Item description for Emerald Windows by Terri Blackstock...
Overview Brooke Martin is a stained-glass artist who fled her hometown of Hayden, Louisiana, ten years ago after a scandal in which, as a high-school student, she was wrongly accused of having an affair with her twenty-one-year-old art teacher, Nick Marcello, who was fired as a result of the gossip. Now, as a struggling artist, she accepts a commission to return to Hayden to redesign the stained-glass windows in the city?s historic church only to find that the person who hired her was in fact Nick Marcello. Nick is now a Christian, but that doesn?t stop the gossip from starting all over again once Brooke returns, sparked by Abby Hemphill, a trustee of the church. Brooke?s family is greatly bothered by the gossip, especially her younger sister Roxy, now in high school, who has problems of her own and is in fact, as Brooke discovers to her dismay, somehow involved with a mystery married man, Bill. Despite the hypocrisy of many of the church members, Brooke begins to see the mystery of God?s relationship with man as she designs the window panels. When Brooke comes to a point of surrender to God, she and Nick confess to each other that, although they didn?t act on their feelings for each other years ago, those feelings were nevertheless there, contributing to the feelings of guilt they?ve suffered all these years. They kiss. Meanwhile, Abby Hemphill is finally successful in convincing the church trustees to freeze all funds for the window renovation. Nick and Brooke offer to continue the work for free. In a Gift of the Magi touch, Nick and Brooke, unbeknownst to each other, each sell something of great value to finance the work. Brooke discovers that Roxy?s married man, Bill, is Bill Hemphill, Abby?s son. He has been pursuing Roxy for months through threats and intimidation, but in fact Roxy has not given in to him yet. Brooke tells Bill and Abby she will go to the press with the whole story unless it stops now. As the book ends, Brooke and Nick are engaged and church members raise enough money to reimburse them for their expenses and labor in finishing the church windows.
Publishers Description Ten years ago, devastated by an ugly scandal, Brooke Martin fled the small town of Hayden to pursue a career as a stained glass artist. Now Brooke has returned on business to discover that some things never change. Her spotted reputation remains. Tongues still wag. And that makes what should be her dream assignment tough. Brooke has been hired to design new stained glass windows at Hayden Bible Church. The job is a career windfall. But Nick Marcello is overseeing the project, and some in the church think Nick and Brooke s relationship is not entirely professional--and as before, there is no convincing those people otherwise. In the face of mounting rumors, the two set out to produce the masterpiece Nick has conceived: a brilliant set of windows displaying God s covenants in the Bible. For Brooke, it is more than a project--it is a journey toward faith. But opposition is heating up. A vicious battle of words and will is about to tax Brooke s commitment to the limit. Only this time, she is determined not to run."
From Publishers Weekly Seasoned Christian suspense novelist Blackstock disappoints with this
run-of-the-mill romance. The second Christian novel this year (Linda Dorrell's
True Believers is the other) to focus on the renovation of a church and, in
particular, the female protagonist's design of its stained glass windows, this
story features a lovestruck pair of artists who are supposed to be offbeat
and tortured, but in fact are ill-defined and bland. Brooke, a 20-something
stained glass artist who, amid scandal, left her hometown immediately after
her high school graduation, comes back to do a job and face the gossips who
drove her away. Unfortunately for readers, the scandal a misinterpreted hug
between student and teacher has no teeth, and it strains credulity to think
that any town, even the caricaturish Hayden, Mo., could make so much of so
little. Also problematic is that the former teacher, who is only six years
Brooke's senior, is motivated to convert her to Christianity mostly because he
wants to marry her, but would never marry an unbeliever. Stereotypes abound,
including a wealthy, almost mechanically mean-spirited villainess and an
Italian family complete with a dead grandfather whose clich d proverbs are
remembered in over-the-top dialect ("You put-a care and-a love into everything
you do, Nicky, and that's-a quality"). Blackstock generates enough interest
in these characters and their predicaments to keep the pages turning, but the
novel's predictable conclusion is telegraphed from the first page. (Oct.)
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Citations And Professional Reviews Emerald Windows by Terri Blackstock has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Booklist - 01/01/2002 page 804
Publishers Weekly - 09/17/2001 page 55
Library Journal - 11/01/2001 page 74
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.44" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.68" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Oct 9, 2001
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310228077 ISBN13 9780310228073 UPC 025986228071
Availability 0 units.
More About Terri Blackstock
Terri Blackstock is a New York Times best-seller, with over six million copies sold worldwide. She is the winner of two Carol Awards, a Christian Retailers Choice Award, and a Romantic Times Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, among others. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist. Terri spent the first twelve years of her life traveling in an Air Force family. She lived in nine states and attended the first four years of school in The Netherlands. Because she was a perpetual “new kid,” her imagination became her closest friend. That, she believes, was the biggest factor in her becoming a novelist. She sold her first novel at the age of twenty-five, and has had a successful career ever since.
Recent books include her acclaimed Intervention Series (Intervention, Vicious Cycle, and Downfall). Other recent favorites include Shadow in Serenity, Predator and Double Minds, and the Restoration Series, the Newpointe 911 Series, the Cape Refuge Series, and the SunCoast Chronicles series.
In 1994 Terri was writing romance novels under two pseudonyms for publishers such as HarperCollins, Harlequin, Dell and Silhouette, when a spiritual awakening prompted her to switch gears. At the time, she was reading more suspense than romance, and felt drawn to write thrillers about ordinary people in grave danger. Her newly awakened faith wove its way into the tapestry of her suspense novels, offering hope instead of despair. Her goal is to entertain with page-turning plots, while challenging her readers to think and grow. She hopes to remind them that they’re not alone, and that their trials have a purpose.
Terri has appeared on national television programs such as “The 700 Club” and “Home Life,” and has been a guest on numerous radio programs across the country. The story of her personal journey appears in books such as Touched By the Savior by Mike Yorkey, True Stories of Answered Prayer by Mike Nappa, Faces of Faith by John Hanna, and I Saw Him In Your Eyes by Ace Collins.
Terri Blackstock currently resides in the state of Mississippi. Terri Blackstock was born in 1957.
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