All She Ever Wanted  -     By: Lynn Austin
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All She Ever Wanted

Bethany House / 2005 / Paperback

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From the Christy Award-winning author of Hidden Places comes a heart-tugging tale of multi-generational secrets, forgiveness, and reconciliation! Kathleen severed family ties 35 years ago---just as her mother, Eleanor, and grandmother, Fiona, had before her. Can she swallow her pride now and learn from their stories before the pattern repeats in a fourth generation? 400 pages, softcover from Bethany.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0764228897
ISBN-13: 9780764228896
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Publisher's Description

All She Ever Wanted is the emotion-packed story of three generations of women: Kathleen, her mother, Eleanor, and her grandmother, Fiona. Each woman left home to escape her family's past and to start a new life. Kathleen has been estranged from her family for 35 years, and she is torn between the need to forgive and the urge to forget. Hoping to find answers that will patch the wounds of her tattered heart and salvage her relationship with her daughter, Kathleen embarks on a journey into her family's mysterious past.

Author Bio

Lynn Austin is a former teacher who now writes and speaks full time. She has won three Christy Awards for her historical novels Candle in the Darkness, Fire by Night, and Hidden Places. She and her husband have three children and make their home near Chicago, Illinois.

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All She Ever Wanted by Lynn Austin is a well-written book about relationships and the necessity of forgiveness. As Kathleen Seymour discovers the truth about the pasts of her mother and grandmother, she and her daughter Joelle begin to mend their torn relationship. Kathleen learns that when hard times occur, running away from them is not the best answer.

As Kathleen begins the repair with Joelle, she is prompted to revisit Riverside, the hometown she hasn’t returned to in thirty-five years. During the long drive, Kathleen reveals to Joelle the childhood she tried so hard to forget. When they arrive in Riverside, Kathleen uncovers the difficult lives her mother and her grandmother had as young women, and she begins to understand the cause of her detested past. Kathleen realizes the importance of forgiving others just as she has been forgiven for her mistakes.

All She Ever Wanted gives the story of three generations of underprivileged women who want nothing more than wealth and love, but who look for them in all the wrong places. Lynn Austin does a wonderful job of making her characters realistic. As Kathleen tells her daughter about her past and learns about her mother’s and grandmother’s experiences, the readers are left feeling sympathy for them all, as though they are watching the events unfold before their own eyes. The imperfect characters with imperfect lives make it easy for the readers to relate to them and allow the truth behind the story to be revealed: love and forgiveness can always be found in God.

In All She Ever Wanted, the stories of the daughter, mother, and grandmother combine to make a brilliant novel about love, forgiveness, suffering, and the importance of resisting the temptation to run away when things get tough. A bit of mystery is added to the plot to make it even more enjoyable. Not only is this book great entertainment, it also benefits the reader spiritually. The stories of these women reveal the need to trust in Jesus throughout life. This novel is perfect for women who have seen hard times and for mothers and daughters, especially those who struggle in their relationships together, but I recommend it to anyone. -- Andrea Burns, Christian Book Previews.com

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  1. Kelsey
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    February 29, 2012
    Kelsey
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Lynn Austin is a very good writer. This book was interesting as she told the story of three different generations and how some secrets should nor be kept. However, I found this to be a sad story with only a slight glimpse of hope and happiness by the end of it. I don't like reading books that leave me with such a sad feeling. Overall, it was a good read though.
  2. Zelda Wright
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 2, 2010
    Zelda Wright
    I have yet to read a Lynn Austin book that didn't keep me turning the pages till it was over, and then I wanted it to go on. She develops fantastic characters you can relate to in all her books. I hope she never quits writing.
  3. Sherma
    Mississauga, Canada
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 28, 2010
    Sherma
    Mississauga, Canada
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    What can I say about Lynn Austin except that she knows how to tell a story. The is a really really wonderful story and the ending surprised me a bit but just all around a beautiful story. Cheers! to Lynn
  4. Beth
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 10, 2009
    Beth
    A wonderful book! I just loved this - the plot and characters were wonderful! Lynn is the best author-definitely my favorite!
  5. William Garvin
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    July 10, 2009
    William Garvin
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Great reading. The story of redemption well told. We never know about the details of our lives and how they are shaped.
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