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|Format: DRM Protected ePub|
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2011
Series: Threads of Change
On the cusp of womanhood, Julia feels jaded by her circumstances and longs for a new identity. College seems like the perfect place to start over. But when Julia makes a mistake that will change her life forever, she returns to her grandmother's farm, defeated and convinced of her own worthlessness. Only through the gentle prodding of her loving grandmother does Julia begin to accept the imprint her childhood has left on her life and look for hope in a loving God who longs to make all things new.
Teaching and living in Vancouver, British Columbia, cultivated a deep love in Nicole for both education and the culturally inexplicable use of the word eh. She became a Canadian citizen for the sole purpose of earning the right to use the quirky utterance.
Nicole wrote her first complete novel while taking a break from teaching to be a full-time mom. She is also the author of hundreds of poems, dozens of short stories, a handful of articles, and various unfinished novels. The mother of two young sons and the wife of a pastor, Nicole writes when she can: in bed, in the shower, as she is making supper, and occasionally sitting down at her computer. As the adoptive mother of an Ethiopian-born son, she is passionate about global issues and works to promote awareness of topics such as world hunger, poverty, AIDS, and the plight of widows and orphans.
Nicole and her family live in Iowa.
In this deep and moving story told from Julias perspective, the chapters seem almost like journal entries on key events in her life, but are told with such poetic description its hard not to feel every ounce of emotion Julia feels. The author does a marvelous job of drawing the audience in from page one as she describes, with clarity and vivid detail, the emotions a 15-year-old girl feels as she stands with her grandmother at her fathers graveside. Julia is so realistic its not only hard to believe she is a fictional character, but that this is only Nicole Baarts first novel. The only disappointing factor is that youll have to wait for the sequel in order to tie up some of the loose ends.
After the Leaves Fall is so emotionally gripping and true to life, readers will find it hard to put down and even harder to forget. The messagethat all the bad stuff that happens to us ultimately makes us stronger and causes us to be brought closer to a loving Godis something that certainly rings true. Whereas this book is most definitely not fluff, it is inspiring and, ultimately, a feel-good novel. I would recommend this to women in their teenage years and older, especially to those who are looking for a good cry or a novel that will make readers think. Shannon Potelicki, Christian Book Previews.com
elinsmomAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Really great coming of age storyJune 26, 2014elinsmomAge: 35-44Gender: femaleThis book hooked me from the start. I was drawn to Julia and was rooting for her through out the story. She is a great character, and this is one of my all time favorite series. Highly recommended.
Teachlds4 Stars Out Of 5A sweet novella...March 12, 2011TeachldsThough the story lacks imagination, its real-life drama kept me reading. Where can I find the sequel?
MncorralAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5February 25, 2011MncorralAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I enjoyed reading this very much. It is a wonderfully written book.
Tricia5 Stars Out Of 5September 12, 2009TriciaFor Julia, loss isn't just part of her life, it IS her life. And yet, in reading "Leaves", I got so roped in, bound up in the complexities, hoping that not only would her loss and rejection end, but that she would find the One who would walk her through it. (Isn't that what He does? We want him to take it all away, and yet it seems he goes there with us.) And then I realized, while we still live on earth, while we are still breathing and living and doing, there will always be loss. It's not IF. It's WHEN. Whether it be through our own personal choices, or choices someone else has made, it still has to be dealt with, walked through. It may not be in the way Julia experienced it, it may be so subtle, that only WE know it. Because of our own personal hurts - and because there are books like "Leaves" to show us, I hope we can figure out how to love each other - and the 'Julia's' around us a little more. I am online right to buy Summer Snow. And I know I won't be able to receive it as quickly as I will be reading it!
Jill WilliamsonOregonAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5December 26, 2008Jill WilliamsonOregonAge: 25-34Gender: femaleJulia DeSmit hasnt had the easiest life. Her mother deserted her when she was nine and her father died when she was fifteen. The only people left are Thomas, her best friend and first love, and her loving grandmother. But when Thomas falls for someone else, leaving Julia with a broken heart, she decides to get away and discover the real world by going to college. College seems like a great escape and a new beginning, but its not all it was cracked up to be. Classes are harder than she expected and shes tested by people, situations, and expectations. When a bad decision unexpectedly changes her life, Julia ends up back at her grandmothers farm, utterly defeated. With her grandmothers kind, gentle nature, Julia learns of hope and what starting over is really like.This book is challenging and makes you think; it wasnt a fairy tale, happily-ever-after kind of story. Ms. Baart makes Julia such a real character. Julia was evidence that sometimes we make mistakes, get hurt, and everything doesnt always work out, but good things can still come from the bad. I enjoyed this thoroughly. Definitely check it out!