Bookends   -     By: Liz Curtis Higgs
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They are so opposite, only God could explain the attraction! When no-nonsense historian Dr. Emilie Getz returns to her hometown---Lititz, Pennsylvania---and meets fun-loving land developer Jonas Fielding, sparks fly. She's a neatnik, interested in preserving relics; he's messy, and involved in saving souls. Will their relationship find the balance it needs to survive? 338 pages, softcover from Multnomah.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 1590524373
ISBN-13: 9781590524374

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Publisher's Description

Opposites attract? Maybe not.

Emilie Getz and Jonas Fielding are as different as two people—of the same age, with the same faith, living in the same charming Pennsylvania town—could be.

She loves history; he loves new ideas. She sticks to the rules; he likes to break them. She’s into saving relics; he’s into saving souls. The one trait they share is a penchant for controlling every aspect of their lives, including their stubborn hearts.

When Emilie’s search for an archaeological treasure leads her to the one piece of land she can’t have (thanks to Jonas), they choose opposing sides in an engaging battle of wits. Emilie, a no-nonsense sort of woman, is determined to have her way. But Jonas is on a mission as well: He wants to hear Emilie laugh. Often.


"Liz Curtis Higgs mixes her usual humor into this entertaining story of roller-coaster romance."
Christian Retailing

"Delicious as Moravian sugar cake! Readers will love it."
Lori Copeland, author of Roses Will Bloom Again

"Bookends is such fun…rich in character, setting, and spiritual dimensions."
Gayle Roper, author of Winter Winds

"A great story with believable characters, realistic situations, and a sprinkling of Higgs’s humor."
K-LOVE News & Reviews

"Declare a holiday and cozy up with this engaging novel."
Patsy Clairmont, author of Stardust on My Pillow

Story Behind the Book

Though she has traveled the world, Liz Curtis Higgs is a small-town girl at heart. In Bookends, Liz invites readers to visit a place she knows well: her hometown of Lititz, nestled in the rolling hills of historic Lancaster County , Pennsylvania . Fond memories of her childhood years in the Moravian church—one of the oldest of the Protestant denominations—and her love for Lititz history and traditions serve as a solid underpinning for this lively contemporary tale. Like many couples, Emilie and Jonas resemble human bookends—opposites in every way—until Emilie’s joy-filled spiritual awakening turns their stubborn hearts in the same happy direction.

Author Bio

An award-winning speaker since 1986, Liz Curtis Higgs has stepped onto 1,500 platforms in all fifty states and six foreign countries encouraging women to grow in Christ and celebrate their faith. As the author of twenty-two books, including her first contemporary novel, Mixed Signals, her bestselling historical novels, Thorn in My Heart and Fair Is the Rose , her nonfiction bestseller Bad Girls of the Bible, and a series of Gold Medallion Award–winning children’s books, Liz touches the hearts of her readers with real-life humor and grace-filled encouragement. She and her husband, Bill, live with their two teenagers and too many cats in Louisville , Kentucky .

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  1. Starkville, MS
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful book
    January 18, 2012
    Starkville, MS
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Bookends - eBook.
    This ranks with some of my favorite books. I had the book format, not the ebook. I couldn't stop reading, but I didn't want it to end.

    The only downside was that the couple got a bit heavy with their kissing. I think if they were a real couple, things could have gotten out of hand. It wasn't a good example of how an unmarried, Christian, couple should behave. There wasn't any disappointing behavior beyond all of the kisses, however. This was the only reason I gave it a 4 on "meets expectations."

    After reading Bookends, I knew that most other books would be a disappointment. Few could measure up.

    The characters in the book are a delight except for Nate. He provided a balance to show how different children of the same family can turn out. He showed the struggles of one without a Savior.

    The Spiritual teaching was solid and illustrated the differences between Christians and those who are religious and following traditions and rituals. I think there was a lot there to cause most of us to stop and look at our own hearts.

    The highpoint of the book was the humor. It helped keep the characters from taking themselves too seriously and showed how we can get so wrapped up in our ideas of fun that we forget not everyone has the same "likes." Of course, that can apply to books, as well, but I can't imagine anyone not enjoying Bookends--even if it doesn't make it to their favorites list.
  2. Grand Rapids, MI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    This was a win for Mother's Day give-away
    May 25, 2011
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Though I did not personally read this book, several ladies from my church could not put it down and loved it. We used this great book and the huge discount to purchase enough to give to each woman in the church on Mother's Day...and have had nothing but appreciation expressed since!
  3. Palatine, IL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 15, 2011
    Palatine, IL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    More than I expected. A truly engaging read. I finished the book already and passed it on to my sister.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    very, very good
    May 2, 2011
    Joyce Haak
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    It was just a very good book, had me crying in places.
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    June 4, 2008
    Liz Curtis Higgs is an excellent writer, but this wasn't my favorite book of hers. It was good, though and worth reading. The main characters didn't seem to have any chemistry at first and it was a little unbelievable (for me)that they could so drastically change. I'm still glad I read it. I enjoyed her book "Mixed Signals" a lot! I think that's why my expectations were so high for this book.
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