A Matter of Wife & Death, Secrets From Lulu's Cafe Series #2   -     By: Ginger Kolbaba, Christy Scannell
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A Matter of Wife & Death, Secrets From Lulu's Cafe Series #2

Howard Books / 2008 / Paperback

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LIFE IS SOMETIMES MESSY...
especially when people expect you to be perfect.
Jennifer, who volunteers at a crisis pregnancy center, has waited years for a baby. Why is it so easy for girls like Jessica to get pregnant -- and so hard for her? Is it possible to want a baby too much?
Lisa's teenage daughter, Callie, is giving her the silent treatment. And her attitude at church -- when she goes -- majorly stinks. The board already criticizes her husband's ministry. What will they say now?
Mimi is overwhelmed. Baby Milo cries continually until she's so tired she can't see straight. Will anybody ever see her for her -- not just as a mom and a house slave?
Felicia's four-year-old, Nicholas, is biting people again. And the timing couldn't be worse...especially when Felicia's boss is about to close her Cincinnati PR office.
Then there's the snobby Katherine Katt, who's determined to lord it over them all....

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 1416543880
ISBN-13: 9781416543886
Availability: In Stock
Series: Secrets from Lulu's Cafe

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LIFE IS SOMETIMES MESSY...

especially when people expect you to be perfect.


Jennifer, who volunteers at a crisis pregnancy center, has waited years for a baby. Why is it so easy for girls like Jessica to get pregnant -- and so hard for her? Is it possible to want a baby too much?

Lisa's teenage daughter, Callie, is giving her the silent treatment. And her attitude at church -- when she goes -- majorly stinks. The board already criticizes her husband's ministry. What will they say now?

Mimi is overwhelmed. Baby Milo cries continually until she's so tired she can't see straight. Will anybody ever see her for her -- not just as a mom and a house slave?

Felicia's four-year-old, Nicholas, is biting people again. And the timing couldn't be worse...especially when Felicia's boss is about to close her Cincinnati PR office.

Then there's the snobby Katherine Katt, who's determined to lord it over them all....

A WORD FROM THE WIVES...

Mimi thought of her kids -- especially her second child, MJ. If she instituted a naughty corner, he'd basically end up living there. She could set up a small cot and etch the words MJ's Naughty Corner right into the wall. "If we could only have a naughty corner for ornery church members..." Jennifer said with a mischievous smile. -- Mimi

"Sometimes I look at my family and at the ministry and wonder if the sacrifice is too great. We're doing all this for God's kingdom...but, in the process, losing our daughter. Is it worth it? Is this really what God had in mind? I don't know." -- Lisa

"You listen to me, Kitty. If you tell Sam that secret, I'll tell Norm your secret!" -- Jennifer

"Hey, how tough can being a stay-at-home mom be, really? I ran a public relations office; I'm used to challenges. This should be a piece of cake." -- Felicia

ChristianBookPreviews.com

Where do four frazzled women find support for life’s challenges? With each other, at their favorite café. A Matter of Wife and Death is Ginger Kolbaba and Christy Scannel’s second book in their “Secrets from Lulu’s Café” Series. Mimi, Jennifer, Felicia, and Lisa are pastors’ wives who support and encourage each other through their various struggles related to children, marriage and careers. Another obstacle for them is dealing with nosy Kitty, a pastor’s wife who organizes a weekend retreat for other wives in the community.

Each chapter is focused on one of the women and the struggles in her life. Unless it is at Lulu’s cafe, each woman’s life is separate from the others. This gives the book a lot of subplots, making it somewhat hard to follow. The Lulu’s café chapters are mostly recaps of the previous four chapters and seem a little repetitive.

The conflicts that the women face are stereotypical (rebellious children, extramarital attraction, housewife vs. career), and are solved in rather simplistic and unrealistic ways. The accidental death of Kitty at the retreat seems pointless, as everyone else’s life continues as normal.

However, the book does stand alone well for being a second book. Key events in the first book are explained enough to catch the reader up, but are not over explained to the point that it slows the book’s pace. Kolbaba and Scannel mesh well, and it’s hard to tell where one writer leaves off and another begins. Minor characters such as Gracie, the waitress at Lulu’s, and Becky, Felicia’s maid, are engaging.

This book is best suited for mothers or pastors’ wives.

Overall it is intriguing, but there are no real matters of wife or death involved.-- Jessica Becker, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. Colorado
    Age: Over 65
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A good read
    June 5, 2012
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    Colorado
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    It would be nice for a lot of church people could read this series and get a picture of what it's like in the pastor's home, the pressures from the church.......

    It's wonderful to read the solutions to their problems, and to see how God solves them. I found it an easy read--you need to read the first book in the series first.........
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 14, 2009
    Cindy Morgan
    I didn't think that I would, but when I read the first book in this series I couldn't wait to get the second! I am a PK and, believe me, I could relate to a whole lot of what these families have to deal with. The books are all good reads!
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    May 17, 2008
    Jacki
    I am a pastor's wife and I could identify with each of these pastor's wives at different seasons in my life, so it was a good read. This book was as entertaining as the first one, but had the same problem as the first in the series. SPOILER WARNING: Everything gets tied up pretty neat and tidy by the end of the book. Life just isn't always like that. Christians have very real problems and it doesn't always come out peachy in the end. I am waiting for the book that treats life as it is - full of the problems of ife and ministry and how we deal with it when the problems don't just work themselves out. Still, I recommend this book to ladies in my church who want a little insight into my life.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 28, 2008
    Cynthia Hickey
    Pastors wives are real people. Real women dealing with temptation, self-esteem, child-rearing, child-bearing, and rocky marriages. Often these women feel alone, unworthy of the path God has called them to. In A Matter of Wife & Death, (Secrets from Lulus Caf Series), Ginger Kolbaba & Christy Scannell craft a story of five such women, sisters in Christ and fellow pastors wives of Red River.On a retreat for the wives, a bickering session rises up and one of the women end up dead, another accused, and the others left questioning their friendship and right and wrong. The reader is taken in small part on a mystery. On a larger scale, the reader is taken along as these women discover what is really important in their walk as the wives of pastors, and the mothers of preachers kids.As we read of their struggles, we realize how normal these women are who are often placed on pedestals. We laugh with them, cry with them, and pray with them. We rejoice as they triumph.I thought at first Id have trouble keeping up with and associating with five main characters, but as I read, I had no trouble at all and joined in with the womens friendship group. Good job.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 25, 2008
    Deborah
    I enjoyed this book A LOT better than the first book in the series. I felt that the characters were developed more and they weren't just a cleaner Christian imitation of the ladies from Sex and the City. There was a lot more communication between the husbands and the wives, something that I had felt was severely lacking in the first book. Sometimes it still feels like there's too much going on with 5 story lines happening at the same time. I think it would have been better just to focus on two of the women with the background story involving everyone. I really liked Lisa's story with her daughter. I think it also rings true about how a pastor just can't quit his job when he's fed up or things start going wrong. He has to think about the whole church before he makes any decision. It's also sad about how tough it is for pastor's kids to see their parents' lives dictated by the people in the church. Mimi's story this time was a hoot! I was really glad to read about a mom who's not afraid to admit she's sick of her baby crying all the time. The scene where she's pulled over by the copy for falling asleep was hilarious. And then her relationship with the principal....wow I didn't think I'd read something like that with a preacher's wife! The only thing that got me was how calm Mark was when she told him about it. It just seemed rather fake for him to be not bothered by it. And I really don't want to spoil anything about this book but wow there's a storyline in here that I totally did NOT see coming! I thought it was an excellent way to distract the reader to not even guess what was going to happen next. If you enjoyed reading the first book, you'll like this too. Even if you didn't, I would still recommend picking this one up. It's a whole lot more fun and lot less desperate
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