Author: Eve Marie Everson
Publisher: Revell Books
Date released: May 1, 2010
Stars (out of 5): ***3/4
Age rating: PG-16
In this book things like: sex, struggling newly weds, sexual abuse, are just some of the subjects I feel might be a bit above young teens heads and not interesting enough to keep them reading. But, a more mature reader could certainly relate to Mariette before she became a married women and after.
Back cover (from Revell Books):It is the summer of 1959 and Mariette Puttnam has just graduated from boarding school. When she returns to her privileged life at home, she isn't sure where life will take her. More schooling? A job? Marriage? Nothing feels right. How could she know that she would find the answer waiting for her in the narrow stairwell of her father's apparel factory, exactly between the third and fourth floors?
In this unique and tender romance, popular author Eva Marie Everson takes you on a journey through the heart of a young woman bound for the unknown. Discover the joys of new love, the perseverance of deep friendship, and the gift of forgiveness that comes from a truly fine life.
My Thoughts:This Fine Life is the story of Mariette Puttnam, a graduate of a distant Catholic boarding school and her whirlwind romance with her husband, Reverend Thayne Scott.The story it set in a small town in the 1960's which I think is an interesting time period, where some very pivotal moments in America's history took place. I could really relate to the characters because they were raw and real, something you don't get to see too often in the romance genre. Now, I love a good young-and-in-love, story but, I didn't like how quickly Mariette and Thayne decided to get hitched, it just didn't seem that realistic. But, as the story progressed you get to see that because they got married on a whim, they never got time to really know each other and found that there didn't have much in common. Ms. Everson use of Mariette's first person point-of-view to narrate throughout the story was refreshing but, at times the book sounded more like a biography instead of a romance novel. The trials and tribulations of becoming a Pastor and Pastor's wife was definitely a first for me. It was interesting and eye opening to follow the journey of a young man before he stands in front the pulpit. I think that This Fine Life is and engaging and gritty romance that, though I was kind of disappointed along the way, ended leaving me feeling content. This Fine Life isn't just a fine book but, a good one, that I would recommend in a heartbeat to the much older reader, as it seem a bit humdrum for me as romance novel .
*Many thanks to Donna Hausler @ Revell for providing me with a free review copy of This Fine Life. This is my honest opinion of this book and is in no way influenced by the author and/or the publisher*
This Fine Life is available May 2010 from your favorite bookseller or from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group!
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