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Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2009
|Dimensions: 8.44 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Secrets from Lulu's Cafe
A Matter of Wife & Death, Secrets From Lulu's Cafe Series #2Ginger Kolbaba, Christy ScannellHoward Books / 2008 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 5 Reviews
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Felicia's family is...complicated. That's putting it nicely. Now they're flying in from LA -- all at once -- to stay with her...just when her brother-in-law, Javier, and Mama aren't even speaking to each other. And the whole church will be there to witness the feud.
Mimi has a lot on her mind with her four energetic kids -- especially Milo the screamer, with his Pavarotti voice. Then her live-in alcoholic dad starts to mow their lawn at midnight.
Lisa has her hands full with loudmouth Tom Graves and the other troublemakers at Red River Assembly. Then vicious rumors start to fly about the Barton family...and the attacks and threats get increasingly personal.
Jennifer is pushing her adopted daughter, Carys, in a stroller, when she notices a black town car -- the same car she's seen several times over the past week. Could someone be following her?
The PWs plunge into an unnerving mystery...and discover what "family" really means.
IreneUnited States3 Stars Out Of 5March 1, 2011IreneUnited StatesQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Do Pastor's wives handle the day to day stresses of life the same way you and I do? This book follows the good and bad days of four pastor's wives, Lisa, Felicia, Mimi and Jennifer.
Although this is not the first book in the series you can read it as a stand alone and still follow the characters stories. Each chapter follows one of the wives. The story gets a little choppy but is still a good read.
The wives tackle family issues that you can relate to. This is not an overly religious book but is a fun read where you can escape from your day to day life and enjoy reading about theirs.
I was given this book by christianreviewofbooks.com to review
Rebecca Gill5 Stars Out Of 5September 15, 2009Rebecca GillI love this series. I enjoyed it immensely. I hope that this is nor the last book in the series. The characters in the book take on life in your mind as you read and become part of your family.
Deborah5 Stars Out Of 5August 28, 2009DeborahIt's time to head back to Lulu's Cafe and meet up again with the ladies of the Pastors Wives Club. The story is once again a mixture of humor and seriousness and the four women tackle their own personal problems as well as those coming from their church families. The two stories I found to be most interesting this time around were Jennifer's and Lisa's. It's interesting because throughout the entire series, these two women have been my favorite with the most intriguing story lines. Jennifer's story had a mystery surrounding it plus it was nice to see Father Scott again. Lisa's story was highly emotional and extremely frustrating. From the beginning of the series, I've never liked their congregation and this book just solidified my views on them. Her family was very brave and strong to stick through the conflict. Lesser souls would have caved but they did not. Mimi's story involving her dad will probably ring true for some readers who have dealt with alcoholic family members. It's heart wrenching to see someone constantly hurt themselves and there's nothing you can do to stop them. I unfortunately did not find Felicia's story to be very interesting. It almost felt as if the authors felt like they had run out of story ideas for her character and just threw something together. There was a lack of drama or conflict. It's sad how much pressure people put on pastor's wives and other members of the family simply because they are related to preacher.Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was an extremely fast read for me and I'm sorry that the series has ended. Reading this series has broadened my outlook on the family's of pastors and given me more compassion and understanding towards them. We shouldn't put them on a pedestal or have such high expectations on them. They are human beings just like the rest of us and should be treated as such. I really recommend this entire series for both a fun read and a learning experience at the same time.
wyn4 Stars Out Of 5May 4, 2009wynThe PW (Pastor's Wives) are meeting at Lulu's Cafe in order to strengthen their support system. It's difficult being a pastor's wife in a small town, who do you turn to when you need support? Who else understands the pressures and stresses that the job brings? The writers have given these wives very down to earth characters and problems and emotions. This second book expands on their lives but at the same time can stand alone if you haven't read the first one. The four women who come from dysfunctional homes that have turned them into perfectionists, the ones who have children with all their problems or can't have children and the problems that brings, and the one whose husband is the pastor of a church that is in the midst of a spiritual attack. This is their story. The story is well written and easy to follow. The women are shown as very human in that they have their times of doubt and their times of trying to take control of their lives away from God and into their own hands, just like the rest of us. I do wish it had been called something other than Katt's since I kept waiting for more about the new Mrs. Katt. If it had been called anything else I would have enjoyed it more but I kept waiting and looking for more about her and I found that distracting and disappointing. Because of that I have decided that it is a 3 1/2 star book.
Cindy Loven5 Stars Out Of 5April 21, 2009Cindy LovenFour PW's (pastor's wives) meeting secretly at Lulu's Cafe, 40 miles from their hometown for 3 years, is the beginning and setting of this wonderful book. Four women who form a fast friendship, through their monthly pastor's wife meetings, who lean on each other during the good times and bad. And as pastor's wives, the bad times often outweigh the good. Meet Lisa, Jennifer, Felicia and Mimi as they struggle through the day to day life of living in the spotlight of ministry. Lisa's family is under attack, Jennifer is being followed, Mimi is taking care of her alcoholic father, and Felicia is in the middle of a expanding the family decision. Each PW, different in personality, but strong in their faith, reaching out to others and each other along the way. Mentoring a young new PW, Allison Katt (called Ally by her friends), the PW's find humor and they also find closeness with other ministry wives. A wonderfully, realistically written book gives everyone a glimpse of the lives of ministry families, their struggles, their fears, their hopes and their realness. A great book, with humor and sadness along the way. Though a part of a series, and the allusion to a previous story, this book stands alone, without having read the other story. It does, however make you want to read that other story.