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Serenity Bay [Paperback]

By Bette Nordberg (Author)
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Quaint island life in the Puget Sound offers everything Patricia desires for her husband and children, including the chance to share in the music of her beloved cello. But Patricia harbors a secret she can reveal to no one--until Susan drops into her life with a heart even larger than her love of life and laughter.

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Quaint island life in the Puget Sound offers everything Patricia Koehler desires for her husband and children, including the chance to share in the music of her beloved cello. But Patricia harbors a secret she can reveal to no one-until Susan drops into her life with a heart even larger than her love of life and laughter. But neither woman is prepared for the events set in motion when Patricia's secret is revealed...

Can Patricia trust her instincts, or will the sacrifice be too heavy to bear?

Previously published by Bethany House, Serenity Bay has sold over 65,000 copies.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Serenity Bay by Bette Nordberg has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Ingram Advance - 06/01/2005 page 118


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Item Specifications...


Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   323
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.91"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2005
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  1404185674  
ISBN13  9781404185678  


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Bette Nordberg graduated with a B.S. in physical therapy from the University of Washington. Since 1990, she has been published in periodicals, drama venues, devotions, and both fiction and nonfiction books. Her fiction projects include the award-winning Serenity Bay (2000) and Thin Air (2002), both with Bethany House Publishers. Nonfiction projects include Encouraging Words for the Firs 100 Days (AMG Publisher, 2003).

Bette and her husband Kim have four grown children and make their home in Puyallup, Washington.



Bette Nordberg currently resides in Puyallup, in the state of Washington.

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Very Powerful Book  Nov 21, 2007
Bette Nordberg is an excellent author. I have read most of her books.
This is a little hard to read, because it hurts to think there are women & children even in our churches who are enduring abuse. But, for those who are fortunate to not have had that experience, it gives us a picture of what women in that situation may be thinking and going through. Hopefully it will make us less judgemental and more understanding. It also shows us how reaching out in love, even if people don't seem to want you to, can make a huge difference in their life.
 
This was really unexpected!  May 28, 2002
This one was really tough to put down and I'm glad I didn't have a schedule to follow over the weekend that I was reading it. I had to make myself get to bed!

The author�s style is such that you like the likable characters and dislike the dislikable. Once you get over the slow-moving 80 some-odd pages of preliminaries - the introduction to Patricia and her career, the introduction and reintroduction to Russell and his career, their courtship, wedding and honeymoon, it takes off and doesn�t let you down - not �til the very end, anyway.

Despite Russell�s loving attentiveness, thoughtfully-planned dates and wonderful gifts during their courtship that would capture the hearts of many women, he undergoes a Dr. Jeckyl - Mr. Hyde personality once he and Patricia marry. He�s cruel and viscious one minute but loving and doting the next when he acts like the �ugly� side of him never took place.

Patricia is frightened for her life as he usurps control of it more and more. She blames herself for his evil actions and denies them to others.

Patricia literally bumps into Susan at the hardware store and they become fast friends. Susan is the epitome of what a friend should be. It is she who discovers Patricia�s secret and helps her anyway she is able and that Patricia will allow.

The end was more than a bit disappointing, but don�t let that discourage you from this well-written, suspenseful novel. I�m hoping after the letdown, there will be a second part to this one.

 
Wonderful first novel!  Jun 16, 2001
Nordberg tells a haunting story that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. Handling an important social issue in a sensitive and well-researched manner, she has created an unforgettable family drama. The author's sense of place is one of the most notable things about this novel. I could feel the Pacific breezes and smell the rain through her prose. I will anxiously wait for her next novel.
 
Riveting Drama  Feb 16, 2001
Serenity Bay is one of the better books I've read in a long while. I couldn't stop reading; I had to finish it to see how it was resolved.

Clearly Bette Nordberg did her research. The situations and characters were real, and I found myself warning Patricia, laughing with her, even scolding her, and finally cheering as she gained strength and resolve.

The story and its characters was skillfully revealed. Bette kept me guessing right down to the end. There was gut-wrenching drama and places I didn't want to go, but I'm glad I kept reading because I now understand better what it's like to live with abuse.

Thanks Bette for this great book. You're a wonderful writer!

 
Riveting Drama  Feb 16, 2001
Serenity Bay is one of the better books I've read in a long while. I couldn't stop reading; I had to finish it to see how it was resolved.

Clearly Bette Nordberg did her research. The situations and characters were real, and I found myself warning Patricia, laughing with her, even scolding her, and finally cheering as she gained strength and resolve.

The story and its characters was skillfully revealed. Bette kept me guessing right down to the end. There was gut-wrenching drama and places I didn't want to go, but I'm glad I kept reading because I now understand better what it's like to live with abuse.

Thanks Bette for this great book. You're a wonderful writer!

 

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