but he has alternative tastes and the scandal soon overwhelms him and his family. Ever the dutiful wife, Estella stays in her unhappy lot until she meets Secret Service Agent Michael, who offers her a chance, at last, for a true happily ever after.

Author S. M. Ford has created a highly engaging life story for her lead protagonist Estella, taking us through the life of a woman who deserves a lot more than she’s got for a long time indeed. Romance fans are sure to enjoy the twists and turns that trifle with our heroine’s heart, but there’s a much more complex and modern approach to the story too as it takes us into the seedy underbelly of politics, the nature of scandal and the roles of women through different decades. The dialogue was well written and captivating, characterizing the central figures and revealing plot points very well. I also liked the strong influence of the eras on the atmosphere and the changing attitudes over time, which was astutely placed to connect with the plot. Overall, I’d definitely recommend Memoirs of the Senator’s Wife as a multi-layered story for drama fans everywhere.

Asher Syed

Memoirs of the Senator's Wife by S. M. Ford is a billionaire romance that follows the lives of its three central characters, Estella, Xavier, and Michael. Estella is the principal character in a quasi love triangle, a protagonist that comes from incredibly humble roots and rises to the highest American echelons through her relationship and marriage to Xavier, a man who hails from a family of titans with a history of political successes. The highly charged and public nature of Xavier's political career necessitates the presence of security, which brings in Michael, with whom a true romance is sparked, turning into a blaze as Estella's marriage crumbles into ash.

Memoirs of the Senator's Wife moves through multiple decades as author S. M. Ford intertwines the political movements of the times and the private toll the ascent takes primarily on Estella. There are many themes that come into play in this book as it depicts instances of abuse, sexual assault, race relations, and the occult, to name just a few. Overall, it is an entertaining read with some really well-done character development. This is enhanced through the use of multiple points of view, and out of all of Ford's many characters, I enjoyed the portrayal of Estella's mother and her background the most. This sets the foundation for Estella's championing of women's rights and active push for equality for minorities. Under normal circumstances this would make her perfect as a first or second lady; a real possibility as her husband was en route to one day be situated in the White House—a position Estella never wants to see happen. This is a good read that I think many will enjoy and is a nice addition to the genre.

Rabia Tanveer

Memoirs of the Senator's Wife by S. M. Ford is the story of a woman stuck in a bad marriage and fighting for her happiness. Estella Myrtle was not from a rich and famous community. She had no idea how life in these communities worked until she met the handsome Xavier Cyrus in college. Everything changes in her life dramatically when Xavier runs for congress and wins as well. She is now a mother and an unhappy wife. Xavier’s affairs and his indiscretion destroyed her, but her respite came in the form of gentle and kind Michael. He is her protector and her friend, she cannot help but fall for him. Her heart wants Michael, but she is afraid to take a risk and destroy the life of her child. What will Estella do? Will she continue living an unhappy life or will she take a chance on love once again?

Love is a funny thing and it has a way of showing up in your life when you least expect it. This is what happened to Estella. She lost her chance at happiness once and she was scared to take another chance. But love found its way back into her life in the form of Michael. Where Estella is scared and vulnerable, Michael is sharp and strong. He is not afraid to take risks; he loves her very much and is ready to do whatever it takes to make her happy again. I despised Xavier and his attitude; I didn’t like how he treated Estella. I enjoyed how fluid the story was, how the author allowed readers to make their own assumptions. S. M. Ford took readers inside the minds of her characters; she gave rich details and superior dialogues to craft a picture of whatever was happening in the story. Memoirs of the Senator's Wife by S. M. Ford is a really interesting romance/intrigue that will take you on a high-intensity journey.

Ruffina Oserio

Xavier Cyrus is from a family with a rich political background and it isn’t difficult for him to win the race for congress. His wife Estella Myrtle Cyrus is from a poor background. They met and married while in college. But Estella’s marital life doesn’t come with the happily-ever-after dream. She finds herself in the complex and glamorous life of the DC political atmosphere, but her happiness is marred by her husband’s indiscretions with celebrities and his anchor to the magic sex rituals of a secret society. In moments of desperation, she finds solace in Michael Hagar, an attractive Secret Service agent. Their affair is strong. Can Estella leave her husband and family for this man?

Memoirs of the Senator's Wife by S. M. Ford is a compelling historical romance with strong characters and an interesting plot. S. M. Ford spins a beautiful story with characters that are memorable. I enjoyed the way the author builds the background of the characters, allowing it to propel them towards specific paths. Xavier Cyrus is a man who has a lot of power, and his background already suggests this, but it is the kind of power that comes with its own challenges. He has a tragic flaw — women — and this rocks his family. The prose is gorgeous and the scenes are focused, well written with the points of view unmistakably captured. Memoirs of the Senator's Wife is a compelling and very entertaining novel with strong political and social themes. The author creates characters that are likable.