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Subject: ? about Jamie Langston Turner series or stand alone
Date Posted: 1/31/2011 8:02 PM ET
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I am interested in reading something by Jamie Langston Turner...there are what looks like a series of 4 books with a similar cover theme (title)...can anyone tell me an "order" when starting these books or are they stand alone titles that have similar artwork on the covers?

Thanks, Amanda

Date Posted: 1/31/2011 8:07 PM ET
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This is copied from her website (www.jamielangstonturner.com):

Do you consider your books a series?

They were loosely conceived as a series, although each book may stand alone as a self-contained story. The connections among the books include setting, characters, and plot. They are all set in the same area of South Carolina, in three small fictional towns named Derby, Berea, and Filbert, all located near the larger city of Greenville. Characters introduced in the first book show up again in the second and may even make cameo appearances in the third and fourth. In addition, certain events referred to in the earlier books are mentioned later. Ideally, I suppose it would be best to read them in the order in which they were written so as to preserve the chronology: Suncatchers, Some Wildflower in My Heart, By the Light of a Thousand Stars, and A Garden to Keep. Many readers have read them out of order, however, and haven't even noticed it.

Date Posted: 1/31/2011 8:11 PM ET
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Hi Amanda,

I read your post & had never heard of Turner (still new to CF) & am excited to find out she's right here in Greenville!  Now I'm interested in finding out more about her too.  I couldn't find a site that put her books in order but everything I did find was a little outdated & said that 3 of her books were loosely a series.  I guess I'd go by publication date (?)  Hopefully someone else will be able to help you out :)

Date Posted: 1/31/2011 8:28 PM ET
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i've read all her books and all but her newest one are loosely connected. i'd start with suncatchers and then work my way forward from that list that Christy had posted.  if you read them out of order though, it's ok. it's just nice to see characters pop up again and get their back story later on.

Date Posted: 1/31/2011 8:41 PM ET
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Deborah,

What did you think of them?

Date Posted: 1/31/2011 9:12 PM ET
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I really liked them. They're a bit slow but once you get into the story it reads very well. They aren't overtly preachy at all. I'd call them southern literary fiction.
Date Posted: 1/31/2011 9:30 PM ET
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Hey ya'll Thanks...I am gonna go ahead and start them in the order suggested.  I am from Easley which is about 5 minutes from Greenville and while I have never heard of Derby, there is a Berea and Filbert, SC...Berea has the best thrift stores in the South to get used books :)  Thanks again!!!

Date Posted: 2/21/2011 7:13 PM ET
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OK...what is wrong with me?  I got 2 of the Jamie Langston books...I actually got Wildflowers 1st and am waiting on Suncatchers and 2 others...I got about 1/2 way through it and could not stand another minute of Margaret's stuffy old, know-it-all, hateful, sour outlook on everything...I actually felt sorry for this Birdie character and even more sorry for the co-workers..and most of all for her poor husband...Geeessshhhh...I can only hope that before the end of the story Margaret and Thomas become believers...please tell me they do :)  That will be a glimmer of hope.  Haha, obviously I should stick with Lori Wick, Karen Kingsbury, Deborah Bedford and the like. 

Date Posted: 2/21/2011 9:30 PM ET
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well that's part of the reason why i liked the books. they're realistic.  for me, i don't really like books where there is always a happy ending.  i don't even need characters to become believers at the end of the book bc if it seems forced then it feels false to me. Turner's books are more literary than other Christian authors too.