Item description for A Bigger Life (Eden Plain Series #1) by Annette Smith...
Overview When a careless choice shatters Joel Carpenter's marriage, he struggles to rebuild his life---and his relationship with his young son. Living in a small Texas town seven years later, he finally believes he's turned a corner. But suddenly his estranged ex-wife, Kari, receives tragic news. Can they overcome their resentment and forgive one another? 336 pages, softcover from NavPress.
Joel has made some choices he now regrets. Just when he thinks the worst is behind him, he realizes he is facing his biggest challenge yet. And in the midst of tragedy, he learns forgiveness is more important in life than freedom.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.1" Width: 5.4" Height: 1" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Jan 31, 2007
Publisher NAV PRESS #111
ISBN 1576839958 ISBN13 9781576839959
Availability 0 units.
More About Annette Smith
ANNETTE SMITH is a registered nurse as well as a writer and speaker. She has published a number of books, including Coming Home to Ruby Prairie Series, Eden Plain Series, The Whispers of Angels, Stories to Feed Your Soul, Watermelon Days & Firefly Nights, and Homemade Humble Pie & Other Slices of Life. Annette and her husband of over twenty years, Randy, have raised two children and have served as foster parents. They reside in Tyler, Texas.
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Reviews - What do customers think about A Bigger Life (Eden Plain Series #1)?
A Realistic, Gripping Novel Jul 6, 2008
Written from a male point of view, I wasn't sure if I'd like it. However, I was so enthralled; I couldn't put it down. I laughed, gasped, cried and rejoiced with Joel in all of his struggles and triumphs.
Joel lays it out in his own words, the good, the bad and the ugly. His marriage is shattered and his life is in ruins until he learns the power of forgiveness. When tragedy strikes, he uncovers a greater truth that brings both pain and joy. A realistic, gripping novel unlike anything you've read before. An excellent book for your summer reading list.
Wonderful, old-fashioned story telling Aug 17, 2007
Not only does Annette Smith nail the male protagonists voice, she grips the reader by the collar and doesn't let go until the last page.
Joel Carpenter is in love with his wife Kari, but like so many people, gets a little lost along the way and finds himself divorced and a single dad.
While this story has a few over the top tragedies, Smith pulls them off flawlessly. I tried to imagine being Kari and Joel and I'm not sure how well I'd endure.
The story is southern and well told. Smith even writes in such a way there's no doubt Joel is telling the story. Joel says, "me and him" instead of "he and I." So very real!
It takes a lot for me to finish a book these days. Time permitting, I would've read this in one sitting. Teared up at the end, closed the book and just sat, thinking, letting it soak in.
Bravo, Annette. I highly recommend A Bigger Life.
Tear jerker! Aug 2, 2007
I don't know if I'm getting soft or what, but it was all I could do not to bawl like a baby. Wow, last time I read a book by a woman I hated it, but I gave it another chance and am so glad I did. I read it in the same day I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. I'm not sure what else to say besides it's fantastic, just don't read it around anyone who you're not comfortable with, because even though you may not shed tears you'll get choked up for sure!
A memorable book Jul 27, 2007
This book made me cry but not for the obvious reasons i.e. a sad storyline. The beauty which brought tears to my eyes was the love that was apparent within the characters....between husband and wife, friends, church members, as well as acquaintances. I especially appreciated the imperfect nature of each of the characters. Somehow that made them so much more real and therefore likable to me. Ms. Smith obviously has a gift for storytelling, for she created a memorable tale, told from a young father's point of view. There is so much to be taken from his journey towards redemption and it's a story that is sure to stay with you for a long time.
Wonderful! May 6, 2007
'A Bigger Life' was delightful. It left me thinking about it weeks, months after reading it. I am now recommending it to all my friends and family to read! It will touch you on many different levels. You will laugh, cry, and want to learn more about Joel. He becomes your friend. It is my favorite book!