The Vicar's Wife - eBook  -     By: Katherine Swartz
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Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: Lion Fiction
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 9781782640714
ISBN-13: 9781782640714
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Jane Hatton and her British husband Andrew relocate from New York City to a small village on the Cumbrian coast. Jane has been city-based and career-driven but when her fourteen year old daughter Natalie falls in with the wrong crowd at school in Manhattan, she and Andrew decide to try country living. However Jane has trouble getting used to the silence and solitude of a remote village. Natalie hates her new school, and eleven-year-old Ben struggles academically. Only eight-year-old Merrie enjoys country life. Has Jane made a horrible mistake? The Hattons have bought the old vicarage in the village. When Jane finds a scrap of shopping list, she grows curious about Alice, the vicar's wife who lived there years before. As we follow the twin narratives of Jane, in the present, and Alice in the 1930s we discover that both are on a journey to discover their true selves, and to address their deepest fears.

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  1. Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Ok
    March 22, 2014
    Jean
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 2
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 1
    This book was ok but I would not call it christian reading. Jane was self-aborbed and other than mentioning that they lived in a vicarage, there simply was no mentioning of God. Another book that is written to target the christian reader but failing.
  2. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    February 16, 2014
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 2
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 2
    This review was written for The Vicar's Wife.
    Jane Hatton was born and bred in the big city and loves her life there. She has an all-consuming job that she loves, however, that doesn't leave much time for her husband and three children. Her husband is British and proposes a move to Britain. Jane feels it is her turn to sacrifice, but once she moves she realizes she might have sacrificed too much. She discovers an old grocery list that prompts her to think of who wrote it and what their life might have been like living in the old vicarage house. Jane hates everything about her new life situation. She discovers the author of the note, and readers via flashback get to see how the life of Alice James circa 1931-1943 came to pass. The chapters take turns between Jane's story in the present and Alice's story from the past.

    There were things I liked about this book and things I didn't like. I liked the look into the past as well as the description of the countryside of Cumbria. The chapters were easy to read and it didn't take long at all to finish the book. I didn't like how self-absorbed Jane Hatton was with everything centered on how she felt, how unhappy she was and how difficult her new life was. I thought that most of the description of Alice's life was depressing. Both women seemed so lost, but neither turned to the Lord for help and hope. No one in their lives guided them to Him. I would have thought Alice's husband, David James, as a vicar would have given her some spiritual guidance. I also thought Vicar James was very selfish. He married a young bride, moved her to the middle of nowhere and then happily went about his job, leaving Alice alone for hours. She had no one to talk to, no friends, no skills, no job_nothing and he didn't help her adjust at all.

    This is not much in the way of Christian fiction in my point of view. There was very little mentioned about God or faith in this story. This seems to be yet another book marketed by a supposed Christian publisher targeted at a Christian audience, but is mainly a mainstream fictional offering. If you're looking for any spiritual aspects in this book, there aren't any. I didn't care for this book and wouldn't recommend it.
  3. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Two Women Learn To Adapt And Grow In Difficulty
    February 9, 2014
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Vicar's Wife.
    Katherine Swartz in her new book, "The Vicar's Wife" published by Kregel Publications introduces us to Jane Hatton and Alice James.

    From the back cover: A powerful drama of domestic life following two memorable women who shared a house eighty years apart

    A New Yorker all her life, Jane Hatton loved her job as the head of a charity championing women's rights, but her fourteenyear- old daughter, Natalie, had fallen in with the wrong crowd at her Manhattan school. So Jane and her British husband, Andrew, have decided to move their family to the English countryside.

    The Hattons have bought the large old vicarage in a small village on the Cumbrian coast, near Andrew's new job. The silence and solitude of a remote village is quite a change. Natalie hates her new school, and eleven-year-old Ben struggles academically. Only seven-year-old Merrie enjoys country life. Has Jane made a horrible mistake? What of her career? Her own identity?

    Putting on a brave face for the family, Jane tackles renovating the rambling, drafty old house. When she finds a scrap of a very old shopping list, she grows curious about Alice, the vicar's wife who lived there years before.

    As the twin narratives unfold—of Jane in the present and Alice in the 1930s—we discover that both are on a journey to discover their true selves, and to address their deepest fears.

    I like the English countryside. It seems to be a quiet place where families can live in peace, everyone knows one another and things mover along like a lazy river. However Jane is from New York City. Things there happen quickly, the people walk fast, talk fast, don't really know you and it never goes to sleep. For Jane it is difficult to give up the life she knew for England but she is doing it for her family and their need. By accident she finds out about Alice, who lived there before and sets out to discover more about this young woman. "The Vicar's Wife" is a story about discovery. Both women have to learn to begin anew in this new home. As they begin their separate journey's they both discover who they are and the things that are important in their lives. This is a wonderful story of adapting to change and learning that there is more to a person that can only be revealed when pushed outside the comfort zone. Katherine Swartz is an extremely talented writer who really knows how to tell a story that will grab you and keep you flipping pages until you reach the end.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  4. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 7, 2014
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A powerful drama of domestic life following two memorable women who shared a house eighty years apart.

    A New Yorker all her life, Jane Hatton loved her job as the head of a charity championing women's rights, but her fourteen-year-old daughter, Natalie, had fallen in with the wrong crowd at her Manhattan school. So Jane and her British husband, Andrew, have decided to move their family to the English countryside.

    The Hattons have bought the large old vicarage in a small village on the Cumbrian coast, near Andrew's new job. The silence and solitude of a remote village is quite a change. Natalie hates her new school, and eleven-year-old Ben struggles academically. Only seven-year-old Merrie enjoys country life. Has Jane made a horrible mistake? What of her career? Her own identity?

    Putting on a brave face for the family, Jane tackles renovating the rambling, drafty old house. When she finds a scrap of a very old shopping list, she grows curious about Alice, the vicar's wife who lived there years before.

    As the twin narratives unfold—of Jane in the present and Alice in the 1930s—we discover that both are on a journey to discover their true selves, and to address their deepest fears.

    My Review:

    I am personally a huge fan of novels that tie the past and the present together. It lends a dramatic, yet romantic flair to the story that nothing else can quite achieve. What struck me about this story is the glimpse of a common problem that we sometimes cannot overcome. When faced with new circumstances or situations, we tend to long for our old life and wish we could go back. But when we finally begin to accept where life is taking us, it can be the biggest blessing of all.

    Blogging with Kregel Publication has exposed me to authors that I would not have met otherwise. This author was no different, and I really enjoyed her writing. I did think that Jane was a rather selfish character, but that in no way kept me from enjoying the story. Her relationship with her family got better as the book progressed - character development at it's finest! Overall it was a great story of discovering how to find what really matters in life, and doing whatever it takes to find your true happiness and joy.

    This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
  5. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 7, 2014
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Vicar's Wife.
    A powerful drama of domestic life following two memorable women who shared a house eighty years apart.

    A New Yorker all her life, Jane Hatton loved her job as the head of a charity championing women's rights, but her fourteen-year-old daughter, Natalie, had fallen in with the wrong crowd at her Manhattan school. So Jane and her British husband, Andrew, have decided to move their family to the English countryside.

    The Hattons have bought the large old vicarage in a small village on the Cumbrian coast, near Andrew's new job. The silence and solitude of a remote village is quite a change. Natalie hates her new school, and eleven-year-old Ben struggles academically. Only seven-year-old Merrie enjoys country life. Has Jane made a horrible mistake? What of her career? Her own identity?

    Putting on a brave face for the family, Jane tackles renovating the rambling, drafty old house. When she finds a scrap of a very old shopping list, she grows curious about Alice, the vicar's wife who lived there years before.

    As the twin narratives unfold—of Jane in the present and Alice in the 1930s—we discover that both are on a journey to discover their true selves, and to address their deepest fears.

    My Review:

    I am personally a huge fan of novels that tie the past and the present together. It lends a dramatic, yet romantic flair to the story that nothing else can quite achieve. What struck me about this story is the glimpse of a common problem that we sometimes cannot overcome. When faced with new circumstances or situations, we tend to long for our old life and wish we could go back. But when we finally begin to accept where life is taking us, it can be the biggest blessing of all.

    Blogging with Kregel Publication has exposed me to authors that I would not have met otherwise. This author was no different, and I really enjoyed her writing. I did think that Jane was a rather selfish character, but that in no way kept me from enjoying the story. Her relationship with her family got better as the book progressed - character development at it's finest! Overall it was a great story of discovering how to find what really matters in life, and doing whatever it takes to find your true happiness and joy.

    This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
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