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This site is like Ruthe,
the heroine of my novel,
Ruthe's Secret Roses
Ruthe is . . .
intimate with God,
prays a lot,
a bleeding heart for the hurting,
a big sister,
has creative ideas,
likes to give
loyal to friends,
dreams of love and
dreams of writing a book
goes the extra mile
So this site offers;
good books to read!
help to become Friends with Jesus,
The One Ideal Real Friend
a cure for loneliness
An Older Sister's Coping Secret
how to pray Panic Prayers,
how to grow in faith
how to share your faith
A Book I can Highly Recommend
by Vonette Bright and Nancy Moser
published by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Wheaton, Illinois, ISBN#0-8423-7189-3
As soon as I read the Dear Reader Club installments of this book, I knew it was for me. It will probably make for an interesting saga some day of my own, but I
used to rent a house in London, Ontario, Canada, and rent out rooms to Christian college girls. That created a very lively and unusual family of young
women. Each one impacted me.
In this novel, by the recognizable names, Vonette Bright (wife of now deceased,
Bill Bright of Campus Crusade) and Nancy Moser, author of three books so far,
Evelyn Peerbaugh has been recently widowed, and left without an income. She
decides to open up her Victorian home to rent out rooms.
As soon as she hangs up the sign, used before by her parents-in-law back in the 50s,
she begins to get one woman after another coming to ask for a room. In now time
she has Mae move in, the 60s flower child who has a jewelry making business,
and whose wit pops out almost every time she opens her mouth. Next a short,
black grandmother who is 75 decided she wants to move in to get away from her
noisy family. Tessa is very strict and disciplined, and legalistic about her
church-going and Bible studies. When Evelyn returns home with some groceries,
she finds a young woman, Audra, with her five-year old daughter Summer sitting
in her kitchen, and eager to move it also.
Evelyn, who never had the heart to disagree with her husband, or have any thoughts
of her own now turns into a landlady, or (landlord in this book), and must try
to be peacemaker when her tenants don't get along so well.
Actually, things even out, for Mae blurts out helpful suggestions, Audra helps
them organize, and Evelyn works at pacifying Tessa, who is difficult to please.
Two of Audra's friends, Piper, her high school counsellor, and Gillie, the rich
friend who needs to learn the art of giving gracefully, are often at Peerbaugh
place, and soon they become the seven sisters. Mae cements this pact together
with a secret project of her own.
The various scenes and crises the woman go through with each other, sometimes
funny and sometimes heart-breaking, are so realistic that I could plunk my
tenants from The Ridgeway right beside them and identify all the way. (We didn't
have quite the age range). We had some clashes too, and some wonderfully close
and precious sisterhood times as well.
This novel does have a pattern where the women by turn, all seem to need the
others to help them over a major problem, and as they do they are drawn closer
to each other, and also to God. Piper being a huge influence on each one.
I have just one wee problem. I thought I saw the makings of a discovery for
Evelyn of the baby girl she gave up for adoption long before she was ever married,
and a romance for Evelyn's son Russell. However, at the end is a preview of
Round the Corner, Book 2 in the Sister Circle series, and it seems to be
bringing brand new tenants into Evelyn's home without reference to the continuing
saga of the characters in this first book. I do hope to meet them there!
I'd urge you to get this book for a great read, and watch for the rest of the series as they come out! Here's some links to online stores which carry this one;
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