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Subject: Women of Faith Fiction
Date Posted: 9/29/2007 7:25 AM ET
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I just read a book 'Miss Invisible' and it's part of this 'series'...I've looked on amazon and there are a lot listed (at least 18 and by different authors). Have any of you read these and how did you like them? I really enjoyed 'miss invisible' and would like to read this authors' book dealing with someone going through breast cancer(forgot the title but it's part of this series).

I like romance, mystery, chick lit but have almost always avoided any fiction that's christian based. I'm christian but in the past Ive picked up too many that seemed 'preachy' but I have to admit that this past year when I've given it a try that I've found several that I've really really enjoyed enough to look for more. I think the first was a love inspired suspense that sounded good and turned out to be agood story I wanted sequels to but unfortunately the author had passed away before the book printed :-( the inn at shadow lake. I've also found a few love inspired that i've liked as well and am enjoying a mystery I just got in their suspense line, murder by  mushroom, that so far is pretty good. I also have dee henderson's o'malley series and am looking forward to starting those after somoene in the love/romance forum said her books were good.

anyways sorry to ramble(couldn't sleep LOL!) but was wondering if any of you had a ny ideas about these books in this series or some other suggestions about stuff I might like. thanks!

Date Posted: 9/29/2007 8:15 AM ET
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Laura Jensen Walker's book dealing with breast cancer is called Reconstructing Natalie. It's really good. So are her other 2 chick lit books btw, Dreaming in Black and White and Dreaming in Technicolor.

The women of faith books are really good. I've read all of them. My favorites are Angela Hunt's The Pearl and The Note, Rene Gutteridge - My Life as  Doormat, DIann Hunt - RV There Yet, Lisa Samson - Quaker Summer, Robin Jones Gunn - Gardenia's for Breakfast. There are several genres - chick lit, women's fic, suspense. All good stuff

Date Posted: 9/29/2007 9:36 AM ET
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thanks Deborah! my life as a doormat is on my list too after reading the description/reviews! might have to order it since I'm not too patient waiting! I'll check out the link to your blog for some reviews! glad to know that series is made up of differnt types of writing so might have to try them all but I'll start with checking out the favorites you mentioned.

Date Posted: 9/30/2007 1:09 AM ET
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thanks Deborah! I found a pretty good deal (used of course!) on those 3 Walker books and also found My life as a doormat..now to hunt down the rv one! of course some other stuff sorta jumped into my cart before Ic ould check out..sigh...The Pearl sounded like a tearjerker so I'm gonna wait for that one! I'm still trying to get myself to read 'do they wear high heels in heaven' a chick lit book that was getting so many raves last year..was pretty good then I found out that not all chick lit is 'happy f unny' so i tmade me be tempted to read the end but I put it up before I could 'spoil' it!

Date Posted: 9/30/2007 9:00 PM ET
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if you're looking for Christian Chick lit books that aren't preachy, I'd recommend Hope Lyda's books (Hip to be Square, Altar Call, Life Libby and the Pursuit of Happiness), Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt - The BOok of Jane, Consider Lily, and Emily Ever After; Melody Carlson - These Boots Weren't Made for Walking; Christy Barritt- Hazardous Duty; any Kristin Billerbeck book

I agree, I love Christian fiction but I don't like reading stories where you feel like you're preached at every time you turn the page. I've noticed the the more recent books while keeping a faith based background, aren't in your face like their predecessors were.



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Date Posted: 10/1/2007 5:00 PM ET
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thanks! I'll check those out!

Date Posted: 10/6/2007 5:01 PM ET
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Susanna,

 

So you ended up getting Miss Invisible-wasn't that great! I liked Reconstruting Natalie also...

 

How are you doing?

 

Sherry

Date Posted: 10/6/2007 5:29 PM ET
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Hi Sherry! I was thinking of you this past week LOL! haven't checked in on vf but still doing some exercise...

I LOVED Miss Invisible! you have great tastes! I'm in the middle of 'reconstructing natalie' right now (yes at work LOL!) and liking it though it's a bid sadder but I love how she can write something so serious and make parts of it funny! I also have 2 of her other books on the way LOL the dreaming b/w and technicolor and that life as a doormat book that was recommended. someone else wrote the doormat book though..

what are you reading now? I have SO many in my TBR pile it's ridiculous.just finished a silhouette romance title that was pretty good but not as in depth as reconstructing natalie!

Date Posted: 10/9/2007 11:20 AM ET
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I liked Gardenias for Breakfast by Robin Jones Gunn and Stranded in Paradise by Lori Copeland. Both great books!

Date Posted: 3/21/2008 7:40 PM ET
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions! I've gotten several of the recommendations and thought I'd bump this up in case others are looking for similar suggestions. I'm currently reading 'The Potluck Club' by Shepherd and Everson and am enjoying it though keeping all the characters straight is a bit challenging!

Date Posted: 3/23/2008 6:00 PM ET
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Susanna if you like Reconstructing Natalie you might enjoy The Sisterhood of the Dropped Stitches by Janet Tronsted as well.

Date Posted: 6/1/2008 3:39 AM ET
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Deborah thanks for recommending RV there yet? by Diann Hunt..I'm reading it now and enjoying it. It's a bit slow(only about80 pages into it) but I think it's going to be really good! I also have 'my life as a doormat' which I'd probably be reading now but this one caught my eye as I was  heading out the door to work tonight!

Date Posted: 6/2/2008 3:51 AM ET
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I enjoyed 'RV There Yet?' by  Diann Hunt and was looking on amazon.com to see what else s he wrote(mainly looking to see if this one had a sequel!) and I see she has several other books. Has anyone read any others by her and can comment? Also while looking I saw someone's listmania and they had a bunch of 'sisterchicks' listed. any comments on these?

Bren, thanks for the rec for the dropped stitches - I requested it last night(better late than never I guess!) I  have 'hip to be square' that someone recommended in my tbr pile as well as the 2nd potluck club book and my life as a doormat. those ought to hold me for a while along with everything else I have to read but of course curiosity got the best of me and I wanted to ask about some other good ones.

I like books about women preferable in their 40's but a little younger or older is ok, some humor, dealing with real issues in life and making changes when necessary, and not too preachy. I expect some since it's Christian fiction but I like for it to 'fit' whats' going on in the story and fit the character.