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Number of Pages: 224
Publication Date: 2015
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On Dee Branchs first date with Johnnie Oliver, a fourth-generation funeral director, she knew she was in for a unique relationship when he had to leave "for just a minute"and he came back to the car with a corpse.
Over twenty years later, Dee was still in love with her charming southern gentleman when he passed away suddenly in 2007. Determined to carry on Johnnies work, Dee earned her mortuary science degree, only to find herself no longer needed in the family business. So Dee crossed the racial divide in the most segregated industry in America and joined the staff of an African-American funeral home as a single white woman.
In The Undertakers Wife, Oliver draws from her wealth of experience to provide candid and often hysterically funny advice on dying well and surviving the loss of those who have gone before. Her insights on the common ground of grief, survival, and the ever-present faithfulness of God (to all of us, regardless of our race, religious upbringing, or socio-economic background) will help readers prepare for one of lifes only certaintiesand do it with wisdom, grace, and a healthy dose of joy.
Dee Oliver is the socialite widow of John Oliver, who was a fourth-generation funeral director and the impeccably mannered proprietor of the largest funeral home in southeastern Virginia. Dee holds a degree in mortuary science and writes about death (and surviving the loss of someone you love) in her blog, Going Out in Style. She is the mother of three girls, ages 17-21.
Jodie Berndt is an author and speaker. She has written or co-written seven books, including Praying the Scriptures for Your Children and Praying the Scriptures for Your Teens, as well as Celebration of Miracles. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia and is a former television writer and producer for CBNs 700 Club. Jodie and her husband, Robbie, have four children, ages 17-23.
tickmenotKansas CityGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5True Love....March 31, 2015tickmenotKansas CityGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Dee Oliver shares her poignant love story of meeting and romancing her husband Johnnie, who also happened to be a fourth-generation director of a large influential funeral home in the south.
As with the course of all true love, there were hurdles to overcome. Less the reader think that included stopping on their first date at the home of a recently departed soul, or needing to escort a person to their burial place in the middle of an out-of-town shopping trip, it was something else entirely. But ultimately, the wedding bells do ring for them.
Life takes a left turn.
Suddenly, Dee finds herself a widow. And when she felt more alone than ever, God steps in and helps her. Often with a twinkle in her eye, the author tells what it is like raising three daughters by herself and re-entering the dating world. She includes the shock and disappointment she faces when her husband's family refuses to let her intern with them to fulfill Johnnie's wish that she get a mortuary science degree. We journey with her as she finds the doors closed to her at all the funeral homes in town except an African American business.
Give credit where credit is due.
Dee is a spunky take charge kind of lady who writes a great story about overcoming one of the hardest things in life, and doing it with style. She gives God the credit for getting her through every single day. This 5-star book will bring tears to your eyes, a smile to your face, and find a place in your heart. I recommend it.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Zondervan Publishing and The Thomas Nelson Publishing BookLook Bloggers Program for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
britluver20021Arnold, CAAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Review of the book The Undertaker's Wife by Dee OliverMarch 15, 2015britluver20021Arnold, CAAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book was about a girl named Dee who fell in love with a guy named Johnnie who was a person who worked at a funeral home. He ends up dying because of a stroke and she has to struggle without him. She ends up going back to college and getting her degree and then she gets a job at another funeral home.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. 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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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